Holly’s Top Tips for Isolation: Bonus Entry

Holly's Top Tips for Isolation: Bonus Entry

Holly, who's spent over two years in isolation due to treatment for her Neurofibromatosis, give us some help on how to cope with lockdown. Here is her Top Tips for Isolation: Bonus Entry.

Bonus Entry: It's ok to feel bad

As Holly was recording her Top 10 Tips, she spoke about something extremely important. And so, while this isn’t on the official countdown, it’s still a great bit of advice: it’s alright to not feel alright.

This situation sucks. Those are Holly’s words, but a phrase that I’m sure a lot of us have echoed over the weeks of COVID-19 lockdown. And while for the majority of the time Holly has methods of overcoming her negative emotions, here she admits that sometimes these bad feelings just have to be acknowledged.

Recent research has shown that a cause of psychological problems is the habit of emotional avoidance. By ignoring our feelings, or trying to put on a brave face, our stress levels actually increase because there’s background anxiety. It’s that niggling feeling that won’t go away. So it’s better to just take ownership and admit to feeling sad. Or mad. Or angry, scared, confused. By embracing these negative feelings, we are able to process them quicker. So if you’re having a bad day on Monday, working through those emotions will make sure Tuesday can be a better day.

Holly ties all of this into the point of communication, and how it’s important to keep in touch with people. When you feel like this, there is always someone available to help. Whether it’s a friend, family, or a helpline like the Samaritans, someone will help you through your bad day. Tomorrow will be better.

Thanks for watching Holly's Top Tips for Isolation!

If you want to catch up on her other tips you can watch them here!

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