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Covid19 / Isolation

13 Apr, 2020

Recently there were some jokes going about that people were finding their social life was the same now regarding the Covid-19 lockdown as it was prior to to the lockdown. Obviously, if you have a sense of humour you took it as it was intended, but for many in an isolated world may have taken the joke more personally.

I m lucky, I have plenty of access to fresh air, I have enough books to last me a lifetime to read. I have my art, my carving, and my writing. Then there is the world of music and Youtube.

The problem of being at home does not really hit people in the first day or so. They find some chores to do and then progress through them. It is after the first few days they get issues, especially those that have regular work.

As someone that has health issues and long-term unemployed I have plenty of experience in being in my own home and with little outside contact. Facebook has become my communication tool, as does email, phone and from time to time Twitter.

You can end up going stir-crazy and depression will set in. You will more than likely not realise it but your mood will change, you may begin finding aspects of life annoying you. If you are living within a family this may become increasingly tense and you may become niggly with others. I fully understand depression and what it can drive people to. It is not all about suicide and cutting, there are plenty of ways to self-harm.

As we live in a technological world, learn to use it for more social reasons. For those with modern smartphones, install apps such as Facetime or WhatsApp. You can social integrate with people via these for free, use wi-fi as the option for connection.

Negativity. Please, ignore the doom and gloom posts you’ll read on groups, Twitter etc. If you want doom and gloom, stick with the main news, that’s all you need. Find something to laugh at, hell, laugh at me and my ramblings if it makes you happy.

Youtube offers a world of education and not just an entertainment channel, from art to woodworking, to learning how apps work, making the computer work better and everything in between.

In the coming few days, the clocks move forward, this will give us more light. Use that light to your advantage. The Government has stated that you are allowed thirty minutes of exercise outside of your home. You are also allowed to go shopping outside of those thirty minutes.

Change how you live. Get up slightly earlier, or later. Use the coming daylight to obtain slightly more outside time by walking around the block in the early morning and then again early evening. If you go outside of normal working hours, you may find you can increase your time to 40 minutes, or even longer if you go out twice per day.

If you live within a densely populated area, think about what you would not want, (i.e. the virus) and project that to others around you. Protecting yourself is protecting others. Do not get irate with people you see outside. Give them space and allow them to go about their business. Do not become the thought police, do not engage with groups of people that are breaking the rules. Do not get involved, do not call the police, go about your business and allow the authorities to decide what is important – protect yourself from mob rules.

All of my Facebook friends always look out for other people. They are not selfish, they are not me, me, me. It is at times like this that we learn how others interact and look out for each other. As a way of keeping in touch, write a blog. Yes, we have Facebook, but keep a personal journal, the digital world offers this for free. Have Gmail, then you have access to all those “free” services that Google offer.