Covid-19: Quarantined in KarolinasFairytale-Land
Once upon a time, there was … a virus. A very, very bad virus. This virus made millions of people very sick and drove most of the population into social isolation. Cancelled travel plans, indefinite isolation, and most importantly, cancelled Fashion Weeks and Film Festival de Cannes, panic over scarce resources, finishing toilet paper, no shopping and information overload… all of this could be a recipe for anxiety, sadness and feelings of isolation. As we all practice self-quarantine, we can also take a lesson from Rapunzel, who has come up with plenty of activities, while she was stuck in the tower to keep her busy, from cooking to hair brushing…I ́m wondering: how did she get her hair so long? Will mine get longer too?
Here are my five favorite advices that could help you remove spiraling negative thoughts about this uncertain time:
Tip 1: Reframe “I am trapped inside and I will go crazy at one point” to “I can finally focus on my home, million things I have to do and never had time… and obviously – my wonderful self”
As dark as the world may feel right now, think of the mandated work-from-home policy as an opportunity to refocus your attention from the external to the internal. Doing one productive thing per day can lead to a more positive attitude and finally things getting done. Set your sights on long-avoided tasks, reorganize, or create something you’ve always wanted to. Approaching this time with a mindset of feeling trapped or stuck will only stress you out more and you will go crazy eventually. This is your chance to slow down and focus on yourself, do a facemask!
Tip 2: Stay close to your normal routine
Try and maintain some resemblance of your life from the pre-quarantine days. For the ones with children, sticking to a routine might be easier ( you will have to cook much, much more!!!) ; however as you work from home, it could be tempting to fall into a more lethargic lifestyle, which could lead to negative thinking, you can keep the beauty nap though. Wake up and go to bed around the same time, eat, shower, train and get out of your PJ’s…or not… Do laundry on Sundays as usual or pile it up till when there will be no space to walk. Sticking to your normal routine will keep you active and less likely to spiral, it will be easier to readjust when it’s time to get back in the world and still be pretty and fabulous!
Tip 3: Stop obsessing over endless Coronavirus news
Freeing up your day from work or social obligations gives you plenty of time to obsess, and if you have a tendency to consult Dr.Google for every itch and sneeze, you may be over- researching the pandemic as well. Choosing only certain credible websites (who.int or cdc.gov is a good start) for a limited amount of time each day will be in your best interest during this time. It’s obviously good to be informed about the current status of Covid-19, a good resource to track is https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/. It provides very accurate numbers and has plenty of interesting statistics, no pictures though. But read them with caution, statistics are only as good as the quality and completeness of the available data – I think one of the biggest issues is that most countries are not testing enough people, which means that the “real” number of infections is probably much higher – much, much, much higher. To summarize, take your time and put away your devices. Don’t pay too much attention to the endless flow of Corona coverage on all social media and TV channels – you have better things to do, for example watching my Instagram profile and craaaazyyy Live Stories! Just the other day, I shaved my dog.
Tip 4: A messy closet can lead to a messy mind
With all the uncertainly happening outside your fairytale castle, keep the inside organized, predictable and clean, fix it for once. Setting up mental zones for daily activities can be helpful to organize your day and keep everything on track. For example, you can finally eat in bed and work on the sofa- much better than before don ́t you think?! Loosening these boundaries will help you to relieve the stress and keep your routine in order. Additionally, a messy closet can cause you to get anxious and claustrophobic – so keep it tidy and perfect. Ever noticed all your friends cleaning up all the time all of sudden?
Tip 5: Start a new quarantine ritual
With this situation, why not do something special during these quarantined days? For example, you can start a video blog and share your experiences. Or learn something new, there are plenty of online courses out there – from cooking to learning new languages, I speak 6 already! Don’t forget to do something for your health, too: Take a walk every day at a certain time or attend training lessons online. Also, keep some social activities by FaceTiming or ZOOM-ing with your friends or relatives everyday. Or start a painting which you can add to everyday. Doing something creative is a great stimulation for your brain and stimulates areas which you won’t use while watching television or your Instagram feed. By establishing a routine, you will have something to look forward to each new day.
But when? When will it be over????
Probably the main question for all of us these days. Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer for this, and I even went all the way through wonderland to consult the almighty fairy. What we know is that even though, scientists have learnt an astonishing amount about Coronavirus in the months since the disease was first detected, they still do not know yet enough about the virus and how it affects the human immune system to forecast likely outcomes with any accuracy. For what its worth, it is most likely that the virus will hang around for the indefinite future causing disease similar to flu but becoming less of a threat for the health system as time passes – hopefully. Did you know that Coronavirus makes holes in your lungs and modifies your genome?
If you follow these tips, you should able of going through these times with a smile. Because one thing is for certain: This fairytale is going to have a happy ending … all the fairytales do.
Hang in there for a little while –
Stay healthy and well and #STAYHOME, Karolina