Health & Wellness Over 50s Lifestyle

Using Self Isolation for Self Reflection

March 20, 2020
Using Self Isolation for Self Reflection

Self Isolation and Social Distancing have become the normal way of life at the moment as we combat the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. There has also been panic, chaos and increased stress and anxiety surrounding us. So how do we cope? What processes can we use to maintain a healthy lifestyle both mentally and physically?

Using Self Isolation for Self Reflection

Many people at the moment are in Self Isolation and this can be quite distressing. However, there are ways we can use this time to have positive long term outcomes.

Rather than putting the focus on feeling cut off and isolated we can take the attitude of using this time to reflect on our life, catch up on those things at home you never have time for and just chill out mentally.

Yesterday, I checked in with the members of the Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Facebook Group to see how everyone was coping with Self Isolation and Social Distancing. Kathy from 50 Shades of Age wrote the following response:

“Hi Sue, my husband and I are on day 3 of self-isolation and although I’m busting to get out and about I know we’re doing the right thing. We’re both keeping ourselves busy with household chores, reading, watching Netflix, FaceTiming or phoning friends and family and of course time on social media. I’ve also been organising photos and writing some blog posts. We’re much better off than some people”

I was also chatting with my cousin who is staying home because she is in the high risk category. She is enjoying her quiet time, no visitors, spending time in her garden and also trying to be creative in the kitchen utilising ingredients in her pantry.

I’ve been looking back through the Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Archives and Resources page and found some posts which are timely and useful. You can find the links below.

Immune Boosting Checklist

8 Simple Ways to Take care of your Emotional Health

30 days of Self-Care Ideas

Body Weight Workout you can do anywhere

Create Your Personal Health & Wellness Vision Statement

Create your own Zen space at home to reduce stress

Immune Boosting Smoothie from Wendy’s Way to Health

Natural Cold & Flu Remedies from Wendy’s Way to Health

Ensuring that we maintain a healthy mental and physical awareness during this time is vital for our continued well-being.

Are you currently in Self Isolation? How are you coping and what strategies are you putting into place to reduce stress and anxiety.

Immune Boosting Checklist

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Donna Connolly March 20, 2020 at 15:07

    Hi, Sue – I agree that this is a great time for self-reflection. Richard and I are practicing social isolation (not seeing friends or family, and not attending any of our usual social activities). We are doing this not because we are sick (we’re not), or that we fear we have been exposed. We are doing this because it’s a positive thing that we can do in the face of all of the helplessness that this virus creates. Despite the fact of our social isolation, we are not feeling deprived….simply challenged. My book club is meeting virtually (via Zoom Video Conferencing) instead of in-person. Long Skype phone calls with family members make our day. We are taking long walks with just the two of us on the beautiful areas all around us. When we see other people walking, we find that everyone is respectful in keeping a safe distance. We are doing our gym and yoga workouts at home instead of at the studio. Household tasks that we have put off-forward are now being tackled. We are ordering our groceries on-line. Even our local pizza place is offering “contactless” delivery. Most of all, we are greatly heartened by the kindness, generosity and sensitivity of everyone around us. It is a wonderful reminder of the goodness in each of us.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 20, 2020 at 15:36

      Hi Donna that sounds like heaven really. I think the Virtual Book Club is a great idea and look how creative people can be in finding solutions to problems. I do my yoga workouts at home usually so that is in place and I do have the ocean at our door. I have been doing gym workouts at home. We can still have a very interesting and fulfilled life during this period of self isolation and looks like you and Richard have nailed it! Take care my friend and I’m very appreciative of the internet so I can stay connected to friends. x

  • Reply Leanne | March 20, 2020 at 15:11

    I think a lot of us are just being smart about the whole self isolation and self distancing thing Sue. Even if we’re not particularly at risk, it’s so important to consider others and lower the risk of passing the virus on. I’m actually enjoying my at home time – I’m okay with having a break from the social stuff and just being in my own space. I have enough food and essentials and I’m so grateful that we have power, water, wifi etc. This will all eventually pass if we’re smart and considerate, and it may be the beginning of a new norm each year – who knows? I’m just staying positive and optimistic. x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 20, 2020 at 15:39

      I feel the same as you Leanne and I think some people just need to take a step back, deep breath and then calmly work out a plan that will keep them safe and healthy. Positive and optimistic – love it! x

  • Reply Debbie Harris March 20, 2020 at 19:53

    Hi Sue, very sensible advice but why is it so hard to stop touching my face?? Every time I read that I have an itch or my hair is in my face or something and it’s so annoying as I know I shouldn’t be doing it. Maybe it’s like when you hear someone has head lice and you start scratching your head! I’m much happier now that I’m home in my own space and I think I can cope quite well being distant and it’s the responsible thing to do given the spread of the virus. Blogging is something I can spend time on and I’m keen to try the yoga workouts you mentioned.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 21, 2020 at 17:09

      Hi Deb you make me laugh but I totally agree. As soon as someone says ‘Don’t do scratch’ that itch just has to be scratched! I think you will enjoy the yoga workouts I love Adrienne and I feel so much stronger since I’ve been doing regular practice. There surely is no place like home – enjoy! xx

      • Reply Debbie Harris March 25, 2020 at 15:24

        Back again Sue for #mlstl and I have to say I’m enjoying the yoga sessions immensely! I did one to help anxiety today and felt much better afterwards, so thanks again. Wise words from you once again and I’ve shared for #mlstl

        • Reply Sue Loncaric March 27, 2020 at 07:43

          Hi Deb, I’m really pleased you are enjoying the yoga sessions and I know that you will become hooked after a while. I know my body feels so much more flexible and stronger since I’ve been practising more regularly. xx

  • Reply Erica/Erika March 21, 2020 at 12:11

    Hi Sue, I love how you have zeroed in on some coping/managing skills for these challenging times. I like your phrase “chill out mentally.” I like your lists. Great reminders. I agree with Donna “greatly heartened by the kindness, generosity and sensitivity of everyone.” I also extra like one of your comments “calmly work out a plan.” Thank you for being you, Sue. Have a good weekend and stay healthy.xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 21, 2020 at 17:11

      Hi Erica, I feel that our mental health is so important during these times and many people are feeling overwhelmed and scared. Being at home can be a positive experience with the right attitude. We can use this time as ‘bonus time’ to do things that we are usually putting off or to just enjoy our home and relaxing. Thank you as always for our wonderful support which I truly appreciate. Wishing you and your family health and happiness especially over the coming months. xx

      • Reply Erica/Erika March 29, 2020 at 10:39

        Revisiting Sue from #MLSTL and rereading your article. The “self reflection” is huge for many of us right now. I have dabbled in meditation in the past. This morning I listened to “Tara Brach” approximately 10 minutes. She came highly recommended. I am now adding meditation to my daily routine. All of the points you brought up are great, Sue. Also sharing on SM xx

  • Reply suzanne March 21, 2020 at 22:38

    Hi Sue, much like everyone else, we are spending our days staying busy with household chores, getting exercise, cooking, baking, reading, SM and calling friends we haven’t spoken with in a while. It is interesting that it takes ‘slowing down’ to remind us of those we might have neglected. I feel fortunate to have a partner to go through this with. So many do not.

    I have always been grateful for my connections throughout the blogging community, but now, more than ever. There is so much sharing, caring, and outright humor being delivered to my inbox daily. Thank you for being among the most thoughtful!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2020 at 06:37

      Hi Suzanne! I do think that we can find a positive in self-isolation at the moment. Like you there are many ways we can stay busy and active to pass the time. We are fortunate to have social connection through Facetime and Skype for example so we can still see family and friends. I agree that having a partner helps. The blogging community is certainly pulling together and providing some connection and relief during this difficult time. Stay healthy and take care! xx

  • Reply Suzanne March 22, 2020 at 11:07

    Yes, I think there will be many lessons to be learned from the continued virus challenge the world is experiencing. Les is self-isolating due to having cancer. I have given up volunteering though I still need to check up on my elderly parents as they need shopping etc. Luckily here in NZ, we can head out for fresh air and walks as long as we practice social distancing. Now, where is that prodder? 🙂 I needed one yesterday when a group of younger people crowded me out on a walking trail!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2020 at 06:51

      Hi Suzanne, I can understand you and Les would be concerned at this time as he is very vulnerable due to his illness. Please take care of yourselves and sending you both a virtual hug. I think if we can get out into nature it is very soothing for the body, mind and soul xx

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan March 24, 2020 at 12:50

    PC has been sick for a month. I think he is finally beginning to get over it. I hope. He has stayed home from work as long as he dared, then went in and coughed til all of his colleagues were giving him dirty looks. Glad we had a weekend to help him rest up some more. Today he seems much better again.
    My mom was diagnosed with pneumonia while I was there last week. They placed a contagion bag on her door but didn’t have masks or gowns with which to stock it. Craziness.
    I am self-quarantining after flying there and back. Feeling fine so far but just want to be on the safe side. Praying you continue to stay well.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 25, 2020 at 09:44

      Hi Leslie, it is such a worry isn’t it and I hope PC is on the mend soon. We are fortunate that my MIL is now in locked down at her Aged Care Home. She is safe and happy and that is what is important. My youngest grandson was in hospital last week and diagnosed with pneumonia at almost 2 years old it is pretty scary. Take care and sending hugs to you all. xx

  • Reply Candi Randolph March 25, 2020 at 21:07

    Hi Sue, thanks for the reminders and practical advice including the resources – I pinned them. It is definitely a different world and we are all in this together. I’ve created a daily schedule just to make sure I mix up the routine and tend to the self-care that is so important. Family time is phone, text, and face-time for now. We will get through this! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 27, 2020 at 07:44

      My pleasure Candi and I’m sure you have much to share as well that would be helpful to your readers. We are all in this together and any support we can give each other at the moment will be much appreciated, I’m sure. xx

  • Reply Michele March 26, 2020 at 03:28

    Hi Sue, I am in week 3 of staying home. We were officially put on total lock down yesterday. I am doing okay. I work from home so I am used to it. I do find myself on social media more and checking in with family and friends more often. I feel a heightened need to be emotionally connected and to help people stay connected. I have been teaching many people how to use Zoom. It feels better to talk with people! Stay well, and as always, thanks for hosting MLSTL.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 27, 2020 at 07:57

      Hi Michele, I’ve been posting to the Facebook group more and have organised a Zoom chat with members of the group. Many people are using Zoom and I had a quick chat with Donna from Retirement Reflections the other day. It was so lovely to see her and chat and it just felt so normal. Take care and stay well. Thank you for your support of MLSTL. xx

  • Reply Lorraine March 26, 2020 at 08:46

    Sue we’ve been gardening and reading, I’ve found recipes to try and I definitely think we’re eating better and not wasting anything. I’ve also actually rang friends instead of a quick text. Take care.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 27, 2020 at 07:58

      Hi Lorraine, I do believe there are many positives to be taken from this current situation. Your example of ringing to chat to friends is a good example of how we are making our connections more meaningful. Take care and stay well. Thanks also for linking up to #MLSTL. xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan March 27, 2020 at 18:27

    I had to stay at home a lot as I was recovering from my cancer surgeries in 2017 into 2018 and once I had some independence I could not wait to get out in the world again. Whilst I have plenty to occupy me, I admit getting out is something I miss. I will be doing some drives and possibly having a walk in nature where there are few people. I may change my mind but I also do need to have a break from the house…sigh. I will behave! Denyse #mlstl

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