It’s Week 3 of Social Distancing: how are you all holding up?
On Monday, the governor of Virginia just issued a stay at home order for VA residents until June 10th. Meaning, we have at least another 2.5 months at home. I’m happy to do my part, stay indoors, and help flatten the curve. However, I know isolation can also drive anyone mad!
Can I let you in on a little secret? When I moved to Philadelphia back in 2017, it was initially a tough adjustment for me. I was so excited to move to a new city. However, I lived alone, I worked from home, and I still didn’t know a ton of people in town. I would spend weeks on end cooped up in my apartment with nothing to do. I started to feel depressed, and I decided to work with a therapist to adjust to this significant life change.
Prior to moving to Philly, I was in D.C., I had a full-time job and went into an office Monday-Friday, went to plenty of influencer events after work, and I had a roommate. I was always surrounded by people, and I was lucky if I had any alone time. I’ve always been a very social person, so when I made the move, and I wasn’t surrounded by people 24/7, it took a toll on my mental health. I had to learn how to be okay with being alone.
Social distancing is going to be a tough adjustment for everyone, whether you’re living alone or surrounded by family. Even if you’re introverted and tend to stick to yourself, not being able to go to the office or your favorite restaurant or that workout class is going to disrupt your routine. That’s why it’s so crucial to make time for yourself and practice a little self-care during this period.