Some Positives During this Pandemic

Things I’ve done to improve and entertain myself during quarantine

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2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. Many of us have lost family, friends, relatives, neighbors. Many of us have been on the verge of death ourselves. There have been so many negative things about this pandemic, I know, but there have been so many good things too. Things we’ve completely overlooked because of our glass-half-empty outlook on life.

I’m here to remind you otherwise.

Moving inwards

Being home for months without much to do, has allowed us the chance to finally pay attention to ourselves instead of the outside world. We’ve begun to notice when our mind is puzzled, how when we’re anxious we barely sit in one place for more than a few minutes, how we’re heaving instead of breathing because we haven’t moved our bodies in the past however many years.

The lack of constant stimulation from friends, colleagues, work, school, and other things, has allowed us to tap into ourselves, tune into our breathing, and hear the song playing in our ears. It allowed us to feel our feet on the cold floor of our homes. It allowed us to notice the little things in our sanctuary that we’d never stopped to notice because of the bustle of a busy life. We’ve begun to focus, to be attentive, without trying.

I don’t know about you, but to me, that’s a life-changing skill, which brings me to the next point.

Learning new skills

Since many of us didn’t have much to do, and perhaps still don’t have much to do, we have had the time to learn new skills that could possibly help us in the long run. I taught myself to cook during the 9 months I was quarantined and the courses on Skillshare about photography and video editing were brilliant pastimes for me as well.

We can always choose to churn this time constructively, to learn things we’ve always wanted to learn, to become better at the things we were perhaps only mediocre in. Time, there is so much time, there is so much focus. We can do absolutely anything!

Breaking boundaries by doing uncomfortable things

I began to lose my mind by the end of quarantine, to the point where I would wake up terrified of seeing another day. Night terrors were frequent visitors of my mind. One morning I tried to distract myself by changing my night routine to watch something funny before going to bed. None of that helped.

Then I read something about how doing things out of your comfort zone actually makes your brain healthy and strengthens the neural connections, I decided to do it out of desperation. It worked this time. Now, before you judge me for doing what I did, keep in mind that I was losing my shit.

Out of said sheer desperation, I began drawing on my walls. I drew stars with blue crayons, channeled my inner child, painted sunsets, and stuck them on my walls, water-color paintings of forests. I basically covered every blank corner of my room, just to put some color and boy did it feel good!

The experience was so liberating, I couldn’t stop. I set myself up for challenges, I did things I had never done before (like pull an all-nighter), and voila! My brain was thoroughly entertained by the end, and I ended up learning to draw, to write essays, dancing in random places, sleeping on the floor a couple of times, sleeping without a blanket in the cold. You get my point.

Do things that’ll break you out of your comfort zone, that’s the only way you’ll grow. And what better time than all the free time you have at home, without the judgement of people (besides your family, who I’m sure will understand your need to do crazy things).

Exercising

Pre-pandemic I always had an excuse for not working out, I would tell myself I would begin next Monday and when Monday came, it would be the next Monday again. Not this time though, I had nothing to do, hence I thought why not add some workout into my routine. I fell in love with it.

Not going to lie, it was difficult at first but after a couple of weeks, it became routine to start working out at 5 PM, make dinner, and sleep at 10 PM precisely. The workouts left me so exhausted, I would fall asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. Now that’s what I live for.

You don’t have to workout for more than 20 mins, It's completely up to you and your strength but I believe it is essential to get some bodily movement. We all know a sedentary life never led to great health benefits.

There are so many things that came out of this pandemic. Here is a list of other interesting things you could do, if you have the time and are still in quarantine, I know many countries are yet under lockdown:

  • Read: reading ANYTHING, a medium article, book, newspaper (or not, it has too much. negativity nowadays)
  • Catch up on TV series, documentaries, and other serials you couldn’t before
  • Enroll in courses: engage your mind in things that help you forget about the other things in the world. This will help you in the long run. I took a course on life coaching and it was one of the most enriching experiences ever!
  • Discover: discover yourself, what you like, what you don’t like, why you feel the way you do. Discover new music, new books, new movies, new hobbies.
  • Watch the sunrise and the sunset: wake up every morning before the sun and watch the sunrise. Feel the peace as it rises into the sky, as it remains the same while everything around you is changing. Then feel the peace in the evening when the purple, blue, and yellow mesh into one beautiful canvas in the sky. Feel the peace of the end of a beautiful day. Be grateful to be alive today and every single day for the rest of your life.

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Smriti Singh

Smriti Singh

Medical student struggling with balance and life, just writing to soothe my soul.