I have been self isolating now for twelve days. For the first two weeks after the corona virus self isolating rules were introduced, I decided that I would keep working. Even though I’m in the high risk age group, and work in a high risk sector, coming into contact with many people every day, in the course of my work, I made the decision to take the risk. This decision was mainly based on the fact that I am quite healthy and fit for my age.
My partner had decided, on medical advice, to self isolate, due to an underlying medical condition affecting his immune system. For the first week after his self isolation, I noticed there were many customers who didn’t seem to be taking the corona virus rules seriously. Every day for a week, I went to work, feeling very concerned that I would take the virus home. I felt that I couldn’t keep working in a position where I had contact with hundreds of people daily, as the risk of bringing home the virus was very high. It didn’t take me long to decide that I needed to self isolate also.
Life in Isolation
Having made the decision, I found it a huge relief to stay at home, and not have to be at work at this difficult time. The past month at work has been the most stressful of my working life. I’ve been self employed for most of my life, and even the most stressful times in running a business are nothing compared to the stress caused by toilet paper panic and general supermarket panic. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been abused by customers, I’ve seen customers crying because they couldn’t get toilet paper or some other household item that people had been stockpiling. I’ve seen elderly customers at the end of their tether and very upset, and I’ve seen customers arguing over the contents of their trollies. When it came to making the final decision to self isolate, I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.
At first I was quite concerned. I wasn’t sure how I would cope with not working and self isolating at home. I needn’t have been concerned. I am living my new life in isolation! I’m just as busy as I ever was when working, but these days, I am busy doing what I love when I want to do it. I’m especially loving being at home.
Every day I’m busy in the garden as is my partner. We are quickly ticking off those jobs that have been on that seemingly never ending list. I love that we can tick off those jobs at our leisure. Usually, everything gets done in a rush, on a day off, or after work. It really does feel like luxury to not have to rush.
Most days, we are both busy, as we complete jobs on our list, but at the same time, we are more relaxed than we have ever been. There is no rush, no panic, and there are no deadlines. A huge bonus is not to have to do the 45 minute drive both ways, to and from work. I don’t miss that at all.
Please don’t get the impression that all we are doing is work. We are relaxing and spending more time together than usual. Now that we have so much time together, we are able to go out together to exercise, whether that be walking with our toy poodle Oscar, or riding our bikes on the rail trail, and on the bush trails around our house.
I do understand, of course, that self isolating can be difficult, depending the living circumstances. But for us, it has been not at all difficult. We don’t live in a big, fancy house, and we live quite a simple lifestyle. What we do have, that is very precious at the moment, is space around us. We live on 20 acres, in a bush setting surrounded by a national park. We have a large garden where we can lose ourselves and which gives us our long ‘to do’ list. We take a step outside our front gate and we are in the Bendigo National Park, where we are able to spend hours walking. Just down the road is the O’Keefe Rail Trail, which is perfect for cycling or walking.
Naturally, all is not perfect in this life of self isolation, and I don’t mean to make it seem as though it is. There is the worry about family and friends staying safe. Then there are the constant news updates, both on TV and on social media. We’ve decided not to follow the corona virus news all day, but to check in for updates morning and night. This is definitely helping to contain corona virus stress.
Another problem we have had during isolation is that we have had no phone or internet services over Easter. Today makes seven days since we lost our connection, after a huge rain storm caused damage to the phone lines. I’ve been able to check in occasionally when leaving the property for groceries or exercise. We have been promised that we will have connection again tomorrow. Our fingers are crossed.
For me, to be told that I have to stay in isolation at home, for a long period, is a dream come true. Or I should say, it would be a dream come true, if not for the dreadful reality of the corona virus.
Please take care and stay safe.
How has life in lockdown been for you? Are you enjoying it? Or are you perhaps climbing the walls. I’d love to hear how you’re experiencing being in isolation and promise to reply to all comments.
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