Mental Health

What I Learnt in Self-Isolation

By the time this post is published, I will be out of my 14 day self-isolation boysssss!. Don’t worry, I didn’t catch coronavirus, a member of my household got poorly and we followed the proper procedure (stay home, hoes).

It was crazy though. You look outside and think “I’m fine, why can’t I go out for walk?”, forgetting that you could be potentially dangerous for someone vulnerable. This was all before the Prime Minister announced a nationwide lockdown, meaning that I wouldn’t even be able to see my significant other at the end of my two-week isolation. That was really heartbreaking. Knowing that at the end of the loneliness, I would see her, was my solace.

I know that others reading this will have be/will be in a much worse situation that me, but this post is my story – and for anyone who wants to connect over the hardship of isolation.

Photo Credit 📷: Dhaya Eddine Bentaleb

Isolation for the Clinically Depressed

So early on, the first lesson I learnt was that self-isolation and social distancing is great for dealing with coronavirus, but potentially damaging to your mental health. I had breakdowns, mornings where I didn’t see the point in getting up, and overall, feeling incredibly lonely. Whilst I knew I was doing the right thing, losing my freedom because of something so chaotic was challenging.

Finding Balance

The first few days were bad, but then, I came face-to-face with the second lesson: self-isolation can breed productivity. After my slump, I turned to my hobbies to keep me occupied. I crocheted myself a pair of slippers, read more and took control of my diet (how very Hygge). I cleared my bedroom of clutter, so that my only environment was a peaceful one. To help me take some control of the situation (because who doesn’t love being their own boss), I used my daily lists (because who also doesn’t love a good list). Back in the normal world (the one before this shitshow happened), I used to use two lists in my day to organise myself. Referring back to this was so handy!

Reach Out, I’ll Be There

The final lesson I learnt, was that communication in a time of crisis (and even in the ye olde ordinary days) was so, so, so important. Living in closer proximity to my family, and being farther away from my significant other and friends, I learnt how to get on with everyone in this difficult circumstance. I grew to be more patient with my family, more considerate my partner, and I started checking in on my friends more than I normally would.

Photo Credit 📷: Sandie Clarke

My situation was not unique, but it was important. I wanted to share my story and connect with anybody else who is going through something similar. If you have any tips/advice for other during this crazy time, comment below or on social media (links up top, folks).

Featured Image Credit 📷: Joel Pilger

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