Depression is actually haunting everyone of us for different reasons. But nowadays the main reason for depression is quarantine. We all feel like prisoners in jail. I know it’s not easy at all. You may wonder, quarantine is giving me depression, what should I do?
Let me remind you, when you was so frustrated with being busy all the time because of your different responsibilities? Some were busy because of work; others did because of studying. All were waiting for a chance to take a break to stop the wheel of life for a moment to breathe. Finally, the chance is here on a silver plate. What you really need is to seize it.
Maybe the surroundings are not helping; bad news is everywhere, infections are spreading, the death toll is increasing. However, we still alive and we should be thankful for this chance. We still have food, fresh air, living with our families, having countless blessings, and the most important thing that we have is time. From time to time, you need to give yourself a break to contemplate and think about your live. Stop saying, quarantine is giving me depression, and seize this chance. Some people need quietness, others want to spend time with their families and some need to learn new things. At least, we have sufficient time to do whatever we like.
You must meet a negative person who gets mad at little things. This person never feels contented with anything. Being around those people may cause you depression. Also, his/her dissatisfaction will ruin his entire life. Resulting in, losing his/her contact with friends and family. Finally, he ends up miserable and alone. Do you like his way of living? Do you like to end up your life like him? Actually, for me, no I don’t. So, be aware of your decisions. Heads up, you are the one who must choose to complain or to make use of this golden chance.
Ideas to Make Use of Quarantine:
Ask yourself why is this happening in the world? There must be reasons for that. Have you understood reasons behind this or you have just complained? Most important, have you given yourself time to understand God’s message from this calamity or you still unaware of it? Thus, it’s your real chance to appraised God with true appraisal. It’s your chance to think about your purpose in life; to think deeply why I am here, what I am supposed to do. Confront yourself…
Have I achieved my real purpose or have I gone astray? What I am doing right now is the true thing or not? In other words, What I am doing now will satisfy my Lord? Has He brought me here to be meaningless, or I am of great value?
Actually, every single answer you are in need of is here found in Islam. Islam copes with our nature. God has stated clearly:
And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” [Quran 51-56] (1)
2- Make New Habits:
How many times have you tried to get a new habit? Countless times, right? Maybe you failed because of a lack of time or different distractions that drive you away. But now you have no excuse. You have time, and you are free to do whatever you hoped to do. So, start to take the first step even if it is little as it’ll make a huge difference at the end. Look at what Messenger Muhammed (PBUH) said:
The acts most pleasing to Allah are those which are done continuously, even if they are small.” [Sahih Muslim] (2)
3- Value What You Have:
Complaining, quarantine is giving me depression! It’s better to take a moment to appreciate what you already get freely without paying back. You have home, family, food, fresh air, friends, education, good health, mind and etc. Even though, you still unhappy complaining about life. You just need to learn how to see the glass half full, to see the slight light in the deep darkness, and fully believe that whatever happens is the best. In fact, every hard situation has a silver lining. And look at God word:
And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’ ” [Quran 14-7] (3)
To sum it up, quarantine is hard but with your positive way of thinking, you can make it on your side. Make the most of every moment you have as you will be asked for your time. Prophet said:
Man’s feet will not move on the Day of Resurrection before he is asked about his life, how did he consume it, his knowledge, what did he do with it, his wealth, how did he earn it and how did he dispose of it, and about his body, how did he wear it out” [At-Tirmidhi ] (4)
(1) Quran verses (56)’s meaning interpretation, surah 51.
(2) Prophet’s saying ‘Hadith’ in Sahih Muslim.
(3) Quran verses (7) meaning interpretation, surah 14.
(4) Prophet’s saying ‘Hadith’ in Riyad as-Saliheen.