Isolation Life

This pandemic sucks.  But something really interesting is happening when people are forced to slow down.  Aside from thrashing around with kids in online school, creative bursts and home projects, people are also having some “deep” thoughts and using their humor to get through this thing.

And the rest of us get the benefit of a laughter break which we desperately need.

On Twitter, there is a hashtag making the rounds called #IsolationLife and people from all over the world are pondering life in quarantine:

“Actually strange when the doorbell does ring now.”

“Shaved the sides of my head, having a Britney moment.”

“Finally got around to making lemon cake with the lemons I bought a week or so ago. I did say “Rise! Rise, my pretties” as I put them in the oven but that’s completely normal, right? ????????”

“I wonder – If you eat hotdogs, does the liquid in your stomach by become hotdog water by default?”

“I am my grey sweatpants. My grey sweatpants are me.”

“*me before isolation* I don’t have time for anyone at all ever *during isolation* I must reconnect with everyone and tell everyone how much I absolutely need everyone in my life.”

“In case you think I’m wasting my time in isolation I knitted a rainbow this afternoon.”

“I embarked on “grooming” the cat’s claws this morning by myself. I was left with three major puncture wounds on my hand, and a final look on her face that said, “WHEN… are you ever going to leave the house???”

“Just cut hubby’s hair for thr first time, that should stop him going out for a while.”

“My mum’s elderly next-door neighbor Barbara is having a teddy tea party. For the teddy’s. With real tea.”

“Today I put 700 photos from 2010-2014 in a (non-digital) photo album. I feel extremely accomplished. I am now only 5.5 years behind.”

“Isolation life is scrolling healthy meal IG accounts while eating Easter eggs in bed.”

“Hanging out with the pigs today. Hope you’re enjoying your day.”

“Seeing as we’re on lockdown until June I’ve started to teach my cat how to drive. All he needs now is to learn how to read a map to Sainsbury’s!”

“God I’m bored. Started spying on my neighbours like Jimmy Stewart in the Hitchcock film ‘Rear Window’…but no murders of dodgy doings to see. Just mutually bored people looking back and spying on me.”

“Decided to Rock, Paper, Scissors over who gets to read the electric and gas metres.”

“Arts and Crafts in isolation from used Guinness cans.”

“I decided to sit in the bath tub the wrong way round.”

“Leaving the dishes to build up so we have something to do later on.”

“Just pulled something in my hip while dancing to The Simpson’s theme.”

“My housemates suddenly acknowledging me when they see I’ve put pie ingredients on the counter. And by housemates, I mean my children.”

This is a reminder that people can be incredibly creative, resilient and even humorous in the toughest of times.  As we continue in our #IsolationLife I will continue update this list.  Check back for a good chuckle.

Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT

Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT

Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT is the creator of with emotional and relationship health articles, guides, courses and other tools for individuals and couples. She is a frequent consultant for the media having appeared in,, and others. Lisa has a private practice in Marin County, CA and offers Emotional Health and Relationship Consultations via email, phone or video conference.