Lessons I’ve Learned During Self-Quarantine for Covid-19

I really cannot wrap my head around this pandemic, can you? It’s so many things. It’s disturbing, it’s frightening, it’s inconvenient, tiring, difficult sad…

It has certainly gotten my mind floating into a different headspace. I feel like I’m in the twilight zone, headed into the unknown (cue Elsa). But I’ve been able to use this “extra time” to try to see the positives in being self-quarantined. And I began making a list that I wanted to share with you.

Here are some life lessons I will take away from this self-quarantine period.

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  • Teaching the girls at home makes me happy. It brings me back to the days when I used to be an elementary school teacher. Plus, it allows me to really put the microscope on how the girls are doing in school and give me a blurry glimpse into their school day. It’s so fun to see!
  • I LOVE not having to rush around. No intently watching the clock or fighting traffic or getting stuck in long lines of cars behind railroad crossings. All that causes me major anxiety! I’ll have to find a way to deal with all that when life gets back to normal.
  • It’s astonishing how quickly the day passes while we are all stuck at home. I’m very surprised by this. The point is, we don’t have to have a super packed schedule outside the home to be fulfilled! Society places soooo much pressure upon us to sign up for this and that. FOMO (fear of missing out) severely overcrowds our schedules.
  • I have time for extra (and daily) menial tasks I wouldn’t have otherwise had time for, such as washing my makeup brushes. This makes me feel more put together and less out of control.
  • When we think we are too tired and don’t have it in us to cook and do the cleanup involved with it, we actually DO. We don’t need to dine out or order take out, pretty much ever. But it is still nice to do those things, and it also supports local business! It’s just nice to know we are stronger than we think!
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I hope I can carry these positives into daily life as it returns to normal. This pandemic has really helped me slow down, and in turn, be introspective. I’m continuing to pray by those directly affected by this terrible disease.

What positives can you take away from being self-quarantined?

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