Relax During Self-Isolation
The entirety of 2020 hasn’t been easy. At all. It’s one thing when your own routine gets thrown out of whack, but the entire world?
Everything came to a stand-still. Everything shut down. Adults lost their jobs. Kids missed half of the school year.
Then it seemed though the virus had just “disappeared.” Some people were thrown back into work and the kids were tossed back into school as though nothing had happened.
Of course, none of it is the same. We have to wear masks all the time. The kids can’t eat lunch together in the cafeteria. I’m not entirely sure if this was the right way to go about reopening.
I was in a good routine. When things closed, I had a hard time getting back on track with things. My mind was too focused on the news and everything bad happening around the world.
Things reopened and I found myself back into my “normal” routine as it was in March. Again, like nothing happened.
But now cases are beginning to spike again. My hometown is back in the “red zone” which means we’re in danger of locking down again.
At this point, I feel like I’m a pro at this in some way. If things shut down again, I’ll have a better idea of what to expect from the world and how things will be.
Which is why I’ll do my best to relax during self-isolation.
It doesn’t seem like it right now, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This will pass, we will get through it. We’ll be better and stronger when it’s all over.
In the meantime, what can you do?
Some places are completely locked down while others have a loose stay-at-home order. Some are back to being completely open again while other places are cautiously open. I personally love staying at home but I know there are some people who are going stir-crazy. Or, if you’re like me, anxious out of their mind.
There are a few things we can do to keep peace of mind during these hard times, especially if we lockdown again.
It’s easy to sit at home and twiddle your thumbs while you refresh your Twitter feed and wait for the news to give any sort of update. However, I beg you, please turn off the news and stay off of social media.
Yes, you need to keep informed as best as you can, but there comes a time when it’s too much.
With that said, find something else to keep your mind at ease and take a break from the media.
- Take a bath
- Read a book
- Watch a favorite movie
- Reach out to a friend or family member
The possibilities are endless. Take a deep breath and relax.
Spend time with your family
Before this happened, how often did you have family meals together? How often did you watch a movie with one another or play a board game?
Use this time to take a break from the fast life. The whole world has slowed down or came to a halt. We all need to be mindful of what we have and not what we’re missing out on.
Even if it’s one or two nights a week, sit down with those who you’re quarantining with and watch a movie or play a game. It’ll pass the time and you’ll make some bright memories during a dark time.
Learn a new skill, discover a new hobby
No, you can’t go to the bookstore or library and you can’t take a class. However, there are virtual classes and there are loads of cool ideas on Pinterest. The internet is your friend in terms of research if you know where to look.
Have you ever wanted to learn something new but never seemed to have the time to do it? Is there a craft project you saved on Pinterest months ago and never got around to giving it a try?
Did you tell yourself you were going to learn something new during the first quarantine but were too stressed out to actually do it?
Now is the time to do so.
It’ll keep you busy and I’m sure it’ll open new doors for you when all of this seems to settle down.
It doesn’t seem as though the world will be back to “normal” anytime soon. At least, the “normal” we used to know is long gone. We’ll get through this together.
In the meantime, put a positive spin on the situation and give yourself some downtime.
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