Today in Quarantine Part 5...
Originally, we had plans for a social distancing field trip to go geocaching, and so I thought my post today would consist of our treasure hunting finds, but nature had other plans. It's one of those dark, rainy days here in Eastern North Carolina- definitely the 'curl up in a dark corner and read under the covers' kind of vibe.
So instead, I'll tell you about why I still feel so refreshed today even though my plans have been thwarted. Y'all, I got some alone time yesterday! In a time of social distancing and quarantine, the need to have time to myself did not feel as though it mattered. Why would I need alone time when I'm constantly wishing I could go out- go see one of my favorite bands perform live, walk around an outdoor festival, or head to the beach and watch the sunrise with my family?
Well, before all of this quarantine stuff, I was a pretty social person, but I also regularly had time where I was alone. My fiancé had to work during the day while I worked from home. I always had more flexibility within my schedule so that I could go on a run to TJ Maxx and get some coffee if I needed it, or go for a walk/drive alone and listen to my favorite music. What I didn't realize was that I needed that time until I didn't have it for a while.
Being stuck at home, I'm constantly engaging with or talking to someone, whether it's my family stuck here with me, or it's me on Facetime talking to my family that I can't be around right now. Don't get me wrong, I feel incredibly grateful for this family time. In a working world, none of us have ever had this much time to explore hobbies and spend quality time together. But I realized yesterday that my social meter is still an important thing to watch, and sometimes you have to detach a bit.
So, I took a shower and put on real clothes, I took some time to write in my therapy journals, I played my favorite music through my bluetooth speaker and danced around the house, I took a drive, I took a bubble bath, and I even did chores (and somewhat enjoyed them). It was really nice to kind of press the mental reset button for a day.
If you can, take at least one hour a day to be alone (advice courtesy of my best friend). Do whatever it is that would make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
If you're interested in reflection/therapy journals, here are a few that I have: