Top 5 Things Helping Me Stay Sane While In Isolation

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So this isolation thing is kinda getting on my nerves now. I was initially kinda excited about the idea – I mean, who doesn’t like the idea of having to stay at home and having all the time in the world to catch up on their reading? But then the few days turned to a few weeks and who knows, might even turn to a few months, given the current situation… Well, now I’m just downright frustrated. I miss hanging out with my friends, going out for lunch, or even going grocery shopping with my mom!

So when this Top 5 idea came by, I just knew I had to write a post myself! Each day has been sort of a blur. My parents have given up on trying to maintain a routine with me and kinda just let me do whatever I want. Additionally, the weird timings at which I have to attend these live talks/webinars for my university also messes up my time table (different time zones). I have zoom meetings that I have to join at 4 in the morning and then end up sleeping till 2 in the afternoon the next day. So yeah. That’s that. I’ve given some thought to it, and I guess that these are the top 5 things that I spend most of my time doing and are somehow stopping me from having a mental breakdown.

1. READING

I’m currently reading Becoming by Michelle Obama (as I mentioned in my April TBR) and that’s taking up a lot of my time. It’s quite an enjoyable read and since I’m more of a one-book-at-a-time reader, this book has all my undivided attention. Additionally, I’ve challenged myself to read at least a few articles from The Economist magazine each day. I hate reading the newspaper so often find myself kinda lost in many conversations. I’ve realized that keeping tabs on what’s going around the world helps me partake in such conversations and often broadens my own horizons and allows me to have my own opinions.

2. COOKING / BAKING

I think what frustrates my mom the most is the fact that I can’t cook to save my life, while she herself is a phenomenal cook. She’s been trying to teach me to cook forever, but only managed to teach me how to make come tea and (hopefully) not burn the toast. I always used to have the excuse of not having enough time, but now I had no option but to spend some time in the kitchen. Fortunately, my mom lets me choose what I want to make each day and helps me out instead of taking charge while I look at recipes and videos online (I learn better that way). My sister and I make it sort of a fun challenge and I found out that I actually like cooking and baking things (I’m not half as bad as I used to think either). I now make some easy snacks, carrot cake, omelets, and even bagels almost every single day now. I’m actually pretty proud of myself to be honest.

3. WATCHING MOVIES / SHOWS

This is probably a given. I caught up on all the shows and movies I’d missed. Dad (who loves watching movies probably more than I do) and I binged all the four seasons of Money Heist in what I’m sure is record time. We’ve watched so many movies these past few weeks that it’s honestly hard to find a movie we haven’t already seen (if you have any suggestions, lemme know ASAP!). But my family just got the Disney+ and Hotstar collaboration thing, and the inner kid in me is having the time of her life as I watch my favorite shows – basically Hannah Montana, Zack and Cody, Phineas and Ferb etc. etc. etc. So yeah, this takes up a lot of time throughout the day as well.

4. TALKING TO / VIDEO CALLING MY PEOPLE

Thanks to technology, I can at least see my favorite people. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I couldn’t have even done that. What we usually do is just crib about how miserable and trapped we feel and how much we miss each other. A huge chunk of our conversations revolves around what we’re gonna do the second all this blows over and quarantine ends (these plans get very bizarre very fast) but talking to my friends always seems to brighten my day. All of us look like homeless creatures and that’s always funny to look at. These conversations are the only interaction that I have with the outside world and are the ones that keep me just far enough from flinging myself off the edge.

5. BLOGGING

I know this may sound cheesy or whatever, but it’s true. Even if I’m not writing a post, I love scrolling through my reader and looking at what all the amazing people I follow have on their minds. Additionally, I finally have the time to actually work on all the blog ideas that I come up with. Usually, I have to pick and choose from the innumerable ones I have because of the time constraint, but not anymore! I don’t think I’ve ever been this active on my blog, and I love it. I also spent the entire of last week trying to rearrange my blog and my posts’ featured images (click here to check the entire layout and lemme know what you think). I think blogging is a great way to just sit down, and let my thoughts take over and just write down whatever I feel. It’s actually kinda therapeutic.

So. I guess these are the 5 things that keep my mind off the chaos in the world and kinda help me cope. What are the 5 things keeping you sane? I’d love to hear your thoughts and hopefully that’ll give me a few ideas to try out as well.

– Just Another Magical Soul

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