You’re Not Obligated to Be Productive in Isolation

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You’re hearing it everywhere these days: isolation is a perfect excuse to catch up on everything you need to do or have always wanted to do. But what if that only puts more pressure on you on top of everything that’s going on in the world?

Despite what everyone’s saying, you’re not obligated to do anything during this pandemic if you don’t want to. You’re allowed to be stressed and to need time to rest and recharge; after all, it’s not like this is a vacation. The last thing you want is to feel bad because you’re less productive than everyone else: that’s not helping you or anyone.

And consider this: how do you even know about other people’s quarantine life? From social media? You can bet the image they’re sharing is not completely realistic, if not totally false.

Yes, we now have a sudden chance to sit at home and learn a new skill, cook, learn a language, and organize every corner of the house. But you know what? The only thing you need to do is the thing you want to do! Even if it means staying in bed by noon and spending most of your days practicing hobbies or streaming your favorite TV show.