Isolation : With countries around the world in various stages of lockdown right now, millions of us are adapting to life at home in a bid to save lives.
As such, we’re slowly becoming accustomed to spending more time on our own, whether that means giving ourselves a bit of a pep talk to be more productive, or just using the time to be kind to ourselves.
However, a lot of us are finding ourselves questioning whether certain behaviours are acceptable. For example: is it okay to work from home in my pyjamas all day? Is it okay for me to eat chocolate for breakfast? Is it okay to scream at the top of my lungs to relieve all the stress of the past few weeks?
The answer to all of those questions is, of course, absolutely. We’re living in completely unprecedented times and that means we need to do whatever is possible to keep ourselves sane, so options include dancing like a loon throughout the house or spending all day in your dressing gown.
For me personally, I’ve found myself downloading a karaoke app (apologies, neighbours) and have been treating myself a lot more with regards to the kinds of food I’ve been eating (hi chocolate).
For you, treating yourself might mean something entirely different. It might mean lounging around in your comfiest PJs all day, or spending most of the day in the bath. Hell, it might even mean drinking wine for breakfast for all I know.
As well as an abundance of ‘yes definitely!’s, ‘erm, absolutely’s and ‘10000% okay’s, the post encouraged others to come forward with their own questions, including: ‘Is it ok to start the day with chardonnay on cornflakes?’ and ‘Is it ok to wear my dressing gown all day everyday, no bra either?’
Basically, the rules are off and we’re all no doubt finding ourselves doing things in isolation that we wouldn’t necessarily be doing otherwise.
But hey, as long we’re looking after ourselves and staying safe in the process, I think we’ve just got to be a bit kinder to ourselves and realise that things are obviously going to be different in such an unprecedented situation.
And if you do find yourself drinking more than you’d like to or if you’re struggling with feelings of dependency, you can follow these tips to help cut down.