Charlotte lived in Nether Johnstone House before moving into her own flat just a little over 2 years ago. Below she shares with us some of her thoughts and coping strategies for surviving the current Covid-19 chaos!
This is a scary time for everyone, when I hear Covid-19 I immediately think the end of the world! It will probably sound drastic to most people, but to some I know it will make sense. The lockdown has made it more real. It can be terrifying for people as there hasn’t been a lockdown in Scotland before, let alone one across the World!
Before the lockdown I didn’t go out a lot, but I still went out with family, met up with my social worker and had my counselling. Now with the lockdown in place all my appointments have been cancelled and I can’t spend time with my mum or family.
When you live alone it can be a daunting thing being stuck in alone with your own thoughts all day and night. Some people may feel like they have no one to turn to. I know lots of people will really struggle in this situation. I was, so I came up with a kind of safety net – I decided to put things into a bag; kinda like a survival kit, just in case the end of the world, as we know it did come! Even though I know this will never happen it’s just reassuring for me knowing that it is there if I need it.
I struggle being able to tell what is real news and what is fake news. There is a lot of fake news on social media so I try not to read stuff about Covid-19 on social media because it freaks me out too much.
For young people living alone the advice I would suggest is to stay in touch with friends, family and workers through the phone and try not to cut yourself off from the rest of the world. Remember you are not alone. I find trying to distract myself by listening to music. watching TV, cleaning, playing video games or whatever you are into really helps keep me grounded.
Try not to believe everything that’s on social media & STAY STRONG YOU ARE NOT ALONE ?