When the 21st century rolled in with all our biotechnology and nuclear wars, who thought that it would be a virus that would bring us down to our knees? The Covid-19 outbreak that started from Wuhan, China and is now a global pandemic, certified by World Health Organization (WHO) has the potential to wipe off large chunks of humanity off the globe. If its contagious nature was not enough to contain civilization, what brings us at the brim of extermination is the lack of a cure. There are no drugs or vaccines to protect you. One does not even have to exaggerate to say that the novel nature and recent discovery of this fatal virus is what makes finding an imminent cure almost impossible. Though vaccine trials have begun in several parts of the globe, it can take a couple of months until a breakthrough is possible.
But, in the absence of a cure and its speedy risk of contagion, the topmost priority in this pandemic is to contain the spread of coronavirus before it wreaks havoc, like it has done in China, Italy or the United States of America. To contain the spread, most countries have opted for a complete lockdown and people are practicing quarantine, social distancing and isolation. Whether you’re with your loved ones, or putting up alone, especially if you’re alone, a quarantine can actually get pretty difficult to sustain. So, if you’re home alone, here are the ten most effective ways to quarantine and chill:
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1. Get that summer body:
With states completely under lockdown, and gyms being high risk centers for potential community spread of coronavirus, it might be difficult keeping up with your work-out schedule. But, take the help of online apps that would track your progress like a gym trainer, set you assignments, and work out from home, so when the skies clear up and the sun comes out, you’re hitting the beach like you’ve always wanted to!
You can also use this time to focus on what you eat. There are several superfoods that can you can eat to shape up if it’s available in to you. For instance, a simple daily serving of yogurt can help you reduce weight and boost immunity.
2. Read that pile of books that could kill you if they fell on you:
We all know about the temptation to keep buying new books, when there are countless ones waiting back home to be read. Take every single unread book, wipe off the dust and let your mind take you to the places your feet cannot, considering the circumstances. You could always revisit your favourite novel, or that book of short stories you loved as a child, and walk down the memory lane, this time, only with the better person you’ve become over the years.
3. Monitor your symptoms:
Though you are already doing what’s best for you and the planet around, i.e, staying indoors in quarantine, keep a close check on your symptoms. It is better to be safe than sorry. In case, you’re wondering about the symptoms, monitor the mild ones of having a cold accompanied by high fever, tremendous coughing and severe breathing issues. If you find yourself exhibiting these symptoms over a period of seven days, get in touch with your nearest healthcare provider.
4. Support small shops online:
A lockdown means no business, and while the big giants in the industry would face losses, the market recession that follows a pandemic actually has the potential to cripple small shops and businesses, and steal their livelihood. So, if you need something and could indulge yourself in a treat or two, shop online from small shops and have their businesses and hopes alive! But remember to shop strictly online. Stay apart while you stay together in spirit.
5. Facetime with your loved ones:
Quarantine can make you feel lonely, and lost, too. They generate a feeling of hopelessness, and the sense of impending doom can make things worse, if you’re a person living with mental health issues. The only way through is staying in touch with your loved ones over the phone. Check up on them, friends or family, and seeing someone, even over a screen, always helps! Human interactions, even virtual, can go a long way in lifting up spirits and keeping you happy and sane in the times of distress and despair.
The biggest reason people panic in a pandemic is the sense of purposelessness it brings, and with it, endless despair. Don’t let paranoia get the better of you, and drive you back to your self-destructive thoughts. It might be a difficult task to keep up to your carefully constructed routine when there’s no sun on the horizon, and that’s when meditation can help you keep your eyes on the horizon. It works as a great coping mechanism that has a calming effect on individuals, one that’s necessary to live out the pandemic.
7. Undertake a cleaning mission:
Remember the corner of the room you always put off for deep cleaning? Now is the time to take it up! With most offices having a work from home modus operandi and most universities on a break, you have the time on your hands to deep clean all the corners you’ve kept away for later, organize those shelves and cupboards.
8. Get back to that art assignment:
Everyone has an art idea they keep putting off because where is the time, after all? It’s here, so take out your paint brushes, or your ukulele, and do what you’ve always wanted to.
9. Watch the classics and the good franchises:
While StarWars is literally huge, you cannot deny it’s amazing! And, Marvel and DC Universes will have you entertained. Pick up franchises that are appealing and interesting to you, and binge-watch them all you’d desire.
10. Take up that online course:
The top most universities in the world are offering free courses so that you can quarantine, lose no chill, while you learn a new skill! So, get on your device, google your way through, and lose no more time in acquiring your weapons for a better future. At least, you’d come out of a pandemic with a plan, and not plain panic!