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Why Summer in Quarantine Was Actually a Blessing in Disguise

Through my months in quarantine, I’ve realized that for me, quarantine was truly a blessing (in disguise)––here are 5 reasons why!

I got to have unlimited family time.

Leaving home to pursue my dream degree unfortunately meant leaving my favorite people back home, halfway across the United States. While I lost the opportunity to go on spring break and have a complete semester in Boston, I gained something so much more valuable––time with my grandparents, parents, brothers and aunts and uncles. We played games, learned new things about one another, talked, laughed, and just soaked each other in.

I learned that I can actually cook!

I’m not going to lie, there was a time, until very recently that I considered making a sandwich or a salad to be “cooking,” (LOL). I ain’t no MasterChef, but spending all that time at home made me want to try my hand at making the food rather than simply enjoy eating it!

 I revisited my long-lost love.
a painting and paint on a table
Isabelle Durso

Before any of you come at me for getting out of my house, I’m talking about painting! I’ve always loved it and often used it as my stress buster during tense times. There’s something extremely therapeutic about letting all your emotions out through that paintbrush and being pent-up at home is bound to get you frustrated at times.

I learned a new meditation technique.

Talking of frustration, I’ll admit that being home for this long, I most definitely was! Another one of my escapes was, and still is meditation. If you know me, you know that I’ve been practicing it for years now but in the past few months, I decided to explore a new approach and while it did take me some time to get used to, it has undoubtedly been the one thing that has allowed me to look at this situation in a positive light.

I actually worked toward striking a work-life balance rather than simply saying it.

Not to get all philosophical on you guys or anything, but If there’s one thing this pandemic has taught me, it is that nothing is more important than being a balanced human being and separating your time between work and quality time with family, friends, or even yourself! It has helped my mental health and helped me to think clearly.

While quarantine might not have been fun for everyone, I found this time to be incredibly meaningful and beneficial to my mental health and wellness.

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My name is Anoushka. I am a Senior at Boston University, studying Journalism and Advertising. I am from Mumbai, India, the land of spices, culture, and colour. I love singing and basically anything that screams music. When I'm not writing or belting the notes to my favourite Adele song, I enjoy trying new foods (cooking and eating, of course), travelling around the globe, and looking for new ingredients to add to my superfood stash.
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