Going Crazy In Isolation – Some Tips To Help

Going Crazy In Isolation – Some Tips To Help

These are the most trying of times and something none of us have experienced before. Coping daily brings many challenges; whether it be how to establish a work setting at home, dealing with the children’s needs, stresses on relationships, and many other factors. In this article, Going Crazy In Isolation – Some Tips To Help, Amy Marshall shares her personal experiences, how she has adjusted to the “new normal,” and her tips that could help you through this current crisis.

I’m one of the lucky ones… 

Not only can I work from home, I work for a group that are determined to keep the business running as normal as possible through this really tough time and also try to help all of our clients, regardless of their financial situation!

While some businesses are thriving, there are more that are really starting to feel the hurt of this pandemic.  It’s not easy to watch businesses (and all the people in them) be decimated overnight that, before this all hit, we all frequented and played a part in helping them not just survive but succeed!

Right there I realise how easy it is to get hung up on all the negatives of this crazy situation we all find ourselves in… Now, more than ever, I know I need to make a conscious effort to find things to be positive about! 

Changing Your Perspective

Changing the way you view situations to be positive is not something I find easy but is something I work on every day.  One of my triggers is if I’m in a conversation or a situation where I find myself wanting to roll my eyes, I know that I need to take a breath and re-evaluate before injecting myself into it…  The positive of our new working environment, is that I can do this far more easily because we aren’t face to face anymore! (That was my poor attempt at a joke if you didn’t pick up on it)

In all seriousness, earlier this year I shared my story of how I had reached a point of burnout; how it came about, and subsequently how I found a way to manage it.  Now that we are in this new environment it has been really challenging to find a “new normal” that keeps me in check!

My Tips To Help You Through This Crisis

Finding ways to keep a positive mindset when things are difficult has been a game changer for me over the past month and has helped me adapt to this ever-changing landscape.  I’ve been reflecting on some of the things that have been working for me, and while I know they won’t work for everyone, here are my top tips to help save your sanity in ISO;

  • Find an opportunity to get outside every day!  Last week when it was rainy and cold, I grabbed a blanket and sat in our outdoor area for 30 minutes while I ate my lunch.  On days when the weather is ok, I spend 30 minutes taking the dog for a walk.
  • Have tech time-out!  Even if it’s only for an hour, it has been a real lifesaver for me.
  • Laugh often… I know this sounds cliché, but laughter is good for the soul!  My husband takes great pride in being a bit of a clown which always puts a smile on my face.
  • Give yourself permission to do nothing!  Binge watch some TV (for those wondering, Tiger King is a must watch), eat crappy food, stay in your PJs all day… 
  • Exercise! I’ve been finding at least 30 minutes most days to do something, lifting some heavy weights, running (which I hate BTW), rowing or just simply stretching
  • Find a creative outlet; for people that know me, they know I really don’t have a creative bone in my body!  But I just finished a 2500-piece jigsaw that was an amazing distraction and I also have some adult colouring books that I have really been enjoying.

There you have it!

My tips won’t change your life, but hopefully they will encourage you to find your “new normal”, whatever it may look like!

Additional Reading:

ABC: Coronavirus: Social distancing and isolation – Taking A Toll

The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence

Amy Marshall, MB+M Compliance Manager,

Is the person behind the people – managing the day to day operational activities. A self-professed sports & fitness junkie, who attributes her over competitiveness to being the youngest of 10 children in her family!

Amy can be contacted at 058 219177 or mbmshepp@mbmgroup.com.au,