Isolation is not a new concept for those with chronic illnesses. When you have a chronic illness you are used to experiencing pain, locking yourself away because you cannot get yourself out of bed. You are used to feeling fresh one day, only to crash to rock bottom the next day. Leaving you feeling frustrated and as though your entire life has been turned upside down.
Part of me is a social butterfly. But, part of me also loves being home, I enjoy my own company. It is a mixed bag of feelings now.
After a rough few months, I have started to get my Crohn’s under control with Infliximab infusions. I am feeling much better in myself, able to get on with my ‘normal’ life. Only, I can’t because lockdown has hit. As the days roll into one, it is a strange feeling. I somewhat feel as though I am missing out on life though this is cushioned by the thought of safety and security in my own home.
I recently wrote about how I manage my time, as I work from home. This is still the case, it is business as usual and it is becoming more and more important to divide my home space from my work space. It is very easy for these two worlds to merge and it does not leave you feeling very relaxed when you finish up a work day. If there is one thing you should be in your home, it is relaxed.
This leaves one question – how can you survive isolation at home?
- Divide the house, use the space in the intended way
For example, cook in the kitchen and eat at the dining room table.
I am used to eating my dinner on the sofa, in front of the TV and although this is comfortable, I don’t find it practical and it merges my already small home into one. I find I feel more relaxed when I am able to keep my lounge free of food smells, it feels cleaner and fresher at all times.
- Use candles
If like me, you feel that the days are merging into one, candles are a great way to transition from day to night. When I finish up my working day, I light candles in the kitchen, the lounge and in the hallway.
The flickering of a candle flame mimics dusk, and shifts the lighting inside.
- Where possible, move furniture and re-organise something
If my house is cluttered, I feel cluttered.
I figured that as I am spending ALL of my time at home, I want the space to be cosy and clean. I do go to the extreme and move entire rooms around but the little organisation helps every now and then too.
I have been using music, listening to the radio or Spotify, as background noise to work to. It has also caused me to have a little impromptu dance session at random times. It is all good fun.
- Impromptu FaceTimes
Do you ever just turn up on a friends doorstep for a cuppa? You can still do that, but it is now virtual. Put in a surprise call, see if they are available and have a chat.
How are you surviving isolation? I would love to hear your hacks.