Isolation Intervention

Self isolation is helping contain the Covid virus but its testing and taking a toll on many relationships.

The longer the isolation continues the more likely the family environment will become a pressure cooker of reactive dysfunction, if you dont have an isolation intervention strategy.

Those little things that before isolation weren’t such a big deal are now being magnified into issues to such an extent relationships are collapsing under the pressure like a set of dominoes.

Our contained space of living, working and home schooling is creating an environment of shorter fuses, disagreements,  increased mood swings, fault finding, controlling, belittling, right fighting, a constant walking on egg shells all underpinned by fear and uncertainty.

There are things you can do to manage your isolation experience by working on your own mental and emotional fitness. A prerequisite when it comes to managing change, fear and uncertainty.

Here are some of my Isolation Intervention tips:Communication is absolute key here. Its also important to have a structure of how things are going to work during isolation. This requires everyones input and agreed accountability.

1. Recognise where you’re placing your attention. Are you focused on problem or creating solutions?
How may you be contributing to the problem? We tend to focus on what others are doing and not look at we’re doing. Resolve the issues dont overthink the situation.  Focus on the now, today.

2. With personal issues take it private and keep it private away from eyes and ears of others, especially children.

3. Agree to disagree without making it about who is right and wrong. The important part is the solution.

4. Avoid personal attacks  and power plays and deal with the actual issue not the topics or needing to be right. No ‘right fighting’.  This is a collaborative process, you’re a team remember!

5. No one is a mind reader. Keep it real and relevant and always clarify, no assumptive thinking.

6. Set boundaries and use them and respect each others boundaries.

7. Stay focused on whats in your control and let go of what isnt. Be task focused. What can you do?

8. Structure daily ‘Me time’ and ‘We time’. Create healthy habits.

9. If you need to discuss a sensitive issues communicate with ‘I am feeling….’ and refrain from ‘You make me feel….’

10. Humour is a great energy shifter, like a comedy movie. It can lighten and brighten the moment. Create those fun moments!

11. It’s not all doom and gloom.

Remember to do something that brings the fun into your day, everyday.

It maybe happening to you but it’s also happening for you, for all of us. Let go and let’s grow through it together! Kaylene Wynn 😊