Isolation as a word can be a scary word.
Straight away from the dictionary definition there is a mention that Isolation may cause anxiety in people. When the idea first came about that the country may be going into an isolation phase I heard a lot of people talking about how this would impact mental health.
I remember at the time thinking that really we should all embrace the isolation. Look at it as an opportunity to grow and learn. This is felt would be the positive impact of isolation. Not only could we grow and learn but we could be closer as family units.
Now that we have been in this situation for about 4 weeks now I don’t think that my position has changed. I still see it as a positive time. But I am worried by the complacency that has slipped in over the last week or two. It can be seen in a lot of different ways.
Despite the recent shutdown. Last week it came to light that a large number of foreign workers had been flown into Ireland. To work on Keelings Fruit farm in North County Dublin. This is not a Keelings bashing. But how is it possible that someone thought it a good idea to make this move when the rest of the county was on lock-down. There are so many small businesses that are being seriously impacted upon and following the guidelines and Keelings decide that they would do otherwise. It is also the way in which they appear to employ Jedi tactics by telling us “we are following all the rules – everything is fine”. This type of situation in my opinion is what will cause the REAL ANXIETY in people.
Social Media can play a huge part in how safe we can feel during a time like this. I have taken to muting notifications on certain pages or people that only share bad news stories. There is a preference on my part to check the facts for myself before making a decision.
Routine is going to play a very important part in surviving the isolation period. Recently I wrote about the routine that I was going to put in place. So far I can say that it is helping.
This morning on the Sean O’Brien show on RTE there was a very interesting piece being discussed. They were talking about Mental Health and it’s impacts on the young people. But the angle was the impacts of a parents mental health on their children. The bit of the interview that stood out was towards the end the interviewee mentioned how important routine was on Mental Health. Especially when it comes to things like SLEEP, DIET and EXERCISE. She encouraged everyone to take these into account while Isolating during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Negative thoughts can be amplified while we have extra time on our hands. Having a routine can fill that time and keep our minds focused and not allow it to wander.
One of the best ways to stop the mind wandering is to keep busy. Pack your new routine with things to do. How many different things can you add into a routine??
- Painting or Drawing
Click Here for a lot of different things to do during this time.
Isolation has an impact on everyone but if we follow the direction given to us by the health experts, the impact on our anxieties should be kept to a minimum.
If you feel over anxious – reach out and talk to a friend. If you have a friend that you think could do with your help – reach out and TALK to them too.
Stay at Home if you can and Stay Safe.