Have you ever found that when you’re busy, you could think of a hundred other things you could be doing, but somehow when you’ve finally got free time, you don’t seem to know what to do anymore.
Free time is something I had plenty of during my 3 years of college since attendance wasn’t mandatory so I’ve gotten good at keeping myself occupied over the years.
In this blog post I’d like to share with you 6 ways to stay sane and spend your time meaningfully during the Corona Virus Quarantine.
Grab a Book
When was the last time you lost yourself in a good book?
Many of us may find it hard to read during our daily life due to time constraints, but if there’s one thing a corona lockdown brings with it, it’s lots of time for ourselves.
You could pick up a book lying around your house or download PDFs of lots of amazing books completely free on the net.
In a world of Netflix and Amazon Prime, reading books may not be the most fashionable thing to do, but it’s one that has tremendous benefits and even the potential to change lives as many billionaires will tell you.
Burying yourself in a book will also be a great way to escape the doom and gloom that has been surrounding us over the past few weeks and months.
Here are the links to a few sites that let you download books for free.
Numerous studies have shown sitting down or lying down for long periods can have negative consequences on our health. Moreover doing so can leave you feeling weak and restless during the day.
While it may not be possible for many of us to go outside, you can get in some exercise early in the morning at home, which could make you feel better through the day.
Exercise is great for your immune system and releases feel good chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, norepinephrine, all of which help to boost your mood.
As a meme that has been making rounds on social media suggests - when you can’t go outside, go inside. Thousands of studies have shown that meditation can have more than hundreds of benefits to our body and mind.
And like exercise it can do wonders, for the functioning of our immune system. If you are new to meditation, here is a 5 minute guided meditation to get you started.
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Social distancing may be the need of the hour, however, that doesn’t mean you need to cut off connecting with others. You can use this time as an opportunity to call up some old friends and see how they are doing.
Limit your consumption of News & Social Media
If you are feeling stressed, anxious or restless, there’s a good chance that spending time with the news and social media is not going to make you feel better.
On the contrary, exposing yourself to them can make you feel negative, fearful and powerless, certainly not the best thing to do if you want your immune system to be operating at its best.
And therefore during this period, it would be wise to limit your consumption of both as much as possible.
While it can be tempting to get sucked in and binge on the news, resist the urge and make your mental health a priority.
The TED Channel on Youtube contains more than 3,000+ fascinating, insightful talks by people around the world from diverse fields.
There’s something it in for everybody, irrespective of what you are interested in. Moreover there’s tons of inspiring and life changing information out there that’s completely free.
Here’s the link to a couple of TED Talks that I watched yesterday and found to be interesting.
It is during times like these when we contemplate the mortality of our existence that we begin to realise what a gift it is to be alive.
Instead of focusing on the doom and gloom on the outside, I’d invite you to take this as an opportunity to focus on what you are thankful for in your life.
What are your suggestions for spending time meaningfully during this period? I’d like to hear from you in the comments below.
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