Life was good. The monotony of waking up to get ready and go to work every day was the norm. Waiting for the weekend so that we can finally rejuvenate was exciting. We cribbed about not having enough time to get things done and fought with ourselves for that extra 5 minutes of sleep or made excuses to stay at home. Those were simpler and happier times.
Life is a little difficult during quarantine now. We wake up hoping to learn that someone has found a cure for the pandemic. Wanting to go out again, go to work and back to our normal, monotonous life. Praying that this will all get over soon so that we can meet our friends and spend some quality time in a place that’s not our home.
We shouldn’t be thinking about all of this. It’s time to get up, get going and make good use of quarantine. Now, we know it’s easier said than done. So, here are some activities that may help keep you sane during the quarantine.
Change your mentality:
It’s very easy to get anxious when the only thing that’s going on in our mind is that you’re stuck. And once this tape starts playing in your head, you keep singing to its tunes, on loop, while getting even more anxious. Start with the basic, reset what you want your mind to play. Instead of playing ‘I’m stuck’, play ‘I have so much time to take care of myself’ in your mind throughout the quarantine. Self-indulgence and love are the best ways to get out of it. Try something new, take care of your body and mind alike. Start a new routine, pick up better habits, let go of some of the bad habits, all of this while passing this quarantine phase.
Stick to your normal routine
If you’re not working from home, fill the gaps of the time you spend at work with some activities. Be productive. Don’t let the quarantine time get to you. Do something that will give you a sense of achievement when you complete it. There are a lot of things that can be worked on at home if you just focus on them. Cleaning, fixing, rearranging, organizing, cooking, washing and whatnot.
Start a new habit
As we said, picking up better habits is the key to having a positive mentality during this quarantine period. So why not get used to something that will only benefit you in the long run? Start reading just before you sleep. It will help keep your mind healthy and highly creative. Exercise as soon as you wake up. Starting your day right will not only help you stay in shape but also keep your energy levels high throughout the day. If you’re not used to cooking, start doing so every day. There’s nothing more relaxing than cooking, especially when you’re building up the anticipation of the tasty dish that you’re going to devour later.
MOVE, MOVE, MOVE
Sitting or lying at the same place for too long will not help you get through quarantine. Keep moving! Get things done. Even if you can’t go out, just walk up and down the stairs. Please do wear gloves and avoid touching anything if you plan to do this. Do anything you can for your mind to not get the opportunity to get anxious or feel any kind of loneliness.
Having mentioned these points, we would also mention that It’s okay if you don’t want to be productive every day. It’s not a race for you to accomplish everything before this time runs out. You can always sit back and catch a break. Watch a game, binge-watch a web series, catch a movie, listen to some music. Self-healing is as important as any other activity. We will have to work our way through this if we want to reach the other side of this quarantine. In these times, it is important to practice social distancing, but practice it with a strong mind and body. We hope that the curve gets flattened soon so that we can end the quarantine and go back to our normal lives. But in the meantime, we must keep each other safe and motivated as we’re all in this together.