I'm currently in self-isolation and I know that many of us are feeling anxious/isolated, so I thought I'd share a really useful video by Purple Ella on coping with the Covid-19 pandemic:
Here are some tips for activities that have been keeping me busy while I self-isolate:
Also, some advice on how I'm helping myself stay healthy:
I hope some of these tips are helpful - stay safe and take care of yourselves.
For me, it's the internet, phone/Duo conversations, housework and music.
I ordered a pizza from the pizza joint at my local village. The place even has it's own App for online orders; and deliveries on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Pizza is always a great idea
I have to say i am barely coping at present. The anxiety is getting too much and the darker thoughts started to creep in not long back. The problem today is I didnt work out, but did do some housework. So tonight I am flipping out quite a lot. Ordinarily my routine involves 2 hours at the gym everyday, but thats gone to hell due to all of this. i have built a home gym so I can work out a little if I want. i need to find some stuff to do to keep me sane. Your list is pretty good DuckBread.
Another major source of worry is my parents and their health. Today my father took me to the hospital to pick up a prescription and when i went to get it done at a tesco chemist, he left the car and went to the cash machine. This has spiked my anxiety levels considerably. he did wash his hands when we got home, but tbh the car is now contaminated as far as im concerned and needs cleaning. Oh and the look on the NHS staff's faces when I picke dthe scrip up. I did wear a mask and gloves, but the look screamed fear.
I just want this to end. I have no idea how long I can continue with it all. When they said 3 months that was fine, but now they are talking years in isolation and I see people all over the place just going around doing what the hell they want regardless of the consequences. More stress. Hit the benzos tonight and its lessened things a little, but not brilliantly. Maybe its time to up the dose a bit.
Honestly, the isolation thing hasn't been that huge of a change for me. The thing that's annoying me the most this very second is the lack of fresh groceries. I miss my salad! But even if I could get the produce, for now I feel like it's just a bad idea to eat anything that someone else might have handled - but won't have heat applied to it prior to consumption. Sigh.
Keeping myself busy with the usual things, walking my dogs (at night and/or early morning so there's nobody around), working out (alone, at home, as usual), working/tinkering with tech stuff, a little bit of casual studying, some video games, youtube and catching up with whatever TV/films I feel like watching. My nephew's recently crashed his car and has been having a pretty bad time all round lately, so I'm hoping to give him a hand to get that straightened out in the coming days.
Also, today I've set up BOINC to crunch numbers for Rosetta@home on my home lab. Ok, so this doesn't exactly help directly in coping with current events, but hopefully can make some small contribution toward the eventual development of a vaccine.
Being alone is no problem for me.
I have hundreds of books and DVDs to keep me busy.
My worry is food.
If I get the government letter ordering to self isolate for 12 weeks, then I'm dead. I've only got four weeks of food in my flat.
The government warns us not to panic buy and then advises us to stay indoors at home for 12 weeks.
We need to panic buy to enable us to survive isolated at home for 12 weeks!
The supermarkets an issue as we were running low in the house then went into isolation as I'm quite ill. Their not testing so I've just got inhalors and 7 tablets a day! I'm up now at 3.30 as I'm struggling to breath again but it seems to be improving. I've been ill for about 2 weeks now! It would be good to know if I have covid as I can help others when I'm better. I had a head injury and didnt realise that made me more susceptible to illness. What ever I have it's awful. Want this over :(
Just hang in there.
Often after being ill, you start to feel better and you get this sense of well being.
In the outside world, the madness continues.
On TV the politicians were saying, no need to panic buy or stock up, there is plenty for everyone.
This lunchtime I went out to my local shopping area. First people I saw, were a young couple, the man was carrying two large plastic shopping bags full of goods, his partner was struggling with a heavy rucksack on her back.
Along the journey I saw people carrying 16 packs of toilet paper. There was none left in the store when I got there. I'm down to my last 26 rolls.
Not everyone has cars, I saw one person going into the store with a suitcase, with wheels.
I did my panic buying early. Today I spent £0.00 in the shops.
Sorry to hear you're struggling. I think the lack of routine makes it really difficult to cope. If it helps at all, I created a weekly timetable for myself last night (allocating time for things like housework, cleaning, exercise, relaxation, creative pursuits, learning new things etc.). I've actually found it really helpful to have a guide to refer back to when I'm feeling a bit lost as to what I want to do next. I really rely on my routines, so creating a new one has been comforting.
I'm struggling with contamination fears too. It sounds like you're taking all the precautions you can, so all you can do is follow the government guidance and focus on controlling the things you can control. I know that's really easy to say (and I'm finding it challenging myself), but you really are doing your best, so it might be worth trying to find other ways to manage your anxiety (like exercising in your home gym).
You're not on your own - lots of us are really struggling. We can't control what other people do, unfortunately, but I'm hoping people will start taking this more seriously, especially if the government implement stricter measures. Please take care of yourself and talk to others (virtually, or in person if you live with them) whenever you need to. You might find The Samaritans helpful if you'd rather not talk to anyone else.
We'll get through this - try to focus on the small steps you can take to adjust to what's going on and look after your wellbeing.
I'm hoping we'll be able to get more fresh produce once the supermarkets settle down a bit. Lots of vegetables might be the best way forward (e.g. in stews or casseroles). You could also (once you can get them) try fruits that need to be peeled before eating, like oranges - the inside won't have been touched and you could wear gloves to peel them.
It sounds like you're finding some good ways to keep busy I hope things improve for your nephew soon - it's good that he has you to support him.
That sounds amazing - I suppose that knowing you're contributing to a solution must provide some comfort.
Is there anyone who could help you with the shopping if you have to self-isolate? If not, it might be worth trying to book an online delivery a couple of weeks in advance, just so you have that as a back-up. I've seen lots of small, local businesses offering food delivery now that they've had to close their cafes and restaurants, so that might be something to look into as well.
I'm hoping the supermarkets will start to calm down soon, so that might make things easier (even if it's just a case of getting online delivery slots).