We’re in isolation because there is an Intruder

Covid-19 means we have lost our freedom; we can’t go out when we want, we can’t go where we want, we can’t see who we want and we can’t eat what we want. 

Once the Masters of our lives, this Intruder has taken away our control. Covid-19 means everything is changing around us, and we can’t make sense of it. We have to obey the rules. We hate taking orders from other people, what do they know?

Before Covid-19 everything was good; we had our ducks in order, we had plans, we had holidays but now everything has changed. And we hate change. Humans are bad at change. We like habit and daily routine, but now our lives are in turmoil because we have to look outside of our own micro worlds, and instead, look at the big picture, all because of Covid-19, a relentless Intruder.

Covid-19 lockdown

We live in a small world

Suddenly though, the world has become a much smaller place – because we’re all in this together. Which means we need to stop thinking as an I.

No, we might not be able to get the toilet roll we’re used to buying, or the soya milk we prefer or the avocado we’re used to having for breakfast every Sunday. Neither can we go on the holiday we had planned, go on our monthly shopping trip or drive our new car (if you can even call that sacrifice), now is the time to listen when we’re told to STAY AT HOME and to put our wants aside, because there are people risking their lives for us. 

Let’s grow together

When we talk about our comfort zone, it often conjures images of bungee jumping, travelling to foreign climes or even joining the gym. But now, during this time of uncertainty and change when we’re being forcibly removed from our comfort zones because of this Intruder, perhaps we will see it as an opportunity to grow; to let go of our fear and make even the smallest changes for good. If anything, we can learn kindness and gratitude. 

We need to be able to adapt and let go of habits and routines. To let go of our fear of change and just accept today as it is. Now is the time to realise that there are people in the world today who know the real meaning of sacrifice. We live in an advanced modern world, yet we can still be so regressive in our thinking. In 2020 (before Covid-19 took hold) there are people in the world who have been living with restriction, rations, fear and in isolation for their entire lives. Those people dream of change, and fear life staying the same. 

Take a moment

Perhaps today, whilst the kettle boils and we settle ourselves at our desks to work from home, we will look out of the window and notice for the first time, our neighbour leaving for work. They’re the only person out there. They’re dressed in a blue uniform. We suddenly feel worried for them and ashamed that we hadn’t noticed them before. We realise how lucky we are that they exist. Suddenly, appearances, nationalities, and religion mean less to us. We’re just grateful that they have chosen to put their lives at risk, facing Covid-19 every day to help our sick loved ones, neighbours, and us. We wish we could tell them. 

Perhaps today whilst we’re watching tv with our family, we will think of that neighbour and all the other neighbours, helping those people who are in isolation in hospitals around the world; unable to leave their room, not allowed to hold their loved ones hands or even see them again, and realise how lucky we are to be safe, in our homes or gardens whilst the sun shines and to even have had the freedom to lose in the first place. Maybe then we will be able to accept that others’ lives are more important, so we’ll just make do without. 

We are a team, in a world full of neighbours we’ve just not met yet. Let’s worry about them all.

Helpful links 

If you are worried about yourself or a friend or family member, or need advice regarding Covid-19, there is lots of helpful information NHS website.

One of our chosen charities is Mind; they recommend getting out in nature to help ease anxiety and stress, which is one of the reasons why we love to walk. You can find out more about the benefits of nature for mental health here.