Issues with Quarantine

For many of us, we are now entering week two of our social shutdown. For many more, this has been longer. I am sure of your boredom and stir craziness. I’ve been through it. Here are a few issues that might crop up during your stay at home, if you are somehow forced to: 

1 – Pacing Yourself 

This is a common theme throughout a period of inaccessibility. I get it. You’re bored. But imagine that boredom stretched out over years and years. You learn a lot of things the hard way: don’t overindulge too quickly. Pace yourself. Spread activities and pleasures out among the hours. Yesterday, I cleaned the bathroom (because I had no energy from yesterday), and also completed a small cycle of laundry. That was plenty for your average day at home. I rested on Wednesday, dusted on Tuesday, and cleaned the kitchen on Monday. As for this week in review, it helps a person like me to have a routine spaced out over the week. 

2 – Time 

You’re going to have a lot of time to contemplate things. Youre going to have a lot of time to catastrophize. STOP THAT. There are plenty of now-essential hobbies to take up and choose from. My mother, she does crosswords. I crochet. Currently I am waiting on the color of yarn to start my next blanket. Anyway, there’s sudoku, crosswords, needlepoint, learning how to do alterations, knitting…I clould go on and on. Besides, those of you with children, teach them how to do some hobbies as well. You might be surprised how well you can teach. 

3 – Weird Sleep Schedules 

This is a big one for me. I don’t know if you know this, but it is currently 2:18 a.m. as I type. I am dealing with a weird sleep schedule, as I have been for years. I often get up between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., but tonight I went to bed early, so I woke up early. I decided to write about this in particular as part of an article on issues people are facing in lockdown. I haven’t found the solution to this yet.  

4 – Keeping Routine 

As for routine, it is now essential you keep one. Most people have their jobs and schools to keep this routine for them, but with lockdown (that’s the word I’m using from now on), the schedule is all on you. Get up at the same time, go to bed at the same time. Eat meals at the same time. Create school for your kids. Learning is not about the building. Love and life are about making do where you are. There needs to be some form of stability. Otherwise, you get stuff like weird sleep schedules. 

5 – Working With Social Distancing 

Yesterday, a man came up to me just to pet my dog. With the guideline of keeping a distance of six feet, and a dog leash of only five, this I found creepy. I could possibly be infected with Covid-19 right now due to that guy’s stir craziness. How do I tell my mom?  

That failure aside, I am witnessing successes dealing with social distancing. Two women in my neighborhood held a conversation at least eight feet apart, for one. I really never held a lot of conversations before lockdown; I am holding less now. My dog is keeping me company, and so is my mother. If anyone wants to talk, feel free to use the internet or social media to contact me.  

6 – Fresh Air 

Fresh air. Open a window or a door if you can. I have a small dog, which I have a baby gate I use for. I also have screens on my windows if I ever want to open them. There is a lot of pain about fresh air, and the air inside your house.  

7 – Loneliness 

I am almost to the point of posting my cell phone number with area code on this blog because I am so lonely. I mean, my mother has heard all my stories and fun facts already at this point. There is little I can talk to her about that is new. I don’t gossip, because I have seen the damage gossip can do to a church. It’s not pretty, and causes the church to fall into dictatorship to control everything. But no one really calls me, except scammers. If it were not for scammers, my mother and I would not use a phone. Should I post my number on here?  

I am an old hat with staying home. I thought I might have a few tips to help.  

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Autistic woman in her 40s, bringing attention to issues that affect her and her kind.

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