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Quarantine and Mental Health

Does anyone else feel like it’s just been one, long day since about March 15th? Same! I’ve found myself becoming more resourceful, cooking more often, and really learning to enjoy having so much time to myself. Now, things are starting to reopen here in Arizona, like they are in the rest of the world. In this week’s blog post, I wanted to share my thoughts about where we’re at, and what’s to come as the country slowly gets back to normal.

Like most of us, when this quarantine first started, I was shocked. Granted, I was still physically going to my day job, and I have been throughout the pandemic. I was still studying for the last of my fitness certifications, as well as running the blog. However, what I came to realize was that I had so much more time to do all of these things. No rehearsals, no meeting friends. The most exciting life was, was going grocery shopping!

However, as the dust began to settle, I started accepting this new normal. In fact, I began to enjoy it! I suddenly became so comfortable with having time to myself, and having nowhere to go. This pandemic gave all of us a reason to simply do nothing, and not feel guilty about it. The more I accepted this, the more I found myself worrying about what would happen when the state started to reopen.

Like many people, mental health is a big priority for me. It hit many of us when the isolation first started, because we felt so disconnected from the rest of the world. Then, it became normal. We found new ways to stay connected via Face Time, Zoom, you name it. In fact, I started to almost enjoy it! However, I’m finding that to be as big of a hit as the initial isolation. Now, we’re all coming to terms with getting back to our normal routine. For some people, that can be a difficult concept.

As we all start to navigate yet another new normal, I encourage everyone to be kind. Be kind to one another, as well as yourselves. We’re all figuring things out as we go along. For some of us, we’ve been working from home. For others, we've been on the frontlines. Let’s take a moment to consider that as we begin to reopen. And, put out the energy you’d like to receive. The more positive energy and kindness we spread, the better off we’ll all be!

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