Isolation and my mental health.
I'm now 4 weeks into my 12 week furlough/isolation so I thought it would be a good time to give an update to my mental health during this period, and how being isolated has affected me.
It's been weird time for all us, and I've found that my personal mental health has been somewhat turbulent. I've had days where I've been completely fine, and others where I've had no motivation to do anything whatsoever. I did expect my anxiety to come back, which it hasn't at the moment, I think I've done a good enough job of keeping my brain occupied enough that it doesn't have chance.
Getting out the house once a day has definitely helped. I'm extremely fortunate to live directly opposite a field where I walk my dog, and I didn't realise until now what an asset it was to have this space in front of my house. Normally I'll walk my dog and not really think about my surroundings, it was just a place my dog got some exercise and after 7 years (well 17 if you include my previous dog) walking around the same field most days, it had lost it's shine, isolation brought that shine back, it's such a peaceful place to walk around and I've definitely appreciated the time I get out of the house.
At the moment I'm doing okay! I've got 8 weeks off work left so I'm trying to make the most of it before I go back, because I know it's going to be all about catching up and fixing things by the time I do get back!
How are you doing?
Take care, stay safe.
James. aka Anothermaleblogger