How To Be Happy In Quarantine?
“It all goes back to the setup. Without proper setup, you will run into snags” – Happy Warrior When news, Netflix, social media, and endless memes are no longer cutting it, where does that leave you? Still in quarantine! Now what? It’s all about love… Give yourself permission to feel your feelings. Fear, disappointment, uncertainty, loneliness, or …
Finding Happiness During a Pandemic
When news, Netflix, social media, and endless memes are no longer cutting it, where does that leave you? Still in quarantine! Now what? It’s all about love…
- Give yourself permission to feel your feelings. Fear, disappointment, uncertainty, loneliness, or even elation to have a break from the daily grind. Allow any and all of these to be O.K.
- What’s the opportunity? Once you feel your feelings, it might be time to create some structure and set up a daily flow. In order to flow you need a schedule. What are you doing when? And with who?
Most importantly, drop all that lack-thinking. It is what it is. We’re all in this together. The best thing you can do for yourself is to be loving, kind, compassionate, and grateful. Life is a gift.
This prolonged period of social distancing may leave plenty of time for contemplation. Why not use this moment to take stock of your own emotional well-being?
Now for the positive pep talk. This will have an end date. I don’t know when, of course, but it will. We, as a society, have survived hard things. We will survive this too. At some point, we will return to work and school and life. Return to seeing loved ones. Dating and falling in love. Seeing friends.
Quite frankly things will start up again — slowly — simply because at some point we can’t afford to not do — if only for our collective humanity. We will be better in many ways for it — and, one hopes, better prepared for the next challenge.
I think we will be better able to appreciate our blessings. I hope we will be better able to understand that many of the things that we worry about are, perhaps, not that worrisome at all. That most things are inconvenient or irritating but pale in comparison to life or death.
That we will appreciate doctors and nurses and retail workers and truck drivers equally. That we will all appreciate the efforts of farmers. If this has taught us anything, it is that food is the first priority in panic.
I hope we come out of this with a renewed appreciation for our social connections. With clean hands and cleaner hearts. That we do not, in fact, return to the old way of normal. I think, in fact, we can do better. It would be such a shame if we came out of this the same.