I am a very extroverted person who gets energy through being around other humans, so it has been very important to me to learn how to shift myself from learning how to stay motivated and happy in isolation. Luckily, I have my entire family home, including my older brother who has been out of the house for two years, so it has blessed my family with a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend the most time we have had together in years. In order to keep myself busy, I have gone by a schedule every day that keeps me on tasks and convinces myself that I am “busy”.
Five main things that I try to do every day is eat healthy, laugh, connect with my friends, read, and walk. I believe that laughing and finding humor in times that I can see is stressful on everyone is necessary in order to stay positive. I have continued to try to find humor in all parts of the day, and if I needed inspiration, looking online at jokes other people have come up with. I have been getting creative in the kitchen and my siblings and I have been cooking dinners, something my mother thought she would never witness. Some meals have been horrible and have forced us to revert to take out, but that helps the economy! I try to text or call my friends whenever I feel down or am really bored, and we try to get creative with what we could possibly talk about since no ones life is interesting right now.
Walking every day outside is the healthiest thing for me. I never realized how peaceful it is to simply just walk in a pretty environment, so I have been exploring different paths to take outside in my town. Walking is also the only way my parents will allow me to see people outside of the house, as long as we distance ourselves.
One thing I am pushing myself to do is play piano again. I used to be able to read any notes and play any song, but stopped playing in high school and it is a skill I wish I never gave up.