Hello, beautiful people!
Unless you’ve been living under the most gigantic rock ever, you know the number 1 topic of discussion is unfortunately the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. It’s real out here in these streets and it seems to be getting realer and realer as the minutes go by. Governments all over the world have been encouraging and stressing the importance of staying inside. Quarantine, quarantine, quarantine is the order of the day these days for most of us non-essential workers.
But, let’s be honest. Who really wants to stay home all day everyday. It’s 100 percent true that I’m an introvert, a homebody, solitary confinement is my jam. However, I just moved to a whole new country and quarantining is not on my list of things to do right now. Cherry blossom viewing would be my pick.
What am I supposed to do with ALL this free time on my hands? We’re all in this together. Social distancing… alone, together. Here are some things you can do to fight the quarantine woes.
Keep it together by…
1. Keeping up with your immune system.
We’ve been told that this virus primarily affects our respiratory system, and the symptoms are pretty much flu-like. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet, don’t skimp of veggies and fruits, take dietary supplements where your diet is lacking. I like to add extra vitamin C to my diet in the form of a tablet or Emergen-C. Cod liver oil is always a win for me. Multivitamins are great too if you need it. Whatever you need to do to improve your immune system, do it for good measure.
2. Disinfecting everything and washing your hands.
Germs are everywhere and we can’t escape them. Every so often, we touch surfaces that may be riddled with the novel coronavirus or any other bacteria or germ and then subconsciously; we touch our faces. We eat without washing our hands… I know you do it, stop fronting. We rub our eyes from time to time and all that other stuff. We might not be able to help it. That’s why it’s so important to be mindful of how often and how well we wash our hands. Disinfect your cell phone and other devices often. We may not be going outside, but we’re still receiving packages from the delivery guy. Disinfect, disinfect, disinfect!
3. Tidying your living space.
It’s easier to beat the quarantine woes when your surrounding is clean. I live in a pretty small apartment and I’m sure that quarantining is a little more bearable only because it’s clean. I still have a bunch to organize, but it’s clean. Take the time everyday to ensure that your space is tidy. Put things where they need to be and keep the floors clean. Do the laundry too. That helps!
4. Staying fresh!
Keep it together by staying fresh. You’ll be more annoyed if you’re not clean. If you feel like you’re in the funk and quarantining is getting the best of you, it might be time to take a nice shower and freshen up your appearance. You feel as good as you look… and smell.
5. Being inspired!
With all this free time on your hands and access to the interwebs, be inspired! There’s no shame in scouring the interwebs for ideas from others to create something of your own. Work on that creative project you’ve been itching to start or finish.
6. Being productive.
Again, you have all this free time on your hands. Pick up one of those books you said you were gonna read in 2020. Note to self! Learn a new skill… also, note to self. Don’t be too caught up on YouTube and Netflix. Set aside time to binge watch your favorite shows and videos but don’t forget to be productive. Take advantage of all this free time and don’t let it go to waste.
7. Cooking your favorite foods.
Earlier, I mentioned receiving packages from the delivery guy. Well, in keeping with social distancing and limiting human interactions, let’s also limit the number of times we go to the door to receive stuff… like food. Let’s be real. The delivery guy is also at risk of catching the ‘rona. Today, I wrestled with the idea of ordering pizza. I decided to reheat some leftovers. By no means am I saying never order food during quarantine. Just be mindful of the fact that corona could be anywhere. Instead, opt to cook something at home. Try a new recipe. Make your favorite dish. This will also help you to stay occupied during these trying times.
8. Catching up with your friends and loved ones.
You don’t have to be lonely during quarantine, and you shouldn’t be. Social media is a wonderful platform. It sucks that you probably can’t physically interact with your loved ones, but interacting through social media sure helps. Stay connected and talk through the quarantine.
9. Catching up on some sleep.
We all need sleep. Set aside some time to catch up on some well-needed sleep or rest and relaxation.
10. Actually staying inside!
This is a no-brainer. The most important thing to do right now is to stay inside. Practice social distancing. We all have a part to play in minimizing the spread of the virus. Our health care professionals are being burdened every single day because so many of us refuse to stay home and take the necessary precautions.
Let me tell you, on day # 1 of quarantine, I was experiencing the quarantine woes. Since then, I’ve incorporated all these tips into my daily routine and I feel much better.
Nell: 1. Quarantine: 0!
Until next time, stay safe, stay home, save lives!