When the pandemic hit, I was in shock along with the rest of the world. I had to abruptly transition to working from home, move out of my apartment, and cancel all of my upcoming plans. I was worried about getting sick, making ends meet, and had an all-consuming fear of missing out.
As I settled into home quarantine, I slowly began to understand the unexpected joy of staying home. It wasn’t just about protecting my health and safety, but also about my mental and emotional well-being. Of course, it was difficult at first, but I eventually found ways to make the most of my new situation. After months of quarantine, here are a few of the ways in which I eventually grew to appreciate it.
I embraced the slower pace of life. Quarantine forced me to slow down, and I began to appreciate the slower pace of life. I used this time to reflect on my priorities, stay in touch with family and friends, and do things I’d been putting off. I also began to spend more time outdoors, and reconnected with nature.
I began to practice self-care. I had always been too busy to practice self-care, but quarantine gave me the perfect opportunity to focus on myself and my mental health. I began to meditate, practice yoga, and take long walks. I also started a bullet journal, and wrote down my thoughts and goals. I was amazed at how much better I felt after just a few weeks.
I learned to appreciate the small things. I had always been too busy to appreciate the little moments of life, but quarantine helped me to slow down and savor the small things. I noticed the sound of the birds, the smell of my morning coffee, and the warmth of my morning sun.
I realized that I was capable of so much more than I thought. I had always been afraid to step out of my comfort zone, but quarantine helped me to face my fears and challenge myself. I started a podcast, wrote a book, and even became a virtual yoga instructor. These were all things I never thought I was capable of doing, but I learned that I was stronger than I thought.
I overcame my fear of missing out. I had always been afraid of missing out on life, but quarantine put that fear into perspective. It’s not about how much you do or how many places you go, but how you appreciate the little moments and make the most of your time.
Quarantine has been a difficult time, but it has also been a time of growth and self-discovery. By embracing the slower pace of life, practicing self-care, and learning to appreciate the small things, I was able to overcome my fear of missing out and find joy in staying home.