Y’all, I’m starting to get a little stir crazy. There are only so many shows on Netflix. Yet, as bored as I am, I know it’s my responsibility to stay inside and help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Like most people, some of my days are better than others. I’ve compiled a list of things that make the time pass by a little quicker. Here are the dos and don’ts of self-isolation that are helping me get through these challenging times.
Do Tackle Some Projects Around the House
Use this time at home as a chance to tackle some home projects. I ignore these tasks all the time, y’all. I’m either too exhausted when I get home from work, or I go hang with my girlfriends instead. Since I’m not doing either of those things at the moment, why not freshen things up at home? I finally cleaned out my gutters and completed some much-needed yard work. I also did some easy home improvement projects that’ll add value to my place. I did some online shopping for new light fixtures, and I painted my bedroom a calming beige so that I can sleep better at night. I feel proud of myself for being productive, y’all.
Don’t Obsessively Watch the News
Yes, it’s good to stay informed. With so much uncertainty in the air right now, we all need to obtain trusted information when we can. However, you can’t watch the news all day long. You’ll drive yourself crazy, y’all. Set aside an hour to watch the news and collect all the info you need. It’s also a wise idea to select one news outlet where you collect all your information from. The reality is, lots of stations are reporting different numbers and stories. Stay consistent and listen to anchors that you trust and can rely on.
Do Try to Learn New Hobbies
Y’all, I want to come out of this experience a better version of myself. After I completed my third series on Netflix, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t be a couch potato for months on end, so I started searching the internet for exciting hobbies I could try. Now, I’m proud of all the skills I can add to my resume. I made a few quilts for my friends and dropped them off at their doorsteps. I’ve also become a better chef! I made some banana walnut muffins and left them out for my elderly neighbor. I hope that I continue these hobbies once this madness is over.
Don’t Think You’re in This Alone
I’ve had more than a few dark days in self-isolation, y’all. It’s hard to stay positive 24/7. Yet, when I’m feeling sad, I try to remember that I’m not in this alone. I FaceTime my girlfriends every night for a good laugh. I’m also in constant contact with my parents so I know they’re okay. If you let this situation overwhelm you, you’ll be totally stressed out. Reach out to your loved ones if you’re feeling anxious or depressed. The only way we’ll make it through this crazy ordeal is if we comfort each other when necessary.
Follow these do’s and don’t of self-isolation to make the experience a little easier. Try your hardest to focus on the positives. If you’re productive and learn some new skills, you’ll feel much better about the entire situation. Your friends and family are there for you, too. Reach out to them whenever you feel down, and remember, we’ll get through these dark times together.