Written By Vica, – Official Contributor of The Crowned Series
Let me first start by saying that everyone’s quarantine experience is different. Some are at home alone, with a partner, with children, or with friends. Different environments cause for different approaches. This blog will be written from my own personal experience with self-isolation.
It’s okay to just chill.
Please don’t think that you have to achieve a said amount of goals every day of every week that we’re stuck at home. This mentality is unrealistic and can harm one’s mental health. Understand that it’s okay to have days when you just lay in bed binge-watching your favorite show or on Insta or TikTok. These days are just as important as the days spent “doing things”.
Set a schedule.
As much as I love laying in bed, we can’t succumb to that desire every single day. Nothing will get done! Start by listing your goals for the week and then proceed to plan out each day. I love a good color-coded planner. I like to do this the night before with ambient music playing. It’s the perfect way for me to relax!
Adhere to it.
Making sure you’re being responsible and achieving the tasks you’ve listed is key to thriving in this era of self-isolation. Set your alarms, get up on time, and get your day started. I would be lying if I said I do this without fail. But trying is half the battle!
Reward yourself for a day/week well spent.
As humans living in Western society, statistics prove that we seek praise. If we accomplish a task and don’t receive any recognition, it’s unlikely we’ll go out of our way to achieve anything. That’s not to say we must rely on accolades as that’s a problem in and of itself. All I’m saying is if you take the time to acknowledge and appreciate your hard work, you’ll be more inclined to keep up the good work!
A Little Work a Little Play.
Balance is everything. We can’t have one thing without the other. Too much work leads to stress. Too many FaceTime calls take away time spent on quality work. Allot time for both so you can get done what you need to get done and still have time for socialization. Humans need interaction so make sure to say hello to your friends!
Make a new friend.
This one can be a bit tricky especially since we’re not at liberty to roam around outside. The beauty of the technological age we live in is that we can connect with someone on the other side of the world in a matter of seconds. Personally, I found a pen pal! I first stumbled across her Instagram a few weeks ago as her page caught my interest. She lives in the English Countryside with her family and travels all across Europe giving travel tours. One day in her story she put up a poll asking her followers if they would be interested in a pen pal program. Naturally, I said yes and we’ve already exchanged letters (via email cause I’m not about to risk contamination lol)!
Last but not least, try your hardest not to give in to impulse purchases! I know it’s difficult because it’s like “What else can we do!?” But trust me, you and your pockets will thank you in the long run! Ask yourself, “Do I really need this?”
– Vica, Official Contributor of The Crowned Series