If, like me, you were one of the unlucky people who suffered from the Coronavirus, whether by actually being sick or by trying your best to avoid it, you might relate to that feeling of loneliness or better described as: isolation.
There’s something about the sudden loss of regular human connections. I mean it’s ok at first, you have your Netflix, your mobile games, the musical instrument you never got around to learning. But then that feeling starts to rise; the feeling of being isolated, of being alone. Coupled with actually being sick, feeling fatigued, weak, having difficulty breathing, and struggling to taste or smell! It’s alienating, and highly stressful.
I found myself being absorbed in trying to analyze how my brain is perceiving all this. I got lost in deeper problems and thoughts, you know, like your casual existential Tuesday. And I just didn't have enough energy to face all this, so I withdrew. I was isolated, so I felt Isolated. It felt like I’d be stuck there forever. But luckily the feeling eased when I started going back to my routine.
Here are some of the things I found most helpful to cope with my isolation:
Deal with your symptoms -
Covid isn't an easy virus; having to rise to the occasion of being a pandemic and all. This is why it can leave you with feelings of extreme fatigue, exhaustion, and difficulty breathing. These symptoms can last even after the fever subsides. Give yourself time, know your energy limit, don't rush yourself to get back up on your feet, and stay hydrated. Maintaining a balanced diet, and a balanced pace to your recovery is key.
Don't push yourself, mentally -
I know you want to go back to your routine, you want to perform well, and try the new work-life balance hacks you've read somewhere in your spare time, but is it harder than before? If yes, then don't rush it. Remember that your mind is also recovering from all the feelings of stress and isolation. Try to ease back into life; let people around you know that you're taking it easy. Breathe. Slowly. You're not in a race.
Many of us shy away from reaching out. I would like to tell you that it's actually ok. Doctor's orders! Ask for support from family, friends, or even your angry boss. How else can you battle isolation if not by surrounding yourself with people you love, and people who love you.
Acceptance is key
If you’ve caught the virus, you may have felt angry at times. You may have blamed yourself, your family, maybe even the world! For a change, try to accept what is going on. Try to accept your physical weaknesses, your mental vulnerabilities, and the distress of it all. It's ok. You are human.
Also, remember: you can do it!