New Delhi: Quarantining yourself at home means staying at home and avoiding contact with others if you have developed, or been exposed to, an infectious disease, until the infectious period of the illness is over, or until you know that you have not contracted an illness to which you have been exposed. Quarantine helps to slow the spread of infection across a population.
This free time presents us with opportunities to do things which we’ve always wanted to do or like to do more of depending on our individual circumstances. I think it makes sense for us to be productive with this time and do things that are meaningful to us.
You’re at home, or in quarantine, and need to keep yourself active and productive, then you can follow these advises:
1. Complete a daily puzzle
It is a great way to get the mind working first. Like reading books, solving puzzles offer a range of benefits: Improved memory, better problem-solving skills and increased IQ are just some of them. This sort of brain training can take many forms, such as jigsaws, Sudoku puzzles or crosswords which can be found/purchased easily and cheaply. You can also visit the App Store/Play Store on your mobile and access a range of games that stimulate the mind. Set 30 minutes to try a puzzle each day. You don’t even need to complete them, just setting a designated time and then aiming to complete the puzzle in the allocated time is enough.
2. Keep in touch with family, friends and past colleagues
We’re isolated from the people we usually spend time with but we can be connected with them via more means more than ever before. Make time to catch-up and have a virtual drink with your friends and family. Use the time to speak to relatives that you might not have spoken to in a while – may be look to find out via those family members about great-great-grandparents who lived through wars as well as pandemics.
I also feel that reconnecting with past colleagues is a great idea. You would have spent a lot of time with these people in previous roles and might have grown apart as you move on in your career. But make that effort to find those who you’d love to catch up with - they’re in the same position as you so a virtual chilling is likely an appealing idea for both.
3. Listen and sing music
When working from home or in quarantine, you don’t have this restriction and can listen to anything you want. Why not spend time working through music albums, listening to new and potentially undiscovered music?
While we are in home isolation, my family members make each other happy and start Singing song from their respective room. It used to make me happy and motivated. It is fun to sing songs with you family too.
4. Catch up on your sleep
Those early mornings and late nights that make up our usual routines sometimes take their toll on us. During this period of our own increased downtime, be sure to sleep enough. Undertaking some of the activities on this list will help you sleep naturally, but ensure that you are going to bed at a reasonable time (and not binge-watching on Netflix). This is the time to ensure you are getting 8 hours of sleep per night and you’ll feel invigorated because of it.
It’s important to be mindful of your surroundings as well as your well-being whilst in quarantine, and meditation might help you get a bit of peace of mind in times of uncertainty. Find a quiet space, light some candles and clear your mind with some therapeutic meditation music.
Don’t stop there…
This post features a list of productive things to do whilst being stuck at home and in quarantine for anyone in any industry. Get started with some of these activities right away. Keep yourself safe and happy.