Our lifestyle has changed drastically over the span of two months, as the COVID-19 pandemic settled in and restrained our physical contact with the outside world. Waking up every weekday to Zoom’s blue logo staring back at you, spending an excessive amount of time with your family and yourself, wandering around your home feeling confused and disoriented, even for those of us who are fortunate enough to quarantine, it has been a challenge to stay positive during this unprecedented time of mass isolation. In response, people around the world have come up with outlets to cope with the pandemic. Here are a few I found that might be helpful. 

Set up a daily or weekly routine.

This separates your days into smaller segments and thus can help elucidate the progression of time. Without commutes, dorm guidelines, errands, and other patterns to orient us, time can feel overwhelmingly slow and hard to keep track of. By creating a new routine, you can fit certain activities into distinct daily slots. A few examples would be sleep, exercise, meals, and homework.

Cook.

As undoubtedly one of the most popular quarantine activities, cooking not only is relaxing and entertaining, but it can also serve to make stronger connections between one another. For those who do not usually spend a lot of time with their families, it is always a good idea to make some food together. 

Make some art.

Explore the world through artistic media, such as drawing, painting, and film. Our new experience gives rise to new ideas that can be expressed visually. With the amount of free time provided by our online learning schedule, we have the opportunity to sit down and translate our thoughts into art for almost as long as we want. 

Keep a diary.

Quarantine entails more solitude, which can be disconcerting. Yet, at the same time, it provides us with an opportunity to take a step back and reflect. Jotting down your thoughts and observations can help you better understand yourself and your surroundings while becoming a precious record of memories when you look back in the future.

Quarantine is an unprecedented experience for most of us, but we can render it more fulfilled and colorful through the proper use of time and arrangement of our daily activities. We should always keep in mind that though we are separated apart, our efforts in keeping each other safe stay together.