Social Distancing and Self Isolation is it healthy? • Summit and Beyond
1482
post-template-default,single,single-post,postid-1482,single-format-standard,bridge-core-1.0.7,cookies-not-set,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode_grid_1300,footer_responsive_adv,hide_top_bar_on_mobile_header,qode-content-sidebar-responsive,qode-child-theme-ver-1.0.0,qode-theme-ver-19.6,qode-theme-bridge,qode_header_in_grid,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-6.0.5,vc_responsive

Social Distancing and Self Isolation is it healthy?

Lake District Summit and Beyond

Social Distancing and Self Isolation is it healthy?

The Depressing Truth

I am writing this to connect with people who feel the same but struggle to speak their truth in these difficult times.

.

I hope this post resonates with you and acts like a compass to guide you through the thick fog of the chaos happening throughout the world right now.
High Street Lake District
.
If I am totally honest with you I struggled for the first week or so after the news of the Coronavirus and the imminent lock down. I became negative and consumed by the darkness of it all. Playing on a repetitive, pointless and utterly life wasting game on my phone started. This must have been to distract my self from the opinions I was reading on social media about the virus. I was spiraling into despair, but why wouldn’t I be?
.
2020 was my year! From April 1st I was leaving my full-time job to become a self sufficient Mountain Leader. I was 2 weeks away from this huge milestone and then it happened, the whole world went into lock down, it feels like the worst April fools prank ever.

.

My Reaction

My initial reaction was confusion, I felt angry that my dream had been put on hold. Not only did I have to put  my business on hold but we were told not to travel to the national parks which means I can’t go exploring in the mountains. Running and hiking in the mountains is what keeps me level, calm and happy. I was also skeptical about the decisions being made for society  regarding coronavirus. I have been exposed to many different conspiracy theories over the years and I was starting to wonder if the conspiracy theories I have heard about were coming true. At the same time I felt the need to stay present and focused on my dreams and try to block out the noise.
.
After a few days of wondering around in a haze of confusion I took a deep breath and asked for help. I do not believe in a god as such, but the last time I started to feel lost I also became depressed and it took a lot of work to find clarity again. So, I humbled my self and admitted I was feeling vulnerable, I asked for help.
Peak district Summit and Beyond
That pointless game I was playing on my phone has adverts after each play is complete. One of the ads is focused on service to people. It made me think about Summit and Beyond and why I started it all in the first place. I started guiding in the mountains to serve people and allowing my self to dip into darkness was not serving anyone.
.
I put the game down and started planning how I was going to adapt to this crazy situation.

.

Is Social Distancing and Self Isolation Healthy?

I think that part of my confusion with this whole ‘Lock Down’ ‘Social Distancing’ and ‘self isolation‘ is that to some extent I already live that way. I live with my small family unit out in the North Pennines of England, and apart from going to work or heading out to the mountains regularly I rarely socialise. Therefore, when we were told to reduce our social interactions I become confused because this rarely happens anyway.
Then I started to consider people who live in the towns and cities. Socialising is a massive part of your lives. I can go a full day without seeing anyone other than my family, where as you town and city folk see each other every day all day. It must be really hard to grasp what is going on right now if you live in an urban area, and social distancing must be near impossible.
.
After pondering on the differences between us country folk and you folk in the urban jungle, and this social distancing effort the real lesson from all this hit home.
.
Social distancing is measure to prevent the spread of disease and infection. The people living in the remote countryside only need to make a slight adjustment to day to day life to achieve this. Where as, people living in the urban areas have to make massive changes to daily routines.
.
All that said, We do have something in common, we each live in a human body. The human body is an organism that carries bacteria and unfortunately contracts viruses too. If we put a group of human bodies together and then a virus is contracted it will spread throughout those organisms. There are thousands, even millions of people living in the towns and cities. In the hamlet I live in there are 30 people and the next hamlet is over a mile away, social distancing and self isolation is not an issue for us.

.

The Health Benefits of ‘Social Distancing’ and ‘Self Isolation’

I am by no means suggesting that everyone move to the countryside, please don’t! and why would you? The towns and cities are vibrant, the potential for work and success is abundant, choice is colorful and social life is healthy for the mind. In these remote countryside villages, work is hard to find and to socialise we have to travel for miles. However, we all have a body and mind. The body moves infection and illness around and the mind carries ideas, both developmental and destructive. The population in the towns and cities is so large and dense that these things spread fast.
.
Social distancing and self isolation prevent viruses and negativity from spreading. This is what we are doing a nation right now and this reminded me of a message I have heard over and over again from my clients while out in the hills.
.
At some point on our mountain adventure my clients always tell me they feel refreshed. By allowing the mind and body time to recover from all this exposure to infection both physically and psychologically they being to feel like they are recovering. Also, because we have to put physical and mental effort into our hike we remain present and in the moment for the majority of the adventure. My clients use my service to recover and re-energise.
Lake District Guided walks
By disconnecting from the urban environment, all the pollution and infection to spend time in the wilderness gives the body and mind time to recover. By connecting with nature we feel happy, energised and we boost our immune system. When the mind and body acclimatise to the natural environment the process of healing begins.
.
It is through this frightening reality, the coronavirus, that I have been reminded what my purpose is and why I started Summit and Beyond in the first place.
Summit and Beyond has always been a service for people. On every guided walk I aim to provide a relaxed experience while leading people step by step to their physical and psychological potential. My overall mission is to reintroduce people to back into their natural environment and guide them safely to a moment of presence. Nature, the wild and the mountains re-energise us. Distancing ourselves from the hum of urban life and connecting with nature resets our physiology and mindset. This is not something society should see as an extreme activity. Been out in nature exploring the wilderness is something that people in society need.
.
As we move through this moment and start seeing the light at the other side keep this message in mind.
.
By simply spending time in nature you are doing something wonderful for your own health. By looking after your own health you are also supporting the people around you to be healthy too.
.
I hope this brings a ray of hope to someone out there. There will be many more messages like this so please follow, feel open to get in touch and let’s explore this idea further. Use the comments section below or find me on social media.
.
For more information about summit and beyond click here