Isn’t it crazy how quickly the world can be turned upside down? People’s lives have changed drastically overnight all due to COVID-19. Many people are quarantined, in self-isolation or are practicing social distancing to try to keep the epidemic at bay.
If you’re an introvert, like me, maybe the new arrangement hasn’t been all that tough. You’re chilling in your PJs with a pile of snacks and a good book and life is good. But, if you’re anything like my extrovert friends…things are getting weird.
So, if you’re ready to start counting your pores out of boredom, let’s talk about a few ways to keep from losing it while stuck at home.
Staying Sane in Isolation
Now is a great time to start that meditation and/or journaling practice you always said you didn’t have time for.
Meditation is a great way to connect with your body first thing in the morning and see how you’re feeling. There’s a lot of anxiety floating around so it’s a good idea to assess where you’re at and what you need to feel good in the moment.
Adding a journaling practice after a meditation session allows you to dive deeper into some of the feelings that may have come up and dig into those dark corners of your mind to see what’s there. Scary, right?
It may seem heavy, but introspection is especially important when we’ve been unceremoniously tossed out of our daily routine. We’re probably pushing down some big bad emotions that need processing. So let it out and get it out, friends!
Have A Routine
As I mentioned, I’m an introvert…so when my parents sent me to band camp when I was 13 (I don’t want to talk about it), I didn’t really have any friends. We were staying in campus dorm rooms and the only thing that got me through that lonely time was waking up at the same time every day and following a strict routine.
So, I’m taking it back to band camp and creating a schedule for myself.
You don’t have to accomplish anything significant if you’re not feeling up to it (this world can only handle so many podcasts), but even having some sort of routine can feel rewarding. You wake up, make coffee, take the dog out, listen to the news. Whatever works for you.
Having a routine and a few goals to check off can keep you feeling motivated and has also proven to help with anxiety-related insomnia.
I’m not just talking about all the extra time you have for whacking it (but let’s be honest, I’m also talking about that). I mean anything that brings you pleasure.
Do some living room yoga, eat delicious food, hug your pets, smoke weed, have a bath. Do stuff that makes you feel good.
Pleasure is so important. It’s how we keep ourselves happy during this time of immense pressure. Of course, you need to think about the health and safety of your family and friends, but you also need to look out for you.
Practice pleasure daily and don’t feel bad about it. You are allowed to feel good even in not so great times.
Don’t underestimate your need for human connection.
We still need to interact with one another to keep it together. That’s one thing us introverts tend to forget. Sometimes after 3 days of not leaving my home, not showering and non-stop caffeine-fueled writing benders, my husband has to remind me to talk to humans. I’m always surprised at how much better I feel after chatting with a friend on the phone or having a quick facetime.
If we’re going to survive 2 weeks plus of isolation, we’re going to have to find new ways to interact with one another. We are social creatures by nature. We need each other. Now more than ever.
Stay safe out there and take care of your mental health just and diligently as you’re washing your hands.