Isolation Situation

How are y’all doing? You can’t answer back so I’m just going to assume you said “fine” in that way we all do whether we’re fine or not.

It’s been a very strange year, to say the least, and we’re all dealing in different ways. The simple pleasures of going to the rock gym or getting a coffee with a friend are no longer. It is now time to adjust to the new normal of isolation life.

People* have been asking me… “WOW @chubbygirlclimbing…how DO you stay so perfect and beautiful and fit and well-rounded during the plague?” Well, here is my personal guide.

  1. Get on a schedule

If you’re a low life non-essential like myself, you might find it difficult to keep a consistent schedule. Try to wake up and go to bed at a reasonable time.


  1. Alternatively sleep from midnight – 3 a.m., then 5 a.m. – noon, then 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., all while intermittently eating, like I do.

This is good for your soul. Maybe?


  1. Ok, you can’t go to the rock gym. But you have all the time in the world to get fit!

It’s time to get prison jacked, baby! Come out of isolation looking like a Greek Goddess and accept nothing else!


  1. Or, you know…get SOME exercise. Like…a jog around the block.


  1. Jen, just…go for a walk, maybe?


  1. Just stand up once an hour!


  1. It’s especially important now to eat a balanced diet.

Fruits, veggies, and try not to drink alcohol until after 5. Again, keeping with a schedule.


  1. Ok, maybe no alcohol until…noon?


  1. Come out of this with a new skill!

Shakespeare wrote his best works in a plague! Write, create music, draw! Art sees us through the worst of times!


  1. Maybe have that new skill be something that doesn’t have to do with Animal Crossing.


  1. Oh, yeah, and most importantly…don’t be hard on yourself.

During the best of times, we have a pressure that we put on ourselves to be perfect that can be incredibly daunting. That pressure is now combined with a lot of fear and anxiety about work, illness, and loneliness. Some days you may feel good enough to run a marathon. And some days you may need to take several naps and eat the three chocolate bunnies. Both are ok. Check in with yourself and your friends. Balance yourself. Keep yourself well. We’ll all get through this together.


*Just…people have asked…you don’t need to know what people…mind ya business.

Jen Alger contributor (theDIHEDRAL)

24 Replies to “Isolation Situation”

  1. Excellent, funny, charming! Great and positive hold and toe ledges on this post. Just cranked step by step up like I was on stairs. The pics and captions are hilarious. Well played. No protection needed here.

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  2. I enjoyed this. I am keeping a pretty good schedule of eating and exercise. But that chocolate is hard really to ignore and cheesies and….I am okay!

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  3. We are missing something here. I have just finished (kinda) another page for my site for reference to my carer related days which were a few and I like them. Well they ended with no option due to not feeling I was needing to reassess my human nature just to the managers whim. Autocracy. Well something is missing. Gosh that poor family losing their daughter to meningitis as the symptoms didn’t match coronavirus. Well each day I cram towards my site which could get me work since I don’t count enough for the lessoning of penalties later if I am still not working soon I say I am guilty of not being a helper, now!
    There have been no requests to learn a biology subject, clean a house, send a diary. Well I suppose I might have missed one phone call (text in fact) possibly responding to my offer of availability which ran like reply I have your number but am too busy to write your name!!!!!!!!
    Certain that some people are organising I am happy for them and hope to do more to get some answers about how their group manages to be working the supermarket rota, do they get a doctor’s local briefing. When my site is launched, but will drop it soon as a slight interest involves me sooner. Psychologically nothing is as was not too. Something is missing still. The police are doing a job, the nurses would not want crowds at a hospital I understand but I think I will flag down the next ambulance at this rate. The gulf is getting big.


    1. Frederick, that is a good question, we’ll look into it from our side? Hopefully it is an easy fix. Thanks for the heads up, and thanks for the attempt!

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  4. This is a great post! Thank you for sharing both your humor and your artwork while presenting a fantastic read! I enjoy your blog very much!

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