With everything going on with Coronavirus, it’s a lot to take in. Many of us may feel confused, anxious or scared…and in isolation, some of us don’t know what to do with ourselves without our normal routines. It’s perfectly normal to be feeling any of these things. I know…I too have just finished 14 days quarantine in my own home, after returning back to Australia from South Korea. With one confirmed case of coronavirus on our flight home, I was told to quarantine, rather than self-isolate…to think the worst, until my test results returned negative.
My emotional wellbeing was challenged everyday. I won’t sugar coat it – the beginning was tough. Logistically, for me it involved being suddenly thrust into chaos, how to keep four family members apart whilst all living under the same roof including one member who is immunocompromised with diabetes? Keeping them safe, whilst I waited on the results, was my number one priority. To properly quarantine, meant major effort and adjustments were needed and included me moving in upstairs into one of my children’s bedrooms, using a separate bathroom and practising social distancing. An iPad became my TV, my balcony my new garden and my kids laughter my medicine.
Whilst I waited patiently for the results to come back, I found myself missing the simple things in life that we normally take for granted. Driving in my car, walking the dog, grabbing a coffee at the café with my friend. But here’s the good thing…because right now we need to hear good things, right? Yes, there is self-solation and social distancing, but there doesn’t have to be loneliness.
Seize the opportunity of self-isolation at home. Instead of lamenting the hardship and boredom of this unprecedented time in history, see it as a blessing in disguise. Use the time to rejuvenate, discover new passions and do those things you normally never have time for. Binge TED talks, declutter a cupboard or two or write a letter of thanks and use a stamp to post it. For me, it was learning how to video call on Zoom, posting my very first TikTok and reading more poetry by Kitty O’Meara.
As Kitty mentions, “and the people stayed home and read books, listened, rested, exercised, made art and played games, learned new ways of being and were still – and listened more deeply”. There are also resources and community care organisations that can help you through this. CCNB.com.au can help you to stay well and stay connected. They provide information, advice and guidance to those feeling concerned and can help link you to services and support, such as helping to deliver essential grocery shopping to you, at your door.
Do the right thing and self-isolate. Seize the opportunity and think of others. Who will you stay home for? For me it was my husband. He was the first person I thought of. Do your part and stay home to protect those who are vulnerable.