At times it can be hard to imagine that this time of isolation is much more than an exercise in boredom. However, a change in mindset can make all the difference in the world.
While classes are continuing on for many, life has still essentially slowed down. Many extracurricular activities have come to a halt. Gatherings with friends are no more. And family events have been postponed.
So how do you still not only enjoy this “pause” but transition it into a productive, refreshing new opportunity? Here’s some ideas that I think you might find helpful!
Many of us have found this time to be a great opportunity to spring clean. Many are sorting through pantries, tossing out expired foods, and making a list of replacement food items.
Others are taking the time to clean other parts of their house. Tossing out dated school books, old notebooks, and items they simply no longer have a use for. Out with the old and when the quarantine is over, in with the new! I foresee many shopping sprees in our future!
Reading books is also a great pastime for many of us. Through reading, our mind wanders to lands unknown. We often have the opportunity to learn more about different cultures and get to explore cities we haven’t yet been to.
Depending on our book of choice it can go beyond entertainment with some insights along the way to pure learning. For example, many are taking this time to learn a new language, read about a new topic of interest, or educate themselves about historical events. All things that they may not have found the time to do when life is going full force. What a great use of this time!
It seems that we never make enough time for self-care. It’s usually the first thing that we let slide off our to-do list and the last thing we should let happen. Life can be stressful and hectic, whether we are in isolation or not. Self-care is a great way to hit the reset button and come back “into the game” with a fresh mindset and perspective.
Whatever it is that relaxes you and brings you peace, now is a great time to separate yourself from the news and stresses of the day. Whether it’s enjoying a hobby, taking a long bath, or reading a great book, let yourself wander into these areas of pleasure. Everyone deserves some down time every day to reset and refresh.
What are you doing to reset and refresh?
How have stayed productive during this time of quarantine? What has made you feel the happiest? Most productive? Refreshed?