March 18th, 2020: Day 2 of my Absolute, Soon-to-Be Government-Mandated Quarantine//Day 8 of my School’s Earlier, Precautionary One.
Photography by Ami J. Sanghvi.
If there’s anything I learned yesterday, it’s that sleeping well while on quarantine is critical.
This is not the typical “stay-cation.” Absolute, society-/government-mandated solitude can be a jarring experience even for those who do not struggle with their mental health. Therefore, for those of us who do (introverted or otherwise), the quarantine can create some serious psychological challenges.
Yesterday, I panicked. I very nearly melted down all the way. I didn’t realize why everything was getting to me all of a sudden. That’s why I called my brother, watched the last half of a movie, and took a four and a half hour nap…
And, when I woke up, I felt so much better.
While eating dinner and watching the WWE on my couch afterwards, I quickly realized that the talk around the current situation was only able to penetrate my common sense on account of my absolute sleep-deprivation.
Even with the medications and measures I take, our brain chemicals cannot maintain any sort of a balance when our minds have not simultaneously enjoyed proper sleep. That’s why, after dinner and a period of brief relaxation, I went straight back to bed and actually slept properly for the first time in a few days.
I woke up this morning feeling better than I have since my series of strange episodes the other night. I would even go so far as to say I felt fresh, although groggy, going into my virtual meeting earlier today.
The rest of the day, for the most part, has been peaceful. I have Best Coast and The Strokes playing in the background, and better yet, I’m writing this. I think I’m going to be okay.
In conclusion, eat well, sleep well, take everything you hear on the Internet with a grain of salt, and don’t be afraid to hit the reset button on your day, even if that means doing so after the sun has already gone down.