Today is the first day of our coronavirus quarantine. My husband told me this was going to happen back in January when news of the virus first came out. I didn’t believe him and thought he was always assuming the worst will happen. I’ve had to admit that he was right (although I still think he is a negative Nelly).
I am an introvert. I enjoy time to myself immensely. But I also know from experience that I can get antsy after too much time at home. As of right now, schools are closed for at least the next month. I am trying to be proactive and make sure my family doesn’t go crazy during this quarantine. It actually has the potential to be a great time of togetherness and quality time.
Even on a regular day, I spend waaaaay too much time on my phone and Facebook. My goal during this quarantine is to fill as much of my time with things of value and not waste it away. Don’t get me wrong, I do find value in social media. On it, we share information, humor, our lives, ideas, and more. I do value it as a way to remain connected to others. Collectively finding joy and humor in the coronavirus memes is great. I just want to make sure that I don’t become consumed (like I have the tendency to do).
So my goal is going to be to look for things to do that bring value to my life during this time of uncertainty. Yoga, art projects, reading, prayer, walks outside, organization and decluttering, etc. These are things that I always try to focus on, as I’m big on self-care. With all of this extra time, what more will I be able to accomplish?
And it isn’t just about me. Unlike me, my daughter is a very social creature. She gets great joy out of attending school each day and seeing her friends. My time will be filled with making sure that her learning and fun continue. That means I can’t be on my phone, but directly engaging with her for as much of the day as possible. Just like I can get sucked into the social media hole, she can easily get sucked into the watching TV hole.
For some reason, I woke up at 4:30 this morning. I never get up this early, and yet here I am, up early with nowhere to go and nothing to do. I know it is anxiety keeping me up, but I’m sure I will fit in a nap later today in my busy quarantine schedule. Look at me, already making good use of my time by writing a blog post for my sadly neglected blog!
My husband and I will still be working from home, but I know that our next month is going to look very different. My goal is to use my time as wisely as possible. What are you doing to make the best of your quarantine time?