How to Keep It Together In Quarantine

Coronavirus disrupted 2020 in ways that, when we think about it, makes us want to go back to 2019 and prepare psychologically for what would come. The first phase of lockdown came with many panic waves because we didn’t know what to expect.  Glued to our screens for updates, we woke up and found that everyone was ready to vacate to an underground bunker, and we were left clueless. That might be an exaggeration but let’s face it, we do need to disconnect a bit from our screens, the news, politics.  It’s been a lot to take in.

So what now…The second phase of lockdown has found us more knowledgeable about the disease, and we can go about our limited activities with ease so long as we stick to the health guidelines.

Now with some states and countries going back into a lockdown, you would want to argue that there is nothing much to be done that you didn’t already do. That might be true to some extent, but look at it this way, it is another opportunity to discover more about you, spend more time with family and make long term plans. With a positive attitude, time will fly. So what can you do during quarantine? You can learn new skills, from baking, cooking to painting, calligraphy, a foreign language. Surely during the first phase of lockdown, you did not try all these, and if you did, you did not perfect them, so why not look for your paintbrushes and continue painting?

Other than trying to learn something new, you can revisit one of your many old hobbies. Dust off your old drum set and start a band; who knows, you might be the next big thing. Family time is somewhat mandatory at this time, with all of you being cooped up in one house. Appreciate this time together because they are like flowers and can fade away in an instant. Make funny tik tok videos, finish puzzles, play games like sack racing, and have family dinners. If you are alone, call your loved ones, have virtual dinners, game nights, and dance competitions. Connect, even if the distance is dreadful.

Not all days will have good energy to do crazy stuff like karaoke or going outside for a stroll and exercising for that hot body you have been targeting. At times you will feel like you are overwhelmed and want to crawl into a ball and gorge your eyes out. But you are not alone; talk it out with someone, meditate on it, journal about it, run yourself a relaxing bath or even just watch a comedy. Meditation can really declutter your mind and soul of all negativity. So the moral of the story is, don’t wait for New Year’s Eve to start singing in the shower or do something that you’ve been pushing to the side. Renew and rediscover yourself, bond with family during this quarantine.

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