Are You Making These 5 Quarantine-Life Mistakes?
These times we are living through are by far the most bizarre times I have lived through. I guess every generation has to have something catastrophic that unites and, at the same time, makes you question the meaning of it all.
Despite the times being hard, we sometimes make them harder by making these quarantine-life mistakes; time-wasting, wrecking our health, obsessiveness, stopping new growth and development.
We do those things because of fear. And we do live in a fearful time. We don’t know what is going to happen? If things will return to normal? And if they did return to normal, what that normal will look like? Not to mention the ultimate fear of catching a disease that has been touted as long-lasting awful debilitation, that takes months to get over. Quarantine-life is hard.
I don’t know about you, but I am about ready to go and curl into a softball and wait out the rest of this isolation…But we, you can’t.
The 5 Mistakes You Might Be Making During Quarantine
Are you spending to much time online, eating the snacks, watching news updates, isolating too much, and not self-improving? Want to know what to do instead? Keep reading.
One: Spending Too Much Time Online
All of my five tips will bring up the leading cause of the behavior, fear. Fear leads us to behave predictably and without fail, but in the wrong direction. Fear makes you curl up into a ball and do something that will take you away from immediate danger…which the unknown like a pandemic will make you feel. One way we love to get away from it all is by hiding behind our phones. Leaving reality for something more pleasant like someone else’s Insta-life or Tik Tok hilarity. I know you feel better while doing it, but then regret the 5 hours that just flew by.
I know timers don’t work, but you know what does? Getting out of the house. Go outside and take a walk; it resets your brain pattern, then when you come back in, try a new task that keeps your brain busy and content. Here is a list of tasks that people find soothing and productive.
- Read a book or start a book series (here are my favorite self-development must-reads).
- Try out a new recipe.
- Skype/Zoom with friends.
- Paint (a room or just for fun).
- Start a side hustle.
Two: Eating All the Snacks
Often times we humans tend to equate fun with food. I mean, it is fun to indulge tasty snacks, but when you are not using those calories, well, they are being packed. Packed calories just lead to regret and self-pity. Don’t do it, girl! “I am not gonna do it.” Seriously don’t do it. Just drink a glass of water or chew a piece of gum. Trying to pass the time by eating is not going to fix your life.
Try to relax more, put on gentle, relaxing music, and calm your body down. While calm, ask yourself what your fears are? Write them down and answer those fears like you would answer a friend who needs your help.
Once you answer, you might be surprised to find that 90% of things written are not true. Nor would they ever come true (except getting COVID, that one is real, it’s crappy and takes forever to get rid of if you are healthy).
If you still find yourself looking for something to fill your tummy, set yourself up for success. Make a list of healthy snacks, buy plenty of healthy food, and prep it. Most of our mistakes come from waiting till we are super hungry and then reaching for fast and simple meals (which generally are far from healthy).
Three: Watching Every COVID Update
Get away from the news. It’s okay if you miss out on the latest meteorite coming towards earth. It’s going to be over, either way, might as well not worry about it.
We know the reality of our situations, and we don’t need any more gloom and doom added to it. Focus on those things you can do something about, like finding a job or helping your neighbor. In fact, helping others is the best way to turn bad situations into better ones.
Four: Taking Isolation To A New Level
Isolation does not have to mean seclusion. I mean it technically doe, but you can add modern-day conveniences, like a phone call your day.
Try to talk to someone at least once a day. Call your Mom, Sister, Friend, or Neighbor. A quick listen of someone’s voice helps get you out of your own head.
Go out of the house, go on a walk, go on a hike, or simply sit under a tree. Breath fresh air as often as possible and let some of the pandemic stressors go.
Five: Not Taking The Opportunity For Self-Development
It’s been documented that many small businesses get started after significant job losses and economic downfalls.
A good reason for that is the stripping of barriers, like a job. You tend to make excuses when you have a fall back career. Excuses like, Oh, I need to eat (lol), it’s not a bad job, or there isn’t anything else for me, or I can’t do it.
With nothing left to fear, you tend to go with the flow. Now even though the flow is there, make sure you go in the right direction. Think about what you want in life. They say that the best job for you is to meet all your internal needs—the need for self-autonomy, self-love, and helping others. And most of all it has to be something that lights a light withing you.
Want to know more about self-development? Check out my post below.
How do we become new?- and everybody wants to become new. Courage is needed, and not ordinary courage; extraordinary courage is needed.
Go and get some of your extraordinary courage. Get that life you where to afraid to try for, you have nothing to lose, its already been taken.
I hope you realize that you have more power than you think you do. We all do. Gather your courage and dust that self-doubt off. You have no time for that. You’ve got things to do, people to love, and a world to change.
So, are you making these five mistakes above? It’s not too late to change; it’s the perfect time to begin a new you.
My calling is to help get you off the couch and start your calling. We all have a part to play. I believe in you.
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