Updated: May 6
My name is Madison, I'm 19, and I have a 1-year old Son.
I work for Straight Talking as a Peer Educator.
I have found being in isolation has been very challenging however also extremely rewarding. This difficult time has given me the chance to rekindle friendships with people I hadn't spoken to for a while because our lives just got too busy. I've also had time to evaluate a lot of things in my life and figure out what/who is worth me investing my energy in. There has been a lot of changes to how I have to live my life during this time. For example, part of my job as a Peer educator is going into schools to deliver lessons. Due to schools being closed currently, I haven't been able to do that. My son would typically have playdates and days out, especially throughout the beautiful weather we now have. Instead, he is stuck indoors with no one to play with other than his teddy bears and me. It seems to have just been typical as well that a lot of my friends birthdays have happened while we have been in isolation. It's been quite frustrating that we haven't been able to see each other or celebrate, but we have all made plans to celebrate together once this is over and we are all looking forward to that! There have been a few things I've found that has helped me and my son stay positive and healthy through isolation. This includes trying to stick to a schedule that works for us, calling and facetiming friends and family daily, working out daily and continuing to eat healthily. The first few days of isolation I feel like we weren't very productive and we had a lot of TV time but sticking to a schedule and having set activities a day has been so good for us! I feel so lucky and grateful to have this time to not only focus on myself and re-centre myself and my mind but also to have this quality time with my son and me. In this extra time, we have at home his speech has improved, and he has got to spend more time doing activities like painting and baking. Understandably he has been missing going outside and seeing his friends etc. However, this situation isn't forever, and he and I will be able to do all the things we currently miss again. The key right now for us is to understand what is happening is out of our control, we just have to follow guidelines and if possible, make the most out of a difficult time. In conclusion, my best advice would be to remember to practise mindfulness and if possible, use this time to focus on something you have been struggling to make time for due to other commitments out of the house. Maybe work on a business idea you've had or learn a new skill. But if you don't do any of that, it's fine too.