Combating Isolation

I was never a stay at home mom. I admired my friends who took joy in staying home full-time with their kiddos. I love my kids more than my heart can express, but the thought of spending everyday cooped up in the house with them left me thinking I’d need a straight jacket. For me, a part-time job was the perfect way to combat isolation.

It was recently announced that the university I teach at will remain in remote and online work at least until the end of May. My heart sunk. When social distancing began, I thought, “I can do this for a couple weeks.” The thought of doing this for over two months or longer is overwhelming, isolating, and anxiety producing. I instantly wanted more space from my husband and son. We are ready for some space from each other after a week of vacation:0) This will be challenging.

This version of Matthew 5 reminds me what to hold onto.

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. (Matthew 5:3-5 MSG).

This encourages me to hold onto what God also holds dear, relationship. This can be done in a virtual world. No, it is not the same, but it is doable. I can combat this isolation.

  1. Have a virtual lunch date. Use the video with it! Perfect hair and makeup not required. (Order takeout or delivery to support local restaurants too).
  2. Keep virtual dates-attend church/small group via live stream regularly. It does give a sense of connection even with the distance.
  3. Get outside. If you have neighbors have a chat at a distance. Go for a walk. Even sitting outside will boost your spirit.
  4. Make an old fashioned phone call. Call someone who lives alone or is isolated due to COVID-19.
  5. Laugh/play-it really is the best medicine and should happen more than once a day.
  6. Exercise. There are lots of great streaming options available.
  7. Offer grace to those you love when we get cranky. Allow yourself to grieve these changes and find a new norm.

What would you add to the list to combat isolation? Make your own list, share it here and breathe life and bring hope to others.

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