What’s up fellow introverts? At the start of this year, and the start of a new decade, who would’ve thought that we’d be ordered to stay at home because of a deadly pandemic? Definitely not me. As a self-confessed introvert, staying at home isn’t hard for me if I’m honest, and the way were living right now isn’t too different from my pre-pandemic day-to-day life. So it left me thinking, how best could I help those who are finding it difficult to cope right now? Read on for some staying at home tips from me, a self-confessed introvert.
Make your environment a nice place to be in: no-one wants to live in a cluttered and chaotic space right now, it’ll do you more harm than good and may only heighten the anxious and stressed emotions a lot of us are experiencing. Ensure your living environment is a pleasurable and comforting place to be, especially as you’ll be spending a lot of time in it for the foreseeable future. Declutter, rearrange your furniture, redecorate and reorganise to your hearts content!
Indulge in the fact you have little to do and more free time: time is one thing everyone’s a little guilty of taking for granted. Time is something precious and sacred, something we never get back. Now is a perfect time to take advantage of this, whatever that may look like to you.
Continue to look after yourself: once we remerge from this, we want to be in the best frame of mind possible to tackle whatever comes next. Life isn’t going to immediately go back to how it was pre-pandemic, so we need to be prepared. Get lots of sleep and rest, workout at home if you can, and try and eat nourishing foods. Mental and physical health is as important right now (if not more important) as it ever has been.
Try hobbies you’ve always been interested in: painting, drawing, illustration, graphic design, baking, cooking, experimenting with makeup, becoming a plant enthusiast, sewing, knitting, crafting, upcycling old clothing… the list goes on. Now is the perfect time to try your hand at things you’ve always been interested in, but have never had the time to delve into before. It’s time to get creative.
Stay socialable (safely): self-isolating and self-quarantining doesn’t mean you can’t still be sociable. Thanks to the technology driven era we live in, it’s easier than ever to socialise online and from a safe distance. Facetime, Skype, or have a Zoom party – there’s endless ways to connect with loved ones far and wide via our phones and social media.
Have a movie marathon or read a good book: if you’re really really struggling, kick back, relax, and have a movie marathon in bed. Watch some old favourites you haven’t seen in a while, or pick a completely new genre to indulge in. And if you’ve exhausted all the movies you have access to (which is near impossible with the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime), pick up a good book and get lost in it.
Staying in right now doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, but its worthwhile remembering that this is also not a productivity contest. Everyone is experiencing quarantine a little differently, and going through things we cannot imagine, and that’s okay. Do whatever suits your mood, and whatever you feel capable of.