Jason Momoa is doing awesome. Well, not really. He’s in quarantine and going out of his mind.
The actor, appearing on The Daily Show Monday, revealed that he recently traveled to Canada to start filming a new project. But before heading to set, protocols require that he stay in isolation for two weeks or else face hefty fines.
Without his wife or kids or the other comforts of home, the actor said he’s struggling with being stuck inside. Yet, the months leading up to this point were actually a sort of reset for Momoa. “I think it’s really beautiful ... I never get to be home so I got to be home with my babies and they’re 11 and 13 so it’s a very beautiful time to be home,” he said, noting that not only did he focus on parenting and spending quality time with his children, he also did “a lot of work on myself” and his marriage. “Me and my wife we’ve been together 14 years, it’s been a beautiful time to work on us because I spent years trying to build a career to where I actually did stuff that I loved to do, which now I have that career, it was not the case 22 years ago. So it’s just been good to be home and now I’m back to work and it’s kind of sad because my kids can’t come up to see me because they have to do two weeks quarantine so it’s the first time I’ve ever been away from my family for this long.”
To pass the time, however, he’s playing music and mastering new instruments, which he said “kinda keeps me sane.”
“I brought my guitars and my drums,” Momoa told host Trevor Noah while showing off his collection of instruments. “I’m going to learn how to play stand-up bass and I’m going to learn how to play mandolin.” He has his sights set on becoming proficient at the trumpet as well, which his daughter is currently learning.
Momoa’s approach to staving off quarantine boredom is pretty dead on and it’s the attitude that we could all use a little bit more of right now. Don’t take our word for it — the experts agree that applying yourself or brushing up on old interests can be a huge boost for your mental health and self-esteem, as allowing the boredom to dominate your life can lead to depression, anxiety and a variety of other issues that will only make your life in quarantine more isolating and difficult.
“Forced downtime, which many of us have because we aren’t commuting or running around like we did, allows for increased connection and creativity,” Dr. Jen Hartstein, a psychologist and Yahoo Life Mental Health Contributor, explains. “It allows us to reflect on our life and figure out what is working, and what is not. Although there is a lot out there to create anxiety and worry, inside, take the time and see what positive changes you want to make in your life and begin to make them. As you practice these changes, you can bring them into your life as a whole.”
Maybe music isn’t your thing but there are a million other ways you can be spending your time that will make you feel productive and happy rather than mindlessly killing more time by endlessly scrolling on your phone or staring at the wall just kind of hoping something happens. You could finally try doing a sourdough starter, or learn a TikTok dance or invent a language that only you and your dog understand.
Whatever your passion is, give it a try and you may just uncover a brand new talent you can show off to your friends when all of this is over (or at a safe distance). But even if you’re really bad at it, as long as it’s bringing you some happiness and a sense of fulfillment, who cares? Plus, the only way you can expect to get good at something is to keep practicing. After all, you think Aquaman learned how to rule an entire fish kingdom in a day? Dream on...
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