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5 Ways Quarantined has Changed Me

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For  the record, it's been a crazy year: We all know that. We've heard people say it all around the world,
and it couldn't be truer. Quarantine has not only been an inconvienence, and something a little bit annoying, it has also changed me in ways that I would not expect. Here are six ways quarantine did just that:
  1. Made Me Healthier
  2. Quarantine made me healthier, believe it or not. I have not been getting, or even thinking about the 'Quarantine 15' at all, and that's not because I have been starving myself. It's because I have found the time and embraced the time to get more exercise, and to get outside a lot more. In the mornings I have been either going on a walk, run or bike ride and in the afternoon, I usually take my dog for a walk after a cup of peppermint tea (it's really good). Although I may not be eating as healthy as I'd like to be, I think that the amount of exercise I have been getting has been very beneficial for my body, and now my legs are stronger than ever.
  3. Gave Me Confidence
  4. Quarantine has been improving my social life, believe it or not because I used to be very hesitant and self-conscious about sending text messages, but now, I do it all the time! Quarantine has, in a way, forced me to text people, because I couldn't socialize. Therefore, I feel like I have been putting myself out there more by texting and calling people more. Although it is not the same as talking face-to-face, I really enjoy texting from home as well. Because I am not a very loud person, texting helps me connect with people I usually don't otherwise talk to. And I really like to talk to some friends that I haven't interacted with in a while.     
  5. Organized Me
  6. Quarantine has organized my life in a way, because during this time, I have transformed into a morning person. I love being a morning lark because few things feel better than getting things done before the neighborhood has waken up, and I suggest you try being a lark for a few days. As Jack Aaron once said, "Try it you'll like it!" However, I do understand that there are people, who may not thrive in the mornings, but in the evenings or even, God knows how, in the afternoons. That's okay, whatever works for you. I have been waking up early only for a few months, but I am still doing it to this day because I have really enjoyed it.  style="text-align: left;">To learn more about this, check out my article where I lay out 5 Reasons Why I Enjoy Being a Morning Person.
  7. Gave Me Astuteness
  8. Before I went into quarantine, my life was so busy, I had no time to appreciate the little things, and I am sure many of you felt the same way. It feels like I was in chaos at that time, I'm sure I wasn't, but I feel like I was because now my life is so relaxed. Whenever I go outside to get exercise, I am able to notice and appreciate small things, little things in my neighborhood. It is certainly good to be astute, definetley not a bad thing. John Wooden once said "It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen." I don't know if this is true when noticing little things around my block, nonetheless, I believe that that quote is powerful and true in my own life. Think about a great moment that happened in your life. Now, think back to the events leading up to that moment. Most likely, if any one of those events didn't happen, that big moment may never have occurred. Pretty incredible, isn't it? On the other hand, the same thing may be true for bad moments. If any one of those events didn't happen leading up to that negative moment, it may never have happened. That is why it is so important to be astute. I don't mean to give you a lecture, I just thought that noticing little moments, or little things in life is very important, and those little moments should not be taken for granted.
  9. Taught me new Skills
  10. When given all this freetime, I was hoping to learn new things during this time. Luckily, I was able to learn the basics of programming, specifically HTML and CSS and If you don't know what that is, it is the program that is used to create websites. The very website your on right now (Simply My Perspective) has some programming done by yours truly, and believe me, it is not as easy, nor as difficult as it seems. Many people have to use programming some time in their lives, especially if you are going to work in a corporate office, so why not start early, given the time. I am still programming to this day, which does not mean that I am an expert (I'm not even close) but I do it for the sake of enjoying it. That may sound crazy to some people, but there are stranger hobbies out there!

    Conclusion

    A lot of people complain about quarantine, saying it is boring and they are eager to get out of it. I get it. Quarantine is almost over, luckily. But  I really hope that a lot of people took advantage of all the time that they had, because time is precious: You can never get it back, you can't buy it back, once it is gone, it's gone. We are expected to get a second wave of coronavirus this fall, so brace yourselves! I recommend you to write a short list of things that you would like to get done, should we be quarantined again. I am not saying that I love quarantine, I hardly like it. However, it really changed me as a person, for the better. That really goes to show, when given the time, great things can happen if we are productive. 

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  1. I'm glad quarantine has had so many positives for you, especially improving your confidence!

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  2. It is so nice to read about how people take positives away from what can be a crappy situation. I'm glad that you go so many lovely things out of your time in quarantine < that is such a weird sentence to type! x

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    1. Thanks, Ellie! I tried to make the best of it (some days are better than others).

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  3. It's done the opposite for me but thanks for this post!

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  4. Quarantine also changed me and my way of looking at things. I also learned to appreciate more the little things and moments in life. And, like you... I've learned some new skills that prepared me for challenges ahead after this lockdown is over.

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    1. I'm glad that quarantine worked out well for you, Fritzie! Thanks for reading.

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  5. Great post!
    Monika
    Writing Overload x

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  6. Quarantine has taught me the importance of slowing down. I am one of those 'always busy' people with a crazy schedule at all times. With everything being cancelled, I've been forced to slow down and spend some more 'me time' here at home. I've realized that it is actually a positive thing, something that I was missing in my life. As things start to open up, I'm going to be much more aware of what I commit to and keeping some down time in my schedule.

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    1. I totally understand what you mean. Like I said in the post, quarantine forced me to focus on the little things, that I so often look past and know that we are all stuck at home, I am able to slow down and focus on little things, that make a big difference. Thanks for reading!

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  7. Quarantine helped re-shape my focus so that I can achieve my goals and dreams. I've got a long way to go yet, but I am now more able to see what I'm doing so that I can zone in on the things that matter. I do miss my friends and the weekly hang-outs I had a with a bunch of people, but I realise that this quarantine was also timely so that I could straighten out my priorities.

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    1. Hi, Alyssa! I also miss getting together with friends, but its nice to be able to get my life back under control during the lockdown. Thanks for reading!

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  8. I have to agree with many of these sentiments. On one hand, quarantine has made me a lot more productive around the house and yard, and since being shut in, neither has looked better! My husband and I bought bikes and have been riding around the neighborhood and appreciating the outdoors more with our family. I've been cooking more and have learned a lot about different cuisines I'd never cooked before. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Biking has always been something I've enjoyed doing it, but I had never been able to get around doing it before quarantine. During the lockdown, I have been biking pretty much everyday, and like you said, appreciating the outdoors and neighborhood. Thank you for reading!

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  9. I'm lucky I think. I've rarely been bored during lockdown. I've definitely got more organised and have made sure I've exercised every day and tried to eat a lot better.
    In truth it's done me the world of good.

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    1. Getting organized was definetley one of my main priorities during the lockdown, but you've rarely gotten bored during the lockdown? Good for you!

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    2. Sounds like you've really made the best off this time! I found the extra time to be a bit of a blessing as well. I've been working on reading more and learning about SEO, and taking more walks with my pup. Thanks for this!

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    3. That's great to hear! I have been reading a lot as well, but I really need to stop putting off SEO, haha.

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  10. I agree with everything that you said. I too have taken this time during quarantine to better myself and do things that I don't normally have time for. I get enough sleep, eat healthier, workout, read, and spend time with my cats. Life has slowed down but i like it!

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    1. Awesome! Quarantine can get boring at times, but it really is life-changing.

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