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Corona Scare: How to Stay Calm And Make the Most of Your Time at Home

While the world continues to battle the coronavirus and normal life being affected, we are learning some lessons albeit in a harsh way.

Stay Calm and Make the Most of Your Time at Home

The Corona virus pandemic has caused a world-wide panic and uncertainty. With most of us on self-quarantine or working from home, we have some time to spare. This is the time to introspect and heal our minds and stay calm in the face of this huge adversity.

When your home has become your whole world and social life is taking a backseat due to the corona virus scare, be your best company and take steps to unwind and not feel bored at home.

So here are some tips stay calm and to utilize the time constructively:

Gardening to Soothe your Nerves

It is an often repeated advice but it is the best. Staying close to nature is therapeutic. You can indulge in some terrace gardening or place potted plants in your balcony. You can decorate the favorite corner of your room with miniature plants. Air purifying plants like aloe-vera, money plant, English ivy, Chrysanthemum not only add a touch of color to your living room but help to keep the air clean. This is a good time to concentrate on home decor by including potted plants which will bring in a cheerful atmosphere into your home amid the gloomy times. Another idea is to convert your balcony into your work-space. It will be so refreshing to work in a space surrounded by plants. A lot of DIY gardening kits are available online which can help you with your garden project.

Exercise at Home

Now that it is not possible to go to the gym, you have to work out home as you need to stay in shape. Try climbing those building stairs to strengthen your leg calf muscles. For weight lifting, gardening is good. Moving pots from one place to another, digging the soil, planting saplings, watering plants are all good exercises for strength building. These exercised will build a strong immune system. Exercises like stretches, push-ups, crunches, and planks can be easily done at home and which are very effective. Another very doable workout is the sun salutation. Ideally, it should be done in the morning but can also be done in the evenings too preferably on an empty stomach. It has huge health benefits. Start slowly by doing 6-10 repetitions. As you get stronger, you can increase the repetitions to 16-20, every day. Working out on a stationary cycle, treadmill, and weights are basics of a home workout regimen.

Reading Books And Bonding with Kids

It is time to catch up on your reading. All those books which you have stocked up in the bookshelf planning to read someday are inviting you. Start reading and see how soothing and refreshing it is to read a book. You can revisit your favorite classics and lighter stuff. It is important to stay updated on the goings-on in the world, but be wary of reading too much on the Corona virus as it can dampen your spirits. Make a list of all the books you wanted to read and start reading, as you complete reading that particular book tick it in the list and check out how many books you have managed to read in the extra time that you got due to the lock-down, Reading builds confidence and reduces stress. It also improves the functioning of the brain and keeps negativity away. Starting now, you can then make it a regular habit. Books are the best of friends at such stressful times.

You can also make it a habit to read interesting stories to your kids. Kids love stories and reading with the kids helps both the parents and kids to bond better and spend time constructively.

For more on bonding with the kids during this lockdown period please read my hub:

Binge Watching TV

Catch up on the series that you wanted to watch for a long time. And then there’s WhatsApp to exchange notes with your best friend as meeting friends is not an option now. During distressing times such as these, it is good to binge-watch light-hearted series like Friends to avoid depressive feelings. Research now shows that binge-watching high-quality shows and series on TV can actually be beneficial. It improves emotional intelligence, empathy, and responsibility. Various social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, can help you stay connected with your friends and provide a good read and latest information. But you need to exercise caution as you can get addicted to it. So set a limit to watching TV each day and do not exceed that limit.

Experiment in the Kitchen

This is the time to try out your culinary skills by rustling up some tasty and healthy dishes or beverages and spice up the mood of the family members. You can experiment with the various recipes that you see online and share the same with your friends and relatives. You can even try making wine at home. You can try innovative dishes which are not only nutritious, easy to make but attractive for the kids. Now that you have the time you can try out those traditional recipes which your mother and grandmother used to make on special occasions. Kids love helping their moms in the kitchen. Involve the kids in baking and cooking. Start with giving simple tasks then slowly as they mature, more complex jobs can be delegated. This makes the children self-sufficient and independent as they grow older and you can also bond better with them.

Online Shopping

As malls and markets are closed due to the pandemic, you can explore the online shopping option. With lots of enticing offers that we see often in our phones and computers, we get tempted to check them out. Whether you buy them or not, at least you can surf through the products and load them in the cart for later purchase. Shopping can be therapeutic for some and online shopping is a boon at this time as you are confined to your home. You can shop for your favorite items from the comfort of your home while availing good discounts. There are many sites which offer free delivery too. You can create an online store for all the art and craft products that you have created. Almost anything can be sold in your store from homemade jams and sauce and pickles to customized apparel and fashion wear. No special skills are needed as there are many apps to help you open an online store. It is a good way to turn your hobby into a profitable venture.

Relax and Pamper Yourself

Visits to the spa and saloon being restricted due to the virus outbreak, bring out those bath salts and have a relaxing bath, you could pamper yourself to a foot spa. Bath salts can do wonders, from cleansing to pain relief to relaxation. Practice yoga and meditation for relaxation. Breathing exercises help strengthen the immune system and should be practiced daily. With more time on your hands, you can take good care of yourself. Listen to soothing and calming music, as stress and anxiety can easily crop up on account of the current critical situation the world is facing due to the virus outbreak. Mental health needs to be taken care of along with physical health. Catch up on your sleep. Studies have shown a strong link between sleep and functioning of the immune system. Seven to eight hours of sleep is recommended to stay healthy and keep the immune system fit. Stress hormones dip while you sleep. So take small naps in between to decrease stress.

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Personal Fitness Online

Fitness classes can be taken online now. All you have to do is to tune in to the live session on a computer or smartphone and follow the instructions like you would do in a physical class. Online sessions for strength training, cardio, yoga, and dance fitness are conducted and can be accessed from home if you have internet. Take a walk in the vicinity of your home, play in the yard with the kids, do home workouts, anything and everything that involves physical activity. Because mobility is the only way to stay fit. Create a cozy workout zone in the house that has natural light and which is airy. Now your home is the new workout haven for you.

Bring Out the Artist in You

There are numerous art workshops being conducted online. Art not only brings out the latent talent in a person, but it can also be therapeutic in stressful times such as these, when we are surrounded by uncertainty and negativity all-round. If you have talent in music and dance, you can start live concerts that will keep people entertained. You can also take in requests from friends. This is also a good time to learn a new skill like drawing, painting, sculpting and spend the time productively. You can also start music and dance classes or art and sculpting classes for kids online. As many parents are also struggling to keep their kids engaged constructively during the lock-down, the idea will be welcomed. If you are good at playing a musical instrument like the piano, guitar or drum, you can teach kids to play the instrument. A time spent in the company of kids, though online at this time, can be very relaxing and therapeutic. If you love writing, this is the time to bring out the author in you and start writing that novel or article that you have been planning to write for a long time. Give your imagination a run and come out with creative ideas to spend the time and feel good about it. You can even start with writing a journal, detailing your activities at the time of lock-down.

Digital events to entertain you

There are so many concerts, karaoke, comedy shows, workshops, and other digital events to keep you entertained on weekends. Several artists are showcasing their talents online. Many music festivals and poetry meet-ups are also being hosted online for the benefit of the quarantined. And then there are numerous cookery, photography and music workshops which can keep you engaged for the weekend without stepping out of your home. Participating in live streaming of music concerts online along with a loved one can feel like going out on a date. People are even celebrating birthdays with digital parties. There are apps like squad which allows you to share the screen with your friends so that you can Instagram together, Snapchat together, and Tinder together, Shop together. Music streaming sites are offering social listening features. You can queue your favorite tracks and bond over their shared love of music. There are also apps like Discord that help people live stream video games. They have now also increased the users from 10 to 50 so that people do not feel isolated and stressed out.

Lock-down is causing a significant increase in screen time. Several studies have warned that excessive use of digital devices can have a negative impact on people’s health. Hence you have to limit the screen time to avoid anxiety and depression.

Socializing while social distancing

There are a series of technological options available for people looking to connect with their friends to keep their spirits up during quarantine. A new format has evolved, for socializing while social distancing among hardcore party lovers. From zoom parties to Skype get-togethers' to FaceTime bashes to Google hangouts, there are various technological options available for people looking to connect with their friends and keep their spirits up during quarantine. Apps like House Party allows users to connect with friends while video chatting and even playing games with them. There are TV and movie streaming websites that offer a party option where you and your friends can binge watch shows and movies together with an added chat window to stay connected throughout. You don’t feel alone, watching movies with friends, reacting, commenting and chatting alongside. These watch parties are much needed as they help you relieve loneliness, stress, and anxiety surrounding the virus outbreak.

Pets as co-workers when you work from home

As many people are working from their homes due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the world, they miss the office environment involving the long hours of computer screens, the tea breaks, conversations with coworkers, and chat sessions beside the coffee machine and teasing friends. But at home pets have replaced coworkers for many.

Quarantine time can get boring after some time, but those who have pets for company don’t feel so. Pets are making the work from home experience quite fun for pet parents. By taking over the laptop keyboard, or cuddling up on their laps as their parents work, pets are giving good company, during this quarantine time. They even participate in online meetings and are the center of attention with their adorable eyes loving expressions. But instead of tea or coffee breaks, the pet parent has to take a break whenever the pet demands a snack or wants to play. But they are really fun to be with and make up for the boredom that can affect you when you work from home alone.