The Aspergirl Diaries

The Aspergirl Diaries: Community Quarantine Week 1

Lately, I’ve noticed that I’ve been posting more Survival Guides as compared to my other categories. This is mostly because I’ve been making so much lists of protocols for myself to cope with things because so much has been going  on, and mostly because its easier for me to make lists in general. However, I thought that it would be interesting as well to some unstructured posts, giving you guys updates, and my thoughts, feelings and discoveries in daily life. Think of it as me talking to you more freely as compared to my other posts. Some of these might be reflected in Survival Guides or The Aspergirl Reflects On…,as these posts might become the basis for those in the future. I think you can expect these posts to pop up maybe weekly, or at the very least, once a month.

Right now, a lot of countries have been doing self-imposed community quarantines in order to stem the transmission and the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus. In my country, the Philippines, Luzon, and in particular, the National Capital Region, where I am, is currently doing a month long community quarantine. As of the time I am posting this, it is the start of the second week.  So, I decided, why not debut this brand new series or category with a series of weekly posts on how I’m coping during this community quarantine. (Let’s hope that it’s just a month and not as long as six months!)

This first week was pretty much a mixed bag for me.

Filling in the time is not a problem for me as there’s a lot of things for me to do- I’m working from home, studying online courses related to my job, studying the Korean language, writing on my two blogs, watching Kdramas and Kpop videos, and continuing some hobbies that I finally have some time for. (Unfortunately, I can’t really continue Kpop album collecting and photocard trading while this is going on,but I finally now have time to organize the photocards that I do have, and to start figuring out my stamp collection as well.)

The hard part was managing my anxiety and my mysophobia, especially as those two combined together make me quite panicky, and being panicky in a situation like this does not help at all. My anxiety wasn’t bad when I was focusing on what I needed to do, like working or studying, but during those lull moments, you end up trying to either look for news or the people around you feed you news, and it’s there when I start spiraling, despite all the protocols I set up for myself. As for my mysophobia-this whole thing is kind of ironic. I already had (extreme) hygiene habits in place, but this only confirmed my suspicions, which meant that my hygiene habits, especially washing and sanitizing, doubled to the point of my skin becoming dry and actually getting little cracks or wounds on my fingers because of too much washing. (I never thought that I would reach that point, but here we are.)

I’m still working on these things, especially washing TOO much. But what really helped was trying to pace myself by having a full but structured schedule which includes leeway room for downtime activities before going to bed, and talking to my therapist via online video. And yes, if you are having a tough time, especially mental health wise, reach out to a mental health professional online. It really helps. In fact, we are now going to be having our sessions every week instead of our usual once a month session.

Having my session was good because it helped me set some protocols and it made me realize how I can help out during these uncertain times, especially in my own household, in my own way, without having to feel guilty about not being capable of doing particular things.

Also, like I mentioned before, having a list of things to look forward to every day and every week really helps in feeling motivated to get up the next day and not to lose hope at all.

Interestingly enough, we also now have more access to a lot of religious things online because of this. As a Catholic, I never thought that there would come a day where we would only be allowed to participate in the Holy Mass via livestreaming only, especially as it’s currently Lent and the quarantine also means that Easter Sunday Mass might be done this way as well. (Holy Week is a big thing here, and we have some set traditions like visiting seven churches on Maundy Thursday that we won’t be able to do now.) But, at the same time, I’m grateful that we have access to things like this now, as prayer is much needed in these difficult times.

Another thing that was nice was that I was able to be more “social” in a way by setting up weekly calls with some of my closest friends whom I haven’t caught up with in a while.

My whole family is still in the adjustment period, but hopefully by week 2, we’ll be able to have better routines put in place.

Also, there are quite a few things that I do regret not doing before the quarantine, such as having a hair cut and buying more pocket sleeves for my Kpop photocard binders, but I guess these are some of the things I’ll be doing once everything gets better.

Before I end this first post, I’d like to cap things off with a list of my favorite things of the week and what I’m looking forward to next week, and maybe you guys can share your tips, favorite things for the week, and what your looking forward to next week in the comments below.

The Aspergirl’s Favorite Things for Week 1 (aka the things that keep her sane) 

1.Passion & Beyond Total Recovery Classic Hand Cream Intensive– For my hands that are quite dry and are in need of care.

2.Tim Horton’s Decaf & Lots of Tea (Barley & Green)- I quite drinking caffeinated coffee and switched to decaf and drinking tea, but having a cup of decaf in the morning and having a mug full of either hot or iced tea on my work desk (beside another mug full of water), keeps things less monotonous and refreshes me in a way.

3.V Live, Viu, Pinterest, Superstar JYPNation, Superstar Pledis Apps- As a pretty hardcore Kpop and Kdrama fan, I’m pretty sure that no one will be surprised that I frequent the V Live and Viu apps pretty often. I’ve also been playing the rhythm music games Superstar JYPNation and Superstar Pledis, which is both fun and helps me with my bad eye hand coordination. I admittedly am on Instagram more than Pinterest, but Pinterest is an app that calms me down more as I can REALLY stay away from real world news which is a trigger of mine, while I’m there.

4.Spotify-Even before I dove back into being a Kpop fan, I went ahead and got myself a Spotify premium subscription. Music is a huge part of my life and it keeps me sane, regardless of any situation I am in. But even more now, listening to music energizes me and helps me keep going as well.

5.The Family Dogs- How can life be boring when you have a puppy male dachshund who climbs up his crate and a two year old female American Akita who seems to be over the moon that all her humans are always around now?

What the Aspergirl is Looking Forward to Next Week

1.Being More Diligent in Language Studies-Despite work & chores, there’s really no excuse for me not to be able to be more focused when it comes to studying Korean.

2.Kpop Comebacks- Yes, despite everything, Korean entertainment isn’t stopping comebacks, and I’m pretty excited for Oneus’ comeback on the 24th, which is a single album; and Stray Kids’ comeback on the 25th, which I believe is a digital single as its one of their mixtapes.

3.A Recent Kpop Concert Available for Streaming Online- A favorite Kpop boy group rookie group of mine recently had their very first concert last January, and in a surprise move, it was announced that it’ll be available online next week! I know that other groups do have concerts on VLive, but this is exciting as it’s a pretty recent one, and will probably mark the start of me watching other concerts via streaming during this quarantine period.

4.More Time w/Family-  Week 1 was an adjustment period, so I’m hoping that Week 2 will be better, everyone will be less tense, routines will be more set, and we’ll really be able to enjoy each others company, especially during the weekends.

5.Cooking & Hobbies- It’s been a long time since I cooked a meal for my family, so it will be interesting to get back into cooking, which I’ll be doing thrice a week. I’m also looking forward to spending time organizing my Kpop photocards and creating lists for them, and finally being able to actually start organizing my stamp collection.

If you are self-quarantining, how has your first quarantine week been? What are you doing to keep yourself busy? Can you come up with a list of favorite things from last week and things you are looking forward to this week? Let me know in the comments below!

I hope everyone stays safe, stays at home, and washes their hands well!

‘Till next week!










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