The Secret World of a Hermit: D.C. Quarantine Edition

Posted on Wednesday, Dec 02, 2020

With quarantine and a pandemic looming in the background it's a little more difficult to establish yourself and meet new people. With the uncertainty of how to go about going out, on top of being busy with work and school, those on the more introvertive side may just embrace their inner hermit and end up disappearing into their room one day, only to be occasionally spotted, when on the quest for food. However, it's important to find a balance.   
  1. Come up with a routine — Give yourself some structure. Having some sort of stability helps in not only adjusting to a new environment, but also helps you be more productive. Decide on designated work and leisure spaces and keep a list of things you need to work on as well as things you enjoy and make time to be active. Perhaps you want to get some yoga or a workout in, or something more on the creative side. If you are a musically inclined hermit even if only casually, absolutely bring your instrument. This leads us to the next point.
  1. Practice hobbies — Whether you’ve had the same hobby for years or have decided to take up something new during quarantine, having a few activities to choose from helps keep the days from being completely mundane. Take this time to learn a new recipe, cook, or even bake cookies to share on a movie night. I’ve been sewing a fish in my free time, and even ended up ordering a dizi flute after realizing two weeks in, that not bringing an instrument may have been a mistake. 
  1. Socialize — Yes, hermits like their alone time, but this is not to say one doesn’t socialize. On contraire. For example, I as an experienced hermit am merely introvertive and the occasional social activity or invitation is welcomed. Regardless of which category you fall into, introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in-between, if you have the opportunity to get out and get to know people, take it. You never know if something might turn into a great experience, or at least a decent one. 
  1. Explore — Despite COVID-19 restrictions, there’s still a lot that can be safely done to make the most of your time in DC. Some of the Smithsonian museums are open with safety measures, as is the Zoo. Maybe take the time to walk to the grocery store, to get out for a bit. Even just wandering around central DC, you never know what you might see.
In short, it’s okay to prefer your alone time, and have your own little routine, as long as you maintain a balance.

Janine Knauerhase
Association for Diplomatic Studies & Training
Washington, D.C. | fall 2020