10 Lessons We Learn From Quarantine
Quarantine can be a time of learning, self-reflection and personal discovery. Here are some things we learned during this trying time and we hope you too.
1. It’s OK to be scared
In the era of information, it is OK to be overwhelmed by all the news articles and publications related to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is a time where there are many doubts, and having fears of what the future holds is valid in times of global crisis. Being regularly bombarded by statistics, downcast news headlines, and the stress of others does not stop the anxiety, so don’t be afraid to take the time to disconnect and do things that calm you.
2. Keep your loved ones even closer!
Whether it is in person or through a screen, staying connected with those who matter in your life is important in these trying times. So talk to your parents, FaceTime, and reconnect with your grandparents and relatives. We live in an era where social media encourages us to maintain connections, and it is a resource that people should take full advantage of.
3. Balance relaxation and productivity
Relaxation is a great way to lessen anxiety, but too much relaxation doesn’t get you anywhere. Speaking from our personal experiences, we relaxed a little too much when the stay-at-home order started in the region, and not using that time productively. This is a great opportunity to learn something different or reacquire a skill that you had in the past.
4. Music heals your soul
Listening to music can add some much-needed tone and flavor to the bland days spent at home. Hearing beautiful melodies or upbeat dance music can completely change the mood during the difficult days of quarantine. Music brings back memories and sparks hope for a better and healthier future.
5. Don’t take your hometown for granted
Take a moment to thank your hometown heroes — doctors, nurses, first responders, and those who keep your hometown healthy and well. Local businesses are working around the clock to ensure the comfort, health, and general safety of their neighbors. Many restaurants are keeping their kitchens open for takeout, churches are collecting food and clothes and schoolteachers are navigating new technology to make sure that life stays the same. So when the quarantine is lifted, dedicate some time to your hometown.
6. Now is the time to rekindle friendships
As mentioned in No. 2, social media are an invaluable tool for us as we maintain our social distances and quarantines. Maybe the time that we spend indoors can be time spent with those who we have lost touch with. Rekindling connections with old friends — even though it can seem somewhat difficult — is shockingly easy to do. Conveniently, quarantine has allowed for the perfect conversation starter — “How’s your quarantine going?”. Like why not, right?
7. Nobody has the same quarantine experience
Nobody’s quarantine is the same. You may know someone who is required to live with an abusive family member or someone who is living in complete solitude. Not everyone has the comforts that others may possess in these troubled times. With that said, We would urge everyone to be mindful of those who may be living under difficult situations and be aware that not everyone can easily stay at home without problems.
8. Quarantine is not a holiday
Quarantining is a serious concern — there is a global pandemic happening. What this means for us is that this is not the time to be traveling around the city and going over to a friends’ house. We all wish that we can be hanging out with friends and family in-person during this time, but the health and safety of those who we care for should be completely taken into account. Stay Safe, please!
9. Take advantage of the morning rays
Staying inside all the time can be mentally exhausting, but summer is going fast. Socially distanced walks in the neighborhood, yoga in the parking lot, and relaxing in the backyard are all great ways to get outside and get some good old vitamin D. As we say here at Primavera City, take your energy from the sun!
10. This might be the new normal for a while
Staying at home and living the life of less social interaction is something that may end in two weeks or two months, and the possibility that we face does not guarantee anything. Fortunately, everyone shares one thing in common in these times of trouble — hope. Hope that the quarantine will eventually be lifted, hope that we can return to our jobs and our normal ways of life — hope that allows us to see a life returned to the way it was before.