#CultureShift: Don’t Spend Quarantine On New Hobbies

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Life is now. Do today what your future self will thank you for.

Liliana Owen, Journalist

Everyone tells you to take this time to get ahead in projects, learn new skills, to get caught up in life.

Don’t listen to them.

Any other break might be good for that, but not this one.

Wait, Why?

Guess what, this quarantine is more than just a quarantine.

It’s the start of a #cultureshift, which means that now is not the time to deal with petty things that could be distractions in a #cultureshift.

Why Is A #CultureShift Important?

In a #cultureshift, the culture changes from one attitude to another. However, each #cultureshift has many possible endings, depending on the actions taken by the people who live through them.

What is a #cultureshift exactly? It is a time for us as a society to dedicate or rededicate ourselves. What principles and values we dedicate ourselves to determines how the #cultureshift will end.

So What SHOULD I Do?

First off, stay calm. Keep a cool head. You can be worried, afraid, stressed, that’s all normal in a pandemic like this. But don’t let those negative emotions control your thinking.

Second off, seize the opportunity! Here are five things you should do during quarantine that will result in a great life shift and #cultureshift.

1) Catch up on sleep. This will sharpen your memory, make learning quicker, help you process emotions better, help your heart be healthier, improve your sports ability, help your immune system do its job (which is keeping you healthy), and help you stay at a healthy weight. 1

2) Start journaling. Journaling can be a great self-discovery technique. Here are some prompts to get you started: What are my passions? What do I want to do with my life? What is my biggest weakness, and how can I improve? Who is my biggest hero, and why? If I could change one thing in the world, what would it be? If I could tell the whole world one message, what would it be? What is one thing I wish I could change about myself? And lastly, what is my favorite thing about my life?

3) Take a day or so to go into nature. Bring a notebook, pen, and any other necessary items such as lunch, a camera, a coat, bug spray, sunscreen, etc, etc, etc. Take time to evaluate your life, where you are right now. Decide where you want to be ten years from now and figure out what you need to do to get there.

4) Get out of bed and get dressed every day, even when and especially when you don’t feel like it.

5) Spend time with family!

That Sounds Like A Heavy Load…

Yeah, it does sorta. But really, no good thing comes without effort. Do you want to look back on this fifty years from now and be able to pinpoint the 2020 quarantine as a positive turn in your life? Do you want to emerge from it a better person than you were when it started?

So What’s The Big Deal Again?

A #cultureshift is here, and how it ends is determined by what you do during that time period in which it takes place. So if you take advantage of it to connect to yourself, to connect to your family, and to determine what the ‘next right thing’  is for you (and then do it), this #cultureshift will have a happy ending. Basically, now is the time for us as a society to dedicate or rededicate ourselves. What we dedicate ourselves to determines the ending.

Yes, it’s all up to us. Don’t waste your quarantine on new hobbies or catching up on your to-do list. That can always happen later.  Do what matters, not today, but for the future.

Sources:

1: Webmd.  7 Surprising Health Benefits to Getting More Sleep.  Brunilda Nazario, MD,  WebMd.com,  June 18 2019, https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/benefits-sleep-more