10 Quirky Things People Have Been Doing in Quarantine
Read this to know you're not alone!
(SPOT.ph) The quarantine has brought out the best, the worst, and the weirdest in people. As we go on week after week of staying at home—with the lucky among us being able to continue working remotely—the knots start to come loose. We have to cope somehow, after all, even if you aren’t the hardest hit by the pandemic. This means people have found some of the strangest ways to hang on to their last shreds of sanity, and trust us, no judgment here (especially since we’re 100% guilty too). We list down all the strange things we’ve found ourselves doing these past few weeks; from the outright weird to some that are on the more serious side.
Are you also guilty of doing these things everyone seems to be doing while in quarantine?
Self-grooming experiments have been taken up a notch (or two)
Raise your hands if you know someone who either grew a beard, shaved off all their head hair, colored it, or somehow, did all that within the quarantine period. Salons and barbershops have been shuttered as part of the health restrictions, so it looks like people have taken the matter into their own hands (or their mom’s hands). How many people do you know suddenly have bangs? If Bella Hadid can do it, then so can you!
Sleep is but a faraway dream now—and even dreams are extra-vivid
The nighttime has taken an even scarier edge for most people now. All sorts of problems have popped up: not being able to sleep, having extra-weird, super-realistic dreams, waking up in cold sweat, et cetera. The pandemic has created the “perfect storm of sleep problems,” said Donn Posner, clinical associate professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, in a Harvard online forum. So while we know it’s difficult to get your brain cells to shut up and stop panicking when in bed, Posner recommends trying to stick to a healthy routine (good food, good exercise)—and avoiding daytime naps to hike up your chances for a good night’s sleep.
Emotions are at an all-time high (and that’s all right)
Yes, the quarantine can take an emotional toll on people, and people may react in different ways. For some, nothing’s more therapeutic than a good ol’ crying session—as long as you pick yourself up after (and if you can’t do that at the moment, that’s okay, too, as long as you keep trying!). If you’ve caught yourself suddenly having the urge to cry during your grocery run, while staring out the window into the outside world, watching the news, or whatever other random time, well, we’re with you. Crying has its benefits, too.
'Tis the season for decluttering
Now is the best time to finally get to reorganizing your cabinets, dresser, storage areas, kitchen drawers, china cabinet—maybe even those skeletons hiding somewhere? The KonMari method—and all types of cleaning styles—is back and bigger than ever before. We can’t deny that super clean and satisfying feeling when you fix up an entire section—or even just certain spots—of the house.
Eating all the food
Snacks, snacks, and even more snacks! People have been putting up signs on their refrigerators saying stuff like “You’re not hungry, just bored!” as a way to deter constant snacking. And even if you’re typing away at work on your laptop, it’s hard to resist opening up a bag of chips to do some munching at the same time. Definitely doesn’t help that food delivery is just a call or tap away.
The kitchen is now the most used area of the house
Why does everybody suddenly have the urge to cook nowadays? Are you even a real person if you haven’t made an attempt at dalgona coffee? You’ve seen all the trends online: whipped coffee, sourdough starters, fancy plating of sardines—when did you all become master chefs? Better yet: Will we see all of you in the next audition for Masterchef? But hey, as long as you’ll do the dishes after, too, no one's complaining.
Pets are now the star of the show
Working from home threw everybody’s usual routine out the window—especially for our pets. The dogs are loving all the time we spend at home, and the cats? Well, they’re less than pleased by how long we’re staying in their houses. The new arrangement has even led to some adorable pet cameos on streams and video conferences. Pets are coming to terms with the new quarantine set-up and most furbaby parents have found ways to keep the balance—though we’re not sure we can say the same for families with human children.
Our hands are super-dry from constant washing
It’s a small price to pay for staying safe! Constant handwashing—with soap and water, people, not alcohol—is one of the best ways to kill the coronavirus. But one side effect is that your hands can get incredibly dry, leading to that weird mummy-like feeling and, somehow, an increased likelihood of scratches and small cuts on your skin. Still, we’d rather our hands become sandpaper than risk it. Just pass us that bottle of moisturizer, please!
Obsessing over the news isn’t fun
To be fair, it isn’t just the endless scroll of headlines that has us hooked. How many group chats are you a part of now? The stream of information coming in is easy to get lost in and each new data tidbit feels like it takes a couple months off our lifespans. It’s important to stay aware of what’s happening, of course, but we suggest streamlining your sources to help avoid misinformation and ideally reduce the anxiety. And you wonder why you aren’t getting any sleep.
Productivity hangs heavier over us more than ever before
The pandemic has caused practically all sectors to pivot someway to stay alive—which means people are working harder than ever before to find new ways to keep, well, working. It’s a hard balance to find, between working to live and living to work. It’s a super-stressful side effect, but it helps to keep the lines between your job and your life clear—clearing up a space dedicated to just your job might help. Plus, try to stick to a schedule and know when to stop.
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