If your holiday has been cancelled due to the Novel Coronavirus or you have to go into 14-day self-isolation or quarantine to protect yourself and others, Taing Rinith suggests some ways to make the time fly – and stay sane!
Manage your mental heath
Taking care of your physical wellbeing is very important amid the global virus outbreak, but it is vital to ensure that your mental health is in top condition, too.
Dr Ka Sunbaunat, a prominent Cambodian psychiatrist, says the first step is stopping yourself from worrying too much.
“Panic only leads to something worse,” he says. “It is vital to carefully choose your news and media sources, particularly if some of the information you are receiving is making you feel overwhelmed.”
Limiting your social media usage is recommended, but we advise you to stay connected with your friends and family to share how you feel and support one another. Meanwhile, keeping yourself active and sticking to usual routines wherever possible – including mealtimes, exercise, bed time and so on – can improve general wellbeing and help distract from distressing feelings.
Watch cheerful films and TV shows
Self-isolation means that you will probably have a lot more time on your hands than you usually do, so why not take the opportunity to do some guilt-free viewing of those movies and TV shows that have been on your list forever? Affordable streaming services such as Netflix offer every genre under the sun, but now is possibly not the ideal time to watch post-apocalyptical or survival-type shows. Raise your spirits by watching comedies and feel-good series. Classic classroom sitcom Mind Your Language! and highlights from Family Guy can be watched for free on YouTube.
Learn or create new things
In 1665, following an outbreak of the bubonic plague in England, Cambridge University closed its doors, forcing one Isaac Newton to return home to Woolsthorpe Manor. While sitting in the garden there one day, he saw an apple fall from a tree, sparking the genesis of his game-changing Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation.
Of course, these ‘eureka!’ moments are rare, but why not be inspired to better yourself by getting stuck into e-books, watching YouTube videos or downloading a self-teaching app on your smartphone? The key is to think of what is useful for your job when you return to work or exploring an area you’ve always been interested in.
Get your ‘om’ on
Meditation allows you to find peace in your mind by reducing stress, increasing calmness and clarity and promoting happiness. It could help you a lot during this challenging time. Even just a few minutes a day can make a big difference.
Videos and apps that show you the basics of meditation can be found easily, and often for free, online and on smartphone platforms. However, if you don’t have access to them, try following the steps of the most basic form: sit or lie comfortably, close your eyes, breathe naturally without effort and focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. If your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath. It’s that simple!
Enjoy some quality family time
In the busy-ness of everyday life, you’ve probably always longed to have the luxury of more time to spend with your loved ones. Well, here it is. Why not play games together, cook, and just enjoy hanging out together in general? Whatever shape your own ‘family’ takes – blood relatives or closest friends – support from your loved ones is more important than ever in this moment.
Do absolutely nothing…
OK, we don’t advocate doing this for the entire two weeks, but if you have the urge to laze around occasionally or take mid-day naps, you have the luxury of plenty of time on your side. Why not take advantage of it instead of worrying about things you can’t change in the outside world?