Quarantine Diaries: How I’m Coping

As an introvert, I really thought that social distancing was a dream come true. In many ways, it is. If you, like me, have ever thought, “I really wish I could stay home and watch Netflix all day,” now is our time to shine!

Turns out, staying home and sitting on your ass is much more fun when the government isn’t forcing you to do so. After being quarantined for nearly a week, I’m feeling a little stir crazy. I’m also feeling extremely anxious so, I thought I would put together a list of ways that I’m coping and things I’m using to keep myself busy and entertained.

Please keep in mind that this is what I’m doing. I’m genuinely interested in what you’re doing, too. Let me know!

PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN

Earlier this week, I was sitting on my couch doing some work from my computer when I realized that I was 1) watching the news on TV 2) looking at Facebook on my computer and 3) scrolling through COVID-19 news on Twitter. Simultaneously. No wonder I was freaking the F out. Because I’m drowning myself in fire-and-brimstone news. My therapist told me to stay educated enough to have a plan of action and let everything else just be noise. I’m following her advice on that.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Whatever that looks like for you, make sure you do it.  Listen, if you don’t normally eat an organic vegan diet, now is not the time to start doing that shit. Just make sure that you do the basics: take a shower, clean your space, brush your teeth, make sure you’re eating. And remember, it’s okay to take a walk outside. Social distancing doesn’t have to equal agoraphobia—it just means that you stay 6 feet away from other people.

When I get really stressed out or depressed, I stop cleaning my apartment and live in filth. This is gross, but true and also not uncommon. Some days, especially when my apartment is a total disaster, cleaning feels really daunting. If that’s the case, I’ll set a timer on my phone for 10 minutes and call it good. Turns out, you can do a lot in 10 minutes AND once you start, you’re more likely to want to keep going.

LAUGH

I know that what’s going on is really serious—and I don’t want to negate that—but I’ve always dealt with things by joking about that or trying to find something funny in any situation. Trust me, I know it’s scary. I have pretty severe asthma as well as another underlying autoimmune disease. I also don’t have health insurance. This is a really scary time and I’m dealing with it by laughing as much as I can. I love standup comedy. I have watched Dave Chappelle’s standup on Netflix so many times, I have it memorized. A few of my favorite things to watch right now are:

  • Friends (duh)
  • Dave Chappelle: Equanimity & The Bird Revelation
  • Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
  • Ronny Chieng: Asian American Destroys America
  • Chris D’elia: Man on Fire
  • Chris D’elia: Incorrigible
  • The Office (obviously)
  • Seinfeld
  • Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
  • 40 Year Old Virgin (classic)
  • Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
  • Any and all Adam Sandler movies

LEARN SOMETHING

Now is a good time to learn a new skill! I’ve been watching different classes on SkillShare to pass the time spent cooped up in my apartment. Skillshare is a paid subscription, and I know that money is tight for a lot of people right now and that might not be feasible. YouTube is free and there is a video to learn almost anything that you can imagine!

SHOP

Is it “responsible” of me to be shopping right now? Probably not. But I’ve still been doing it in moderation for the tiny little bit of the serotonin I so desperately need.

I’ve been especially trying to support small businesses right now, who need all the help they can get. Even though a lot of places are closed, you can always buy gift cards to local businesses online now for future use. Small businesses need all the help they can get right now, so whether you buy a gift card, order take out food or coffee, or support them on social media by leaving a positive review or liking/sharing their content, your support means the world to them!

Other stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus are also running 25% sitewide sales on things that NEVER go on sale. I am taking advantage of that, too.

CONNECT WITH LOVED ONES

Social distancing doesn’t mean forgetting about your relationships. FaceTime your family, call them, text, Snapchat, whatever. I’ve been Snapchatting with Max and it makes me both laugh hysterically and also kinda sad because I miss him a lot and wish I could be with him in person.

It’s really easy to get lonely right now, but make sure that you’re checking in on your friends and (chosen) family.

TL;DR

Things are weird right now. Whatever you’re feeling is valid. Sometimes I laugh at the stupid memes that are going around, sometimes I cry. The only certain thing right now is uncertainty, and we’re all going through it together. This will pass and things will get better. What are you doing to cope? Let me know!

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