If you’re over 65 or any age, I hope you’ve been stringently adhering to the guidelines put out by the CVC and are staying put in your homes. It’s a scary time right now as Baby Boomers are at higher risk than most. But dealing with isolation can be hard too. It can cause depression and even a spike in suicide for those who are vulnerable.
The State of California officially put us all on lockdown called Safe at Home.
Here is what the city of Los Angeles is asking us to do:
How are you dealing with isolation?
Personally, I don’t mind being alone because I tend to keep myself busy. I’ve also worked from home for years, so I’m used to it. However, being isolated is not what humans are programmed to do. We need social interaction and it’s a key to longevity. But remember you can always connect with your peeps on Facebook, Instagram, or your favorite social network.
Another way to deal with isolation is to do teleconferences with your family, business colleagues, or friends. I use Zoom for my business, so I have a Pro account and love it. Create a free account and then you and your guests can share each other’s screens. If you have a camera on your computer you can see each other on video. I love how easy it is to use and it’s fun.
I’m moving next month, which is inconvenient given the circumstances, but I have no choice. Being relegated to stay at home certainly gives me lots of time to pack. I just hope I can get a U-Haul and help when I leave in a few weeks. I’ve also been trying to sell my furniture online which is a bit risky, but I make sure anyone who comes into my home isn’t sick and I stay far from them.
Some people I know are baking away like crazy, watching movies on TV, playing solitaire, sewing face masks for hospitals, or keeping an eye on the news. I’ve been playing some of my exercise CDs so I can keep moving. Right now I’m free-from dancing and grooving with Body Groove.
Get some fresh air when you can
It’s not good for us to stay inside all the time. If you can, go outside and take a walk so you can breathe fresh air and get some sunshine. Having dogs makes that easy for me. Just stay at least 6 feet away from other people who are passing by.
Above all, take this crisis seriously
It irks me that people are posting pictures on social media showing them hanging out with their neighbors, having parties, and crowding the beaches for spring break. Remember, just because you’re healthy right now doesn’t mean you aren’t carrying the virus and may spread it to someone who has a compromised immune system.
We’ll all get through this if everyone works together. Laughing it off and thinking it’s a hoax will only make it last longer.
Support your community
Make every effort to purchase goods and services from local businesses because they’re going to hurt immensely. Restaurants in Los Angeles are closed to patrons but many are doing take-out. On TV it was suggested that you send “tips” to your favorite restaurant servers if you can afford it. One guy on Twitter mentioned he pre-bought meals from his favorite restaurant for $2,000.
Another way you can contribute is to donate coats and shoes to the homeless or books to senior centers. Stay in touch with locals by using the Nextdoor app to get local information and find out what’s needed in your neighborhood.
Take care of your mental state
If isolation is making you depressed call up a friend, or chat with them online. And if you’re desperate, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number – 1-800-273-8255. Whatever you do, don’t abuse drugs and alcohol because that will make your situation worse and put you in danger.
Stay well and safe out there. We can do this!