Tips to Make it through a Quarantine
For many people out there, the idea of not leaving your house and being stuck within the confinement of 4 walls is unbearable. It’s understandable since we as humans need to socialize, and a big part of socializing is what happens on our way to work and in our places of work. I know, because to a certain extent, I too went through this when I first started working remotely. So how can we keep ourselves sane during a time when we are being asked to quarantine ourselves voluntarily or even enforced in some places? Well, I’ve put together some tips that helped me before and are actually helping me now. I hope they can be of use to you as well.
Stop dwelling on the task, stay on the goal.
Remember that this is temporary and that it has a purpose. The purpose is to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy and help your community stay healthy as well. It is everyone’s responsibility to do this. That is why as difficult as this is, don’t keep obsessing about the task of staying confined, this will only bring about anxiety, and won’t change the fact that you still need to do this. Instead, focus on the goal; you are helping by complying; you are doing something for the greater good. If more people, like you, do the same, we will all get out of this quicker.
Within your space, you need to define the different areas that you will use for your various activities. This will help your mind prepare for each activity and help you stay focused on each one. You don’t need a rather large space to do this; you just need to make some small changes. For example, if the only comfortable place you have to work is your dining room table, then move things around. Get everything you need to work ready and accessible and make that space your office space, at least temporarily. When you are prepared for lunch, clear everything out, and bring out the “fine china”. Sure it takes an extra minute, but that minute will be worth every second because you’ll be more productive.
Don’t give up on your daily habits.
Account for that extra time that you use to spend on getting to work. Therefore drink that cup of coffee or maybe listen to your favorite podcast as if you were on the bus or train, on your way to work. We are creatures of habits, and some of those habits help us stay sane. I, myself, need to take a minute to clear my mind right after work; otherwise, I get anxious and won’t be able to sleep. So make sure you enjoy those little things that help you prepare and also decompress.
Don’t blur the lines.
Every day most of us get up, shower, dress, and head out for work. Don’t stop doing this. Working in your PJs may look like the best thing that has ever happened to you, but give it a couple of days, and it will be a drag. You won’t be able to look back and tell when you started work and when you finished, and again, your productivity will go down. Ensuring that you don’t blur the lines between your different activities will allow you to keep the right work-life balance.
Make sure to stay connected.
Some while ago, when my wife and I first started dating, we lived a continent apart. This was before WhatsApp or Facetime. I’ll tell you, it wasn’t easy seeing each other face to face only every 5 months, but we made it work – we’ve been married now for 11 years.
What helped us?
The miracle called the internet. We would have our dates over Skype, and we would prepare for what I call virtual dinner dates. She would sit in front of her computer with a glass of bubbly, as would I, and we would eat together, chat and laugh. Could this ever beat the real thing? NEVER! But it helped! And if you are alone, I think it could help you as well. Find a time to call someone, preferably a video call, and chat it up. Talk about your day, and encourage each other through the tough times. And don’t forget to laugh; Remember, a merry heart doeth good like a medicine!
So stay strong! You can do this! And with the help of your loved ones, you can persevere. They need you to continue, your community needs you to persist, everyone needs you to persevere!
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