Writer: Amelie de leon
Visual: Rhia M.
In light of the recent extension of enhanced community quarantine in the Philippines, I thought it would be important to voice some thoughts I’ve had regarding the world and our reaction to daily life nowadays 🙂
With all the recent catastrophes that have occurred, it’s easy for us to turn to negativity and pessimism. I’ve seen the same phrase on my social media feeds: 2020 is the worst year of our life.
But a lot of good has come out of it as well. And focusing on the good right now is all we can do if we want to keep on going and keeping ourselves motivated. To quote Steven Pinker, “In the long run, most things are getting better, quickly and globally.”
These are some things to keep in mind:
1. Stop catastrophizing
It’s easy to think about the worst case scenario with everything that’s been going on. After all, we’re human. Social media outlets further amplify this by bombarding us with countless Coronavirus headlines. Here are some alternative news headlines to help:
- Air pollution has dropped significantly in China
- The waters of tourist hotspot Venice are clean once again
- Colleges have dropped SAT requirements! (lol)
- John Krasinsky, known for his role in the office, released a TV show called Some Good News, where he even held a reunion for the original Hamilton cast
2. Stop putting the blame on others
There has been an increase in xenophobia in parts of Europe and the Americas. Putting the blame, finding a common enemy doesn’t help anyone. The overarching theme of social psychology is that the more you separate people and point out differences among them, the more divided and less trusting they will become.
In this time of crisis, it is INTEGRAL for us to be united in 1 singular cause, which is flattening the curve of corona outbreaks, supporting our front liners, and staying home.
3. Accept the loneliness for what it is — a time for reflection
A few weeks into the community quarantine, I refused to accept social distancing for what it was. You probably felt the same way. Loneliness was always something we, as humans, distracted ourself from.
The first step is asking yourself why. Jenny Odell lays this out for us: “We live in a culture where sociability and constant connectivity are rewarded, and where choosing to be by yourself marks you out as a loser, crazy, possibly immoral.”
The second step is confronting that reality and finding a way to embrace it. The most remarkable thing this quarantine has given us is a much needed break from this overstimulated and hectic society.
Finally, here’s the key thing about isolation: finding your ‘telos’ or purpose is the best way to stay sane. That could be as simple as baking cookies for your family or reading an entire book. Whatever is, having that purpose in your day will keep you motivated and strong.
4. Use this time productively, try something new!
I started reading again. I binge watched an entire season of Money Heist. I did Chloe Ting’s ab workout. I learned a TikTok dance. No matter how silly the activity is, all this free time gives us ample time to keep productive and explore a variety of hobbies.
I hope these help a little bit and ease some of your worries! 🙂
Stay home and keep safe,