My Quarantine Story – Fix Your Perspective

Starting 23rd March, the government of Pakistan announced a nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against spread of coronavirus. In my quarantine story I talk about how I have managed to cope so far and the thought process that helped me in doing so.

My Quarantine Story
My Quarantine Story

I read a beautiful post which stated that how we view this pandemic and operate while locked down depends on our perspective about it. Think of this, say 5 years from now when you look back at it, how do you want to view it?

Do you want to say things like I was terrified? The end of the world? I was locked down for days I didn’t leave my house? I mean all this is fine but what good would it bring?

Would you rather remember it as a time when you invested a lot in yourself? For instance I have gotten very consistent with my blog lately. What was I waiting for to realize this amazing skill that I have?

Come to think of it, it really is a privilege to
-work from home
-staying at home in a non-toxic environment
-do nothing yet survive
-be in a healthy mental state
-be in a healthy physical state
-be in a healthy spiritual state

There is an affirmation that I repeat everyday at least 5 times:
“Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better” 😊

Although at first it sounded very superficial but overtime I started observing a very positive effect in my life. So much so that I now get external validation to the fact that I am, in fact, getting better and better everyday.

Conclusion

No matter what perspective you choose, your quarantine story is yours to tell. And it will be different than my story or anyone else’s. The only request or advise is to make this story a positive one. One from which future generations can take a learning.

God forbid if it is something of the sort that is to return in future, may your story help others to cope. To view lockdowns as a time much needed for self. Rather than viewing them as a halt to your progress.

If you are someone who wants to grow and progress in life, trust me no pandemic can ever stop you. Again, this is my personal story and I don’t want to impose it on someone else.

With all said and done I do realize that not everyone has the mental capacity to cope and spend all this time productively. So if you’re someone who simply survives this time and comes out sane, know that you have done enough and this is no little achievement in itself.

There is a related post on tips on working from home, you may want to give it a read: https://reasonstolivefor.com/work-from-home/

Do let me know about your quarantine story in comments below 😊

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  1. This is such a wonderful perspective to have. I’m glad that you are able to move through this pandemic with such a positive outlook. Stay well and take care.

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  2. I agree! My thoughts: Life offers me exactly what I need in the very moment I need it. With this mindset I then have the opportunity to uncover all the treasures being offered to me now. Thank you for such a positive post.

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  3. Very, very good reminder about perspective! As a writer, I am so grateful for the extra time quarantine has given me to spend consistently on developing my next novel, but it has been somewhat frustrating seeing the production of my latest stageplay script delayed. On one hand, I can focus on what isn’t moving forward as quickly as I would like, but on the other hand, I can maximize the time I do have to invest in something that CAN move forward.
    And you are exactly right: when we consider how little time we have in life, we will not want to look back and know that we spent months on end stressing about things we cannot control. Here’s to giving our all to what IS possible!

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  4. I love this perspective. I had a negative view of it for awhile, but that was when the stay at home first went into effect the day before I was supposed to see my fiance. So I was upset but knew it was for the best. I eventually got over it and am taking full advantage of being home mostly all the time (still have to get groceries). Started a new blog, house training my previously outdoor cat, and have more time for my knitting and sketch projects. My mental health took a dive in the beginning of quarantine, but since focusing on all the time I have, I’m a little better. Also, cat is making progress so that’s uplifting!

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  5. I’ve been super happy the whole time – well, there was one hiccough… – but for 3 months now I’ve had the best time; the city was quiet, no crowds of cars or people, only birds… the skies so clear for days on end… no planes, trains or automobiles… I’ve loved this time for introspection and personal growth; but then I dont have children or a partner hanging off my arm, so it’s a little easier for me than it is for some out there…

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  6. This is a great post! I will remember this time as one that challenged me but made me feel good about myself because I overcame the challenges! And now, I am actually comfortable and happy with the quarantine.

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  7. Great article. This is so true. And the positive affirmation is something I really need to get into a habit of saying as well. Luckily for me, I had pretty much been in self-isolation for a year due to my cancer. Which I’ve never looked on as a burden. I feel like I almost trained for this time. But there are still lessons to be learned, challenges to be met. Visits to the hospital are like entering a virtual reality apocalypse computer game. But I feel grateful to the nurses who are still showing up for us. I am actually missing them a lot because my treatment has changed. And it also kick started my desire to get my blog up and running. I have no idea what I was waiting for. I think putting yourself out there in the most authentic way can be scary and very liberating all in one hit. But as I have found with most things once I take the leap, it actually becomes incredibly enjoyable. πŸ™‚

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  8. What a wonderful post. I love your take on the ‘quarantine story’. We all have a different narrative during this time. I totally agree with you that my perspective shapes my experience. I also love your mantra. Thank you for such an inspirational read!

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  9. Love this!

    This is the perfect time to do some self reflection and learn so much about who we are!

    I just wrote about this in my blog @theoptimismblog and how important it is to reframing in these times! Go check it out if you enjoyed this!

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