We’re in a scary time. There’s lots of panic and fear as tiny virus could potentially make us sick. I want to reflect on some lessons I’ve learned while in quarantine. Some of these will just be general things I’ve learned, others will be mental health related. And let me tell you, isolation can be tough on mental health
- We weren’t prepared for something as major as this. Humanity is not invincible and this has been a reminder of that. We as a society have been ignoring issues like global warming because it’s always seemed so far in the future. But it’s here now, the effects are already being seen and it’s going to affect everyone.
- Staying home constantly can drive you stir crazy. Going out for a walk or anything helps counteract this, however you need to see friends and get some sort of social interaction. It helps to talk about anything when you’re stuck at home with the same people.
- We are overworked for no reason. If this pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that society doesn’t need to always physically go into work. People can work from home and still be productive. Working from home should be optional sometimes, it won’t translate to laziness. A person should be able to work from home for valid reasons. I’d love to see a time where we allocate set days people can stay home.
- Listen to scientists or medical professionals. I’ve noticed a lot of people have put fear and anxiety ahead of safety. In Australia a big issue is mistrust of the government and while that is understandable, they’re following techniques that have worked in the past to control an outbreak. And at the end of the day, following their guidelines is for your safety and your family. This is purely about the Australia government and their release of an app to track whether you have come into contact with a sick individual. I understand other governments have not been handling the outbreak very well and my country is incredibly lucky to have flattened the curve as well as it did.
- Panicking will only make things worse. We all experienced the bare supermarkets a few months ago and this was as a result of panic. But also I’ve noticed every time I get hay fever or lately I worry. Even today when my sister had to get tested I had major anxiety, she hadn’t been in contact with anyone yet I still panicked. While panic is normal, I feel like actively telling myself rational things helps and brings me to a more suitable level of panic.
Thanks so much for reading! If there’s any lessons you’ve learned during quarantine I’d love to read them!