How do I cope while being under quarantine?
So how do you cope while being under quarantine? You know, it doesn’t matter whether you think of it as house arrest or helping saving lives; it doesn’t matter where you fall in the political spectrum or your interpretation of what’s going on. If you’re stuck in the house and out of the day to day, which would normally be doing, it could be a little difficult.
So I think there are two things you’ve got to put into your life that might be missing. One is routine, and the other one is serendipity.
The routine, if you think about it, you had a routine before all of this happened. And so whether it was, you know, taking a shower, making your bed, brushing your teeth, all sorts of things, that you did it around the same time each day, how you dealt with traffic, all of that. Well, you got to create some routine. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is or what it is would start putting a few things, if you haven’t already, that you can depend on, that are going happen each time. Again from the basics; making your bed, what you have for breakfast or just something different to prepare for the day
And then the serendipity. I think we forget that our day is filled with happy coincidences. Whether you appreciate them or not is another thing. But throughout the day you had to take a detour, you got an unexpected phone call or something came up it. It spurred some other thinking and some other areas to go down. And if you’re stuck in the four walls, your chances of serendipity are far less. You’ve got to create them. And I think the way that you do that is to do something that you wouldn’t ordinarily do. If you don’t like reading books, well, try to read a book. Try to read for three minutes, six minutes. See how far you get. Open up in the middle of the chapter or something like that. Go to a YouTube channel that you wouldn’t ordinarily go to it and learn something new or figure something out. Paint, clean the garage. Whatever it is, do something that you wouldn’t ordinarily do. Get your mind off of the other things so that you’re creating space for serendipity.
So those two things, routine, and serendipity and I think that’s what a lot of people are missing, and so you’ve got to create them. Good luck.