Being stuck in a quarantine can deeply affect relationships and if a person is already struggling with romantic relationships, a quarantine can feel like a death knell. But, isolation can be a chance for a person to reground themselves. Practices like giving grace to oneself and splurging on fun items is one way to do it, but going deeper and giving space for healing or understanding of the past is also important. Time by oneself doesn’t have to be empty; it can be enriching.
- The pandemic gave many people, particularly the quarantined new time to experience their feelings and decide whether alone was lonely, or a reprieve.
- Isolation can be taxing, but you can nurture yourself. Experts suggest self-talk, giving yourself one-on-one counsel, as you would offer a good friend.
- Don’t let being alone lead to a self-esteem loss as you pick yourself apart and seek areas to criticize.
“For some of us, the ever-elusive end of this whole thing can make love feel ever more elusive, too.”