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Re: Ask A Pro Live: Life after Social Isolation

What would be your number one tip for dealing with isolation? How do you cope with cabin fever and being under-stimulated because of your environment?

 

I've been trying to vary my routine a little bit and do something novel everyday, but it's hard to go from spending 12 hours on the go with uni/work etc to not leaving your room at all. it's a recipe for disorientation and mental funk I think. 

 

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Life after Social Isolation

Love that @GuestPsychologist , I've just ordered a few fabric masks for public transport and noticed a lot more people out and about in masks today - my brother lives in Hong Kong, and virtually everyone wears a mask there. Takes a bit of getting used to, but it's such a simple way of. help protect vulnerable people and still be able to live your life .

 

Our next question will resonate a lot with a lot of our community who are doing it a bit tough in Melbourne/ Victoria at the moment: 

 

What are your tips on coping when only your state/suburb is in lockdown?

 

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Re: Ask A Pro Live: Life after Social Isolation

great idea and approach - i do the same - i need to work in a few different places on the laptop - move around a bit and hit a spacious cafe - just to see people!

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Life after Social Isolation

I must say some of the government advice about the restrictions in NSW has been a bit confusing recently. I think they are trying to say that we should stick to some of the things we were doing in the lockdown, but not actively enforcing it. I was actually wondering last night can I go on public transport, can I do face-to-face volunteering with vulnerable people, can I go to the shops to get things other than groceries and essentials, do I have to wear a mask? Smiley LOL

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Life after Social Isolation

it has been a big challenge to understand changing advice. But the basics are clear for NSW - masks help  - you can shop - and exercise - and socialise in small groups - volunteering will depend on the organisations rules.  

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Its crap especially for Melbourne and VIC right now, but it’s where we are at. I cope by speaking to friends on the phone every day and family as often as possible. I’m lucky I don’t have to travel to an office for work, I can work from home. So I’m grateful for what I have - like being flexible with work, no more commutes. Acceptance is everything but not easy. If we can accept the changes, the challenges, it is easier to live with. We will come out of this in time even if it doesn’t feel like it at times. We have to adapt. Humans always adapt and try to be grateful and positive if we can. It is the older people who are really stressing because the risk to them is very high.

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we should expect covid will do the rounds between states - whats happening in VIC now could be NSW in a month especially if we are silly,  cocky etc. until there is a vaccine 12 months away maybe this is not going away. but it will go away.

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Life after Social Isolation

What would be your number one tip for dealing with isolation? How do you cope with cabin fever and being under-stimulated because of your environment?
For me, there is always something to do. I signed up for things that I can do online such as online volunteering and paid events. I also like to learn new things every day so I've done a few online courses this year. I've probably never been this busy but I feel that sitting around with nothing to do makes me bored. I read a tip that said to do things every day that bring you fulfillment, let you connect with other people and make you feel happy and I've tried to stick to it. Varying my routine has helped a lot too. I am always doing something different on most days.

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Life after Social Isolation

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us tonight @GuestPsychologist!! 

 

This is such an amazing idea @Janine-RO and I think RO should do this more often! Like have guest speakers on here.. like it would be cool to talk to professionals in certain fields. Idk what the ethics and stuff is like but even just hearing @GuestPsychologist mention ACT, like I've never heard of it before ans would love to hear about it more but know this isn't the time. And idk, just hearing from psychs that are maybe specialised in certain diagnosis? Just a suggestion cause this is SUPER COOL!!! And I know for me I really struggle to tell my psych the truth whereas if there was a guest speaker on here I would feel so much more comfortable asking those awkward and scary questions and knowing it's a therapist giving their response if that makes sense? Idk. I think RO is onto something here! Well done!! 

 

Anyway... @GuestPsychologist I do have a question for you.. I'm finding myself getting annoyed with people when they complain they can't go out to eat or play sport etc and how it sucks being at home. Like I totally get it but sometimes I feel like screaming at them that that's me every bloody day!! Unable to do those things because of my mental health. Idk. I totally sympathise with them but sometimes it becomes too much. Any suggestions on how I can feel less guilty about it and not get so annoyed at them so easily? 

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Life after Social Isolation

i need to listen to that advice - TY!