Here are a few things I have learned during the first month of quarantine.
1. That it is okay to sleep and stay in your pajamas all day long. Sleep is important especially for someone who has a mental health disorder. Your body really needs it when you’re fighting a war everyday.
2. FaceTime, Zoom and Skype are going to be your best friends for the for the next few months, so get used to dinner dates, date nights, movie nights, coffee dates and meetings being over the screen.
3. Did you get a girl or guys number right before lockdown, but didn’t get the chance to go out with him or her before lockdown? Take this time to get to really know that person during quarantine. Talking and getting to know one another will help you prep for that first date in real life when the time finally comes.
4. Getting crafty with things that you have laying around the house is a fun way to stay productive. I found a ton of art supplies in my closet that I am going to take advantage of this coming week.
5. You can still adventure into nature even though we are on lockdown. Take those afternoon walks around the neighborhood that you have been meaning to take, but you are way to busy with work. Or if you have a backyard and a fur baby take the time to throw a ball for them to get exercise and you can get fresh air or get creative and have a picnic with all your favorite foods. All of the beaches here in Hawai’i are on lockdown, but we can beeline it to the ocean and take a quick dip in the saltwater before going back indoors.
6. Gloves and masks are 100% necessary during these times! No matter how silly they make you look they are mandatory when you go out in public to the market or to the drug stores. I have seen so many different styles of homemade masks when I have left the house out to the grocery stores to pick up necessities. Also make sure you have hand sanitizers with you at all times no matter where you go beyond the walls of your own houses, apartments, condos.. etc.
7. Pick up that book you have been dying to read, but have had no time until now to read it. You’ll thank yourself afterwards.