5 Things You Can Still Control In Quarantine
The COVID-19 pandemic has paralyzed the planet. It’s made us feel uncertain and scared, and in a world where we can filter our feeds to reflect what we love and like — we’re suddenly faced with an enemy that we cannot see.
We have entered into a state of feeling as if we have no control — a feeling that often leaves us unhinged, and unsettled, and entirely out of sorts.
There are many things we cannot control regarding this virus, and there are many things that we can. We can continue to practice good hygiene and wash our hands. If we’re not an essential worker, we can stay home. We can go to the grocery store less frequently. We can listen to the advice of our medical professionals and leaders — and I’d urge you to read the facts to keep yourself informed and grounded.
But there are many things in our life that we still can control, even in these quarantine times:
- You can control what time you wake up. Yes, even though you’re stressed, even though you have kids, and even though you are anxious — your alarm clock still works. You are in control of what time you set it. You can drag yourself out of bed if that morning routine makes you feel better.
- You can control what clothes you put on in the morning. You get to decide if you spend the day in what you slept in — you get to determine if you put on jeans, or sweats, or a dress if that’s what you want to do. You get to decide you wear a bra or if you don’t. You get to decide if you put on clean underwear and clean socks, or perhaps you walk around your home barefoot. Your outfit is still your choice.
- You can control how you clean your space. It doesn’t matter if you’re living in your own house, an apartment, or if you have several roommates and the only area you can call your own is your bedroom or bed. You are in control of how that space looks. You get to clean your sheets, or make your bed, or make sure that your closet doesn’t throw up all over your room. You’re in control of the dirty dishes in the sink, and whether or not the toilet bowl is clean. The chaos of your personal space is entirely up to you.
- You can control what time you go to bed, too. I know you cannot always control insomnia, or the way your mind races and keeps you awake with worry. But you can control the pattern in which you try to relax before bedtime. You can control turning off the news and turning off your screens. You can control whether or not you have a cup of tea or a glass of wine. You can control if you take a bath or a shower. You control what you’re reading before bedtime — you’re in control of the things you consume that could potentially keep your heart twisted with fear.
- You can control how you show up for the ones you love in this crazy time. No, you cannot go and give them a hug. No, you cannot hold a dinner party at your house and you cannot meet your best pal for a cup of coffee — but you can call them. You can text them and remind them that you’re thinking of them and that you love them. You can utilize the technology that we do have to see their face. You cannot show up on someone’s doorstep — but you can show up on their screens.