Jump to content
CrazyBoards.org
0112358

How's Everyone Coping With Social Distancing?

Recommended Posts

Just wanted to check in to see how people are coping with reduced social contact, and probably cabin fever. I hope everyone's doing well, and staying safe and healthy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, 0112358 said:

Just wanted to check in to see how people are coping with reduced social contact, and probably cabin fever. I hope everyone's doing well, and staying safe and healthy.

How are you doing? Doing ok, my spouse is working from home, so I'm not completely alone like usual. I'm used to quarantining! Although being stuck inside with nothing open is pretty rough, often when I have cabin fever, I'd go window shopping or wandering in stores.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For my part, I've been catching up with old friends a lot, and active on social media (I'm typically not). In a lot of ways I'm being more socially active than I usually am, both because I'm worried about people and because of being back on Facebook and stuff. I've been helping my mother out a lot as well; she's in her 70's, and I've been picking up groceries for her and spending time with her (we don't live together, but I have an apartment attached to her house - still maintaining a degree of distance, though).

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It’s really hard for me. I had finally built up a life for myself after many years of being isolated. I had a strong group of friends I saw regularly. I was working 3 days a week volunteering. I was about to start peer support specialist training through NAMI with hopes of getting a real job eventually. I felt much more motivated to paint and was producing work. I was running marathons and half marathons.

Now that I am home alone all day with all the time in the world I just lay on the couch and do nothing all day. I do get out and jog still, but that’s about it.   

  • Sad 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm generally happy with my own company, but that gets balanced by the people contact I get from working fulltime, seeing my elderly parents and having a gym buddy. But I'm currently feeling very anxious  - we're officially working from home and the country is going into lockdown on Friday.

Initially they said people would still be able to walk their dogs or themselves, as long as they were on their own. Tonight that has changed to nobody being allowed out to exercise, only to take drives to buy food or medicine. I can already feel the cabin fever looming. I'm not sure how I'm going to cope. 

I figure I'll have to try to structure and schedule my day pretty carefully so I don't go completely over the edge. I do have an exercise bike so I should factor in time on that for the endorphins. 

Otherwise... who knows? Ultimately it's a day by day thing. If I think of it in its entirety my brain feels like it might explode. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

extremely mixed lol. years of agoraphobia and social anxiety mean that im coping a lot better than my other family members, but ocpd/ocd in overdrive. having a lot of contamination anxiety. im scared i was a mild case (didnt have a fever or cough but runny nose) that unintentionally spread it around. dont care if i had/have it but i feel huge guilt over maybe spreading it before quarantine. trying to keep to all the rules but its hard when they are vague and ever changing. scared for people i know with lung problems

parents are (currently) driving me up the wall, though the last week or so we were getting along ok. hope everyone stays well

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

also having a hard time with ocpd over here. self isolation isn't so bad for me to handle since i'm inclined to isolate myself anyway, and i have my mom and my pets to fill my social needs. it's just that i feel i should be accomplishing a lot right now given that i'm not working and shouldn't leave the house. like, i should be cleaning everything, and making artwork, and cooking and writing and etcetc. i was pretty productive yesterday, but still went to bed feeling like shit. i have a nap every day and feel so useless because of it. what am i doing that is so tiring that i need a nap? 

i'm not yet at cabin fever levels, but i think it's coming.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's this weird mix of having to be more social than before, in different ways, that still give me intense anxiety, but lacking non-phone and non-virtual contact and ending up very lonely even though I am really busy and keep having to talk to people.  

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Doing OK. It's our first day of an official lockdown and state of emergency. Managed to get out for a walk along the beach yesterday before lockdown. Friends are staying in touch via messaging and email so I still feel connected. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Doing ok here. Reduced social contact has been my "normal" for a very long time already (partly due to my anxieties, and partly due to simply being an introvert).

 

2 hours ago, Melancholya said:

Doing OK. It's our first day of an official lockdown and state of emergency. Managed to get out for a walk along the beach yesterday before lockdown. Friends are staying in touch via messaging and email so I still feel connected. 

Pardon me asking, but what exactly does "lockdown" mean? Does it only mean that your country is closed to travellers from other countries, or does it mean that you have to literally lock yourself up in your house and not go outside?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, companion_cube said:

Pardon me asking, but what exactly does "lockdown" mean? Does it only mean that your country is closed to travellers from other countries, or does it mean that you have to literally lock yourself up in your house and not go outside?

All of the above. Our entire country has been told to stay home, only essential services like supermarkets and medical centres etc can stay open. We've been put into a state of emergency so that the police can reprimand anyone not obeying physical distancing rules. We're not allowed to drive anywhere except to essential services. We can go outside for walks but have to stay 2 metres away from anyone else. Everything is closed, even playgrounds. And yes our borders are closed to international travel. All domestic travel is banned. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, Melancholya said:

All of the above. Our entire country has been told to stay home, only essential services like supermarkets and medical centres etc can stay open. We've been put into a state of emergency so that the police can reprimand anyone not obeying physical distancing rules. We're not allowed to drive anywhere except to essential services. We can go outside for walks but have to stay 2 metres away from anyone else. Everything is closed, even playgrounds. And yes our borders are closed to international travel. All domestic travel is banned. 

Thanks for clarifying. That's more restrictive than my country. Here we have physical distance rules, a ban against grouping together in public and closure of restaurants/bars/sportclubs. However there don't seem to be domestic travel restrictions (at least up until now).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
14 minutes ago, companion_cube said:

Thanks for clarifying. That's more restrictive than my country. Here we have physical distance rules, a ban against grouping together in public and closure of restaurants/bars/sportclubs. However there don't seem to be domestic travel restrictions (at least up until now).

Our government is taking it super seriously as it's just going to snowball and overwhelm our hospitals if we don't take really restrictive measures. I think it's good, but it's also scary to be going through. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Today I'm actually looking forward to going out to:

  • Donate toilet paper I was sent by accident
  • Pick up produce from a local farm for my mother

Interesting how things that would've felt like annoying tasks before have become my only reasons for leaving the house.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I’m working from home a partial week, required to go in 2 days a week. I’m pretty much a stay home type but this is a bit much for me. I’m calling people I don’t usually call. They don’t want to video chat, which I would prefer. This has triggered my hoarding/acquiring tendencies which is a big problem and I’m crowded by huge quantities of stuff, which is worse from being home all the time. We are on orders to stay home except for essentials or lone walks. I think it’s debatable how essential I am. I’m usually alone a lot but forced home time seems different. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm managing. I have a 5 year old whom I'm now trying to homeschool, so I'm not really alone, but I am having a hard time with being cut off from all the social contacts I've managed to make in the last two years. It's also hard not to be able to take my son places to get his energy out and having to try to keep him engaged all day. Last week I was suicidal a lot of the time but this week has been somewhat better.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My state is not considered a hard-hit state...no lockdown yet...I had an in person appointment with my therapist today.....Things could change, but so far no extreme measures taken (other than the standard recommendations of social distancing and hand-washing)....Of course I never leave the house anyway, except to go to doc, therapist, or to pick up meds, and someone has to help me do those.

Edited by CrazyRedhead

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, mikl_pls said:

Not doing so good. Very lonely and depressed. Very.

I was just thinking about you today, wondering how you were coping.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i don't think i'm coping quite as well as i thought i was. i forgot what it's like for me when i'm more isolated than usual. one of the things that flares up right away is my skin picking. i picked off enough skin and nail on my toes that they bled and have been hurting all day. this is not good. might have to bust out the band aids.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...