Coping with restrictions

August 31, 2020 8:21 pm

Restrictions and challenges due to C19 can make staying healthy and feeling good harder to achieve.

Sometimes when we are uncomfortable, we don’t want to go along with changes we did not ask for.  Frustration is a normal feeling, but there are ways to make it easier to do the right thing for ourselves and others when it comes to health-related restrictions or other necessary changes.

Good communication is vital to help people take care of themselves and each other.  Even when we need to cope with intense disruptions such as quarantine or self-isolation, if we understand the rationale, risks and benefits, it is easier.  The same is true for enduring other types of challenges.  When dealing with a challenge that you did not ask for there are a few things you can do that will help you cope.

  1. Make sure you understand what you are required to do and why – don’t make assumptions – having the facts will help you cope and know what you need to do and why.
  2. Familiarise yourself with the risks that have made this change necessary.
  3. Ensure you understand the benefits – how will this adaptation in your behaviour help you and help others. Even when we need to sacrifice a bit of our comfort, when we know how we are helping others, most of us are more willing and able to do the right thing.
  4. Secure the support you need. This includes tangible supports as well as emotional/social support.

The Conversation published a great article related to quarantine yesterday that includes recommendations if you find yourself or support someone who is in that situation. You can read it here.

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