Social Isolation

COVID-19 is forcing people into isolation. There are many people who have lived in isolation much longer due to chronic illnesses, mental health issues or for other reasons I can only guess at.

What these people have in common is that they have learned to cope with very little social interaction from others. Some are able to get out to do the bare minimum shopping trips for essentials like foods and supplies. Others have discovered online shopping. Some may have someone who can pick up things they need.

What all these people have in common is that they have learned to cope being alone. They may not always like it, though some do, but they have learned to survive.

Fortunately, social media makes it easier to connect to the outside world. We can live vicariously through others. I included myself because I was isolated at one point in time.

At the time I was on AOL, Facebook wasn’t even in my horizon. I spent most of my time reading or writing. These were my main outlets. I wasn’t totally alone, because I had my husband and he would make me get out of the house at least once a week.

To survive being in isolation make sure you have plenty of food and supplies or are able to have it delivered. Don’t go crazy and hoard things, remember others will need some too.

Is there something you’ve been wanting to do around the house, but never had time? Now’s a good time to fix that broken cabinet, hang that hook or paint that wall. Whatever… I am sure there’s something.

Have plenty of reading materials, ebooks makes this so easy. I never get bored if I have a book. If you don’t read, catching up on your favorite shows might be good. Netflix, CBS All Access, and Hulu are great. I love them and it’s something Ralph and I can do together. Also, if you’re lucky enough to live with others, take this time to play cards, board games, video games, anything you can do together. Talk to each other. It’s a good time to reconnect!

Some jobs will even let you work from home. That will give you something to do while still bringing in a paycheck.

Maybe you like to make or create things… isolation is a good time to work on projects. There is all kinds of things you can do at home if you’ve prepared in advance.

I hope I’ve given you ideas to help if you’re forced into social isolation. I never get bored. There is always something to do around the house. Stay safe!

Love, Peace and Light! Rita

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