I postponed my enjoyment on account of the pandemic

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“Let this pandemic end, then we’ll go there, do this, watch that…”

These decisions had to be made for the benefit of public health and still do; at least for a while. However, what was not needed was the suspension of enjoyment itself. In those initial months, I was so bummed out about not being able to do the things I would normally do for recreation, that I forgot that there were other ways I could still enjoy myself, even during a pandemic.

Pre-pandemic, enjoyment was linked to certain activities like shopping or going out to eat| Photo by Chris Liverani on Unsplash

“Once you start procrastinating pleasure, it can become a self-perpetuating process if you fixate on some imagined nirvana. The longer you wait to open that prize bottle of wine, the more special the occasion has to be.” — NYT

Some strategies that the researchers suggest to get out of this trap is to give in to your immediate impulse to enjoy yourself and find ways to do it even if it isn’t in the way that corresponds to your ideal preference. Another way you could help yourself is by giving yourself deadlines by when to materialize a plan, or to engage in that recreational activity you have been putting off. If the ideal situation you keep dreaming of does not materialize by then, force yourself to go enjoy your time anyway.

The pandemic made me realize that there are other ways to enjoy yourself too| Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash

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