I honestly struggled with quarantine at first. A lot. Changing the way I went about my days was a transition that was not only difficult, but also a trial and error process. Now that I’ve spent over a hundred days in quarantine, I feel qualified to give a few tips to help you feel somewhat normal during this abnormal time.
Above all else, my biggest suggestion is to have a ritual in the morning. This means finding what works for you and sticking to it no matter what. For me, this translates to not checking my phone the minute I wake up. Taking the time to wake up and get ready for the day without an influx of information is sacred to me. I’ve even found that I’m in a better mood when I don’t go through my phone right away.
Finding the time to connect with friends and family is also crucial during this period. It’s easy to isolate yourself when you can’t exactly go out and physically see others. I recommend making it a point to call or text a person you care about every single day. It doesn’t have to be a six hour phone call or anything grandiose, but even a small gesture can make someone else’s day. I recently started sending out handwritten letters to my friends and while it’s old fashioned, it’s a creative way to stay in touch with those you love!
My last piece of advice is to have something to look forward to every day. I love coffee. Perhaps a bit too much, seeing as I get excited for my morning cup every night before I go to sleep. But it gets me up and out of bed each day. Some days, that’s all I can actually ask of myself because I’m human. It’s great to have a routine and be productive, but these are difficult times. Remember to take care of yourself and those around you.