Posted in Family, mental-health, quarantine

Dealing with the Isolation

 

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a very busy week at work and working on my writing. I’m making progress on my new story and I’m enjoying the new characters, but it is in the beginning stages, so I have far to go. But enough about that, today I’d like to talk about dealing with isolation while we’re all under quarantine.

 

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It’s hard. I haven’t seen my co-workers since January. I can skype with them, but it’s not the same as being able to read their emotions to see how they’re handling things. They’re the only ones who really understand about my job because they’re dealing with the same issues I am.

 

I also miss meeting my friends and my extended family for a quick bite or a movie. Last week was the first time I’ve seen one of my gal pals in forever. We finally got together for dinner and we talked the whole time. It was so good to see her. Even though we chat on social media, it’s not the same as getting together and being spontaneous. We shared all kinds of ideas and it was motivating. I wanted to follow through on some of those ideas as soon as I returned home.

 

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We were good. We both wore our masks until we sat down and the restaurant had us sit a couple of tables away from other guests, so it was safe. I wonder how long we’re going to have to keep this up.

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I’m still worried about school. My oldest wants to go, and who can blame him? He misses his friends. I’m still leaning toward online schooling. I just don’t want to take the chance with their health, but I can see the isolation is taking a toll on them as well.

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I am grateful that my family is healthy. From what I hear this virus goes dormant for a while and can come back with a vengeance. I know a few people who’ve caught the virus and they’ve been sick for months. I know the isolation is necessary, but I hope it ends soon.

 

On the plus side, I have been getting a lot of writing done, and that’s a good thing. It has also brought our family closer. We’ve had quite a few family nights and I feel fortunate that I have had this time with my kids, so it isn’t all bad.

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How about you? How are you dealing with the isolation? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

Author:

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

21 thoughts on “Dealing with the Isolation

  1. I can understand how difficult the isolation can be especially on the kids. Personally, having a job that is still operational really helps. It’s the only thing relatively normal. I find that when I am at home, I will have to schedule a drive just to get dressed and out of the house. I feel like we consume so much doom and gloom that the sunshine is necessary!

    1. Yes! Working from home has been great, but I don’t leave the house. I’ve had to make it a point to get out, even if it’s just a drive to get gas so I can have a change of scenery. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Definitely, a difficult situation. A lot of people have disregarded the distancing and mask norms and gone back to the old days.But that’s not what sane people will do. I guess distancing will continue for quite a while. I have recently written about the present condition in my latest blog post. Check it out when you can, Lisa.

    1. I definitely will check out your blog post, Arv. A lot of people have disregarded our social distancing rules as well and that’s why they’ve become stricter and the quarantine keeps getting extended. I’m hoping by the end of the year things may go back to normal. Crossing my fingers!

  3. I think this pandemic has put a strain on all our mental health, no matter what age we are, Lisa. It’s a matter of knowing ‘This too shall pass’, being patient with the process, and know there’s a message in the mess. Hugs and wishing you and your family continued health and well being, my friend!

  4. Covid-19 has definitely made massive changes in our lifestyle. Not being able to go out and do our daily chores rather being locked up in a house and working from a room is kindof tiring. Still, if you’re healthy till now that’s what matters the most!
    You have a great blog! ❤️

  5. We introverted writer-types have it easier than really social people–but it’s nice to be able to have a choice to socialize or not. Our summer is much the same as it always is. Our pool opened, and it’s too hot to do much else. I was glad my family got to Ohio, before COVID cases started spiking again! We socially distanced there–while boating and fishing, which was nice. It would make me terribly sad to not have any “regular” summer activities. We are now looking ahead to school, which, so far, looks like it will be in person. It’s a very small Catholic school, so the social distancing really is possible. Still, I’m nervous about it, but everybody has to weight the risks and do what they’re comfortable with. Tough decisions!

    1. Yes, you are so right, Rebecca. I’m glad to hear your kids go to a smaller school where social distancing isn’t going to be as big of an issue. Our school district is quite large and I’m very concerned about the situation. My oldest wants to go back to school, but I’m still leaning toward virtual until the end of the year. I have to talk to the school and see if maybe he could do a hybrid. There’s one class he’s taking with his friends and it’s a small class, so I’m thinking that one may be okay.

      1. It certainly feels like a damned-if-you-do and damned-if-you-don’t situation, doesn’t it? I keep telling myself, it’s just a year. There’s plenty of time for school and normal socialization and everything else. Trying to feel optimistic, though “normal” feels far off!

      2. It sure does! And my youngest had gotten involved in tennis, but the whole season was cancelled last year and now he’s lost interest in it. I’m really bummed, I think team sports is a great way to learn how to work together toward a common goal.

      3. Oh, that’s too bad. I hope he gets his tennis spark back. I’m always trying to convince my boys–twins–that tennis would be fun for them, and we have a court they could walk to. They’re not sold on it. Maybe I need to have them watch the next Wimbledon? And I agree about team sports. I was never one for them, but that might be why I work for myself–ha (*doesn’t play well with others*).

      4. LOL! I bet you do play well with others. You’re very kind. I can tell by your responses. I hope my youngest gets his spark back, too, or maybe something else will catch his eye. 🙂

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