Hey, are you about to go insane during this coronavirus quarantine and pandemic time? You’re not alone.
The lock down and social distancing has made some people want to pull their hairs out of their heads, yet for others it’s been a big win since a break from daily life is much needed. The lock down, social distancing, and being ordered to remain at home in quarantine is not how many people pictured their new decade of 2020 to be.
But what can you do? We are at the forefront of the truth that the Coronavirus is here. All the festivals, social gatherings and even simple hikes out to national parks are closed or postponed. Let’s face it: it’s happening and will be for a while.
Although the truth of reality might bring some sadness, with the extra time available, the power of what we do with it is in our hands. So instead of binge watching our favorite Netflix show every single day for the next few months, how about we come out of this Coronavirus quarantine more skillful or maybe with a new business? Well, let’s help you draft up things to do during quarantine so you won’t go insane.
Start a blog (or journal).
Set space and time for yourself where you can begin exploring what your new blog will be about. Some questions you might ask to yourself to get started include what am I passionate about?, what set of skills do I have that I could share with readers?, what life experiences have brought me the most teachings that maybe others can enjoy? The simplest way to help you get to begin is by first making a list of your ideas, research the best platforms to start a blog like WordPress, and start writing! To jump start your project, here’s a topic idea for your first blog post: “These are the ten things the coronavirus quarantine and lock down has taught me.”
Have a social distance virtual party.
The quarantine definition is when there is a period of isolation from people or animals who are exposed to an infectious disease. Not only are you isolating from people who are sick, but this also includes staying away from friends and family just in case. Having no physical contact with close ones might make you hate the lock down – but it doesn’t have to be that bad. HOST YOUR OWN VIRTUAL PARTY. There are apps and websites like Zoom and Houseparty where you can have over 2 people on a webcam and jam it out. Just because you are social distancing, that doesn’t mean you can’t still play online games with your squad or host a happy hour.
Try out a new workout, like yoga.
Breathing in and out is the key to help relieve stress, especially if we are the type that is constantly reading Coronavirus updates or can’t handle the pandemic. Working out or experimenting with new activities that promote deep breathing help you balance anxiety and release endorphins (good mood hormones). Such workouts or practices include Tai Chi or Yoga. Both are wonderful to stretch out muscles for better circulation, provide better sleep, improve body strength and overall, ease the busy mind. There are apps like DownDog that provide world class yoga sessions that are normally not free but are available without a charge since many people aren’t working right now. So get your downward dog moves going with some epic free classes.
Learn a new language.
Once the lock down is no more, and the Coronavirus has ceased from the US, the CDC will also eliminate travel restrictions. When? Who knows? But now, more than ever, it’s easy to learn a new language for your travel goals (if that’s in your plans). Even if you don’t plan to travel, learning a new language and adding a new skill to your resume, never hurts. There are tons of online websites available to teach you a new language for free. Apps like Duolingo are simple to use and easy to grasp onto a new language. If you want to take it up a notch, you can even get certified so not only are you fluent, but you can also teach others and get paid. Now, that’s an idea to consider.
Watch educational documentaries.
Knowledge is gold. The more you know, the better you can maneuver in life. With the extreme social distancing scale, you do not have any distractions from learning a new subject by watching informative documentaries. Netflix is great at premiering documentaries that are even entertaining to watch. The lockdown is your chance to get smarter about science, history, wildlife, conspiracies or even sex! There are a vast amount of options available so be reassured that you’re bound to find something that will keep you entertained for an evening or two.
“Me time” with skin and hair care.
And this goes for men too. You might keep yourself rather busy during the pandemic organizing your home, cleaning, working, or gardening, but you can also host a “me” spa time. Stress that comes from the Coronavirus extravaganza can show on your face and skin. Chop up some cucumbers, throw on a face mask, and lay back. Not only by practicing social distancing, you are helping others and yourself from exposure to the virus, but you are also inhaling less pollution from your town or city. So, take this time to encourage your care and detoxing with salt baths, walking outdoors for Vitamin D, or learning how to give yourself a new haircut. It’s been a tough few weeks, so you deserve some quality time for yourself.
Upgrade your craft making skills.
Make the left side of your brain do some warehouse work by getting creative and learning to make some crafts. Dig around your house to find some unused clothes, papers, or yarn. You can make paper mache with old newspapers and waste by using glue, recycle old cans, boxes, and paint to create new home decor, grab some candles you haven’t used and melt them together to make new torches, or learn how to make your own scarf.
Let’s go old school and write some letters.
Not only is writing letters something you can do as therapy, it’s great for kids. There might be a lot of emotions rising since the Coronavirus has taken over your life, so you might have a few things to say to your friends and family. There’s a new wave of appreciation for many things in our lives since a lot of it has been restricted during the pandemic. The lock down is a great time for you to share that gratitude with your close ones. You can do exactly that by writing letters to them. Sometimes we don’t have the guts to say it in person, so writing it in a letter will not only help you be more expressive, it’s also sincere and deeply kind.
Organize every inch of your home.
Organize not only your closet, but maybe organize the smallest things like your movie collection, the fridge, your pantry, or your shoe collection. Whatever it is, by the time you are through organizing every part of your home, the feeling of having a clean home helps to destress. Organization will help you compile a stack of things you don’t need anymore. Don’t be afraid that you might throw away too many unused items – you can use those for craft making!
Spice up the aromas in your home by cooking or baking a new recipe.
Time to explore your taste buds! You probably never had time before the pandemic or quarantine to make new recipes or even attempt to look through the dusty cook book you have stashed away. Start by trying out some new recipes you’ve always been tempted to make. The recipes that take over an hour to make are the ones we never actually do since sometimes we are short on time – well here’s your chance. Maybe even share your creations with your friends and family, or better, host a virtual cooking session!
The pandemic is not the one in control of your sanity. The lock down is giving you an opportunity to jump on projects you’ve always wanted to begin. After the pandemic crisis is over, there shouldn’t be an excuse why you didn’t complete at least one of your goals. Don’t allow the media to discourage you, there’s always an upside to the downside.
After the lock down and quarantine season is over, if you practice at least one of the top ten ways listed above during the pandemic, you will come out of your doors more enlightened and skillful. You’d be surprised with what you can do with your new education and discoveries in the real world.