Now that the panic epidemic is sustained in the field and a genuine epidemic, a significant part of the online environment has been isolated in the house, with too much time and too little patience.
With the experience of isolation at home that has accumulated for several months, an experience that I am glad that I did not throw away my medical supplies, I thought about setting up a short guide to trivial, but essential measures for canned life.
No, I’m not going to give you tips on what stocks to take or what to watch on Netflix. I am convinced that you are doing your best, plus there are already dozens of articles on this topic. All I could recommend to you when it comes to supplies is having a small “map” to monitor your pantry, refrigerator and freezer. Why? To be sure, perishable foods are consumed first and you do not stay on day 10 with fermented pears and leftovers. In addition, any period of isolation can come to the pack and with an abnormal hunger, on the basis of anxiety (the body feels that a less good period is coming, so it supplies).
What I can offer you, though, are some tips for keeping the psychic intact, the first victim of isolation – all the more so since Covid-19 has caused a significantly stronger panic than SARS, MERS, Ebola and the Zika virus in one place.
So, whether you are alone at home or alone, here are some tips I have applied in the past that have helped me balance the melancholy and anxiety a little.
- Do not try to anticipate how long the crisis will last. In the almost 2 months I stayed in the hospital (before spending a few more in isolation), the question “When is it over?” Was most distressing to me. Try to consider the current situation the new normal, even if it will soon disappear.
- Don’t ask more questions than you need. If you have basic supplies and medicines for at least 7-10 days and you feel physically well, take advantage of the situation.
- Do not feed your anxiety. Look at the news and only the official ones as rarely as possible. You are interested in the general stage of the epidemic and the immediate legislative measures. You are not interested in the paranoid statements of the journalists or the interviews with Romanians who MUST eat Easter lamb.
- Keep your house clean. No, it’s not about constant disinfection, especially since germophobia and hypochondria are really close. It is about countering the “Theory of broken windows”. If there is chaos in the supermarket and the wind is blowing outside, it must be “only good” to you.
- Take care of it like a normal week. You can skip the scent on the collar and over the makeup (I’m sure all the women were waiting for me to tell them that), but don’t skip the daily ritual. Sarah Jessica Parker’s beard and haircut don’t help the psychic. In other words: don’t neglect yourself, even if you can finally sleep until nine.
- Workout , of any kind (stepper, dance, mop), or just in front of the window. It’s not just about the physical and immune benefits, but also about the feeling that you are doing something for yourself.
- Cook. Slower and more affected, as if you were at Chef and Gordon Ramsey comes for dinner. It helps even if you just make donuts from the tons of flour and oil you got from Costco.
- Work. If you are working from home or freelancing, the key is to work, that is, to build your own office or work space and to sit at it at the closest time to where you start work. It would be advisable to change your clothes, without overpowering yourself. Nobody wants to see your shirt with Megadeth in meetings. Psychological training for work also helps to adjust the internal rhythm and motivation. Even if you no longer need to commute, when you took off that shirt and slipped into bed, you know that “the program is over.”
- Be an artist, even if you are not. Take an online course, draw, play an instrument or get started on the Arduino robot (if you can order the parts). Any activity with a clear, finite purpose helps the psychic. Yes, even that dubious clay pot you wrote “Ionel” is still art!
- Take classes and read. There are enough free course sites, but also museums that now offer virtual tours. Not to mention physical and electronic books. Wouldn’t it be great for you to give your CV a little after the crisis or to start a random discussion about Gauguin?
- Make yourself a “relaxation” program. The problem with entertainment, which is now abundant (Netflix, HBO Go, movie channels), is that it gets tiring in large quantities. That is why I recommend limiting it to a period that you can look at as a reward, not as an analgesic.
- Play if you can. Video games have by far the greatest therapeutic potential after music. Why? Because it gives you easy-to-reach goals and gives you a sense of progress towards “something”. In addition, I give you a sense of belonging and community. Even NASA agrees.
- Music, obviously. If you don’t like Spotify or Youtube Music, Koreans also give free classical concerts. So do the Germans (the Berlin Philammonic works well with work).
- Coffee – just as obvious, either because it prevents serotonin lowering. If you’re not allowed, even taste some black tea there. You can snack on some sweets, too, if you’ve provided basic nutrients and no bans.
- Talk to people, either online, especially if you don’t have a family or children around you. I don’t kill myself by talking on the phone, but this is a time when I answer calls. Well, here is the risk of the appearance of people who got bored anyway and who will take advantage of the situation to tell you ALL they have done lately.
Finally, as a man in a risk category, I can only repeat: if you can stay in the house, stay in the house (but still open the windows from time to time). Pleasant isolation!