People sent for solitary confinement due to returning from abroad or exposure to corona patients need to adapt at once to not only a new physical condition but also a mental state • How to deal with the emptiness and fear of losing everything going on outside the room, and how social networking can help
Johnny didn’t think he would be sent home for a short time and forced to navigate his life out of a small room in his house. “In the beginning, I have a market hit. I’m used to working 12 hours a day, and suddenly I’m only at home,” he says. “But slowly you get used to it. Time to watch TV and rest. And still, it’s not easy as a religious person. There is no scroll reading, no synagogue prayers. Saturday is a time for community gathering, and suddenly there is a disconnect.
“The environment is very stressed out of it. This week we are awaiting home discussions on whether to prepare a parcel delivery, whether to buy? Will anyone who receives the parcel deliveries eat them? My wife’s family was supposed to come to us for a Purim feast, which of course was canceled. And there are five families where people are required to be in isolation right now. The hardest thing is the disconnect from now on. It’s not something you can prepare for. “
Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus and the fear of mass infection that would paralyze hospitals, last week the Ministry of Health tightened its policy of isolation, deciding to send two weeks of closure back from several European countries. Alongside this, more and more people who are staying in the vicinity of verified patients are sent daily to isolate. This happens in an instant, usually without prior preparation, and the isolates are required to adapt not only to a new physical state – but also to a new mental state. Whether we are surrounded by people at our workplace or social interactions – we are usually not used to being alone over time.
Ways to ease the state of isolation Ways to alleviate the state of isolation
Feeling that we are missing something
“There are a number of mental consequences that need to be taken into account,” says Dr. Liraz Margalit, a behavioral researcher in the digital age, the Interdisciplinary Center. “The first is the FOMO. People are afraid that life goes on without them, even if it is an illusion since it is only two weeks. The perception is that everything happens, and those in isolation do not experience it, even if everything is the same. There is a sense of missing out, that everyone is alive and I’m stuck. Maybe, this is the time to open groups to people in isolation, so the sense of belonging will be strengthened and they will feel less alone. When there are other people who are with me in the same situation, I feel better, the anxiety threshold decreases. “
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“A lot of research has been done on the perception of time. People can’t understand why they come in. On the third day, we already see burnout, thinking of ‘how do I go on’. It’s mostly in people we call normative – those who work and have a clear routine. It’s hard, and then there’s a new routine and reality – our brains are finally wired to adapt to the routine, and the isolation routine people will adopt after five days to a week.
“The most effective way to deal with isolation is to create an agenda. There is a big gap between planning and what actually happens if we know there is a long period of time, and we can get to the end of it without having to read or do the things we planned. We need planning: No more than four to five tasks that we want to complete, like reading a book, and just about every day to make a full agenda. So and so time to tell, so and so to Facebook. And to make contact, of course, with other people. “
Companies have the ability to make this period easier for their employees and the business itself; For example, Amdocs Israel focused on a set of solutions in three areas: remote work, which allows customer support outside the office walls, as well as real-time content sharing and video calls between employees so that productivity levels are maintained during the crisis, and they can see each other.
The company also provides solutions for parents who are in isolation with their children, for example through a digital kit that includes the possibility of remote programming learning, a variety of experiments, creation and other activities. To ensure employee well-being in isolation, the company provides guidelines for exercises that can be combined daily to reduce stress. Employees are given a daily task in an app that combines movement, meditation-guided practice that helps take a mental break from the worries and tools of the worlds of positive psychology.
People we talked to who are already in isolation are actually trying to adapt quickly to the new situation; Whether it’s yoga in front of a computer or completing a reading list, working remotely and fulfilling tasks today. Technology, of course, offers many benefits in this situation, one of which is the possibility of being in a closed room, and humanely interacting in a video call with people we are used to seeing daily or wanting to talk to. For people living on their own, this is a simple practice that can make a big difference.
Feel Suckers That Other People Are Out and You Are Stuck
The Doctor says that for many who are required for isolation, the question “why me” arises. The renowned Israeli sucker, then, also rises here. “We know that others will not maintain isolation, so why should I be screwed at the expense of others turning around and maybe infecting people,” says Margalit. “We know that in a place like Israel, the sense of ‘supremacy’ and the tendency to be disciplined is one of the biggest frustration factors. One of the things that contribute is knowing that the overall response rate is high. The more we reveal the extent of public compliance and compliance, the easier it will be to isolate.”.
At the same time, dealing with the new virus that has injured our lives is not the individual’s sole responsibility, of course. It rests on the shoulders of us all. Cohesion and strong socio-community responsibility are a guarantee of the best possible way to deal with the new situation. “Man is a social animal. We are very much influenced by how society perceives us and what other people do,” explains Tamar Kornitzer, behavioral researcher and CEO of Aurora, who specializes in behavioral economics.
“A brief roaming on Instagram, Facebook or TikTok demonstrates the basic human need to maintain a positive self-image vis-à-vis society. This need also affects people’s willingness to enter home isolation. Today, staying in solitary conflicts can suffer from negative stigma and be perceived as lethargic. Exposure to the virus reduces the willingness to go into isolation. “
What do we need to change to make a difference and to convince more people to keep the insulation rules in place? “To change this, we must frame isolation as a pro-social act: to publicly cherish those in isolation and to commend the ‘sacrifice’ they are doing for the benefit of society,” Cornitzer explains. “Social networking can help us. Exposure to friends who are in isolation will reduce the negative stigma and contribute to the isolation of the home as a norm. That is, as is commonplace behavior. Studies in behavioral economics have shown that people struggle to make public promises, in the presence of other people. Will feel obligated not to violate isolation, as opposed to people who keep the isolation “secret.” Social networks have often proven themselves as a powerful tool for creating social norms and behavior change, for example, #metoo. Is this the Ashtag just a necessary step to keep isolation and eradicate corona distribution?”.
Employees are given a task on the app
Companies have the ability to make this period easier for their employees and the business itself; For example, Amdocs Israel focused on a set of solutions in three areas; Remote work, which enables customer support outside the office walls, as well as real-time content sharing and video calls between employees so that productivity levels are maintained during the crisis, and they can see each other. The company also provides solutions for parents who are in isolation with their children, for example using a digital kit that includes the possibility of remote programming learning, a variety of experiments, creation and other activities. To ensure employee well-being in isolation, the company provides guidelines for exercises that can be combined daily to reduce stress. Employees are given a daily task in an app that combines movement, meditation-guided practice that helps take a mental break from worry, and tools that are different from the worlds of positive psychology.
“We will not be able to make the days in isolation move to our home staff faster, but we will certainly do what we can to make the best of it and we are in close contact with them to see if there are any additional needs or special requests,” says Judith Yampolsky, VP of Amdocs, Which formulated for the workers a number of recommendations for dealing with their stay in isolation:
● Express feelings and understand that it is all right to experience the whole range of emotions: fear of the unknown, anger, frustration and more, even if we are not so used to it every day. It is very important to ask for help when needed, even if it is for small things today.
● Journaling: Writing a few minutes a day can do wonders, just pour everything on your head, write without thinking, don’t judge, and they even throw the page – it may seem like a little exercise, but it helps to bring out feelings that if Pushing them will find other ways and probably unhealthy to get out.
● Gathering tools that help us get out of negative “loopholes”: move the focus away from the worrying news and talk every day for a few minutes, recommended for bed, thinking or writing three positive things that happened to me today. And yes, even in isolation there are. It could be a phone call with a friend, something delicious I ate or a good word from a family member. Everything, the smallest is considered, and it is important that we find new things every day. Doing this exercise is basically manipulating our brains, making us search for the good things that we can add to the list during the day. Over time, and it has been scientifically proven, such practice really changes wires in the brain and makes us more positive and optimistic.