Creating My New Normal Under Quarantine - Test And Report Media
I saw a tweet the other day (while sitting and scrolling through my feed on my couch, of course) that, in a nutshell, pointed out that the coronavirus shows that everything we humans do is merely a social construct and can be instantly stopped if we want it to be. Knowing now that cities are empty, most businesses are shut down, and that my usually busy schedule filled with classes and responsibilities is void, I got to thinking how true that thought really was. And it’s all been weirdly…. relieving for me?
I’m the type of person that easily gets caught up in the hustle and bustle of life; I always look ahead to the tasks that lie before me and get overwhelmed if my mind dwells on my daily schedule too much. So, as scary/unknown as the virus is and as inconvenient as it’s proven to be so far, I’m kind of thankful that it’s given me the chance to step back, slow down, and recharge. I know not everyone is in the same position as I am; some people thrive on constant social interaction and a packed agenda, while others are facing potential unemployment. However, what I find to be the silver lining of the entire situation is the reminder that, just maybe, society doesn’t have to have the “go go go” mentality that it does now. So much of the anxiety and depression found in people today can be at least partly attributed to life’s daily pressures and the lack of time allotted for both one’s self and with family/friends. We get lost in our professional lives, so now is the time, more than ever, to prioritize ourselves, find inner peace, and stay home with those who are most important (we definitely have the opportunity to do so).
Naturally, too much downtime can be bad for the soul too. That is why, in my time isolating/quarantining/social distancing, I have tried to keep up some semblance to normal life with a routine. Waking up at a decent hour, getting dressed, and doing my makeup has really kept my spirits up in unimaginable ways. Also, when staying in the house and binging Sex & the City gets to be too old for me, I go out for a drive or take a quick walk. Not only is being in the outside world and getting some sun super helpful, but it’s also been encouraging to see kids riding their bikes and other people walking around; we’re not really in an apocalypse as much as we think we are!
I can’t wait to be surrounded by my friends and go out to my favorite restaurant again, but I personally think this whole “social distancing” thing isn’t that bad… but that might just be because, as a college student, I’ve missed my mom’s cooking. Ultimately though, I’ve been welcoming the self-reflection and me-time I’ve been granted, and I know it’ll be a story to tell my kids someday!