Quarantine can be a lonely and very very boring time, but we all just need to remember that staying home is necessary and we all have to do it – it’s for the better good.
However quarantine doesn’t have to be completely boring – trust me, I’ve had the days that go past that are so (so, so) boring, but in times like this, it’s more than possible to make the most of it, and make it a positive experience, despite all the negativity that’s going on in the world right now.
You have all this time now to do whatever it is you want to do. Sure, you may have some work or life priorities, but I’m sure you have more free time than before. Seize this opportunity to the fullest – you may never get it again. This may be the time where you can start to form new and beneficial habits for the future.
I can safely say that being in quarantine has been a positive experience for me for the most part: I’ve definitely had my ups and downs, but I can say that I’ve been working on myself in many different ways, and am becoming more and more happy about the person I am growing into. You have all this time to work on yourself now – make the most of it. Here are some ways I’m making the most out of quarantine:
Working out (properly)
There’s no excuses now – I have all the time in the world to work out. Luckily for me, I would take home workouts over the gym any day of the week. Instagram and Youtube has plenty of content at the moment for home workouts, especially with no equipment, so I keep saving them and I try to do it as often as I can. I think making yourself do them is the way forward: just do 15/20 minutes each day and you’ll start to see results. For me personally, I feel best when I feel good about the way I look, knowing that I’m keeping strong and healthy. I’ve been on quite the journey with fitness in general, and I feel like I’ve come a long way in this quarantine period (I might write a blog post about my fitness journey at some point, if you would all like to see it?)
Going outside (when safe)
We’ve been lucky enough to have (short) periods of amazing weather in the UK, so why not make the most of it? Catch those rays and sit out in the garden (if you have an outside space available to you) and tan. Get that bronzed skin! I’ve caught the slightest of tans out in my garden over a few days, but fake tan will do, for those who burn in the first hour. Or, you can go for a daily walk around the block and get your fitness and some fresh air all at the same time – clean, fresh air can help clear your skin too (especially if you have any acne). I’ve been taking walks to my local high street instead of taking the car (it’s 10 minutes tops, I shouldn’t really be driving there). It’s nice walking with family members too, just having some quality time with them which you may not have when you’re slightly busier.
Really focus on your work
Times are tough right now for those in education, with a significant decrease in the amount of resources available to us right now (I could genuinely write a whole debate on this), but at the end of the day, we just need to get on with it. Use this time to really crack on with work and get ahead of the game: start grafting, ask teachers or colleagues in advance for any help you may need and then you’ll have more time to do things you enjoy more. Just push for success – it’ll be over before you know it.
Explore your creative side
I finally printed out all the photos I had on my phone from the past few years and started to scrapbook them, putting in cute little doodles and exploring different design options: scrapbooking memories is a great way to get creative and have something you’re proud of to look back at for your fun memories. I’ve also started drawing again on and off: it’s something I used to do in primary school a lot, and I used to love doodling on the margins of my work in secondary school, so actually picking it up and spending time on drawing for pleasure has been great: I’m tapping into my childhood passions again. My dad also found an old paint set of mine, so I’ll be sure to try out a new creative outlet.
Creativity is so important: keeping your creativity alive opens up your mind to everything really and helps you relax and create something you can be proud of and enjoy at the same time. There’s so many different forms of creativity: spend the time finding which outlet provokes the best version of you.
Go out of your comfort zone
I’m still working on this, but it’s so important to try new things. Try new ideas you’ve had in the back of your mind and don’t care what anyone has to say about it. Start that Instagram page, try baking that chocolate pudding, indulge in that new business verture, dress up in those clothes that have been begging to be worn, even if your destination is Costa del Sofa and not Costa del Sol. Try something new, and I promise you won’t be sorry (and if you are sorry, try have a laugh about what happened later).
Reflection on each day
I didn’t think I was going to include this, because I never really realised I was doing it until now. Every day, I reflect and think about how far I’ve come – the person I’m becoming. Through the good and the bad days, take a minute to sit back and think about what you’ve achieved. Think about the small gains you’ve made, and how consistent you’ve been, or even that you pushed yourself to try something new today. You’re trying, and that’s all that matters. You’re putting in the effort to become a better person, and that’s all the matters.