Good morning everyone. Happy hump day! So as a lot of you guys know about the news going around about COVID – 19. It has affected millions including me. Just got an email from the university and they are moving class online for the rest of the semester. I’m not sure when I can go back on campus to grab my things but they will keep me posted.
Other than that, I’ve been told to be in quarantine. I’m not sick, however, the news and state is enforcing it. So I thought this would be a good time to tell you 5 things you can do while staying inside.
- Do some research and learn
Since we are going to spend our time indoors, why not learn something new? You’re going to be inside for a while so take the time to learn something that’s been on your mind. Could be a side hustle, writing your book or even starting your own business.
By the time this virus cools down, you could be on something that can benefit yourself and in the future. Go on informational blogs, check out people who are doing what you want to do on Instagram or watch Youtube channels that are doing as well. Sit down somewhere with a notebook and pen and if you’re serious about it, learn.
2. Work on your craft
This is what I’ll mainly be doing for the next few weeks, besides online classes. If you are a writer, now is the perfect time to work on your writing skills. The same applies to people who want to be an artist, Youtuber, blogger etc. With all the free time from not being at your job, you can now practice those special skills that you have and get better at it.
Okay, maybe this might be a hit or miss for some people. One way to keep yourself occupied is working out. Now there are two, perhaps three ways of doing this. One is simply having a workout plan. For those who already workout this is no problem for you. Instead of a gym, you’re at home. If you have kids get them involved too.
For example, whenever I go to see my brother, I’ll take my nephew who is 2-years old, hold him right to ensure I don’t drop him and do squats. I kid you not, he enjoys it very much. With my niece who is 4, I do push-ups and she’ll sit or lay on my back and she finds it fun.
If you don’t have kids, that’s fine too. Create a plan that fits to you like doing a 5 or 10 min plan consistent of 2 sets of 10 pushups, 30 squats, 10 sit ups, 15 lunges and 10 second planking. I know that might not add up but I’m only giving you an example. Or do the easiest thing, stretch. Doing some stretches can be helpful to your body. You can mix it up however you want.
For those who don’t like exercising at all, then may I suggest walking around. The tip that I use is talking to myself on how I want my story to go. It sounds odd but I’m use to it. I talk as if I’m the characters and there’s a situation going on. Normally whenever I talk to myself while walking around it will already been about an hour or two that passed by.
If all else doesn’t work, I suggest karoke. Find songs you know for a fact will get you dancing around. Perform like you’re on stage and sing to your heart’s content. It’s up to you. Moving your body is a great way after sitting down for so long.
4. Self care
This is super important to always to take care of yourself. Everyone has their way of self care. Listen to self care podcast, play video games, do facial masks etc. This can help keep you at peace with yourself. If you need to talk to someone then call a family member, friend or if needed a therapist. It’s important to take care of yourself during this time.
Relive your childhood by watching shows you grew up with. I do it by watching Totally Spies, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd’n Eddy and The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. Depends how I’m feeling. But it’s one way I give self care. Other times I do facial masks while listening to calming music.
5. Turn off distractions and relax
There are times you could feel overwhelm with what’s going on in the world. You feel stressed out with the economy, wondering how are you going to pay for bills when you’re not at work. I understand, it’s stressful. But constantly wondering won’t do any good to your mental health if you keep putting on stress. You can’t think straight and you feel you’re at your all time low.
Take this time to breathe and take it easy. Turn your phone off and take a nap for the day. Allow yourself to take the time you need to heal. Read a book or two or more. Things will get better in time.