I had scheduled a fashion blog for this week, however, in light of recent events, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on something that is currently affecting us all; COVID-19 and being quarantined. For some of you, maybe you’ve been in quarantine for a week or more. For others, maybe you find yourselves still working. In this week’s blog post, I wanted to share my experiences during this crazy time, and hoping it resonates with some of you who are feeling the same way.
When the news first broke about people needing to quarantine themselves, I thought it was crazy. Wouldn’t telling people they needed to stay inside create more panic and paranoia? Wouldn’t that makes things worse? Shouldn’t we just go about our lives to create a sense of normalcy? I couldn’t understand what good it would do anyone to shut down restaurants, work, and essentially any contact with the outside world. However, the more I began to read and research the subject, the more I began to understand the need to get ahead of the virus before it spreads to a point where hospitals are overloaded.
I decided I needed to change my mindset about this whole thing. I’m very fortunate and still have my job outside of this blog. We close earlier in the day, so that gives me the opportunity to devote time to my business, blog, and nutrition class I’m currently taking. I’ve also found the time to pick up my guitar again, something I haven’t been able to do for a loooong time. I’ve found ways to make this quarantine feel less like a quarantine.
There’s a lot of information coming at us from all different angles. If I watch or listen to too much of it, my anxiety starts to go through the roof. I’ve really started taking the time to unwind every night, and reduce my screen time throughout the day. When it comes down to it, we have to keep our wits about us in order to best protect ourselves and others.
Quarantine is by no means easy, especially for people with mental illness. They always need a little extra reassurance from people, especially since they don’t get any social interaction. It’s also important to be kind to everyone, as we have no idea what they are dealing with. Have compassion, especially for those who are still working throughout this craziness. At the end of the day, if we can all spread a little extra love and kindness, we’ll feel a little less alone in the midst of this craziness. How are you feeling? Share your thoughts below!