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My Secret To Making Quarantine A Little Bit Brighter

Because let's be honest, we all could use the push.

I don't know about you, but my life has completely turned upside down. In February my work closed, in March I had to leave NYC for my medical safety, and ever since then, every day feels like a repeat.

  • Wake up.

  • Crawl into the kitchen in a desperate search for coffee.

  • Flip through TikTok.

  • Repeat.

Soon enough, I hit a month of this repetitive and absolutely exhausting routine and I decided it needed to come to a full stop.

I knew I wasn't alone, but I couldn't help the feeling that I was. Even though I was back in my hometown, and living with my parents because of a worldwide pandemic, I felt like a failure. I felt like for the foreseeable future, my life was over, but that wasn't true.

Was my life what it used to be? No. Is it back to normal now? Not by a long shot, but I find comfort in knowing that no ones is. I didn't do anything wrong, I didn't make a misstep. Sometimes it can be really hard not to blame all your problems on yourself. So as a healthy way to cope I decided to do this simple thing instead:

Pretend it isn't happening.

I'm not saying go out to a bar and vibe with some friends or go sit-in at a restaurant and enjoy dinner, because you absolutely should not be doing that.

I'm not saying ignore the news, and statistics that's meant to inform and keep you updated and safe.

What I am saying is to set an alarm. Put on your makeup, pick out a cute outfit, make some coffee, and get something done. I don't care if the one thing you do is take out the trash, draw a picture, or write an entire musical, just do it! For some people, the idea of creating a task, and following through with it in one day can be exhausting. Especially with quarantine, and I understand that. That's why I believe just doing one single thing is the perfect amount. It's not too much, it can be anything you want, and if you're feeling motivated after, do one more.

When someone tells you to have a productive day, that can be extremely intimidating. After all, what constitutes a productive day? It’s different for everyone. So simply by working up the energy to do one thing, you can open up so many doors for the rest of your day.

Now my quarantine life looks a little more like this:

  • Wake up.

  • Grab some coffee.

  • Respond to my emails.

  • Put on my makeup.

  • Put together a fun and comfy outfit.

  • Create some content.

  • Write for Manhattan Mrs.

  • Update all my socials.

  • Make lists of things to do.

  • Grab some wine.

  • Watch a movie.

  • Go to bed.

  • Repeat.

Okay looking at it now, it honestly seems like a lot busier of a day than it actually is, but hey, it works for me. My days went from mundane and routine to energetic, and insightful overnight just by making the small mental change that I was NOT in a pandemic.

If we’re being honest, it’s impossible to escape what's happening in the world right now. A family member always has the news on, or you're scrolling through Instagram and you see a picture of statistics. It’s just not something you can get away from without completely going off the grid, and I think there's value in that. Staying informed is critical, and one of the best ways to do your part in helping the world heal.

That being said, when you've woken up and taken a look at the numbers, done a quick scroll through of the news, and you're as informed as possible, take a few steps back to breathe. You've done your part for the day. You're staying inside, you're staying informed, you deserve to pretend life is normal for a little while. I’d almost say it's necessary.

If you ever have a question/ suggestion/ or just want to vent, shoot me an email or tap on the chat button, and let's get to talking!

And as always, if you’d like to stay updated follow me, or Manhattan Mrs. on Instagram for more content. Happy quarantine!

Forever in your corner,