Unprecedented global destruction is a sign of the times. Before the turn of the decade, who would have thought that 2020 would become paralysed by a deadly virus? The world is in pieces, with the global economy and millions of lives shattered – just like that. Our ‘normal’ way of living is at a standstill. The world will never be the same again, so it seems, as we face a new reality of social distancing and self-isolation to survive in the face of COVID-19.
You may ask yourself, what is the norm? Is it theatre or cinema trips with friends? Dinner dates? A summer picnic? A fun-loving Sunday with the family? Such good times were (past tense) normal social activities for which I am grateful to look back on while in solitude. On the contrary, masked smiles and standing in public at a two-metre radius from one another is the current norm of everyday life. Amidst a deadly pandemic, our lives have been transformed into a digital existence as we hang out through apps. The global crisis has, by force, propelled us all into the matrix of the future – remote living. Despite creed, race, gender, religion, status or age, we are suddenly ONE in a global lesson of reconciliation.
How to cope with self-isolation? The latter depends on the nature of your domestic life. What I find concerning is the thought of those living in a toxic environment or cramped living conditions that could put a strain on working from home or negatively impact family dynamics. How can those in such circumstances cope with self-isolation? What if you live alone, physically or mentally impaired? Ultimately, everyone may feel helpless or scared at some point.
The existing state of the world is impacting our mental health; thus, it is vital to make time for yourself, nurture your wellbeing. Designate a time slot for self-pampering. Adhere to the latter even if childcare, marriage, chat apps or work commitments demand your attention. Would you cancel a meeting with your boss? No! Now, you are the boss. Take ownership of the situation. Use the latter to improve your life and those around you. That said, staying at home is helping to save lives. Also, use the time as a springboard for personal growth. Rise like a phoenix amongst the chaos. Here are five tips on how to improve your wellbeing through self-isolation:
Self-isolation does not mean you must stop living. Adapt to the situation in the best way possible. We are all in this together. To that end, stay home to save lives. Take care of yourself and each other, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, pamper yourself, fill your homes with love and laughter, speak to your friends and family every day. Meditate, create and innovate to become a better version of yourself. Our invisible enemy may be here for the long haul but will not prevail over humanity that can withstand the challenging test of time.
For further information about coronavirus, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/