Keeping Your Sanity Under Quarantine

It is now Week 5 under quarantine for most of us.  Because we were exposed to COVID-19 two weeks earlier on a trip, Mr. Twitchy and I have actually been home for almost 7 weeks now.  And we are definitely getting cabin fever here.

One of the biggest problems we have had is keeping track of time.  When there is nothing to reference what day of the week it is or what time it is, everything becomes a blur.  Some days we have no idea what we have done all day.

Keeping our days full

Last night I slept better than I have in weeks.  Why?  I had a very full day, with 4 zoom meetings, one of which was my boxing class.  A cocktail Zoom party with friends before dinner gave us some social contact. 

We discovered that the new season of Fauda started on Netflix, so now we don’t have to watch any more Tiger Tales for a while. The day did not feel like a total loss.  I fell asleep reading after only a couple of pages.  It was soooooo nice.

Tips for staying productive at home

Here are a few things that may help you make your days more productive while under house arrest (ahem, quarantine).

Make a schedule and stick to it

Plan for time to exercise. Just because you can’t go to your boxing or yoga class doesn’t mean you are off the hook. There are numerous classes online or on Zoom. Check with your gym to see what they are offering. Put the classes on your calendar so that you don’t forget. And do NOT think that you don’t have to exercise at home or do less than you were doing before. If anything, you should do more to combat the problems of isolation at home.

Tackle a project

A long term project. No, I don’t mean cleaning out a few closets. A couple of days doing that and you are done.  We had 20+ boxes of photographs take up a lot of space in a closet. I have been going through those boxes and tossing duplicates (film processors in the 80’s and 90’s were big on that), bad photos, forgotten scenery, and those floppy discs that started coming with photos in the 90’s. Not only have I found some fabulous photos of family and friends that I will share with them, I have reduced the boxes by nearly a third! And I am not done yet.

Pick up the phone

Isolation. The worst thing for those of us with chronic diseases. Yet we have no choice under the stay-at-home orders.  How can you combat it? Call a different friend every day. Yes, CALL them. Texting is an easy way out of communicating with others. As social beings, we need more than a text. We need human contact. So use your phone for its original function and make some real phone calls.

Learn something new

Take a class online that you have been wanting to do but did not have the time. Now that you have the time, what is your excuse? And put it on your calendar so that you don’t forget.

Don’t dwell on the news reports

It will only add to your frustration. Watch for 1/2 -1 hour and then do something else.

We have lived through pandemics before and we will get through this one too.  We will all become experts on using Zoom or other video platforms, our closets will be clean and we will be in great shape physically from all of that exercise we have been doing. We might even have started to learn a new language.

Just remember that we will get through this together and we will be OK.

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