Not trying to scare everyone off, but we know this pandemic is going to last; but how long it’ll last still remains a question. This is where ‘finding normalcy’ kicks in. This is the term that I came up with when the world played before our screens with increasing numbers of positive cases. Basically, it is to find and adjust to the ‘new’ normal; just like in movies how characters get accustomed to the zombie apocalypse (not trying to regard these two situations as similar but you get me right? haha).
Firsts things first, you need to be mentally prepared for change. Change is not doing everything according to a timetable, strictly or forcefully making yourself to do it. Finding normalcy’s #1 rule is to find peace within yourself and relax.
∙ One of the (personal) best ways to relax is to take a
warm bubble bath and disconnect yourself from the
world for a good 30 minutes or more. Science research
claims that a bubble bath proves better for your mental
health than shower!
∙ Speak of relaxation and peace and not talk about meditation would be a crime! Do you know? Meditation improves blood circulation, lowers heart beat and releases stress and anxiety.
Two of the things that I’ve been really focusing on under quarantine are to explore outside and work inside the box. Exploring is trying and experimenting with things you’re unknown to. I allowed myself to explore things like:
∙ Cooking: now this might be quarantine-cliché but the
process and taste of cooking something new made me
unstoppable. Garlic Knots and Alfredo Pasta instantly
became my specialty!
∙ Online Courses: constantly educating yourself on different topics is the way to go under quarantine now.
Linking down courses where you can study from:
∙ Freelancing: this is something that I’ve not quite progressed with, however, making gigs here and there and trying for an opportunity never hurts especially when you’re confident in your talent or want to improve and have more experience in the field.
Working inside the box is the already existing work that I have to give my focused attention to. This includes:
∙ Studying for the new academic year ahead of its time
and familiarizing myself with the content and preparing
∙ Giving my blog more time and preparation than it already received from me and,
∙ Spending more and more time with my family.
A reminder: it is okay to feel down sometimes and do nothing. You’re not alone in this. Seeing everyone being productive does not mean you join the rat race even you’re not at your very best. Pause and breathe, life is messy, worry very little about it.