2020 Mar 17
With the current pandemic sweeping across the world, Sri Lankan authorities have taken measures to keep the population safe from the COVID-19 virus. Schools and universities are closed for weeks and we are encouraged to socially distance ourselves as a precaution.
What is social distancing anyway? It is the act of distancing oneself from the society, as it is our responsibility to prevent ourselves from coming in contact with the virus and to protect others around us from catching it as well. While introverts may adapt to social distancing without any difficulty, extroverts and ambiverts might find this a challenge. Isolation can affect productivity and effectively affect enthusiasm to be active. Whether you are under quarantine or socially distancing yourself, here is a list of things that you could do to ensure your safety, as well as ward off loneliness.
- Pay Extra Attention To Personal Hygiene
As many times as you may have heard this, we cannot stress the importance of doing so. Washing your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds at a time with soap and water kills viruses that may be lingering on your hands. The virus can survive on hard surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours. Ensure that you scrub the back of your hands as well as lightly scratch the surface of your palms to clean your fingernails as well. If you are in a pinch, an alcohol based sanitiser (which should be at least 60 per cent alcohol) can be used, until you have access to a sink. Avoid using baby wipes and use alcohol or ammonia based wipes to clean surfaces. Don’t forget to clean your phone frequently and avoid touching your face. If you are required to have social interaction because of your line of work, clean bathrooms you use, cutlery, cups and plate and any surfaces that you touch.
2. Check Up On Friends And Loved Ones
Focusing on the struggles of social distancing, make sure to keep up to date with friends or family that might not to adapting well to social distancing. For those who are battling mental health issues, this can be especially challenging. Although required, social distancing goes against the primal human social instinct to seek comfort in a larger group. If you know anybody who does not have the privilege of working from home (For example, he/she lives in an abusive home environment) invite them over, provided both parties are not showing any of the symptoms.
3. Stock up (Within limits) On Medication
Daily medications such as pressure or cholesterol tablets should be stocked up on for all family members. Don’t forget multivitamins to boost your immune system which is vital in fighting off infection.
4. Take Up Freelance Work For Some Extra Bucks
There are different kinds of freelance work to be taken up that requires minimum social interaction. Freelance writing, graphic design, video editing can be done at your convenience, with instructions given to you via Skype meetings or phone conversations. If you have a good eye for photography, you can even sell your photos online for the usage of other corporations and individuals. Read more on tips for profitable side-hustles that you can take up here https://bit.ly/2Qjp0Dq
5. Use This Time To Get Ahead Of Your Studies
Education is a necessity and with education comes exams, assignments, reports and projects. Since the exam season is coming up soon, it’s always better to allocate a few hours per day to get ahead of your studies so that you wouldn’t have to panic and cram everything into your brain at the last moment. Always better to be safe than sorry!
6. Get Some Sleep In Your System
Lack of sleep may be the number one complaint that most of us have on a daily basis. However, sleep has also been proven to strengthen the body’s immune response which proves beneficial given the current situation. Regulate your work hours and avoid working or staying up late into the night. Have a set time to go to sleep and wake up in the morning and give your body and mind the rest that it deserves.
5. Meditate And Practice Mindfulness
Meditation and mindfulness are known to be some of the best tools to cleanse the mind and soul from all the negativity. It has proven improve focus and helps you concentrate better on your work and studies, hence improving productivity. There are multiple applications and online tutorials that can guide you through the process of meditation. Just a few minutes of meditation per day can prove extremely beneficial, especially to those struggling with their mental health.
7. Get Creative
Creativity is subjective and we can be creative in any way that we want to. You can always take the time to gain a new skill or improve the skills that you already have. You could try cooking your favorite dish, give in to your sweet tooth and bake something you always wanted to, try DIY arts and crafts, draw, paint and even write and journal if you have a way with words.
8. Re-organize Your Room
Take some time to clean out closets and drawers, donate your clothes and accessories that are of no use to orphanages and people in need. Clean your room regularly and practice good hygiene to avoid harbouring of infection.
9. Read A Book – Or Maybe Two
Reading comes with a plethora of benefits that you can’t resist. If you’re a fanatic of fiction books, it will provide an escape from reality and engulf you into the imaginary world described in the book, thereby improving your imagination. If you’re into non-fiction books, you will be introduced to a world full of knowledge and empowerment. Reading will also helps to enhance vocabulary, memory and concentration.
10. Have A Movie Night With Your Family
Gather all of your family members, snuggle in a giant blanket and watch all the movies or TV shows that you’ve been wanting to, all night. If some of your family members are not movie buffs, then a game night can be a nice way to connect with your family and make some good memories during this difficult time.
We hope that you connect with yourself deeply and have a great few weeks of staying in. Let us know of how you spent this period of quarantine in the comment section!