If you read my last blog post, you know that in this one, I will be talking about how I adjusted to being in quarantine.
So, all of a sudden, I am home all day, every day. It was tough at the beginning. My schedule was messed up, ironically, I was busier than before, and I felt very unmotivated.
My first week (after Spring Break) in quarantine was not the best. When you are working from home, and have online classes, it is very easy to just be in your pajamas and stay in bed all day. Especially when you don’t have any Zoom meetings or any online classes involving video appearances.
However, after the first week, I realized what wasn’t working for me. I needed to be more organized and have some kind of a schedule. Now, I try to get at least semi-ready each day. I never “work” or study from my bed anymore. One of the first things I do in the morning is make up my bed, and move to the living room for the rest of the day. I try to be at my desk for most of the day. I switch between the desk, dining table, and my couch, sometimes I sit on the floor, but I definitely don’t go back to my bed.
At the same time, I try to listen to my body. If I feel like I need to take a nap, and if I have some time in between my classes and work, I do take a nap. Of course, with everything that’s going on, I’m more stressed than usual. So even though I’m home all day, I sometimes feel very tired.
When it comes to my studying, I’m definitely a night owl. No matter how much I try to change this, I’m the most productive at night. On some days, I prefer staying up late studying rather than start at a normal hour and finish during the day. Quarantine has definitely made this easier for me.
When it comes to my classes, I will admit that it has been hard. Being a graduate student in Communications, all of my classes are discussion-based. None of the online alternatives are the same as meeting face to face in class. But, it is what it is, and I had to adjust myself to the change.
While there have been some changes that have stressed me out, and maybe were not changes I was looking forward to, there’s positive stuff that has come out of my quarantine period, as well. Being home all day means I can be with my puppy all day. I enjoy our cuddles and our time spent together so much. Even if I’m not interacting with him per se, he just comes and sits or lays next to me. Before quarantine, I used to commute to the university by bus. The bus goes every hour, so sometimes that meant I would have to spend about an hour in total to get to work or my classes. Obviously now I have that extra hour which I would say I mostly spend cooking. I love to cook, and I didn’t always have time for that during weekdays. Now, I find it much easier to cook as I have more time, and I’m also able to multitask while I’m cooking.
Like I said in my previous blog post, COVID-19 has hit the whole world. My sisters and my parents, even though on the other side of the world, are also in quarantine and working from home. Before quarantine, I used to struggle talking to them on weekdays because of the time difference. Now that we are all home all day, I take advantage of that, and whenever I feel like I need to hear their voice, I call them for a short conversation.
I still don’t have it all figured out, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. This is not something we were prepared for. I think it’s very important to let people around us know if we are struggling.
People are willing to help, but they can’t help if they don’t know you need help.