Isabel Young

I’m a relatively introverted person, so I haven’t really been affected by social distancing so far. I’m an avid hobbyist, and I don’t typically have a problem keeping myself entertained, but coming up on four weeks in, it’s gotten to the point where I’m having to get creative. 

At first, I was pretty happy to stay at home and read all day, and to a certain extent, that’s been true. I’ve found that reading book series eases some of the day-to-day monotony. Even if I’m not doing anything, at least I can read about people who are, and a series can last me a few days.

I thought I’d get the chance to redo my room, and I keep intending to go on a reorganization spree, but I lack the motivation to do something quite so productive. I’ve found I can pretty much handle things that require sitting down. Anything past that requires a little more drive than I have right now.

I’ve also gotten really good at making to-do lists. I’m still working on actually following them. I picked up a guitar for the first time in four years and was pretty offended when I found out I had to actually practice, but so far it’s one of the things I’ve been able to keep up with every day.

One good thing to come out of this is that I’m sick of watching TV. Even if I’m not physically moving, I find that I need to keep my brain going, and zoning out in front of the screen has lost its appeal. I’m a fan of fiction podcasts, too, so they’re often a happy medium when I don’t feel like reading, either.

I find myself spending more time looking up things to do in quarantine than actually doing said things, but honestly, I’m content to at least be doing something. Overall, my quarantine routine could probably be more productive, but like most people right now, I’m just doing the best I can.

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