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7 tips to be busy and healthy during a quarantine

Julia Trindade

We know that staying home for long periods of time can be frustrating and emotionally challenging. With many schools and universities closed, cancelled events and people working remotely, staying in due to the COVID-19 outbreak has become a reality for many.
But don’t worry, we got you! To keep you busy, healthy –and anxiety-free– during quarantine, we gathered 8 useful tips on how to make the most out of your staying home time.

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Indulge in self-care rituals: 

Forget about self-care day! Now it’s officially self-care season, and you don’t have to wait until Sunday to treat yourself. This is the perfect time to do those little things that make you feel good. You can either drink a warm cup of tea, try that new face mask you’ve been wanting to, light up some scented candles or take a bubble bath. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and anxious, get out of social media for a while and try to breathe or meditate. You can even try to do a yoga workout in your living room! Oh, and we know that a lot of you are working from home, so make your new workspace comfy, so you can be organized and productive.

Take care of your loved ones and those who need it:

It’s a fact known that the elderly and people who have chronic medical conditions are more vulnerable. So, if you’re not sick, don’t forget to look out for those who might need you. If you’re still leaving the house, maybe you can go grocery shopping for your neighbours and make sure they’re ok. But if you can’t get out of your house, you can FaceTime with your grandparents and check if they’re doing alright. Those small gestures can really make a difference!

Organize your pics:

Since we’re talking about travel pictures, here’s an idea: how about organizing yours? And we bet you have thousands of photos on your phone that you have to organize….right? So now it’s time to put them on an external drive– or maybe finally figuring out how the iCloud works! You can even check some DIY videos to learn creative ways to display your vacation pictures. The options are infinite: you can make a travel journal, an album or a hanger for your bedroom. The sky is the limit!

Organize your life:

Now that you have your pictures organized, it’s time to do the same with your life! First: why not declutter your bedroom to make it comfy and clean for the next days? Also, why not take some time to organize your personal finances and set a budget for the rest of the year? You can also update your Linkedin profile, plan your weekly tasks and take online courses. After all, knowledge is never too much!  

Travel the world…through movies, songs and pictures:

We’re very aware that, with the current situation, travelling is not safe. But dreaming it is! To keep your wanderlust spirit alive for when things get better —and they hopefully will–, you can take time to watch inspiring movies related to travel; listen to your favourite road trip playlist on Spotify, or even take a look at those old travel pictures on your phone. These little things will surely cheer you up and teleport you to wherever you want!

Play Masterchef and learn new healthy recipes:

Since you’re probably not going to the groceries stores that often, check the fridge to see which items you have, google the ingredients and find out what you can cook with them. It’s time to get creative! For foodies and travellers: we know you won’t be able to go to your favourite regional restaurant, but you can still try to cook the dishes yourself! There are many Youtube cooking videos that will help you achieve your culinary goals. Ps: don’t forget to eat your fruits and veggies! 

Practice your language skills:

If you’re binge-watching your favourite tv shows on Netflix, why not switch it to that language you’ve been wanting to learn? This is a great way to practice. Plus: it’s fun! You can also download apps such as Babbel and Duolingo, or put some effort into reading a book in a different language.

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