Things I do during Quarantine.
These activities will surely lift you out of boredom amidst the constant threat of corona-virus.
The corona-virus has affected billions of lives around the world. It’s been several weeks since schools and non-essential workplaces began to close down, and many are settling into a new norm of social distancing. Despite not being able to experience face-to-face contact, people have developed novel methods to stay connected with friends, family, and even themselves.
While this is a moment filled with anxiety and uncertainty, I also seek joy, comfort and distraction where I can find it while doing my part to help flatten the curve…
So, I have compiled the list of activities and things I enjoy doing to get over my boredom during this hard time.
1. Read books
As simple as it sounds. Surprisingly, reading books before going to sleep and during break from study can greatly refresh my mind and increase my overall focus during lesson. Most importantly, I feel that I can broaden my perspective and views of the world from all these publications. Before the corona-virus has swept across the globe, I didn’t have a strong urge to read so many books. However, during the lock down, I find myself so eager to finish a book in 1 day, and I did. I just finished For One More Day by Mitch Albom, and The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau in 4 days!
2. Taking Online Courses
Thanks to the rapid advancement of technology, online learning is a part of many institutions’ course offerings around the world. Offered by some of the world’s top-ranked universities, online learning offers me the added convenience of a learning experience tailored to my own schedule. This flexibility is one of the reasons why I personally prefer taking online courses over traditional learning method. And to be honest, these educational courses are quite fun! I found myself downloading Coursera, enrolled myself in courses offered by Yale, Princeton (Just to name a few), allocated my time everyday to watch lectures and read discussion forum. Undoubtedly, these courses can help cure your monotonous life!
3. Go out for a run
Being active has been shown to have many health benefits, both physically and mentally. It may even help you live longer. Sometimes, after a long day, I just feel totally burnt out by lesson and hefty workloads from my teachers. However, dragging myself out of my working station to go out to the running track and run for at least 25–30 minutes is the best thing I have ever done to restore back my energy and get ready for the next activity. Apart from supplementing me with a healthy lifestyle, running can really assist me in coping with stress from work and weariness.
4. Virtual Chat with friends and families
Even though I could not physically connect to my friends and families during this vulnerable time, I can alternatively turn to technology to stay connected. With the prevalence of technology, there is a plethora of video conferencing platforms and applications where people can download for free, the most famous one being Zoom and Google Meet. Wanting to still maintain good relationship with your friends and families during this time? Try using these recommended apps and stay connected!
5. Declutter my room
Being stuck at home gives me the necessary time and motivation to take a careful look around my belongings and messy room. I did not hesitate to organize my room as I realized this would be the most suitable time to do it. Without the corona-virus crisis, I might have never even thought of tidying up my space. I felt that I can take the time to really identify things I rarely (or not at all) use and clean up some space. Living with only the things I really need instead of pilling up items collecting dust is not such a bad idea after all.