Well, it’s official, my city has officially declared that a lockdown will be in place until at least April 15th due to coronavirus. Not that it matters too much for me given I’ve been in home quarantine since returning from Europe, but it still sucks nevertheless. I’m hoping that people in my hometown will take this situation seriously like my European friends and their families have been. I don’t however want to be a Debbie Downer though as I’m hopeful that things will get better soon. We just have to stay positive.
Aside from keeping an optimistic mindset, it’s key not to create bad habits while cooped up. I know that services like Netflix and Hulu are very enticing when you’re stuck at home but don’t get sucked in. Believe me, if you don’t limit the amount of time spent on streaming services then you’ll greatly regret it. They may be sending you lucrative offers left and right, but it’s important to remember that their main goal is to acquire new customers, not to look after your best interests. A show here and there is fine but try not to overindulge in technology as it’s a tough abyss to climb out of.
Just as important as it is not to build bad habits, it’s equally important to build good ones.
Here are some that I’ve found useful:
Get Your Daily Dose of Sunlight
I don’t know your current levels of restrictions that you’re currently facing but I do know how important sunlight is. Sunlight provides vitamin D, which is shown to improve brain function, lower blood pressure, and help protect your body against high levels of inflammation. Additionally, a daily dose of sunshine will increase your energy and improve your mood. Whether you’re allowed to go on walks or can only sit on the balcony, make sure you catch some rays! You won’t regret it.
You’re not going to get the perfect ass by sitting on it all day. Nope, you’re going to have to work for it. A certain friend of mine told me that she’s been doing 100 burpees a day…now that’s commitment! Whatever your fitness aspirations are, the moral of the story remains the same: hard work leads to results. So set some goals and make ‘em happen!
Read Read Read
When was the last time you read for pleasure? If you’re like me, it’s probably been awhile. Life, when coronavirus isn’t running rampant, tends to be quite busy. Normally we have classes, work, friends to see, family to argue *cough* I mean spend time with, and by the time the day is over we’re ultimately drained. I couldn’t think of a better time than now to turn the page and simply read.
Learn to Cook New Things
If your grocery store is anything like mine, then it’s only lacking toilet paper and a few other odd items. What does that mean you may ask? It means that there is still plenty of food! If you have the resources to shop for items aside from the ones normally on your grocery list, then why not try out some new recipes? Who knows, maybe you’ll discover a new favorite meal to cook. Or better yet, maybe you’ll find out that you can cook after all. *guilty as charged*
It’s also good to remember that…
You Are Never Truly Alone
Whether you find yourself stuck at home with family or stuck on your own living elsewhere, it’s important to know that you’re never truly alone. Our governments may be telling us to isolate but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still talk to one another. You should isolate yourself physically when required but continue to strengthen the social bonds you already have. Don’t feel pressured however to send a million messages a day to your friends and family checking in. A simple call or text here and there will do the trick. And of course, if you want to talk more with your loved ones you can be sure that they will appreciate the gesture.
We cannot allow this situation to be debilitating. Instead, we must be strong and reach out to one another for support when needed. It’s going to be rocky for some time, but we are going to get through this and come out stronger than ever.
If you have any positive and productive suggestions, please feel free to comment below. Looking forward to connecting with you all!