We are all living through an unprecedented (I know we hear this word on the news ten times a day right?) time; a global pandemic is currently gripping us and we all must stay inside our houses to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Ever since the panic started about corona virus, I’ve been thinking of ways to cope, ways to tackle this in my mind. You see, aside from keeping our minds busy with fun tasks we can also change our outlook on the situation. Instead of focusing on the things we can’t do, let’s stay positive and focus on what we can do.
With a positive outlook and some fun activities staying in can actually be enjoyable, and not a chore.
Here’s my top five activities to try out during quarantine:
1. Get Crafty
This will take you right back to your childhood. Sitting on the floor (although this may give you backache now), scissors in hand, pondering what to cut out and stick down. Your collage the only care in the world.
I’d recommend creating a collage or a mood board, perhaps to inspire your goals or aspirations when this madness is over. You could also create an art piece to frame or start a scrapbook. Finding things you already have at home inspires some resourcefulness and is great for recycling; old magazines, birthday cards and even empty boxes can be utilised. A personal preference of mine is to use nature for inspiration, you’ll find most of my blog images that I take will contain pretty arrangements of flowers from my garden.
2. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – Harper Lee
Although it may seem like an obvious choice to pick up a book whilst in quarantine, I feel this is a hugely underrated pastime. Especially relevant in our situation right now, a good fiction novel will transport you to another world. Without physically leaving your house, you can ignite your imagination and wander wherever your book may take you.
However, even if fiction novels are not your thing and escapism is not your bag – reading any book has benefits. Books are thought provoking, they inspire conversations, they culturally enrich people and they also help improve knowledge of vocabulary.
3. Organisation is key
Just because I have a skincare obsession and this is a predominantly make up / skincare blog, I felt it necessary to throw in a suggestion surrounding these two things. Over the last week I decided to organise all of my skincare, and it was one of the most satisfying feelings.
Did you know that most skincare products have a ‘best before’ date on them? If you inspect the container you’ll probably see a miniature 6, 12 or 24 which indicates the amount of months the product should be used by. Throw out any products that have been opened and unused within the recommended time; some of the ingredients could start to go off and this will not help your skin. In fact it could cause break outs or irritation.
4. Cooking is the way to my heart
It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I absolutely love food. So it goes without saying that I love to cook! Now that we all have more time inside the house, it’s the perfect time to learn to cook if you don’t already know. It’s also a great way to try food combinations that you wouldn’t generally put together, for example I used a recipe for sautéed asparagus with pasta, garlic and Parmesan. The dish was delicious, but I would not have usually put these ingredients together.
We are blessed with the internet, which means finding a recipe to use up all the ingredients you have left in your house is not difficult at all. This is another reason we must be grateful, although we shouldn’t leave our houses (except for food, medication, key work or to care for vulnerable people) we have the glory of the internet. Opening up a wealth of possibilities for developing your culinary skills.
5. Staying Fit, Physically and Mentally
It’s important for both our mental and physical health that we get exercise during quarantine. I keep seeing this emphasised all over the news, social media and in advertisements. And whilst it is beneficial to exercise as it keeps us fit and releases endorphins, I think it’s important to remember not to put too much pressure on ourselves.
I think it’s vital during this time where we could easily feel enclosed and trapped, not to put too much mental pressure on ourselves about working out. It’s amazing to workout but don’t stress about it – exercise should be enjoyed when you are relaxed about it. Even if you only manage one walk per week, that’s fine, don’t compare yourself to others as we are all different. For this reason, many people may find it useful during this time to limit their social media exposure.
And finally, thank you for reading. It’s mandatory during this time we all look out for each other, reach out to friends and family and check on them. Stay in the house, keep busy with activities you enjoy, and everyone stay safe! Together we can get through this, the more effort we put in now the shorter the time we must stay inside.