Staying mindful during my self quarantine

Hello my friends, I hope youre doing well. As you might have already heard there is a crazy virus going around the globe. COVID19 otherwise known as Coronavirus is being spread throughout the world. As we watched it infect multiple counties around the world it has finally reached us and we are currently under a national state of emergency. States and cities all over are closing down businesses and store shelves are emptied by panicked shoppers. I am still in complete disbelief with what's happening all over the world...What a crazy plot twist into the new year huh?

For the past week, I have been trying to cope with self-isolation, social distancing and have spent every hour looking at the news for any new updates, which are changing often. Last time I was out having a normal life was earlier last week, As Thursday arrived (3/13/2020) it felt like I needed to go to do some grocery shopping before things got crazy and I am so glad I did. I didn't stock up in bulk like others, I usually only go to the store once a month and buy all the house essentials, snacks, some fresh fruits. I also have Hello Fresh deliver meals to my house every week so that helps me plan dinner for most weeknights. Thankfully I had extra toilet paper from a previous store run because there was none! crazy, I dont get it.. if you do please let me know. 

I have been working very hard to keep myself sane while staying home for days with little interactions with the outside world. Luckily I am able to have the ability to stay home and self-quarantine but most are not as lucky. My husband is working hard every day and I stress about him throughout the day while he is away. There are many heroes here, from the first responders, nurses, doctors, to everyday store owners, store employees, and the US residents who are staying home and doing their part to lower the spread of this virus.

Now that I am home all day I have to keep myself occupied. As an Aquarius, any chance to escape from the real world and focus on myself and my inner spiritual goals, I'm in! I am a homebody so this isn't very difficult for me but now that I am entering week 2 I have ran out of "me time" and im BORED. I have watched TWO Netflix shows, im all caught up in all my other shows, no youtube videos I desire to watch ~ leave your favorite YouTubers name down in the comments and ill check them out! I have cleaned my house multiple times, gave my dog a well-deserved bath! (Perfect timing too bc they closed the doggie bath in my community.) I have tried to stay busy as much as I could. I think that is very important for people who are not used to staying indoors for a long period of time. Staying mindful and present in my new routine is important because I do not want to spend too much time staring out the window letting my thoughts, fears, and stress give me an anxiety attack for no good reason. Saying you will be on "quarantine for the next 2-8 weeks" is pretty nerve-racking. The word "quarantine" just sounds scary because we have seen in movies that only mutated humans and very very ill people need to be isolated from the world but it doesn't have to be that dramatic and scary. I believe that staying indoors and practicing social distancing is a good idea right now. If you have a backyard go outside and spend time in the sun because that is such a blessing to be able to enjoy during these stressful times that many in apartments and tight communities don't have. If you have a dog(s) or kids go out and enjoy a nice walk a few times a day, and enjoy the fresh air. Try to keep your mind on your activities, work and away from negative scary thoughts and ideas that are probably not accurate. Do your part by staying indoors, dont hoard supplies and help out anyone you can during this time. ill be uploading a ton of new articles now that I have a bunch of time to get inspired and write new articles. stay cautious and take care of yourself and others! 

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