April 02 2020 12:05 AM
Hala Bader al-Humaidhi
Hala Bader al-Humaidhi

By Hala Bader al-Humaidhi

The current dynamics of the global community is highly disturbed due to the spread of coronavirus. This pandemic has not only affected the world’s economy and stability, but it has also forced people to stay home. Nearly all countries have issued lockdown. Everyone enjoys staying at home, only by their own will! Self-quarantine is the only way to keep yourself and your family safe. You may adjust in this restricted or some may call it ‘An apathy’ life for a week or two, but then you start to get frustrated and bored.
Make use of this isolation time efficiently. Let’s give you some ideas and tips to utilise this time for your good and to avoid anxiety and exasperation:

1. Make a list of things you wanted do for a long time but didn’t have the time from your busy schedule. Like reading a book, watching a movie, playing with your kids, learning some new technique etc. Then start doing those things day by day.
2. Make a time table for your family. A template for a time table may look like this: Breakfast at 7:30, cleaning and moping at 8:30, reading and studying at 10, snacks at 11:30, some rest, lunch at 2, free time and playing at 3:30, some self-time and snacks in the evening, Preparations and dinner at 7 or 8. Than spend some quality time with family and finally go to sleep. This will not only help you spend your time in quarantine, but it will also make you organised.
3. Learn something new and exciting. Start cooking new dishes, do some art or drawing, start crafting, practice a new language take an online training course, learn knitting or do anything that makes you motivated! It will increase your skills and it will also help you to linger in your home.
4. Remain in touch with your friends and relatives. Call, text or FaceTime them! Not only your close ones but also try to contact your old friends and with someone you haven’t got in touch with for a long time. It’s a chance to reconnect with your circle.
5. Work out and meditate while in quarantine. Even though you can’t go to the gym, you can certainly do some exercise at home to relieve yourself from anxiety and tension. Meditate and practice mindfulness. Sit quietly, use a meditation app to remain peaceful and calm.
6. Set up some games like charades, hopscotch, jigsaw puzzles, board games, chess or cards etc. Engaging in activities like flash cards of vocabulary, interviewing each other, listing the name of countries, animals, fruits, places is very useful and informative.
7. In your spare time, allow yourself to enjoy some entertainment. You can spend hours on Netflix, on the Internet watching movies and episodes. Many artistes are conducting online concerts to entertain their fans. Few museums are also open to the public. You can enjoy watching different animals live from your home. Similarly, many sites are offering live stream of natural sites, farms and greenery.
8. Last but definitely not least, spare some time to help others. See if there are some elderly in your neighbourhood that need help with their groceries. Help small businesses survive in difficult times through buying your necessary products from them, or simply volunteer to give back to the community!
Stay Home Stay Safe and be creative and productive!

* The author is a consultant in Public Relations and Personality Types. Instagram: @Tipsbyhalahill

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