Self Quarantine — Coronavirus

Ronald J. Pawley

March 17, 2020

As folks find life circumstances change, they may opt to go it alone, especially with the coronavirus. Life doesn’t always go according to plan.

For many men and women, unexpected changes may occur. It could be a decision- making process, or by chance. They may find themselves struggling through a medical event (coronavirus) that changes the circumstances of their life.

The biggest lifestyle change in quarantine is the lack of mobility. The CDC recommends restricting activities outside your home, except when you need to go to the doctor.

“Do not go to work, school or public areas,” the CDC advises. “Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.”

Our attitudes, beliefs and thought process will have an impact on the path to our future plans of social distancing a/o self-quarantine.

Should you decide to go it alone, your positive attitude is important. It can present opportunities for personal growth and discover meaning and joy in your independent living. It is like a rediscovered silver lining which will make you happier, healthier with a positive, optimistic attitude,

Should you become discourage or if you believe you will be lonely and miserable on your own, chances are you will be. It is important that you take a look at changing your attitude which often produces negative results.

The choice is yours. Focus on your strengths and the gifts that bestow you. Define a life that is consistent with your dreams and worthwhile goals.

But you must banish negative thinking. Negative thinking will drown you in the quicksand of an aimless and defeated life full of depression. Steer clear of pessimistic thinking — turn it off.

Should you not feel up to par. reframe your resourcefulness and confidence. We can always create a life that is rewarding — full of positive folks who can bring you joy.

While redirecting your thoughts might feel contrive at first, actively seizing the initiative to alter your thinking will impact an important, positive difference in your life.

Sometimes it is difficult to just turn off negative thinking since it has a propensity to drift back. This is the time to refocus. My doctor once told me to actually talk to myself in a positive manner while looking in a mirror in the morning. I found it works quite well.

When the negative thinking and doubt do emerge, talk to yourself as if you are your best friend and give yourself good advice. Remind yourself that you are a wonderful person. Do this for yourself. It works as long as you resist falling into the despairs of frustration by being your own worst enemy.

Sometimes we can fall into the quicksand of an aimless, defeated Bohemia with nowhere to go. It isn’t because we don’t have legitimate concerns, it’s because we allowed them to get out of control and unmanageable. This is when you laugh at yourself and take an inventory of the facts. Things often look much worse than they actually are,

Most of us have that special friend we can share our concerns with and vent our tales of woe. Providing he/she has a positive persona; it can be an enormous help to get back on track. Your despairs of frustration will be lifted more often than not.

Try to stay away from negative people. These people will ultimately bring you down, reinforce your fears and undermine your confidence. Reach out to those who will make you feel good about yourself and life’s precious moments.

Living alone without loneliness need not become an extension of the decline, but a time for expanding opportunities. Embrace it with a passion. For seniors, your golden years need not become tarnished years and remain vigilant in avoiding the coronavirus.

A retired chief officer of Kodak Park Fire Department which was one of largest chemical fire organizations (1980's) at that time.