Adjusting to life in Quarantine was a long and difficult experience. In under a week my life had been flipped completely upside down. It was normal one moment and the next it felt like my whole world had just shut down, because it literally did. But now, I have a productive and busy summer. Despite quarantine I have remained safe and busy, and no day is the same. However there are some important markers that mark most or every day. Everyone has a different challenge and outlook in quarantine, but here’s my day in the life, Quarantined.
Every Morning I wake up at 6 a.m. and go on a run with one of my friends. Somedays this is the most enjoyable part of my day. This friend is the only one I really ever see, and these runs have given me a new goal for the summer. I used to be a runner but quit because of injuries, now getting back has kept me motivated and happy. If it weren’t for quarantine I may have never started running again, and this routine kickstarted the start of a productive quarantine for me. Not to mention I get coffee after some days!
One not as exciting but important part of my day is summer school. Because of my busy schedule, summer school is a must to get my credits in. I started off taking two classes but was able to finish one early. Sadly, my PE class is not one I can do that with. Most mornings I log into my class after I run and just listen. It will last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes and I’ll spend about 10 after it doing that day’s homework. While this isn’t the most fun part of my day, it’s a necessity.
9 – 11 a.m.
My hours from 9 to noon are always something that varies. Depending on the amount of sleep I get sometimes i’ll take a nap, other days I have chiropractor appointments in the morning, and on Wednesdays I have a voice lesson over zoom. Some days are also just for relaxing in the morning, playing games with my sister, or going on another walk. These are the most varied hours of my day, but I try to fill them with things when I can.
12 p.m. marks the beginning of lunch time. I’m not always hungry at this hour but we’ve made it a habit and fun time during quarantine for my mom, sister, and I to watch a TV show while eating. We’ve been enjoying watching a variety of different shows and thanks to this time I even found my current favorite show this quarantine!
Normally we’ve finished lunch at this time and this is another varying time. Most days I make an effort to hang out with the friend I mentioned early. She’s the only person my parents would let me see when things started to get a little better for my state, and we like to spend a lot of time together. To still be safe, we often go to the park so we’re outside and do work, read, lay out on a blanket, or go on a walk. This we can spend all day doing this, and I would have gone insane without this time. If i’m not going out with her however i’m usually staying at home doing research and homework, or spending time with my sister.
Around 5 p.m. I usually arrive home to make, help make, or wait around for dinner. My sister and I are both vegetarian and we enjoy making healthy meals, although she definitely enjoys it more than me. We start cooking around this time so when my dad gets home from work there will be food for him. Before quarantine he would have been working too at least after 8 everyday. Now he gets home early and is always hungry. It’s nice to have a full meal cooked and get to spend some time eating with family.
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
This is another time when I have more free time and I really buckle down on what I have to get done. Some days I’ll just hang out and play games with my sister. But, a lot of days during this time I workout with my sister, I do homework I haven’t finished, or I write an article for this blog. It’s a relaxing time but also a time filled with the smallest things I have yet to get done that day.
11 p.m –
Around 11 I really start to get tired and relax. Sometimes I’ll play with my sister for another hour but I try to make it a point to get to sleep around 12:30 – 1 so I can wake up again in the morning. I’ll watch youtube or do more research to wind down. And eventually I close my eyes and drift off to sleep to prepare for another productive day.
So that’s a day in my life quarantined! It may seem like a normal productive day but it definitely has been an adjustment. Normally I’d be going out shopping, working at my job, spending time with my grandma, volunteering at camp most of the summer and doing other work. Quarantine has been a huge adjustment and it’s caused a big shift in my schedule, but because of it i’ve gotten to focus on a lot more of the little things and dedicate my time to some things I’ve always wanted to do. There’s a chance this blog wouldn’t exist between our busy schedules if it weren’t for quarantine. So while this day is very different from my normal summer, and there are many, many things I miss doing, there are also a lot of things I can do in quarantine. So if you’re struggling to organize your day and be productive, see if doing any of these things could benefit you!
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