We could have started this post with some gang-ho motivational message about using the self-isolation time to the most. We could feature yet another list of online courses, films, concerts, workout sessions and other online events that you absolutely should know about. But we won’t. Allow us to fill this space of a blog post with other words of encouragement. You don’t have to use this time to ‘improve yourself’. You don’t have to brush off the desire to finally do all things in real life, and substitute it with a rash to catch all online events to get out of the quarantine an intellectual/physical upgrade of your former self. Turning your anxiety to productivity isn’t easy. It’s ok to be in your feelings. It’s ok to be nostalgic about the life with offline events, real hugs and hangouts.
Steve Cole, a UCLA researcher recently shared in an article that “Staying connected to purpose and meaning in your life is the single most powerful resilience against that [physical isolation] impact.” Experts also suggest creating new routines, finding time for yourself, and trying the idea of «connect five»— reaching every day to at least five people to provide support for you and for them. Some research also suggest that living through isolation can have a positive outcome as well. Take it from a university of Southern California professor Larry Palinkas: «The idea is if you can survive an experience like this,” he said in a recent article, “it results in a sense of accomplishment and a feeling like, ‘I can handle anything.”