Introvert’s Isolation Beginner’s Guide

Whether it’s a pandemic, snow day, here are some things for the days in.

Checking the date, I guess it’s no surprise this post is about the Coronavirus (COVID-19.)

Yesterday it was announced our kids would be out of school for at least 3-weeks and my partner’s office has requested he works from home. Instead of going to isolation, I’m going into a full house.

First things first, listen to the health officials and organizations like WHO (World Health Organization,) take their warnings and advice seriously for your health and that of the community. Let them exercise their expertise to our benefit.

Since I am an introvert at heart, I wanted to share the knowledge of my cave preference ways in the hope it may provide a little relief while we all work on flattening the curve.

9 Isolation Ideas

1) Record.

There are a lot of experiences and emotions during this time, from awe to devastating. The best and worst of humanity, questions, emerging situations, and responses all of which can be written down. In addition to being a resource for future creative endeavors, it also helps process all that is happening. My bullet journal is becoming a wonderful mess of ideas and reactions, which has really helped me focus my anxiety into action.

2)  Create.

It’s good for your soul, it’s good for your audience’s soul, and thus good for all! 

3) Get Moving

When the days start to blur, it’s easy to lose track of something as easy as moving. Dance videos, family meditative movement, stretching, exercise videos, Wii U competitions…there are so many ways to integrate movement into a schedule to meet the individual needs of a person and/or family. We’re starting to do family stretches in the morning and an activity in the early afternoon.

4) Do the ‘Thing.’

Most people have the ‘thing’ they’ve always wanted to do, like write a book, learn photography, travel, cook, learn a new language, organize the house, etc. Some things may only be researched while keeping social distancing, but that research can lead to action after the pandemic is over, so plan that dream.
I’m hoping to learn how to do videos with my DSLR.

Sites like Skillshare, Masterclass, EdX, and more provide wonderful opportunities to indulge in a new skill or even profession while you are at home.

5) Stay Connected.

Staying connected when you are isolated is essential to most people’s sanity. Skype, Discord, and even social media groups are a great way to feel connected to the outside world. Skyping family members, especially the elderly, will help in staying updated on their health, Discord provides many servers specific to professions, hobbies, and fandoms to connect with others, and social media is, well, social.

Just be careful on platforms with broader audiences to not get too sucked into trolls or ‘the bad.’ My suggestion, which I really have to practice myself, is to get news at allotted times of the day, then move on, or it can consume hours and a lot of energy.

We’re setting up digital board game nights with our friends and a book club with our family across the country.

6) New Habits.

When being thrown into an unexpected situation for an extended period of time, it’s a great opportunity to form a new desired habit or lifestyle. Whether it’s health, hobby, pattern, or practice, what better time than when you can really focus on it. My first goal is cooking at home with less waste.

7) Drink Water.

Stay hydrated, my friends.

8) Health, Priority #1.

So why do I have it as #8, well, as a reminder. The healthier you are, the better you, your family, and your community will be in the long run. This means getting enough sleep, taking meds, keeping up with hygeine, reaching out if you’re not doing okay, physical activity, eating healthy (if possible,) and doing regular self-assessments. This also covers calling your doctor with any issues early. I’ve found that it’s easy for me to focus so much on everyone else, that I start to wither internally. It’s hard to ask for alone time, heck sometimes even a shower, but if I’m not taking care of myself then I get sick. If I’m sick, what the heck happens to everyone else? So…health, priority #1.

9) Helping Others.

This may seem difficult when social distancing, but there are things that can be done. Donate to local food banks and social organizations. If you are healthy and not high risk, see if there are volunteer opportunities in your area. If you are financially stable enough, consider supporting local, independent businesses and artists. If you don’t want to go out, there are gift cards and delivery options. I’m making a gift card stockpile for an upcoming birthday and holiday gifts.

I hope this has helped the weathering of the storm feel more manageable and that you all stay safe, healthy.

I would love to hear your plans and strategies.


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