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Firstly, I will break it down showing some of the prominent answers and then I will discuss and summarize the results with some suggestions.
From a sample size of 67 people, mostly women from an expat community Catalonia Spain. This lock down has effected almost everyone in some way (98%), the majority present with 1- 2 children (76%), 31% have a dog (or mechanism to exit the house), 79% are locked down with family members, 70% would feel better if they were aware of the length of the lock down and 25% feel the same regardless of length. 43% find that isolation makes them anxious- but 40% don’t care either way and 16% don’t have any anxiety about it. 78% believe this isolation can have negative side effects. Over half have faith that the governments are doing what they can in this situation (70%). Close to 95% are uncertain about what will happen after this. Close to half (47%) do not (or have not been) exercise the same amount during the confinement. 72% believe this will or already has had financial implications on their life. There were mixed feelings of helplessness of the situation, which really demonstrates the resilience of people in crisis. Over 60% of the sample feel this will have an effect on their children (this was not specified as negative or positive). Close to half (46%) are more easily irritated due to the confinement and over half are not relaxed and not able to do what they like.
This survey, while not rigorous or without bias shows some major trends.
So, what do we do?
This has the potential to prevent dependencies and manage uncertainty. Do the things that make you happy right now, focus on the present moments and embrace this pattern- as it won’t last forever. Take advantage of the many online (and in our own community) meditation and self-centering tools. Things won’t be the same after, examine your feelings about this and express it with someone you love and trust.
If you haven’t already, be sure to create a good routine that includes healthy eating, exercise (at least once a day for 30-60mins) – all age populations should do weight resistance exercises
, especially women and those over 50 as bone density naturally drops. There are numerous videos and activities online (from some of our amazing community), find the ones that speak to you and work with your schedule and embrace it.
Use personalized anxiety remedies, whether that is yoga, deep breathing, time alone (if possible), long bath, or personal hobbies. Another strategy that might be useful is to reflect on your situation, validate that this is difficult and do not push your feelings away- more recognize and validate your feelings and attempt to prevent ‘physical reactions’ from ‘feelings’. This removes the physical reaction from effecting your body and creating physiological responses to the feelings. Every feeling we allow to penetrate into a physical reaction, causes a release of chemicals in the brain. The stressful or anxiety-based feelings can initiate the fight or flight response which has detrimental effects on your health.
It is vital to get the kids outside and to see the sun for obvious reasons, but if you are finding they are having a lot of screen time, you might want to consider (high) blue light blocking glasses. Here is some evidence:
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REMINDER: It is shown in metanalysis (the most credible type of research) shows that communal accountability, social support and dietary support has the ability to increase adherence to a diet or wellness program.
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