Now that we’ve seen the statistics, we know what’s at stake, and we understand the severity of the coronavirus epidemic, we’ve come home. Now what? How do we Quarantine?
First, let’s get the obvious out the way
Not having the virus doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. We must take care of our health. According to World Health Organization, this means: stay away from sugary drinks, avoid alcohol consumption, and don’t smoke.
In addition, follow these guidelines:
- Eat healthy – Limit your carbohydrate intake and eat healthy proteins and fats, especially from beef and fish. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, find a way to consume healthy fats and proteins. Collagen has so many benefits, it’s worth looking into. Generally, studies point to Keto and paleo diets as the healthiest and most effective.
- Exercise 30 minutes a day – if you don’t have a treadmill, and can’t go outside for a walk, find some aerobic or dance videos on YouTube and have some fun.
- Don’t sit too long in the same position.
- Take your mind off of the current situation – listen to music or comedy. Find a way to focus on something positive or funny. Studies have shown that laughter is healing. You can get unlimited, commercial-free streaming here with a free trial.
Health aside, what about the essentials?
We still need to eat. Many people are getting their groceries and household items delivered now. The problem is, due to the panic, not everything is available when the order is finally prepared and ordered.
If you’re experiencing this, we recommend you go to your local grocery store early in the morning,* right after they’ve stocked the shelves. Wear a mask and gloves and exercise social distancing. Get in, get only what you need, and get out.
*Most stores are reserving the first hour for seniors. So, if you’re not a senior, wait about an hour after the store opens.
Another thing you can do is order things online. Amazon, for example, is still really good about delivering. We haven’t had a delivery missed yet. They have Prime, which allows you unlimited free deliveries. And you can try it free for 30 days.
If you’re and EBT holder, you can get Prime discounted to half the price.
Essentials and Health aside, how do we quarantine?
Whether you’re working from home, or you’re newly out of work, you’re bound to get cabin fever at some point.
Just what are we going to do with all this time at home? There are only so many ways we can rearrange our shoe closet. After that, we’ve got to find something to do…
Let’s start with entertainment
We can’t live without it.
If you like to read, there are ways to read more for less. KindleUnlimited, for example is like Netflix for books. You get unlimited reads for a small monthly fee. And their book list has improved significantly over the last year. If you’re an avid reader, try it free for 30 days.
(By the way, we sometimes give away free books)
Prefer to listen to your stories? Or are you a multi-tasker? Listen to audiobooks.
There’s always online gaming. Here’s a popular one with a free trial.
Make this time productive
Are you an artist? Paint that piece you’ve always wanted to. Write that book that’s been simmering on the back burner in your mind. Or start that business you’ve always wanted to start.
If you’re finding yourself out of work, or even if you’re not, make this time productive.
Granted, you can’t go outside to do this right now, but for the first time in history, we don’t have to go outside to earn a living. Now’s a good time to start an online business, or learn how to make money online. Why not set yourself up with another income?
There are other ways to earn a living, just brainstorm and don’t be afraid to go for it.
But being productive isn’t just about making money
You can clean your house. Organize your closets. Clear out the garage. Just do whatever you’ve been putting off.
If you’ve always wanted to train your dog, for example, there’s no better time than now. Better yet, train your dog to be super-smart.
Other ideas: experiment with making lotions or cosmetics. Start a garden. Build your own furniture. Do you have a skill? Start a YouTube channel and teach others how to do what you do. Are you an editor, graphic designer, digital artist, etc? You can freelance your work online. Upwork.com and Fiverr are good places to start. You can do anything, really, there is no limit.
Do something for someone. Just because you can’t be around them, doesn’t mean you can’d do things for others. It just feels good. Plus, when you give, you’re freeing energy and good things flow easily back to you. And giving can include doing.
You can write someone a poem. Fill up your sister’s car. Pot an aloe vera and leave it on a friend’s doorstep (assuming you can go out where you are). Send someone a gift from Amazon or somewhere online.
You get the idea. Being quarantined doesn’t have to feel like isolation. It doesn’t have to be depressing. It can be a nice reprieve from the daily grind. A time to do what you’ve always wanted to do. A time to reflect and decide who you want to be.
Maybe you have better ideas. Let us know what you’re doing at home in the comments below.
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