Want to know how to make the most of your pandemic isolation? Whether you ascribe it to herd immunity, successful vaccination policies, or something else, it appears that the pandemic is beginning to wind down. With this ongoing development, the previously endless days spent in isolation are officially numbered.
This is likely a welcome relief for many. Even if you’re a diehard introvert, an entire year spent away from other people can feel lonely at times. Still, with limited time left, it’s important to use the remainder of your pandemic isolation wisely.
Here are 5 Ways To Keep Yourself Busy During Pandemic Isolation
1. Learn a New Hobby
Whether you used the past year to already learn a new activity or not, there’s still plenty of time to tackle a new item on your bucket list. Consider areas that you normally would want to invest time in but typically couldn’t in the past.
This can include things like becoming a better communicator, learning a fun new way to play guitar, baking bread, and countless other ideas. Some hobbies can have a deeper purpose, such as bettering your professional skill set. Others can be purely fun, like learning how to press flowers or taking up the craft of competitive puzzling.
Regardless of the specific hobby, slow down for a minute and consider if there’s any activity that you still have time to learn. If there is, don’t waste this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
2. Review How You’ve Grown
Another wise way to spend your remaining time alone is to review the last year. Questions to ask yourself include:
1. Where did you struggle and where did you grow?
2. How have you become a more mature individual since you started your life in quarantine?
3. Which negative behaviors or thought processes came out this year that you’d like to address or guard against in the future?
4. Did you have your priorities in order before? If not, what can you do to improve them going forward?
It’s important to take stock of yourself when you go through intense learning experiences. This past year absolutely qualifies as an intense learning experience. So take the time to mull over what you’ve learned so that you can continue to benefit from it as you begin to move forward again.
3. Create Good Routines
With a return to busy social and professional lives in sight, it’s a good idea to codify your current routines so that they can help you in the future.
For instance, you might now have a good morning routine or a powerful sleep-inducing bedtime regimen. Don’t ditch these once you get back into a social lifestyle or a more rigid work schedule.
Instead, steer into your routines in the next few months. Do your best to treat them as sacred ground as your calendar begins to fill back up with events and meetings. This can provide a vital foundation for your daily life as you re-emerge from isolation.
4. Set the Stage for a Return to Normalcy
Along with routines, it’s also wise to generally set the stage for your return to a state of greater normalcy. It doesn’t matter if life goes right back to the way it was or remains permanently changed forever. Once we’re released from quarantines and self-isolation protocols, many things will still need to be done. That said, use the time that you have now to ease back into those responsibilities.
For example, use the warming spring weather to clean and declutter your home. You can also proactively review your car to make sure that it’s roadworthy before you start commuting to work or to see family and friends more consistently again. Wherever possible, do your best to smooth out that transition from pandemic living to normal, everyday life.
5. Make Plans for the Future
Finally, take your last months or weeks in isolation to consider important plans that you want to see take place in the future. Time spent alone can bring many important though easy-to-forget items to the forefront of your mind.
The months spent with your significant other may have given you a desire to renew your wedding vows or go on a honeymoon that you never got to experience. Perhaps time spent on unemployment or transitioning to a remote workspace sparked a desire to start your own business or at least establish a side income so that you aren’t burned by the next catastrophe.
As you identify these big-picture items, make plans now so that they don’t slip off of your radar when things get busy again.
Applying Wisdom to Your Time in Isolation
The past year has been a learning experience for everyone. While our time in quarantine may be winding down, though, it isn’t over quite yet.
From hobbies to routines, cleaning to making plans for the future, use the remaining days as effectively as possible. You likely won’t have another opportunity like this for a very long time.
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