Making the Most Out of Quarantine Life
When life gives you lemons, make a lemonade. As the saying goes, we should make the most out of whatever life hands us. We’re all stuck in this quarantine life. Unless you’re one of the frontliners who take on so much risks everyday (we salute you!), you’d be just like the rest of us whose contribution in this fight against COVID-19 is to stay at home to flatten the curve.
For most people who are used to living a hectic lifestyle, this abrupt change of pace can be quite disorienting. Work from home is a concept that suddenly became the norm while those who are telecommuting even before the pandemic find themselves with company all the time now.
As humans, we’re bound to adapt. Some may resist change and take longer, while others have enough flexibility to adjust easily. Whatever category you may fall into, here are some tips that might help keep you from catching cabin fever and find some well-hidden benefits in this difficult time.
Learn a New Language Online
Wouldn’t it be nice to learn a new language while you have more than enough time on your hands? If you’re a K-pop fan or hooked on K-drama, learning the Korean language would take your appreciation to the next level. Anime fans, on the other hand, would love watching them without the subtitles when they learn the Japanese language.
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Try New Recipes
If you’re a total newbie when it comes to cooking, there are more than enough recipes to find online with very helpful step by step videos on YouTube to show you the way. Start searching for recipes of your favorite dishes so you’d be inspired enough to learn how. Just imagine the fun in tapping into your inner chef.
If cooking is already a passion, well, you could always try your hand on something healthy like gluten-free dishes that you can learn online. Perhaps you can then move on to experimenting on old recipes and create what will eventually become a secret family recipe for the future generations. The possibilities are endless.
Take on a New Family Project
If the kids are beginning to get antsy for being stuck at home and are quite bored, you can always initiate a new family project. The kids won’t only be engaged in a worthwhile activity but a family project is bound to be a great bonding opportunity.
For instance, you can start a family scrapbook where every member will hunt for something to add in it and you all work together on designing every page. You can also try craft-making or art projects that everyone will enjoy. How about trying that new recipe with the whole family and prepare a great snack or a feast? You can even create a photobook or two online where everybody gets a vote on which photos can be included in the beautifully printed family album.
Learn a New Musical Instrument
We all know how therapeutic music is when it comes to soothing our soul and picking up our spirit. Studies show that even sad music is still capable of uplifting your mood. Get into music therapy by learning how to play a musical instrument. Guitar is quite popular for beginners aside from the piano and you can learn how to switch from acoustic to electric guitar online. If you’re already playing a musical instrument, trying a new one is almost like a natural progression.
A lot of newbies tend to find the idea of learning to play quite daunting, thinking they’re too old to start. Although a virtuoso or a maestro usually starts very young, it’s never too late to start learning how to play an instrument. It may be a bit of a challenge compared to kids, but it’s not impossible. Most likely, you’re not out to be the next Slash or Beethoven anyway so just learning to play is good enough for now.
Catch Up on Your Reading
If you’re an avid reader, chances are that you have at least a couple of novels you bought but never managed to get around to start reading, let alone finish. Maintaining work-life balance is already a bit of a challenge, adding reading time into the mix just tend to fall off your priority list. As much as you’d love to squeeze in a bit of reading, you probably just find yourself nodding off before you reach the end of the chapter due to exhaustion.
You finally have the time now! Sure, you’re still working from home but you can now convert your travel and prep time into reading time, right? So, go ahead, pick up that paperback or hardcover and read away. A getaway may not be physically possible at this time, but nothing can stop you from mentally escaping even for a while. A bit of escapism just might be what you need to keep your sanity.
Being productive in this time of quarantine is the best you could do to make the most out of this difficult time. It’s not enough to just keep it together, you have to push just a little bit to make the transition as painless as you could despite all the devastating news around us.
Do you have tips you want to share with us? Drop us a comment and we might include them in any of the upcoming blogs for this series. After all, we’re all in this together.
Stay alert, safe, and healthy, everyone!
Note: This is the first of our Quarantine Life series so stay tuned for the next one for more tips on not only how to survive but turn things around and make this challenging time into a moment of triumph.