Isolation can be a difficult time because of the reduced level of contact with other people. It can also be boring, lonely and anxiety provoking.
In order to tackle difficult thoughts and feelings, you can try to re-frame these thoughts and to adopt a different approach.
|I’m stuck at home
|I get to be SAFE in my home and spend time with my family/do activities I am normally too busy for.
|I will get unwell
|I can self-isolate, wash my hands, this could significantly decrease my chances of becoming unwell and/or spreading any illness.
|I will run out of items at home during self isolation
|I can prepare for this and use my items wisely. I have everything I need for today.
|Everything is shutting down, I am panicking
|The most IMPORTANT places such as medical centres, pharmacies and food shops largely remain open.
|There is too much uncertainty right now!
|While I can’t control the situation around me, I CAN can control my actions. I can do some breathing exercises, call loved ones, get enough sleep and proper nutrition and do activities at home. This will all help during this time.
It is important to acknowledge other people’s feelings, but not at the expense of your own. In a time of uncertainty, people who expect you to be a beacon of positivity and motivation during your hardest times have unrealistic expectations. It is OK if you are the one looking for the light, you do not have to be the whole lighthouse.