• Aaliyah Iona

Self-Isolation taught me

It’s been a minute. If you’re reading this, you have probably had a nose around my new website, cute right? I have wanted to update my website for a while, and there’s no time like a lockdown. I had hoped I’d be a lot more productive during this time, but what I’ve learnt so far is that over everything you have to prioritise your wellbeing. This is unknown territory and scary as hell. Take this time at your own pace, and engage with the people and things that are going to make you feel better.

Speaking of which, how has it been treating you? Good, I hope. My first week isolating mid-March was awful. I felt extremely overwhelmed, and frankly, had no idea what was the best thing to do in regards to where I would stay. Do I remain in London and keep to myself to avoid infecting my parents as COVID19 had spread rapidly throughout London compared to the West Midlands. Or, do I return home before I either become sick or it is too late to travel. In the end, I chose to join my parents because I felt so low; I cannot stress enough the importance of spending this time in a space and with people you feel most comfortable.

I would hope everyone is already there, as I’m not sure how much flexibility there is relocating now. However, if you have remained isolated, in good health and you can confirm the house you wish to join has too, it’s worth considering. Although, I understand not everyone can do so, and I can’t begin to imagine how frustrating that must feel. For those of you that are unable to move, you can make your living space room more enjoyable by purchasing candles and decor pieces online. It’s a good distraction, and coming from someone who lived in University halls, it does go a long way. If you’d prefer to be cost-effective, check out DIY ideas online and see what you can make from things around the house or with little expense.

The one thing for me which has made this whole experience more bearable is technology. The ability to video call your family and friends, work from home and immerse yourself in various sources of entertainment is incredible. I certainly would have lost my mind without it. I encourage everyone to try something new. Watch a new show, try a new workout, record yourself getting ready, take pics, just do something! Whatever it is, get creative, and if you don’t like it, move onto the next thing. You really don't need 1million followers to create a video or take a load of pictures.

Finally, don’t expect to have things figured out during this time. Take each day as it comes. I’ve certainly felt I’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions over the past month. I write about it, talk about it, and then I move on. Harbouring over negative thoughts/feelings is no good for anybody, particularly during this time. Now more than ever, you are not alone.

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