Hey boo! I don’t know about you, but I think living during a pandemic is so freaking boring. This doesn’t mean I haven’t learned anything though because I 100% have. These are the 8 lessons I have learned from COVID-19.
Before we get into I just want to let you know that I am thinking about you. I know that a historical time like this can feel pretty strange, especially when you are isolated. I’m sending my love and hope that you are staying safe!
Remember to wear your mask in public and to follow other COVID-19 guidelines. Okay, sorry for that quick PSA, but let’s just get into the 8 lessons I have learned from COVID-19.
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1. Just go with the flow
As someone who is an overthinker, I struggle with this quite a bit. I always like to know exactly what is happening and when it is happening (I’m sorry, I can’t help it if I liked to be prepared!).
This quarantine has taught me that it’s okay to not always know what will happen in the future and to be open to all possibilities. I wouldn’t say that it has given me an easy-going attitude, but I have definitely become more adaptable to the unknown.
2. Value time with friends
Since I was not able to see my friends for months (or when I did I had to be far away and wearing a mask), I truly began to appreciate my time with them. I’ve never been the most social person, but I think during quarantine I have done more fun activities (mostly outdoor and social distanced) than I have before!
I have gone on a rope swing, been hiking multiple times, sat at a park and chatted, went out to get smoothies, had a bonfire, roamed around a winery (that was super funny), and watched the sunset. I have achieved a greater appreciation for good company and have been able to make more memories because of it!
3. Don’t take learning/school for granted
Sometimes I hate school (well, we have a love-hate relationship), but over quarantine, I missed it so much! I missed seeing my friends in the hallways, having funny English discussions, playing games in my Spanish class, learning about eastern world religions, getting roasted by my chemistry teacher, and gossiping at lunch. I missed it all.
Online school makes it 10x harder to focus and retain information and makes me forget my love of learning. Also, I miss in-person learning and not having to look at a screen all day. I no longer take school for granted and have a greater appreciation for its value. I can’t wait to be out of online school and be able to attend in-person school safely.
4. Make time for yourself
Quarantine has taught me that I am my most valuable asset, therefore I need to make time for myself. Before corona hit, I wasn’t prioritizing myself and this made me fall victim to some negative habits. I wasn’t kind to myself, had low energy, didn’t have a purpose, and just overall felt pretty crappy.
I would like to say that I have now formed new positive habits, but that isn’t completely true. Just like you, I am a human being and still struggle. Despite not being perfect, I have grown and now actively make time to spend with myself. I like to do this by journaling, following a yoga practice, or meditating (I’m not the best at this one).
5. Creativity stems from boredom
This pandemic has pushed my boredom over the edge causing me to become more creative and inventive. Before quarantine, I was pretty satisfied with watching a show on Netflix and that being my after school activity, but no longer. Because of quarantine, I have started this blog (yay!!! I love y’all!) and my podcast!
I don’t think I ever truly realized the magnitude of which boredom affects our actions. Since I wasn’t able to continue my original extracurriculars such as volunteering at an adult day care center and playing volleyball, I had to get creative to find activities I could do at home and by myself. I mean, I would have never even dreamed of starting a blog of a podcast, but here I am!
6. Get dressed in the morning
Y’all!!! This lesson has been such a huge one for me over these past few months. Getting dressed each and every day has helped me feel more productive and ready to work. Since we haven’t been leaving the house very much, it is easy to just lay around in your PJ’s, but don’t do this!
Take the time to get dressed. Trust me, you will feel much more presentable and will enjoy your day 10x more. Getting dressed also helps me pay more attention in school because I feel more awake and put together.
7. Make your bed + clean room
Right when your alarm goes off each morning, you need to make your bed. This will prevent you from easily falling back asleep or getting into your bed. I had never regularly made my bed, but once I started, it became addicting. Making your bed is a small task that only takes a few seconds each morning, but will drastically improve your day.
Besides making your bed, it is also helpful to have a cleanroom. This is especially important if you have to do online classes in your room. It will help you to stay more focused and you won’t have to worry about your pile of laundry that you forgot to put away.
8. Have a schedule or routine
Don’t underestimate the value and importance of a good routine. A routine will make your day to day life feel more normal and will keep you on task. It is helpful to go to bed and to wake up around the same time each day.
Having a routine has made me more productive and helps me to feel more in control. Since the time we are living in is filled with such uncertainty, it is important to try and control something.
8 Lessons I Have Learned From COVID-19:
- Just go with the flow
- Value time with friends
- Don’t take learning/school for granted
- Make time for yourself
- Creativity stems from boredom
- Get dressed in the morning
- Make your bed + clean room
- Have a schedule or routine
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What have you learned from this pandemic? Would you say your habits have improved, stayed the same, or gotten worse?
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