It can be hard to figure out how you can be your best self at the best of times. Now in isolation you have different challenges. If you’re sitting around the house alone, it’s easy to lose that sense of normalcy. Your connection with reality may falter. You may spend less time engaging others. Don’t lose your best self to the stress of isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We may think we’re not beating ourselves up each day, but since self-isolating, when was the last time you checked on your inner dialogue? When was the last time you called to check in on your friends and family? Have you heard from your elderly neighbor?

  1. 1 Why is it important to continue self-exploration when in isolation?

    1. The more you know, the more you grow
    2. Learning about the world and exploring can help keep you busy and distracted from any lingering urges to use
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    It's very important to know as much about yourself as possible. How can you expect to grow or improve if you don't self-reflect? Use this time to your advantage - sure, binge-watching old episodes of your confort show is great. But you need to remember that this will end and you will need to continue to sharpen those tools when life resumes.

  2. 2 True or False: It's important to stay connected with those around you from afar or through phone/video calls

    1. True
    2. False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    True

    You have to stay active socially, even during social distancing. Email someone special who you haven't spoken to in a while. Call your sober sister, sponsor, or mentor. Catch up with a good friend or supportive relative. It will make the time pass, improve your emotional health, and put a smile on the other person's face. 

  3. 3 How can you continue to create good, positive memories while in isolation?

    1. Create a new game. Whether you live alone, with a partner, roommate, or your family, create a new kind of game to keep things fresh.
    2. Find a way to introduce your loved ones to an old favorite - either a book, movie, or show.
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    Thanks to technology, you can do so much more to pass the time and create new memories. Even though we're "stuck inside," there are so many ways to make fun memories and keep the negative past from turning up. This not only helps those bad memories stay buried - it helps distract others as well. 

  4. 4 You can still take necessary steps to achieve your goals. How?

    1. Create a vision - imagine where you want to go in life; create a vision board so you can actually see your goals
    2. Vocalize your vision by talking it through with someone you know you can trust and get safe feedback from
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    You want to be able to see where you want to go and you want to be able to talk these ideas out with someone supportive and safe. They can help you create a plan to achieve these goals and you'll be able to track your progress, since you wrote everything out.

  5. 5 Why is it important to stay in touch with others?

    1. You can maintain relationships even during isolation - no one wants to go through this alone
    2. You can set up your own, smaller private meetings to avoid big crowds.
    3. You don't necessarily need to stay in touch with anyone during isolation - life will resume once the pandemic is over.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You can maintain relationships even during isolation - no one wants to go through this alone

    It's important to maintain relationships with others during isolation because, while some of us would like to deny this, humans are social beings. We need social interaction to maintain our emotional and mental health. How many problems have you solved through talking things out with someone else? How much better did you feel after talking to a safe person about your emotions?

  6. 6 Being your best self involves

    1. Understanding and following your needs and wants to maintain a healthy, balanced life.
    2. Understanding and respecting what those around you want and need - under healthy circumstances
    3. Both
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Both

    Your health comes first. But we're isolating to avoid spreading the virus even more - this is not only to protect ourselves, but those who are more vulnerable. 

  7. 7 What does it mean to "show up" for someone and why is it so important now?

    1. Showing up for someone means to be there for them and show that they are important to you. During isolation, it's important to remember to contact those around you who may be having a difficult time either staying inside or getting the correct supplies.
    2. Showing up for someone means to get together with a loved one in a safe environment - social distancing can wait, right?
    3. Showing up for someone is important because it gives you a reason to get out of the house. You can show up to their home to help distract them from all the stress of staying in.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Showing up shows you care - especially in isolation. It can be as simple as calling someone who may be having a tough time.

    Take the lead while in isolation and check in on those who may be the most vulnerable to having mental health issues while inside - or someone who is at high-risk for catching the virus. These people will need extra support and will appreciate the phone/video call. Show your loved ones that you care by showing up for them during isolation. 

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Samantha Curreli
Samantha Curreli is a staff writer at Reach Out Recovery. Sam is also a graduate of Arcadia University's MFA in Creative Writing Program and a freelance journalist for New Jersey music magazine, The Aquarian Weekly. She has had multiple pieces of fiction published in literary magazines and short story anthologies.

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