According to Cambridge dictionary, solitude is the situation of being alone, often by choice. It is sad that we finally get to embrace it but this time, there is no choice.
Being in quarantine for a pandemic like COVID-19 might be a first for many and it sucks. Some people see it as a blessing and some as a curse.
Having no deadlines, nothing to stress about, no unwanted social contact. I would have taken it anytime. Now that I finally do have it, I have to confess, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. I thought I would finally get to read all the books I had been putting off, learn a new skill, watch all the series and movies that I had been putting on my Netflix list and whatnot. But to be honest, not much progress has been made on that. I can’t really get myself to pick up anything. I think it is definitely true that you need the stress of fulfilling deadlines to enjoy other small joys of life.
I do know that I’m not alone in this. For everyone who is trying to find some motivation, I made a list to get started somewhere with something that is not too hard.
This is the first and the most obvious thing that comes into my mind and I’m pretty sure it has a 100 percent success rate at making you feel like you actually accomplished something. Spring is here and now you have the opportunity to deep clean your room. Clean under the bed, under the tables, on the table, dust off those books you are going to read. Set up your wardrobe for when you’ll be going out. Time to clean that kitchen too. Oh and let’s not forget the bathroom!
You wanna know how quickly time passes? Cook! The number of times I have started cooking only to realize two hours have passed is countless. It is one of my favourite things to do and it doesn’t really matter if I cook well or not. But now we all have ample time to hone those recipes we saw on YouTube or pinned on Pinterest. Don’t worry if you are a good cook or not, just keep trying!
Ok, so what I mean by it is that, take time off that damn mobile or laptop or TV. Believe me, I have spent so much time on Reddit these past few days as a coping mechanism, it is now working against me. I just turn my Internet off for some time and force myself to find something else. The Internet is working beautifully to connect us all together in such a tough time but let’s not forget those wise words that too much of anything is never good. So get off that device and look out your window and try to get that fresh air!
4) HELP SOMEONE (but be careful!)
Every once in awhile I see posts about people going out of their way to help others and that has redeemed my faith in humanity. I have read about little kids trying to help their neighbours who can’t go out and tired nurses and doctors who have spent continuous hours trying to help. Sometimes, helping others is the best way to help yourself. If you have any elderly people around you who are not able to go out, go try to help them! They might need groceries or maybe someone to mow the lawn. Being kind can be one of the most important things you can do right now, not just for other people but also for yourself. In dire times like these, it’s very easy for some to lose the basic essence of humanity but if we all try to do our part, be it being cautious for not just yourself but others too or just showing a small act of kindness, can keep the world moving in the right direction.
Try these little things because I know that they work. They are easy to do and simple to start. Even though it’s hard, don’t forget that things WILL get better. We can all do our part and sometimes it just starts with doing little things to improve ourselves in one way or another.