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Coping with Extended Quarantine: Two Fundamental Tips

by Williams Castro

1. Change of Perspective

You could be standing in the unemployment line right now (like me), struggling with debt, trying to revive a crumbling family business, or whatever other way the current pandemic is affecting your life negatively. You have two ways of looking at these grave circumstances. 1) Allow them to consume you in a Kafkaesque-like manner; or 2) View them as one of life’s major challenges which you will not allow to crash you, which you will transcend, which will be a vehicle that will enable you to grow stronger. After all, what is life other than episodes of challenges and suffering (punctuated by various moments of joy and happiness) and corresponding series of choices? You are always in control, since always face choices and make decisions. As Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.”

2. Re-Build Yourself

The fact that you are reading this means that you are one of the many people who, during these current conditions, have way more time on their hands and a hard time dealing with the current reality. You could waste this time in the captivity of negativity or invest it in your future: in developing skills that are practical in the post-COVID-19 job market; in reading more to help you broaden your horizons; in working out (the easiest and fastest way to change your mental state from negative to positive); and in socializing more with your loved ones and minimizing contact with toxic people.

Re-building one’s life is one of the most fascinating opportunities life can give you. Grab it, while you still have it. Every dog has its day, they say; your day is in the making.

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