I get it. Being cooped up indoors with no friends is difficult, especially if it’s for over a month. Even if you have a big family and a comfortable house, it’s still easy to complain. For those of us who aren’t on the front lines of this pandemic, boredom is prevalent and we’re ready to get back to normal. If that’s how you feel, we’re both in the same boat. I just want to get back to normal. I’ve enjoyed having a break from all the busyness, but I miss church, sports, and social activities. Unfortunately, though, I don’t have a time machine.
How can we get through this time? I know God gives everything for a reason, and I don’t want to just “get through it”. In fact, the more I think about it, I think it’s time for me to quit moping around, stay in the present, and learn how to thrive in this unique season. Here are eleven ways I’m trying to do it.
1. Use Extra Time
If you’re finding you have extra time, brainstorm and write down a list of activities. Think about what God wants you to do and the things you always want to get done, but the things you never have time for. The next time you have some extra time, check out the list and make the most of quarantine!
For a list of activity ideas, check this out.
2. “What would you regret if quarantine ends tomorrow?”
My mom asked me this question recently, and it really made me think. I don’t want to regret any actions (or inaction) from these months. Let’s be sure we don’t waste this unique time!
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3. Get Off Devices
I don’t know about you, but after a couple of hours on screens, I get a “yucky” feeling. My head hurts, and I feel more cooped up than ever! Of course, with online school and online social events, this could be easier said than done. I’ve been trying to pull back on social media on Sundays and Thursdays and track my screen time. Because we don’t have all the normal busyness and noise, we want to fill it up with more noise! Try to slow down, and take advantage of the extra time. It really helps to clear the mind!
4. Get Outdoors
It’s spring, ladies! The weather might still be a bit chilly where you live, but it’s finally starting to get warmer. Take advantage of the sun, and go for a walk. It doesn’t have to be long: anytime spent outside will lessen that “yucky”, “cooped up” feeling.
Staying inside and inactive really affects me emotionally. I’ve found tremendous relief in going on regularly-scheduled runs. It gets me outside, releases those endorphins (“happy hormones”), and keeps me conditioned for summer and fall sports. And if you can’t get out try an indoor workout! I found this one from the YMCA, and it looks really neat! Make sure to turn up some happy, motivating music too!
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6. Watch the Snacks (and have yummy treats in moderation!)
When you’re at home, the pantry is only a few steps away. Snacking is one of my greatest weaknesses, but those unhealthy snacks leave me feeling gross and guilty. Even though we’re in quarantine, let’s try to keep our eating on the healthy side. And then definitely have some treats! Just be sure they’re in moderation (you know, not the ENTIRE pan of brownies😉).
7. Keep a Schedule
I’m a schedule gal. I like to plan out my days and know what to expect. Your schedule doesn’t have to be as detailed as mine, but it helps to know what day it is and when you have something to get done.
8. Be Diligent
It’s so, so easy to procrastinate when you have extra time. I know from personal experience, though, that free time is much more enjoyable when school is out of the way.
9. Take Care of Yourself!
Because of my runs, I’ve kept up with showering and getting out of my pajamas. It’s helped me feel like I’m not on break and still have a life. It’s totally okay to get out of your pajamas, shower, and put on makeup. In fact, it’s pretty much guaranteed to make you feel better.
10. Keep Up with Friends!
Your social life doesn’t have to be over just because of quarantine. I recently played an online game with my friends using this site and FaceTime. It was a blast! I also love to write letters. If you’re curious why I keep up such an “old-fashioned” tradition, check out this post.
11. Help Others
Since we have some extra time, it’s easy to focus on ourselves. Get the focus off yourself by looking for ways to serve other people. Spend quality time with your siblings, clean the kitchen for your mom, or write a letter to a lonely friend.
Instead of complaining, let’s make the most our quarantine and use it to serve others and grow closer to God!
What will you do to stop complaining and thrive during quarantine?