Monday, March 23, 2020

All this free time and nothing to do

Hi, everyone! I've almost started this post more than once over the last few days but I'm never quite sure where to go. As we're all very aware, the world is a bit nuts at the moment. I'm staying home except for to take my dog to his appointments, which he can't miss - we're trying to find out why he's always so ill. I've spent the last several days playing video games (Animal Crossing, anyone?), watching Netflix (sort of), finding things to clean, and not quite reading.

Something interesting that I've found about this new situation we've found ourselves in is that I've had a very hard time finding ways to fill my time. Although I'm already used to being home quite a bit, since I run a home business, there's something very different about not being able to run errands, go to appointments, or the movies. So even though I have almost unlimited free time to fill, I can't seem to sit down and focus on any one thing. If my body isn't moving, I can't seem to concentrate. Oddly, that extends to my video game body - I can focus on games.

I thought that with so much free time I'd be able to read to my heart's content, blog until my fingers fell off, and watch every movie on my watch list! Alas, the opposite seems to be true. I've been re-reading ACOTAR for a solid week because I couldn't focus on anything new, I've done one blog post a week, and I've watched one and a half movies. I can't do anything without feeling like I need to look at my phone or my mind wandering.

Is anyone else feeling this way? I think a big piece of it is just the uncertainty of everything going on and not knowing how it will play out.

One thing I feel might help is to make a schedule, although I'm not sure I'll be able to stick to it. I've also been searching for things I can do to stay social. My friend and I watched a movie and messaged throughout it, I visited another friend's island in Animal Crossing, and I'm on the hunt for buddy reads. I've also had to give myself permission to not worry about my blog. I'll come to it and post when I'm feeling up to it and focus on self care when I can't.

What things are you doing to stay sane during this crazy time? Tell me how you're staying social! How much reading have you gotten done? I would love to set up group movies or reads if anyone else is interested! Talk to me in the comments!