The country is now in full lockdown which was to be expected and could have been tougher or sooner. 
 
We have all been told to work from home or stay at home and immediately we must adapt to become preppers, teachers and remote workers overnight to survive in the brave new world of no social contact. 
 
Boom! Falling out of lightspeed, like a comet entering the atmosphere creates a massive impact on life as we know it. 
 
For some this change of pace will be a chance to use extra time to get in touch with the inner self, read those books, learn that new Yoga pose in the garden (thank goodness its sunny) and learn some new foraging recipes. 
 
Others have to face the reality of challenging, perhaps dysfunctional family relationships when at home, which were blocked out by a coping strategy called work (a socially acceptable form of denial), along with confronting our worst fear - time with only ourselves and our thoughts as company. 
 
Adjustment disorder is defined as "a group of symptoms, such as stress, feeling sad or hopeless, and intensification of physical symptoms that can occur after you go through a stressful life event. The symptoms occur because you are having a hard time coping. Your reaction is stronger than expected for the type of event that occurred".  
 
Often your body will use intensified and intrusive physical symptoms to let you know you need to deal with something unresolved in the emotional or mental realm and these symptoms will not ease until you address the root cause. If you are experiencing increased physical symptoms your body is groaning and telling you it is stressed and asking you to listen and help. 
 
Adjustment reactions can occur when circumstances out of our control happen which affect our usual daily patterns and we are forced to choose to adapt to the new status quo or suffer the consequences. If we cannot adapt then we run the risk of adjustment disorder following a stressful event. 
 
With the onset of social restrictions due to Coronavirus, life as we know it has changed in the blink of an eye. Along with threat to livelihoods, this goes to the heart of our identity, challenging our roles and perception of who we are.  
 
Are you asking yourself "what if I lose my job"? What you are actually fearing is not only financial hardship but also a loss of your role and identity through work and the relationships you have invested there. 
 
The primary goal of treatment for adjustment disorder is to relieve symptoms and to help an individual achieve a level of functioning comparable to what they demonstrated prior to the stressful event. Recommended treatments include individual psychotherapy, family therapy, behavior therapy, and self-help groups. 
 
We would also recommend : 
- re-evaluating working lifestyle and your relationship with work (do you work to live, or live to work?) 
- integrating health with diet/nutrition (often busy lifestyles driven by work result in poor unconcious nutrition choices) 
- exercise activity to be built into your day (your body is crying out for it and will get chronic disease if you don't get moving) 
- spiritual awareness and exercises ( to be present when you can and reflect on your core values and beliefs then put these into action) 
 
These activites when made part of daily life with a plan and accountability, can promote longevity and all round health while reducing illness in the mind and body as we move into the new order. Our integrated team of GP, life coach, nutritionist and Psychologist may come in handy to help plan a way forward. 
 
So if you are struggling with the change, why not check in with youself on the list above then contact the experts and we will help you to overcome, find the silver lining and make the most of this enforced isolation. Along the way you will learn to avoid chronic disease and become the best you can be. 
 
An old quote here is relevant "You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with....The whole value of solitude depends upon one's self; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it." 
 
If this all rings a bell please see our other blog posts. If you would like to investigate your personal health further, you can start with a consultation with Dr Sinclair who specialises in an integrated approach to health, stress and burnout management, aiming to help busy people perform better and find lifelong health and happiness. 
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