7 lessons that quarantine has taught me

1. Being Scared is Normal
In the era where information travels faster than the light, it is OK to be overwhelmed by all the news articles and publications related to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is a time where there are many uncertainties, and having fears of what the future holds is valid in times of worldwide crisis. Being constantly bombarded by statistics, downcast news stories and therefore the stress of others doesn’t stop the fear, so don’t be afraid and do things that comfort you.

2. Keep family and friends close

We are equipped with technology and social media which can keep us close to our loved ones irrespective of the distance. Take this time to reconnect with your old friends, relatives and your grandparents. 

3. Balance relaxation with something productive

Relaxation is a great way to reduce stress, but too much relaxation doesn’t really get you anywhere. Speaking from personal experience, I relaxed a little too much when the stay-at-home order started in my state, and not using that time productively left a sour taste in my mouth. This is a great opportunity to learn something new or reacquire a skill that you had in the past. 4

4. Stop taking your hometown for granted

Take a minute to thank your hometown heroes — doctors, teachers and those who keep your home alive and well. Local businesses are working around the clock to ensure the comfort, health and general safety of their neighbours. Many restaurants are keeping their kitchens open for takeout, churches are collecting food and clothes and schoolteachers are navigating new technology to make sure that life stays the same. So when the

5. Quarantine is not a vacation

Quarantining is a serious matter — there is a global pandemic occurring. What this means for us is that this is not the time to be travelling around town and going over to friends’ houses. We all wish that we can be hanging out with friends and family in-person during this time, but the health and safety of those who we care for should be strongly taken into account. 

6. Don’t be deficient on Vitamin D 

Staying inside all the time can be really mentally draining, but summer is coming fast, and now is the time to start preparing for the warm embrace of the summer sun. Socially distanced walks in the neighbourhood, yoga on the terrace or balcony and get some good old vitamin D. 

7. This might be the new normal for a while

Staying at home and living the life of less social interaction is something that may end in two weeks or two months, and the uncertainty that we face does not guarantee anything. Fortunately, everyone shares one thing in common in these times of trouble — hope. Hope that the quarantine will eventually be lifted, hope that we can return to our jobs and our normal ways of life — hope that allows us to see a life returned to the way it was before. 


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