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Re: Ask A Pro Live: Life after Social Isolation

tough question!

communicating well is hard - not screaming or telling people what we really think is hard!

we can be stern but polite - none of us are perfect - i think - ive just met you!

 

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Life after Social Isolation

Hey everyone, I won't be able to join tonight, but I look forward to reading the responses!

I will add though, I tend to find that I miss the face to face interaction, and that I found it quite easy to move back into a sense of normality. I'm in QLD, so I am in a slightly different environment to most people...

But you guys are right the lowercase letters are better in most situations, including for covid. Smiley Happy

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Life after Social Isolation

I love that @WheresMySquishy , sounds like super wise words to live by and something I think I need to remember more often.

 

This question really hit home for me, because I think it's the change and uncertainty that really makes me feel shit on a bad day... looking forward to hearing @GuestPsychologist 's thoughts on this one!! 

 

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Re: Ask A Pro Live: Life after Social Isolation

When we get really annoyed at others it is worth looking at ourselves - someone wise said others are just a mirror of us and iot is worth asking why really do others bother us. Its hard - I'm cranky 

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Life after Social Isolation

Not easily – this is new for everyone. It seems introverts are managing this better. They prefer alone time. It is still possible to socialise just safely from a distance. So when you are ‘out’ – enjoy it, be grateful, knowing it may end soon.

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testing quick reply or just reply?!

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@MB95 I relate to that so much, it's what's making me feel the worst about this whole thing. Even little things bug me, like people going out of their way to stay connected to each other when I have no one in my life to connect with even if I ask them. I think what helps would be to recognise that it's a strength to recognise this frustration with yourself + others. For most other people, these emotions are completely new. Maybe you could try sharing your coping mechanisms? Just recognise how strong you are for having to deal with a situation like this for longer than others! Smiley Happy

I'm not feeling the best so I might have to go (or pop in and out). I'll be sure to check in later if that happens, though! Smiley Happy

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Life after Social Isolation

How do I deal with going in and out of social isolation?
I care for some family members who stay at home all day (one's in hospital now though) so I've always made sure we have some fun activities planned that we can do at home such as board games, video games, shows that we can watch, etc. I've also made sure I keep in touch with people online so it doesn't feel like I'm away from them for too long. Another thing I did was I made lists of my favourite online stores and restaurants and I've discovered so many I never knew existed. I've tried to use reasons that we can leave the house (for me they are usually things such as volunteering that can't be done from home, medical appointments or shopping for essentials) to do things I enjoy doing, such as going on a walk.

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Life after Social Isolation

no problem - thanks for sharing. it is really important to acknowledge that this is a really hard time and for us all to be kind to each other - as in - be kind to yourself.

Most things that were steady and safe and fundamental in our lives have been shaken up.

THAT IS HUGE. but perspective is good too - the vast majority of people that get covid will be fine. life will return close to what we knew 

Re: Ask A Pro Live: Life after Social Isolation

I'm loving these responses and learning so much from them all - thank you all so much! 

 

@GuestPsychologist  I definitely found myself nodding along to this question, I know a few people in my life are feeling pretty anxious about leaving their bubbles at the moment..

 

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How do you cope with people who do not want to leave isolation? I have friends who I think I will probably not see much of anymore because of their anxiety of returning to normal Smiley Sad

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