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10 Fun Things To Do While on Quarantine

By JULES VIVAS

Malacañang has implemented a month-long community quarantine in Metro Manila, which means that, until April 14, a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. is being observed, mass gatherings are prohibited, certain travel restrictions to and out of the National Capital Region are implemented, and malls and other shops—except for necessary establishments such as groceries, supermarkets, drugstores, and banks—are closed.

The sudden and drastic developments of the COVID-19 pandemic have been causing a lot of stress for some people. That being said, the idea of home confinement shouldn’t demoralize us further. For those who are privileged enough to be able to afford staying at home during the “enhanced community quarantine,” the time spent in quarantine, when put into good use, could potentially help reduce fear and anxiety. It’s an opportunity to relax, unwind, and do the things we’ve taken for granted because of our very busy lifestyle.

Here are some of our recommended activities for you to do during the “enhanced community quarantine.”

  1. Come clean
    One of the best defenses against COVID-19, or any kind of virus or bacteria, for that matter, is sanitation and cleanliness. Not only does it improve our chances of avoiding diseases, keeping things tidy is also important in maintaining positive mental health. Cleaning improves mental clarity and is a stress deterrent. This might just be the perfect time to do some house cleaning. Dust your shelves, segregate your wardrobe, and check the pile of random stuff you never bothered looking at. You’ll never know what treasures lie in your home. Then again, the greatest treasure of all is health.1
  1. Tune in to your creative side
    Creativity is a human quality that exists in every single one of us. Whether you’re a visual artist, a performer, a musician, a cook (yes, food is art), practicing your craft is a good way to spend the long days of quarantine. Grab your paintbrush, pen, instrument, camera, and unleash your creativity. One could take the tragic events right now as inspiration to create something beautiful and meaningful.2
  1. Learning like it’s hot
    Some people consider learning a recreation. If you’re a philomath (those who love to study), the Internet is full of educational pages and applications that give online courses and lessons for free. Some of these sites are Khan Academy, which offers no-cost YouTube instructional videos similar to TED-Ed and Open Culture, Duolingo for learning other languages, Prodigy Math for the mathematicians, and Codeacademy for those who want to acquire coding skills in web development, design, and data science. Of course, YouTube alone is a world of its own, filled with insightful tutorial and educational videos. You can even learn something non-essential like juggling or party tricks.
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  2. Play games
    Be it board games like “Snakes and Ladders,” card games like “UNO,” physical ones that could be played indoors such as “hide-and-seek,” or the more modern video games, gaming is a go-to leisure activity for the young and young at heart. It’s a great way to promote virtual social interaction among friends and families, and to de-stress. Games are entertaining, and can be good for the noggin as it affects and impacts regions of the brain responsible for memory, spatial orientation, information organizations, and fine motor skills. But the main objective of playing games, however, is to makes us forget of our problems, even if it’s just for a while.
  3. Read up
    In times like these, where we have little power over most of the things happening around us, reading is among the simple pleasures that give us a sense of control. Try to pick up and go over a book, or you can read online journals and articles. Here are some of the Filipino titles we believe are worth reading. Be extra by reading up on COVID-19, or joining an online book club. Remember the quip, “scientia potentia est (knowledge is power).”featured image
  4. Binge-watch
    Watching TV, films, or any online content is as important as reading. It’s just as culturally enriching, and fun too. According to various studies,watching through the television reduces stress and inspires creativity. Likewise, there are many programs worth viewing online these days, such as the second season of Kingdom, a Korean series about zombie and politics. You may also opt for documentaries that tackle relevant topics like pandemics.Some of our suggested shows as such are Netflix originals Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak, Explains, season two, fourth episode titled “The Next Pandemic,” and Curiosity Streams’ The Coronavirus Epidemic.6
  1. Meditate
    Meditation costs nothing. It is powerful, can be practiced by anyone, anywhere, and is extremely beneficial in making us feel happier. Through meditation, we eliminate negative thoughts, worries, anxiety, and whatever it is that prevents us from feeling happy. There are various meditation techniques, but for beginners, you just close your eyes while sitting or lying comfortably, then empty your mind, breathe naturally, and focus on your breathing for at least two minutes.7
  2. Connect with your family and friends from afar
    Since you can’t physically be there for your friends or family members living far away, send them an e-mail, a chat, or call them to check if they’re doing fine. It’s nice to keep in touch with important people in our lives, and tell them anything and everything you want to say. One will never know what could happen tomorrow. Staying connected with everyone is easier thanks to technology, so we should take full advantage of it.8
  3. Plan for the future
    Things may have taken a turn for the worse, but at the end of the day, things do get better. Think about the things you’re going to do once you are able to get out again, and once the whole situation becomes stable. Write down your future plans, the things you’ve got coming up in the next few months. By scheduling everything from appointments, chores, meetings, and the fun activities you’re going to be allowed to do again, you give yourself a sense of hope while being able to organize your time and resources.9
  4. Help out
    Think of ways to help those who are in need, especially in this critical time of the outbreak. One good example is by sending health kits or other essentials to the less fortunate victims of the COVID-19 or to the doctors and nurses working tirelessly to combat the disease. These front liners are true heroes who risk their lives for the sake of others. With the entire burden resting on their shoulders, these health workers need our support the most. There are other means of helping as well, such as telling others not to panic buy, sharing credible stories to correct misinformation, and so on. Find a way to be of aid to others, spread kindness, not fear, and together humanity can triumph against any adversary.10


Source: Manila Bulletin

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