I’m back with my three list of recommendations, but I’ll be honest, I haven’t sat down and watch anything worthwhile for me to share. So instead of giving you a list of films I watched, I provide three list of things I do to cope with social distancing. Like the guy from Cast Away, instead of being stranded on an island with Wilson (the volleyball), I’ve been stranded in the city for years with my teddy bear. Talking to oneself is a very handy survival skill during this period of social isolation. The longer you spend time by yourself, the more you become your own best friend. After all, as Petrarch, the father of Renaissance said, life is about discovering oneself. So take this opportunity to get to know yourself during this pandemic.
So here are 3 things that have helped me cope with isolation:
1. Travel Alone
I remember in my teen years, I suffer from traveling anxiety. I have to plan my destination from point A to point B because I fear I would get lost, especially traveling to unfamiliar places alone. Let’s just say I am not the greatest with direction. But thank goodness for Google Map, I don’t fear traveling alone anymore. Whether it is commuting in a train, car, plane, or bus I have came to enjoy spending time alone, reflecting on things surrounding me. The world is bigger than what is inside of me surely. When you spend enough time alone, you learn to appreciate others ironically. You would realize how interdependent we are not only for human connection but for our overall survival. As they say no man is an island to himself. So learn how to be thankful. Too often, many of us are too occupied with what we don’t have that we forget to appreciate what is right in front of our eyes.
2. Play Horror Games
As crazy as it sounds, playing horror games triggered great laughter within me. It might be the fact I’m so scared that I laugh. Those games always make me stay alert. For awhile I was addicted to horror games for that reason. Try it, you might find yourself laughing as well. Laugh at Death is the only way to conquer it. That is what I’ve learned. Life can be like a rollercoaster, so enjoy the ride and laugh. The sooner you accept this fact, the sooner you will begin to enjoy life.
3. Do Something Creative
I begin writing a lot of songs in the past few years as a way to release stress. It helps a lot. Going out for a walk helps with mental health and creativity. When you use all of your senses, you become alive and that is when creativity starts flowing from your veins! No kidding, I am not being dramatic. Most of my songs are inspired by my environment and the media I consume. When I sing, I release all of the emotional tension built up inside me. Humans are meant to create. Creativity is part of human survival.
Well I hope you enjoy my list. I am pretty sure you have your own unique ways of dealing with this pandemic stress. Be safe and be strong. Most importantly, be your own best friend and take care of yourself so you can take care of others. Until next time, bye bye.