It has finally hit that the coronavirus pandemic is real! Right now (while I am writing this blog), the death toll is 34,808. By the time, you read this blog, the numbers will increase. We are living in a scary situation and times are difficult.
I am trying my bit to help you.
I hope that you, your family and your loved ones are safe.
I’m in New Delhi, India with my friends. My college life has come to a halt and my MacBook broke down and I can’t go out to get it repaired. Luckily, one of my flatmates had an extra laptop and now, I am using it now to write this blog post. For the past six days, I haven’t stepped outside the house to flatten the deadly curve.
I am confident about the fact that as long as we work together, stay inside and maintain the required hygiene, we can make it through.
It is high time to indulge ourselves in self-care and take care of our emotional, physical and mental well-being.
The healthier we stay, the stronger we will be as individuals and a part of the larger community.
Social distancing is the need of the hour. Practicing it has been stressful for many, but it doesn’t have to be so hard. Remember, this is the time for connection, creativity, humanity and humor. You have a chance to be a hero! All you need to do is stay inside.
If you are reading this, I am sure that you have a working internet connection and a smartphone or laptop, or both. In short, you are in a good situation.
Basic Protective Measures Against Coronavirus
Even though, you must have read and heard about Coronavirus precautions a thousand times, I can’t help but tell you about it again. WHO has listed down the following protective measures against Coronavirus:
- Wash your hands
- Maintain social distancing
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Practice respiratory hygiene
- Seek early medical care if your fever, cough and difficulty in breathing
- Stay informed
You can read further about it here:
Manage Coronavirus – Related Anxiety, Fear and Stress
Do you know that stress lowers your immune response? This is the last thing that you need right now.
Panicking won’t lead you anywhere. Fear won’t lead you anywhere. Ask yourself, can you do anything about the situation? Yes, you can help by staying inside. Yes, you can help by taking the necessary precautions.
Can you do something more? Yes, you can inform the other people about the same. You can be a guide!
Can you do something more? Well, now that depends on your profession. If your job permits you to help you more, it’s good. However, if you can’t do anything more about it, you don’t need to worry.
Getting stressed out for a situation that is not under your control is insane. You have done whatever you could. Be happy about it and let the stress go.
You can try meditating to get rid of anxiety and stress. Few of the meditation apps that you can use are:
- Insight Timer: It supports 30,000 free meditation and music tracks. Join 12 million people and become a part of one of the largest meditation community.
2. Calm: This app can help you to sleep, meditate and relax. Different mindfulness topics included in the app are calming anxiety, managing stress, gratitude, loving-kindness, and forgiveness.
3. Headspace: The app can guide you to both health and happiness through mindfulness exercise and guided meditation. It has a dedicated section for managing stress and anxiety.
Sharpen Your Skills
Gary Vaynerchuk has rightly said that this is the pause you needed to push. If you have been delaying something that you wanted to do for a long time because of the time crunch, or because you lacked the necessary skill to pursue it, then, now is the right time to pursue it!
There is ample number of resources available online that can help you to sharpen your skills. Few of the resources are listed below:
1.YouTube: No matter what you want to learn, you will find a video for everything on YouTube. Want to know how to code? Want to learn a new language? No problem, YouTube is there to help you.
2. Coursera: You can access both free and paid online courses on Coursera. Also, you can earn your certificates by completing your chosen course. Won’t that look good in your CV? Currently, the website supports more than 3,500 courses.
3. Udemy: It is a hub of 1,00,000 plus video courses. You can learn anything on Udemy. Just like Coursera, it houses both paid and free courses.
Work From Home During Coronavirus Lockdown
No matter whether you have experience of working from home or not, you have to do it. We really don’t have any other options.
If you are facing difficulty in maintaining your productivity while from home, you can try doing the following things:
- Get dressed
- Take regular breaks
- Keep a bottle of water by your side and keep drinking water
- Create a study/work corner
- Maintain a to-do list
- Keep your room clean
- Don’t use your bed as a place to work
- Move your body
Staying physically active and critical. I cannot stress enough on the importance of working out.
There are ample resources online that can help you to stay active inside the house.
My current favorite resources are listed below:
1.30 Min Aerobic Dance Workout: In this YouTube video, Bipasha Basu performs a 30-minute hardcore dance aerobic workout. By the end, you are done with the workout, you will be sweating like a pig.
2. 7 Minute Workout: In case, you don’t want to devote too much time to stay active, you can use this app to stay active. The app will help you to stay minute by exercising for just seven minutes. Don’t forget to stay consistent.
Read and Write
Do you like to read and write like me? I am not going to hand down a list of “Top XYZ books” because you might not have the books.
Instead, I would share the resources which you can readily use. Here’s the list:
1.Wattpad: You can use Wattpad to bot read and write stories, novels, and poems. All the reading content available in Wattpad is neatly categorized on the basis of the genres. This makes navigation through the website an easy job.
2. YourQuote: If you like to read and write shayaris, you will love the YourQuote app. On this platform, you can turn your words into art. Tell your story in your language here.
3. Library Genesis: Shh! This website is a paradise for book lovers. If you want to read a book, but you are unable to find its copy only, you should for it on Library Genesis. It is a search engine for books.
This list is not exhaustive but I hope this will help you to maintain your sanity ad try something new during the Coronavirus lockdown. Stay healthy and stay happy!