The Aspergirl Diaries

The Aspergirl Diaries: Community Quarantine Week 8

Ever since the community quarantine started, time seemed to move pretty slowly. However, for some reason, this week went by so fast. I’m not sure if it was because of the workload (work and house chores) that I have, or because of the fact that it is quite possible that we will be shifting to a General Community Quarantine by the end of next week. In any case, it was quite a week.

In my previous post, I mentioned that I have a lot of anxieties about shifting to a General Community Quarantine, as I am not sure if I’m mentally and emotionally ready to step out of the confines of my house yet. I think that this anxiety, though, is something that everyone else is feeling as well, as there is so much uncertainty about things and the protocols that will be put in place so that slowly, things can start getting back to normal, or whatever normal is nowadays.

However, in my case, I’m scared that my OCD and mysophobia will kick in big time again. For example, the whole concept of being stuck in a confined space with other people doesn’t seem like a good idea to me, and I don’t think I’ll be able to sit down calmly without any intrusive thoughts even if I clean the area I’m sitting on with wipes several times over.

After talking with my therapist though, we’ve decided to take it one step at a time, and I guess that will start with me just being able to walk around the village without freaking out, when we are allowed to walk around again.

This reminded me that its okay to have those thoughts, fears and anxieties, so as long as I would be able to come up with an action plan to help me cope with it in the future.

It is normal to be anxious about this, and its okay to take it slow, or one step at a time. Even if there are rumors of the quarantine being extended, I think that if you have worries like mine, its good to get a head start on listing down your anxieties and fears so that you will be able to figure out how to cope with it, and then you’ll hopefully be a little bit more ready when the time comes.

The Aspergirl’s Favorite Things for Week 5 (aka the things that keep her sane) 

1.Search: WWW- I am really loving tvN’s drama from last year, “Search: WWW”! Aside from great acting, I love that the main characters are three interesting but strong females who are over thirty, and I love that the romantic relationships are dealt with in a very mature manner. Also, as the drama revolves around the web portal/web search and marketing industry, I end up learning things as well, as my job does have to do with digital marketing.

2.Korean Ice Cream (Cledor: Cookies & Cream)-  One of the best things to have on a hot summer day is ice cream. One of my favorite Korean ice creams is Encho Bar, but a second favorite of mine are the Cledor ice cream bars, and in particular, I really love the cookies & cream flavor. Aside from the fact that it’s really good, I love the fact that there’s extra chocolate and crunch in the outer layer covering of the bar.

3. Having Dubu Kimchi- This Korean dish is a favorite of mine, and my sister made a homemade version of it that was just as great as the ones served in authentic Korean restaurants! I haven’t had this dish in a while, so it was good to have it again.

4. Work- Despite the general uncertainty over what will happen in the next few weeks, a lot of things have been happening behind the scenes within our small marketing department, and I am very excited to see how these new developments will be impacting our marketing strategy in the future.

5.Thrice a Week Exercise- I started out by committing to exercise twice a week, and now I can confidently say that I can definitely pull off exercising thrice a week. I think that regular exercise gives great balance to our lifestyles, and it is very important right now while we are in quarantine to keep our bodies moving. Your choice of exercise doesn’t need to be super intense, but the whole point is that you get your body moving.

What the Aspergirl is Looking Forward to Next Week

1. Journaling-Oddly enough, over the years, I’ve constantly struggled with being able to carve some time for myself to journal. I usually end up creating journal posts in my head and then I forget to write it down later on. However, this week, I’ll be trying to make a more conscious effort to journal, because it really does help me when it comes to processing thoughts and emotions. I guess I was intimidated by it at first because I don’t really like writing in a blank looking notebook, and I don’t really know how to decorate notebooks as I’m not as artsy as others, but I’ve come to a nice happy medium when it comes to that. In fact, I have a little bit of confidence in myself to also create interesting spreads inside my journal, especially Kpop-wise.

2. Discovering More About Monsta X – Discovering new music and a new group for me to start stanning is an exciting thing, and I have a big feeling that the next two big groups I’ll be stanning and getting to know more of are Monsta X and SHInee. (Verdict’s still out on SHInee, but I’m really surprised to see how much I’m liking Monsta X’s music.). At this point, I’m still making my way through Monsta X’s discography, but I do have a good feeling about them ever since I saw their “Hero” music video yesterday night. I can’t wait to learn more about them!

3. Learning New Things For Work & Blogs-  I do enjoy learning new things, especially if it will give me new skills that I will be needing for the work that I do. Lately, I’ve been doing an online course that is helping me a lot when it comes to my role at work, and I’ll be adding new skills as well that will help me become a better content creator not just for my blogs but for work as well.

4. Being Consistent on my Blogs’ Social Media Accounts- As a blogger I should be leveraging my social media more, and especially my blog’s Instagram accounts. Ever since the start of the year, I’ve been trying to make posting on Instagram a habit, but it hasn’t really stuck yet. However, I’m hoping to be more consistent when it comes to this starting this week.

5. Practicing & Applying the Korean I Learn – As someone learning the Korean language, I make sure that I expose myself to the language as much as I can, and I do so through Korean shows and music. However, one thing that I want to make a habit of is actually writing my own example sentences so that the lessons and grammar points stick more, especially the ones that I have a harder time with.

How was your week? What do you think of this brand new month? What are you looking forward to in May?  Let me know in the comments below!

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