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You’re Not Lazy — Self-Isolation is Utterly Exhausting

Originally published on Medium.com by Gillian Sisley

And up until now, I’ve been exceptionally content with that arrangement, each day for the last several years.

Since the coronavirus outbreak, and Canada going into voluntary self-isolation as a country, the only real change is that my husband is now also working from home. He’s in his basement office, I’m on the top floor in my everyday office. We occasionally cross paths in the kitchen during a workday.

What I’m trying to say is that outwardly and logistically my life has not changed AT ALL since the coronavirus outbreak. Everything for me should be business as usual.

And yet, everything has changed.


 

Dealing with constant negative messaging is not a small factor.

Over the last few decades, positive self-talk has been a main topic of motivational and inspirational speakers.


 

Additionally, there are a lot of subconscious concerns weighing heavy on the mind right now.

Really obvious negative messaging that we have a visual and tangible example of aside, there are also the subconscious (but in no way small) concerns that are swimming around in the back of our minds at all times.

  • I hope my community doesn’t put others at risk through their own ignorance and selfishness.
  • I wonder if all of my clients are going to suspend services this week?
  • Are the changes we’ve made to our budget going to be enough?
  • What if my husband is laid off, and we can’t pay our mortgage anymore?
  • I can’t carry our entire lifestyle on my already dwindling income because of this virus.
  • In the last five visits I’ve made to grocery stores, I have not seen a single roll of toilet paper. Literally when is the next time I’m going to see a roll of toilet paper on a shelf somewhere?
  • I really hope my friends in the US who are struggling right now are going to be okay, because this quarantine thing is no joke.

 

 

Everyone’s mental health is taking a significant blow right now.

Talk to anyone who struggles with regular mental health difficulties, and they’ll tell you the same thing:

Trying to manage declining mental health is an incredibly exhausting existence.

I suffer from PTSD because of past trauma, and a constant undercurrent of anxiety is a normal in my life. Most of the time, I can manage it quite well.


 

Final word.

For everyone out there who is working remotely when normally they would go to an office and are really struggling with that balance, you need to know that you’re not failing.

You need to stop beating yourself up and recognize that you’re doing the best you can and you should be proud of yourself for that.

It’s okay to go to bed earlier than usual. It’s okay to feel a little melancholy right now. It’s okay to need to have emergency calls with friends because your mental health is really taking a toll.

 
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