Kidney Care UK counsellor Dee Durham has written a series of blogs about managing various aspects of dealing with the current lockdown situation whether you are experiencing it alone or with family. The first was about keeping it all together - while staying apart and we will be publishing a new blog from here at 3pm every Thursday for the next few weeks. This week is the second of two parts about dealing with social isolation alone, and next week will be the second part of Surviving family during isolation.
"As the weeks roll by, it may feel like an uphill struggle when isolating on your own. To help you focus on something different, it may be helpful to further develop the ideas suggested in part 1.
Looking at yourself in more detail, thinking about what makes you tick and what influences you.
Becoming more self aware takes time. Looking at yourself needs to be nonjudgemental and without criticism, to be a positive experience and something that you can enjoy doing.
Alongside noticing your thoughts and emotions, you may be able to start being curious as to why you feel and think this way. This sounds like a huge project but we can start quite small.
Perhaps when choosing what to eat for dinner. How do you choose? It is what’s in the fridge? What needs eating up or are you more organised and plan for the week ahead. None of these things are wrong…remember no judgement!
Instead be curious as to why you like certain foods, how you choose your foods, what memories are attached to them, what emotions do you feel.
Food and how we use it can be a whole world of emotions and thoughts often driven by our childhood experiences, alongside our own differing tastes. Using everyday experiences to explore you, being curious about you.
Using different senses, raises our awareness of our surroundings and the experiences we have. Hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling, can all add to any experience.
During lockdown our experiences may be limited by situation but perhaps approaching everyday experiences in a different way, using our lesser used senses, may help raise self awareness.
An opportunity to learn about you in a positive way, to keep yourself focused and in control.
After all, as the famous advert says….you’re worth it!"
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