How the Coronavirus Quarantine Can Be an Opportunity to Grow

Greetings all! In the midst of a very strange and scary time, let’s shift our focus to how we can grow during the COVID-19 quarantine. This is an opportunity to get to know yourself, spend time with your loved ones, and most importantly: grow, grow, grow! Now, more than ever, it’s critical that we maintain our sanity by utilizing logic as well as thinking outside of the box.

I spent the last day or two thinking about what I’m going to do during all of this “free” time. Initially, I was scared and anxious. After some thought, I realized this is an opportunity. For example, I usually try to go to the gym as often as possible, but some days I give myself excuses not to. Now that gyms are closed, I make sure to go outside for a run, and start my day getting all that anxious energy out. I also went on Amazon and bought a few things for at-home workouts. Nothing too expensive – I am no Olympian in need of a Peloton. By doing this, I officially gave myself no excuse to blow off exercise. A bonus of working out at home is that I can do exercise for 10 to 15 minutes at a time in between getting work done. I’ve actually realized I am more productive with my work this way.

In keeping with this opportunity to grow myself, I also would like to challenge my inner scholar. We all have one. For those of you who find this difficult, what better time than now to rediscover a hobby or subject that you love to learn about? I have recently discovered that there are add-ons to my streaming services. Full disclosure here, I am huge history nerd. Recently, I found that the History Channel has an add-on service for Amazon that was very affordable and unlocked a vault of historical documentaries that I can’t get enough of. We live in an age where everything is at our fingertips and we can research our hobbies at the press of a button. A fun add-on to try during this time of social distancing is Google Chrome’s add-on for Netflix group watching. This way you can stay connected even when you’re apart.

Self-care has always played a pivotal role in my life but right now I am making it a point to really take care of myself mentally. Whether you are usually connected at work or very introverted, now is a time to focus on yourself. Utilize this time to get comfortable with who you are. I, for one, go stir-crazy quickly. However, I have noticed that just going for a walk and listening to a symphony has really helped me stay grounded. If you’re looking for something to keep you busy, try to challenge yourself on a project. Paint something. Who cares what it looks like — it’s for you! Getting organized is also a great way to pass the time and relax the mind. For example, I have not cleared out my closet of clothes in about a year. Guess what I have no excuse for now? You better believe it is at the top of my list.

Lastly, I want to close with this thought. I have already talked about focusing on your own well-being, mental state, and self-care. One goal of mine is to get outside of myself throughout all of this. I want to do things for the ones that I care about most. My family, my significant other, and my friends. Just writing cards or letters and letting people know I am thinking of them makes me feel good and it makes them feel loved. Think of creative DIY projects to do for those who have supported you. One of my projects will be something along those lines, and I hope that makes it on your quarantine to-do list as well. After all, we will all overcome this craziness together!

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