Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Offer Advice To Those Struggling With Self-Isolation

Along with the rest of the world, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are following social-distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The couple, who is back in Canada with baby Archie, is now sharing valuable advice on social distancing and offering mental health resources for those looking for support. 

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle address the impact of self-distancing

On their Sussex Royal Instagram page, Prince Harry and Meghan posted a picture of the phrase, “Today I feel ___.” In the caption of the photo, they addressed the current situation and assured people that their isolation-driven feelings are completely normal.  

“With everything going on, it’s a lot to take in,” the caption reads. “Many of us may feel confused. Or alone, or anxious or scared…and in isolation, some of us may just feel bored, or that you don’t know what to do with yourself without your normal routine. It’s perfectly normal to be feeling any of these things.”

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With everything going on, it’s a lot to take in. Many of us may feel confused. Or alone, or anxious or scared…and in isolation, some of us may just feel bored, or that you don’t know what to do with yourself without your normal routine. It’s perfectly normal to be feeling any of these things. Our emotional well-being is challenged everyday whether we realise it or not, but our lives are usually filled with distractions. Now with constantly changing COVID coverage, we are all adjusting to this new normal and the feelings that come with it. But here’s the good thing (because right now we need to hear good things, right?): Yes, there is isolation and physical distancing, but there doesn’t have to be loneliness. There are resources that can help us all through this process, and ways that YOU can become one of those resources. @crisistextline @giveusashoutinsta @kidshelpphone and CTL Ireland are organisations that need new volunteers now more than ever and have an open door for you to get the support you need. • – If you’re home and feeling bored, you can digitally train to be a counselor and HELP someone who really needs your support! What an amazing way to use this time • – If you feel alone, overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious, you can text one of these lines and talk it through. • – If you are in an abusive relationship and now find yourself in isolation with your abuser, these counselors are there for you. You do not need to suffer in silence. And for those of you who don’t feel comfortable texting with a stranger, reach out to your friends, family and colleagues. Phone calls and video conferencing are such a great way to feel more connected – ask if they’re okay, tell them how you’re (actually) feeling, and use this time to really listen for the answer. If there is someone you know and are worried about, your text may be the thing that saves their life.

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From there, Harry and Meghan acknowledge that the world is changing and that with the current coronavirus guidelines, life can get lonely. “Now with constantly changing COVID coverage, we are all adjusting to this new normal and the feelings that come with it,” they add in the caption. “But here’s the good thing (because right now we need to hear good things, right?): Yes, there is isolation and physical distancing, but there doesn’t have to be loneliness.”

The Sussexes share helpful resources

Along with addressing the impact social distancing can have on mental health, the Sussexes shared a number of resources that people can utilize if they need support. The resources include The Crisis Text Line, Shout UK,  Kids Help Phone, and CTL Ireland.

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For those interested in helping, Harry and Meghan noted that there are ways people “can become one of those resources.” And that these organizations “need new volunteers now more than ever.”  

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share tips to cope with isolation

Along with sharing resources, the Sussexes shared a list of tips people can use while dealing with self-isolation. “If you’re home and feeling bored, you can digitally train to be a counselor and HELP someone who really needs your support,” they suggest. 

“If you feel alone, overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious, you can text one of these lines and talk it through — If you are in an abusive relationship and now find yourself in isolation with your abuser, these counselors are there for you. You do not need to suffer in silence.”

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Finally. Harry and Meghan advise that if anyone feels uncomfortable talking to a stranger, they should reach out to “friends, family, and colleagues” via “phone calls and video conferencing.”  

“If there is someone you know and are worried about,” the caption concludes, “your text may be the thing that saves their life.”