Coronavirus outbreak caught everyone off guard, and as a result, we are sentenced to self-isolating at least until this whole craziness goes away. Even though we can’t control too much of how the situation evolves we don’t need to despair and focus more on what can we do to do this as enjoyable and productive as possible in this quarantine time.
It is not the end!
I have been thinking about how bad this situation was, and get caught on a rail of thoughts leading to the conclusion that this is the worst… You can’t go out, can’t keep up with your daily routine and we’re forced to live for weeks inside the house with minimum contact with the outer world. But it doesn’t have to be all bad.
After a little bit of thinking, I arrived at the conclusion this may be a good thing. It leaves a lot of time to self-reflect, meditate and reconsider all of the things you took for granted. Plus you have plenty of time to do stuff you never really had the chance to do because of your busy schedule.
Therefore, I’m happy to give you guys some tips on how to make this isolation more enjoyable and productive, and what are the actions you shouldn’t miss on.
5 things to do while in Isolation!
Number 1: Workout
It’s not that fun that you cant keep up with your gym regimen or your running habit. You don’t want to lose all the progress you recorded in those workout hours, and actually, you don’t have to!
There are a ton of home workouts here on the internet for everybody with different levels of intensity, volume and difficulty. If you want to still be in shape search on youtube or browse the web for workouts that suit your needs. You will be surprised by how much you can do using no equipment, and just your bodyweight.
The bottom line is, when it comes to workout, you can solve this problem pretty easily. And for those who wanted to start a training regime, here is your time to shine!
Number 2: read books
Maybe you’re a hardcore reader already, and books may have been your main source of entertainment during this quarantine time. If you never get into the habit of reading, well is not like you have so much stuff going on in your life… So you may very well begin now.
For readers, I would recommend changing the type of books you normally read. Don’t read only fiction or non-fiction books. Explore a little bit so you won’t get bored. If you read regularly chances are, you already know what you like. Therefore I’m not going any further in this matter with you.
But for those who want to start, now is the best timing. Read the books you already have in your house, or if you want to read the series you always wanted to explore. Search it on online platforms that allow you to read it online. Personally I read my books and listen to my audios on Scribd. The subscription is 10$ a month. So basically nothing compared with the unlimited access that offers you.
For beginners, I have the same advice as for the ones that already do read a lot. Experiment, see what you like, discover new genres and fell in love with reading! This is how you make sure this habit will stick!
Number 3: Play games!
Who said quarantine time has to be boring? There are so many games you can play, and so many different genres to try on. Even if you are a hardcore gamer, a newbie who wants to have some fun, or a retired one who rediscovers the pleasure of video-games, this is the best time to take advantage of.
I felt bored one day and thought about gaming for a while. I started with games I played as a child but never finished. The nostalgia and the fun were priceless. If you consider playing games, start right away!
Be careful not to overdo it! It is easy to get sucked in the game and play for hours and hours on end. This is not good for your circulation, back or eyes. Take frequent breaks. Let your body and mind take a rest from time to time.
Number 4: Build a new habit!
In this quarantine time, you can take some action and build new habits. It is the perfect time to start. You always in the house, you have no distractions and is easy to keep track.
We already spoke about 2 habits you have to build: Reading and exercising. But there is a lot more to do… Cold showers, meditation, cooking, eating healthier. You can even break bad habits like smoking. The more creative you are the easier this will get. take advantage and build some badass habits that will kickstart your life!
Take it slowly but steady. take small steps and improve daily. This will be the formula for your success when building habits.
Number 5: Family time!
Quarantine time, family time. This should be your motto for this time of the year. Profit from this experience and build closer relationships with your loved ones, or rebuild them. Solve your differences, and begin to understand the other person.
I moved out when started college and distanced myself from my family. We barely talked and saw them every other week on the weekend. So in a month, I would see them 4 days at best… Which wasn’t always the case.
That’s why I want to make myself stay with them more. Hagging around, talking, playing games. You will miss these days one day. You don’t want to have regret that you didn’t spend more time with the ones you love.
If you leave alone:
Don’t let that discourage you. Call them, chat online with friends and family. I know is hard to be alone, and if you are the outgoing and adventured type, who always wants to be outside this is torture. But bare with us, have some fun, play games, read books, build habits. You will go through it!
This quarantine time doesn’t have to be that bad. You can enjoy it if you think about it as a time you experience and try new things. Change your mindset and you will change your life. Stay safe, stay healthy, and together we will come through with it!