There’s no denying that these are dark, unsettling and worrying times. The lockdown and self-isolation has resulted in most of us needing to adapt, to adjust our lifestyles and how we do things in one way or another.
For some it may be homeschooling and keeping the kids entertained. For others it may be working from home, or experiencing isolation in a way they never have before. Some may be out of work and income and needing to readjust finances. Maybe it’s getting in to new routines and habits for staying safe. Most of us are trying to reduce or stop leaving the home, necessitating the need to be more creative in using up what we do have in order to make it go further and last longer.
The situation now may be uncomfortable. Some may view it as an inconvenience, for others it may be a nightmare. But you can adapt. Humans are incredibly adaptable as a species and we’re well equipped to change our perspective and think things through to find alternative solutions or ways of coping.
But as with any change, it can take some getting used to. It’s a novel situation and none of us really know how to navigate this uncertain world right now. You can only do your best and each day things will get a little more manageable, a little more normal and you’ll hopefully start to get into the swing of things. That’s not going to take away the horror of the situation or how painfully sad things are, but it might make the ground you’re standing on feel a little firmer.
Reach out and connect with others online or on the phone. Limit your news intake each day if it’s getting overwhelming.
Do whatever you can to stay safe while not forgetting to prioritise self-care, which is so important right now.
There will be setbacks and challenges and struggles, but you can handle whatever comes your way.
PS. For those in the UK that feel they meet the criteria as being in the vulnerable / extremely group and are not able to get grocery deliveries, here’s the link for the government page to register. You send in your details, the government verifies your health status with your medical records, and they pass this information on to the online supermarkets. If you’re considered highly vulnerable, you’ll be given priority delivery (though this is no guarantee of delivery availability). If you’re struggling to get the help you need, please reach out or contact your local council.