Throughout quarantine, I feel like everyone found cool new hobbies or dove deeper into the ones they already had. I, however, did not; if anything, I just started to take naps more often. It made me feel really bad about myself as if I wasn’t doing enough in my life. I just didn’t—and still don’t—feel like I had time to do so or the mental wherewithal.
If you feel the same way as I do, I’m here to tell you that it’s okay. You don’t have to become the next Vincent Van Gogh during this pandemic. In my case, I have been giving myself more time to relax, and that is okay. It is your time to take advantage of, so just because you don’t undertake a new hobby or become a master at one doesn’t mean that you’re wasting it. Don’t beat yourself up as I have been; it’s not going to help you become more motivated. This has been a rough year for everyone, and we have all coped with it in different ways.
Of course, I do want to stress that it is important for you to do something with your free time, as most of us are stuck in front of a computer all day. If you are lying around the house a little more than usual because of the restraints on activities we can do, try to get outside every day for half an hour. That’s a rule I have made for myself, and my mood definitely worsens when I don’t follow it. You can go on a walk, sit outside for a bit, go on a hike, call a friend while standing outside—it can be anything. Maybe you have a different rule you want to make for yourself, but I hope this article helped!