Psychological coping mechanisms for extreme solitude
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- being burried under a pile of rocks after an erthquake
- being burried in a mine that caved in
- being alone on a spaceship
- being in prison solitary confinement
- having no relatives or friends and no internet connection while being confined to a hotel room for the lockdown
Implement usual daily routines
Abdominal breathing (belly breathing)
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Depends on the context, but some commons can be extrapolated
- Body state (are there any fractures, open wounds, bleeding, etc.)
- Supplies (food, water, air) ---> Remembering to use the supplies wisely and in smaller amounts in order to maximize the chances of having enough of them
- Contact (are you able to reach someone via some medium, or by your own voice) ---> A very useful tip here is to tell someone (close) where you are going before you do. That way, if you are not back, a reasonable suspicion can be raised. E.g. From 2018. Thai cave rescue, we can learn a lot about planning and essential survival techniques: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44791998
- Morally (and legally) forced isolation (e.g.living alone and have contracted covid-19: in this case, it will depend how physically ill you feel + how many people around you you have for support: from buying you groceries, to talking to you.
- A more extreme case of introversion (this should be addressed properly, and hopefully a person has some relatives or at least aquaintances who know her well enough to be let to approach if this becomes too extreme; finding the roots for such a behaviour)
- Become aware of what is causing the problem/certain state of mind. Learn about yourself and what induces you to certain behavioral patterns.
- Breathing techniques I don't think I need to explain more the benefits of calmed breathing and various breathing techinques.
- Remember to calm down and not let anxiety/paranoia/claustrophobia kick in This is especially crucial in type #1 situations.
- Try to remember the purpose of what you are doing (e.g.the spacecraft situation)
- Try to repurpose your day (e.g.tho covid-19 example; being ill is usually one of best times when we can reshift our focuses and question our habits and life led that far)
- Remeber you always have yourself As much as this may sound even cheesy and plain at the first hearing, it is not. There are always topics you can have with yourself without them leading to overthinking. Try to tackle anything mind-engaging. From remembering song lyrics, phone numbers, to more philosophical topics.