Quarantine Diaries: Some Words of Encouragement

Read previous installments of the Quarantine Diaries.

Being quarantined isn’t fun at all whatsoever, as we’ve all probably realized just after a few short hours of beginning self-isolation.

I’ve lost count of how long it’s been at this point.

Earlier this week I managed to go outside (farther than the mailbox, yay) for the first time since starting self-isolation, and it felt so strange. I’ve had an on-and-off migraine ever since.

I just want to go back to NYC so badly.

It’s been so hard seeing the number of coronavirus cases increase around the world. In light of this, I’ve found inspiration to stay strong on my favorite YouTube channels and through encouraging social media posts.

Here are a few words of encouragement to keep you hanging on in these trying times:

A word on learning to value yourself as more than your work during quarantine from Shut Up & Go Traveler Jo Franco.

A few essential self-care activities to that’ll help you to do everything you can to stay positive.

Kevin Droniak’s grandma Lill says to wash your hands and stay busy. And don’t watch the news so much “because it’ll drive you to drink.”

 

It’s okay to feel emotionally unwell right now.


It’s also totally okay to not want to be productive during quarantine.

 

A little Jonas Brothers (and Busted) humor from Royal Holloway Library.

 

A reminder that too much news is not always best for your soul right now.

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As we all come together to handle this crisis, what we will come to learn is that it was love for our fellowman that got us through. The doctors, nurses, mask makers, food transporters, grocery store cashiers and stock personnel, that kept us all together. It is coming down to the individual person who does their part for the benefit of the whole, the farmers, truck drivers, Amazon workers and drivers, post office employees, hospital food workers, receptionists, restaurant owners, their kitchen staff and delivery drivers, the local pizza shop who has decided to stay open and feed the kids in the neighborhood who are home from school, the teachers who are scrambling to learn how to teach their students virtually, the firemen and women, police officers, and first responders, the construction workers building testing facilities, the lab workers, the moms and dads who have lost their jobs and who are now watching our for elderly neighbors, the moms and dads who are working from home and now have to home school their children, the young person who lives alone and who is now socially isolating and who may not be able to pay their rent next month but who isolated not to infect any more people, the bus drivers, train workers, and infrastructure maintenance crews we rarely hear about! These are OUR people and THEY are the reasons we will make it through! Leadership is crucial, but never forget, a society is only as strong as its love, respect and empathy each citizen has for its fellowman.

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And above all else, remember:

Please also keep in mind that people are recovering! The news puts so much emphasis on the current amount of people infected and the number of deaths, but the recoveries get lost in the mix. Here are some recovery stories:

104-Year-Old Veteran Recovers Before Birthday

104-Year-Old Italian Woman Recovered from Virus

Ventura County Residents Recovered

Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson Recovering and Heading Back to LA

Idris Elba Has Recovered from Covid-Related Body Aches

 

Stay safe and STAY HOME!

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