How to Stay Sane During Quarantine

Priya Patel Apr 30, 2020 146 Views   0 Comments
The nationwide closures due to the Corona Virus are a clear reminder that many things are outside our control. Many of you are experiencing your world come to a halt as people are being asked to stay in their homes and out of public places. While some choose to consider it a welcomed break from the routine, others are anxiety-filled and stir crazy! 

Inevitably, stress, anxiety, boredom, amidst a plethora of other emotions, may find you during this time. In today's world, unless you work from home or homeschool your children, then you may not be used to being at home for such an extended time. 

Eating home-cooked meals, sharing time, and space with those you live with can be a foreign concept! 

So let's all take a deep breath and remember one thing. What we DO have control over is the way we handle self-isolation over the next few weeks. There will be lots of time to think and reflect on our lives and the situation at hand.  

Everything in life can be a teacher, even adverse events, so the critical question is- What will you choose to do with your extra time?  

Here are ten ways to combat isolation and be the best you during Corona Outbreak 2020.

1.    Maintain Self- Care
Don't slack on healthy habits. Maintain the basics, eating, sleeping, drinking water, and resting. Overeating and staying up late may be challenging for some of you!
2.    Get Relational
Use this time to get social.  Catch up with your friends and family online or on the phone rather than isolating them. Try talking about these experiences together to build deeper relationships. Connect with yourself. Journal this experience of self-quarantine and check in with your emotions and thoughts on it day by day.  Tip- For those with kids at home, its not uncommon for children to pick up on the energy of caregivers.  Use what you have at home to play with your children. Dance parties, furniture forts, indoor homemade obstacle courses, talent shows, games, and cooking together are just a few ways to get active with them!
3.    Creative Flow
Have you wanted to start a project but haven't gotten to it? Go for it! It could be DIY project for your home or one related to your goals and dreams.
4.    Stay Active
Sitting all day isn't suitable for anyone. The number of online resources are endless when it comes to exercise content. You don't need much other than yourself to workout,  so get physical in your living room!
5.    Get Organized
How clean is your closet really? Take a look at different areas in your home and assess what you really use. Explore what can be donated, sold, or thrown away.
6.    Pick up a book or article
Do you have any Audibles or ebooks waiting to be started or finished? Take this time to invest in a great story!
7.    Rest
Give yourself permission to rest. Explore apps like Insight Timer or Calm for mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation guidance.
8.    Create Memorable Meals
Take the opportunity to share a meal around the table. Pick a country on a globe or a map, look up recipes from that place, and make it for dinner!  During dinner explore being present for that time. Each person at the table can pick a conversation starter question and go around the table, learning each other's responses.
9.    Learn
Go online and learn something new. Find a podcast or Youtube channel you've never tried before and see where it takes you. You can also virtually visit museums from around the world. https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours
10.    …there’s always NETFLIX! 
There are tons of excellent documentaries and shows online. Just don't forget to share your experience with someone else!    

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