5 Things I Learned During Quarantine
As some of you may know, I have currently been quarantined for 16 days, with 8 days left to go. When I first found out that I would not be able to leave my house for almost a month, I was APPALLED. I`m a huge extrovert and thrive off of human interaction. Even for people that aren’t extroverts, being cooped up at home is really hard. For some of you, you have not yet had to quarantine, and I pray that continues to be the case. For others, you may have already had to quarantine once or twice. And if you’re currently in the midst of it, I’m praying for both your physical and mental health. I thought I would take the time to write a list of the things I have learned while being quarantined.
1. My productivity is not a measure of my worth
In our society, we are trapped into thinking that if we aren’t constantly being productive, that we must be doing something wrong. I have fallen into this trap myself. If I don’t check off my entire to-do list, then I “wasted” the day. During quarantine, I was simply not able to be as productive as I wanted to. I could complete my online schoolwork and do a few things around the house, but there were a million other things on my mental checklist that I simply couldn’t complete. And that’s ok!!! I now realize that I am not any less of a person for not completing my entire to-do list. I’m human, not a well-oiled machine.
2. Rest is SO important
To be totally honest, I was in an unhealthy habit of feeling that if I got 8 hours of sleep, then I must be doing something wrong. I think more of us feel this way then we would care to admit. Did you know that 8 hours of sleep is pretty much the minimum amount of sleep were supposed to be getting to function well? I’ve been consistently getting that much sleep, and I feel amazing. I have more energy, I eat healthier foods, and I don’t feel as though I’m going to crash halfway through the day.
3. Quarantine and isolation are not synonymous
I have started a routine of Facetiming a friend or family member every single night. This time of quiet has really helped me to reflect on all of the amazing people that God has blessed me with. While I’m not able to see people in person, which can be difficult, keeping in touch with people in this age of technology is fairly easy. I have had so many amazing conversations with friends and family members and I truly feel so connected despite being quarantined.
4. Netflix is pretty great
Personally, I’ve been binging The Vampire Diaries and am loving it. There are SO many fun shows on Netflix right now. If you have time, go check them out!
5. God is SO GOOD and this is bigger than me
Oftentimes, I find that the anxiety of what could come is so much scarier than what is actually coming. When I was warned that I may have to stay home for 24 days, I legitimately freaked out. I asked myself questions like, “What if I am not able to finish my semester in school?” “What if my depression and anxiety become much worse?” “What if I miss out on something?” God meets us where we are and brings us peace as long as we focus on Him and talk with Him. John 16:33 states “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
I also feel as though it is my Christian duty to help others in any way I can. If quarantining is something that I can do to help someone else not become ill, then I'm going to do just that. This is bigger than me, it's for the greater good of my brothers and sisters in Christ and my community.