Sep 07

6 months since ECQ, How am I doing?

It’s been 6 months since our very first lockdown. This was probably one of the most difficult things one can encounter especially for someone who has been living alone. Yes, there are other concerns such as losing jobs, having to worry about putting food on the table and many more. But somehow this is easier when you have your support system like your family and friends around you. Especially for us Filipino families, more often than not, we live with our extended family if not living next door to them.

Being in “solitary confinement” has its risks and damages which not everyone could easily detect. Not everyone is made aware that there is such a thing. This is where self-preservation kicks in. We have to make the best of a bad situation. Learn how to look at the glass half full. We do have an option to make video calls to not completely eliminate human interaction.  With the given situation, we learned to search for everything online. Having food delivered was the most common thing we did online pre-COVID. Suddenly, we found ourselves having groceries and other necessities delivered. I never imagined searching for laundry service near me and having a laundry shop pick-up and deliver my items. Everything was accessible through my phone. You just have to learn how to look. I never realized how convenient it was.

After several months and slowly progressing (and confused) by the different levels of community quarantine, ECQ, MECQ, GCQ and MGCQ… You learn to value the little things in life. You cannot say it was all bad. Personally, my cooking and cleaning skills have improved immensely. I have learned to become better with my finances. I know how important it is to save for a rainy day and pinch pennies. I also believe I have become closer to my family and friends. I’ve gotten in touch with them more than I did prior to the pandemic.

There’s always a silver lining in every storm. I know none of us could have imagined this would ever happen to us in our lifetime but there’s something we could take away from this experience. Me? After all of this is over, I know not to take things for granted and it made me realize what is important to me. I will spend more time with my family and friends and really be present with them. I will come out as a better person.

So, you ask, how am I doing? I can honestly say I am okay…In fact I am better than okay, I AM GREAT!


Related links:
Psychology Today – Effects of solitary confinement
APA – Solitary