The second wave is officially here, my good people, and has been for a couple of weeks. For most of us, this means that we’re back in quarantine. When you’re stuck at home with little to no structure, life can quickly fall apart. So, what can you do to make this a little bit better?
Just Google ‘hobby ideas’, ‘things to do’, ‘things to do in quarantine’ or something. Find yourself a project that you can work on every day or every other day for at least a couple of minutes to get your mind away from the world outside. I took up calligraphy – it’s relatively simple, learning never stops, you can do it for 10 minutes or 5 hours, and it clears your mind. Drawing, writing, making paper airplanes, collages, anything that makes you happy and helps your mind grow will do.
Set a structure
Get up earlier during the week than you do during the weekend. It doesn’t have to be 6am, half an hour before your classes (or maybe 9 am, if your classes start late) will do. Don’t just roll out of bed and go straight to your computer, or use your computer in bed. Do your morning routine, simplified (maybe you don’t need a face full of makeup or an elaborate haircut), put on some jeans and a simple shirt, and go sit at a desk. Your mind will automatically turn on and go into productive mode, and doing work will be easier, trust me.
Use your planner
Plan things you have to do. Write everything down. Everything. In school/work you’d get a lot of reminders to finish assignments and other work, but now, you’re on your own. Write down every. Little. Thing. Future you will be thankful.
You can and should use at least 20 minutes of your day to exercise- you can find youtube videos or special workout apps to help you with staying healthy. You can work towards a special goal or just do whatever you feel like, but do something, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a full on 2 hour workout session or a 20 minute walk in the park. Your body will thank you and your mind will work better. In my experience, this also helps to keep quarantine depression at bay.
Keep in touch
It’s very tempting to just stay on the couch and surf through different apps, because, well, it’s the easiest thing to do. Quarantine is an unnatural situation for humans, and many of us forget to stay in touch with the people we love. Check on your friends and family members. Set up a special video hang-out with your friends once a week or once a month, to do school work together or just catch up. Stay connected. Trust me, you need these people and they need you, now more than ever.
Quarantine is definitely something no one wanted, but it’s our current reality. We can and will survive it, and I truly believe there are better times waiting for us somewhere in the future, but we have to make it through first. So, help each other, do what you can, and, first and foremost, take care of yourselves. I wish you all the best, and I hope we can all one day wake up in a better world, but until then– hang on, I believe in you!