THE OT ROUNDTABLE – 132 – What Impact is Isolation Having on People’s Habits, Routines and Health

Our Roundtable Guest:
Tegan McKay is a provisional psychologist who owns The Mindful Hub and is also one half of the Strong Minds Club podcast. Her psychology background adds an important dynamic to the occupational therapy perspective of the rest of the roundtable. 

This episode we are diving into the effects we have been experiencing recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic and “safer-at-home” restrictions. We looked at how it has impacted our habits and routines and also what we can do to adjust to these changes to maintain a sense of positivity and mental wellbeing.

Talking Points

  • Telehealth in mental health services
  • Managing routines in our daily lives
  • Influence of pandemic on the limbic system
  • Limiting intake of information 
  • Being mindful when in the community 
  • Physical activity and it’s positive influence on brain and body
  • Mindfulness 
  • Realization that this situation is a trauma 
  • Unhealthy coping mechanisms
  • Decreased capacity and increased fatigue with new roles 
  • Changing scenery for different tasks
  • Delineating work from home
  • Impact on kids and their connection 
  • Letting go of control during 
  • Be patient with ourselves 
  • Being okay with not being okay
  • Join us in the challenge
    • Reflective Journaling: writing out 3 struggles and 3 good things every day