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Quarantine And Self-Care


I've been thinking lately about what I’ve gotten out of quarantine. At first, it wasn’t much different from the years prior. I had been home-based for some time. I had gotten used to time in front of screens, as I did my best to use my living space as my workspace. In the beginning, it was easy because it felt like more of the same.
Quarantine And Self-Care

by Saleam Singleton

10 months ago


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Quarantine And Self-Care


I've been thinking lately about what I’ve gotten out of quarantine. At first, it wasn’t much different from the years prior. I had been home-based for some time. I had gotten used to time in front of screens, as I did my best to use my living space as my workspace. In the beginning, it was easy because it felt like more of the same.

by Saleam Singleton

10 months ago


Quarantine And Self-Care

I've been thinking lately about what I’ve gotten out of quarantine. At first, it wasn’t much different from the years prior. I had been home-based for some time. I had gotten used to time in front of screens, as I did my best to use my living space as my workspace. In the beginning, it was easy because it felt like more of the same. I had already gone through the challenges of living alone. I didn’t think there were any lessons left to learn from the experience. I took it for granted then. I was so focused on work and creating, I forgot all about taking time for myself.

It took me a while to realize how different things had become post quarantine. For the first time, I didn’t have a choice in where I worked or spent any of my time. Things did begin to slow down. This gave me space to truly analyze my life in New York. When I was based at home by choice, I didn’t allow any time for self-reflection. As cliche as that may sound. I needed that valuable “me time”. Not just time by myself. Especially in a city like this. I suddenly had time to stop pretending I was so busy. The problem was that I needed to slow down.

Only now have I been able to take the necessary steps towards better self-care. It’s not an overnight miracle or a story of self-discovery over the summer of 2020. It’s a process that I’m truly just starting. Having this time has allowed me to look at myself from the outside. Of course, it isn’t complete perfection. I can either break old habits or create new ones. At least I’m getting the opportunity to understand myself a lot more. I get to rediscover what I want and need. These are things that change as we get older and move throughout our lives. 

What have I gotten out of quarantine? It became more about what I lost. It was the luxury of choice. I could no longer choose to put off those deeper aspects of self-care. This includes personal relationships and mental health. It’s still an ongoing process. Now I have the luxury of time. It turns out I needed that more than I ever knew. 

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