Self-Care Time


Have you ever wished for a long break having to stay home, no work, sleeping in and having so much free time in your hands? Well your wish came true. As we all know, we are in a world wide pandemic because of the COVID-19 spreading rapidly. We now hold the responsibility to stay in our homes and stay safe and healthy. Since our everyday life required us to go out of our homes and commit to our responsibilities (school, work), but now we must stay inside all 24 hours and for months (two so far). 

While a lot of people have used this time catching up on sleep and watching movies or working at home, I decided to be more productive. I like to think of myself as an artistic and open-minded person, so my hobbies are mostly art or playing my keyboard and even workout to get some time for cardio in my body. Prior to the pandemic, I just didn’t have enough time to do all of that, but now that I’ve got more “me” time, I decided to take advantage of it.

I have been wanting to put in time for my body and make it healthier, so I decided it would be great to get back into it. Usually when I start working out, I just end up stopping after a while. But thanks to the pandemic, I have more time to do it and stick to it. I love spending time working out my body to its full potential and feeling energetic after and way more productive.  Since I was younger, I had always had an interest in working out and having a six pack. My goal for now until summer is getting a tight toned stomach and arms by working out every other day. I now look forward to working and feeling my strength and how the mind controls everything, but not the limit of the body. Keeping a goal definitely motivates me and I know at the end I will be proud with the results and more confident.

 As long as I could remember, I always wanted to learn how to play the piano and for Christmas 2019 I decided to ask for a keyboard. Now I finally have the ability to learn and play my favorite songs. I’m not going to lie, it is a challenge and I end up wanting to give up, but I remind myself it takes patience and time. For me, a piano is such a sentimental instrument that you can feel the emotion through the music, so much passion behind it. My highest goal is to become a professional keyboard player, but little steps first. I want to learn songs little by little and be able to play with two hands at once. I want to learn the ability to play with one hand and progressively learn with both without falling back. If I keep working on my goal by summer my skills will at least be average.

As a visual person, I really consider art important and I always wanted an art class to learn new techniques and skills. I love drawing portraits whenever I have time to spare. Now that I have so much time in my hands, I tend to make one of siblings sit down while I draw. I enjoy this hobby a lot because it makes me less tense about whatever I’m stressing about and gives me peace of mind. It truly helps my mental state now that I’m feeling claustrophobic and anxious being in my house everyday, losing count and forgetting the day or date we’re on. I play music that suits the vibe and releases my nerves and makes me feel like I’m outside in nature or the beach. 

This huge amount of time that has been given to us is both good and bad – bad because we tend to not use all of it and tend to sleep in and good because we get to sit down and finally have time with my family and get into hobbies or new things you weren’t into before and definitely outweighs the bad. I definitely want to do these things when we’re out again and keep learning the skills and keeping that good mentality, but I know I probably would want to spend every single second outside and spend time with my friends and family that I missed so much.