Surviving Isolation

Suddenly having a lot of time on one’s hands while stuck at home can be extremely difficult for most poeple, and moreso for people who suffer from depression and anxiety. Here are some things that I learned to help me get through long days at home.

B. First thing each morning, make a list of the things you have on your schedule that day with times. And then set an alarm on your phone.

Time can become a blur when working or spending a lot of time at home, and missing things can be a real problem. I set alarms for everything that I have on my schedule. If it’s a phone date with a friend, a work conference call, or a fun google hang out, if I don’t set an alarm, I often miss these things.

A. Make a list of things you want to do every day that you know improve your mental health

I don’t work well with a stict schedule, so I make a list of things I want to accomplish every day, but give myself freedom to do them whenever I want.

  1. Exercise [I love youtube excercise videos, and yoga apps. My current faves are downward dog app, and this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2eOW7XYWxc]
  2. Sit in sun (near the windw)
  3. I am self isolating until I know for sure I am not sick, so instead of going outside everyday I am sitting in the sun by the window. This apartment faces the back of the building, so it feels like Rear Window. I imagine what the people across the way are doing …
  4. Video chat with at least 1 person a day. We may need to isolate physcially, but we can still connect over the internet.
  5. Diary writing. For me this helps get all those panic thoughts out of my head, and grounds me.
  6. Eat 3 meals a day. Tes, I need to remind myself to do this.

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