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How to Deal With Quarantine Boredom and Stress - Without Hurting Your Wallet

It's clear that the quarantine brought a new level of boredom to people staying at home. While some people turn to Netflix and online shopping, I tried to find ways to keep myself occupied without hurting my wallet. Don't judge me, my employer closed most of its store branches and it means no work no pay for me for almost 3 months now. I have to be very frugal to make my savings last longer.

If you are in a situation similar to mine, you're probably experiencing a hybrid of boredom and stress. It feels weird to stay at home for months when you are used to working five or six days a week. Even weirder to stay at home doing nothing while wondering how long you would be able to put food on the table. STOP. We're not trying to dig deeper and revive your worries. This post is written to help you divert your attention from them. I hope this advice will help you feel productive and entertained at the same time without spending a lot.

1. Read, read, and read. Remember those books you bought from a book fair last year? Maybe it's time to finally read them. If you are running out of books to read, a site like Scribd offers a free trial on their ebooks (and audiobooks). There are also lots of communities for readers on Facebook and VK that share eBooks as well, check it out if they have something you like.

Books I've bought at Manila International Book Fair 2018

Books I've bought at Manila International Book Fair 2018

Books I've collected over the years

Books I've collected over the years

2. Grab a free online course. Lots of universities are offering free online courses. Check out EDX, Udemy, Coursera, or Saylor Academy. I just tried EDX myself and enrolled in English for Journalist Part 1, a free self-paced course offered by the University of California, Berkeley.

I've included the links for platforms that offer free courses in case you want to check them out.

Please note that I am not an affiliate of the sites above and these are included here ONLY for the intention of sharing links related to the article.

3. Doodle. You don't have to be a pro in order to try. Use those pens and bring out the artist in you. If you are stuck at home without any way to acquire art materials, then try digital drawing. It's free and all you have to do is to download apps like Autodesk Sketchbook and Adobe Illustrator. You can just use your finger as a pen to draw or if you have a laptop at home, try installing the app, and use your mouse as a pen instead.

I made this one using Autodesk Sketchbook on my phone with my finger as a pen.

I made this one using Autodesk Sketchbook on my phone with my finger as a pen.

I really mean it when I said that you don't have to be a pro in order to try. It's more important that you are enjoying this.

I really mean it when I said that you don't have to be a pro in order to try. It's more important that you are enjoying this.

4. Explore YouTube for tutorials. Luckily, we live in a time where so much free useful content is reachable in just a few clicks: Be it about cooking, calligraphy, wood carving, or travel ideas. Satisfy your curiosity or develop a new hobby.

5. Adopt a self-care routine. Maybe you used to work for long hours before the lockdown happened. Now is the time to get some rest. Meditate. Sip coffee in the morning without having to rush. Watch the sunrise that you seldom see because you leave your home too early and spend hours getting stuck in a traffic jam.

6. Learn a new language. An app like Duolingo lets you learn a language for free. If you want to improve your English pronunciation, ELSA is worth a try.

7. Write about what's on your mind. Try writing poems, essays, or even novels if you think you have a lot of time and an overload of creative juices. Who knows? The things you do for fun today might be something you do for a living in the future.

8. Listen to calm music. You would probably agree with me if I say that music is an effective way to calm the senses and relieve stress. It can be the sound of raindrops accompanied by piano, acoustic or Lo-Fi, whatever suits your taste. I remember that there were nights when I fell asleep watching a video taken from the window of a house on top of a mountain. There were sounds of raindrops softly hitting the glass window and occasionally, distant thunder. It was strangely comforting.

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Here's one from my playlist. Again, I have no connection whatsoever to the owners of the content. I hope this can help you soothe your senses the way it does mine.

I acknowledge the fact that we all have our own way of coping. While some people may find staying home as boring compare to a normal day outside and at work, some may be experiencing things differently. Depression may arise from being separated from their loved ones or from worrying about losing their job and being able to put food on the table. If you feel anxious, try to divert your attention to things that will make you feel productive but do not overdo it. It's totally okay to take a rest and breathe.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Roxanne Mojas

Got your own ideas of killing the quarantine boredom? I'd love to hear it.

Roxanne Mojas (author) from Manila, Philippines on June 07, 2020:

Thank you, Karla! I'm happy to know you're finding this as useful. :)

Karla Panganiban on June 07, 2020:

Nice ideas! not only to keep yourself active during quarantine but i think this will help in honing our creative sides. Wanna try this ideas.

Jenny Rose Cruz from SJDM BULACANPhilippines on June 06, 2020:

Awesome tips

Roxanne Mojas (author) from Manila, Philippines on June 06, 2020:

I'm glad you enjoyed reading. :) It's nice to know that you are enjoying your stay at home and bonding with your family. At a time like this, it's really important that we are connected with our loved ones.

Zainab Mejja from Kenya on June 05, 2020:

Lovely ideas! I do about 5 of them already and I enjoy it. In place of doodling, I've started to learn how to draw like a pro. It's very exciting this one.

But yes, the Rona season has made me slow down and just enjoy the moments. Another thing I have more time for now is spending time with my family, and also cooking!

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