Welcome back my gorgeous couch potatoes… Hope everyone’s having an okay day. Without further ado, let’s get right into this one.
It’s no secret that the year 2020 outdid itself by doing its very best to suck so much and while opinions may differ as to the degree of crap this year pulled out of its ass, the world can agree on the Coronavirus/Covid-19/Ms. Rona pandemic being the icing on this twelve layered cake of torture.
Everything and anything that could be closed was closed. A bigger emphasis was placed on cleanliness. And a handshake, a simple act of greeting quickly morphed into an act akin to murder. But I digress…
Naturally, the whole world was thrown off balance and struggled for a while to cope with our new reality…the reality that everything had changed and that things may probably not go back to normal.
As a student, I had to leave school and stay at home as per the regulations given by the Government. And at first, I was happy to get a break from school but after a while(say a week or two of staying at home), I soon discovered that I was not equipped to handle staying at home. Nobody could handle being forced to stay in their closed quarters for more than a day, interacting with the same people and falling into a routine that quickly becomes tiring.
But fret not my disciples, the Potato fairy has risen from her domain(the couch) to give you some tips on how to survive this pandemic and everything else that follows.
First things first:
Practice social distancing. Only venture outside if necessary. Wash your hands frequently with soap for about 20 seconds or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Wipe down your surfaces, door knobs, etc. regularly with bleach. Wear a face mask at all times. If you ever feel the need to sneeze or cough, do so in your elbow or in a tissue which should be disposed of immediately. Avoid handshakes altogether…instead, you can bump elbows, say a simple ‘hi’ or carry a placard around with the words ‘No Handshakes allowed’ emblazoned on it. No one will judge you😏.
And finally, take lots of fluids, rest and eat right. Your body is a temple🧘♀️
Use this free time at home to develop and perfect some of your hobbies. If recent events have taught me anything, it is the importance of having something productive to do. There is a great satisfaction that comes with doing something you love and perfecting said something as you progress.
With that in mind, dont hesitate to let your creative juices flow by picking up a skill that complements your energy.
You can try writing, blogging, needlework, jewelry making, drawing/painting, photography, etc. There are tons of places to learn online for free. YouTube is a great example.
Why stop there? There are a million and one skills in the world for you to try out and enjoy, so go for it!
And for every little achievement you make, no matter how little, give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it.
Now, I’m not judging anyone for their lockdown bod (I’m a potato, remember?), just dropping some friendly advice.
And before anyone asks, I’m not telling you to start lifting weights or running a marathon. No.
Just stating that doing simple exercises like jogging, sit-ups, pushups, etc. can be really beneficial to your body. Aside from helping with weight loss, there are a ton of other benefits to earn from exercising like reducing the risk of chronic diseases, improving health and mood, helping with relaxation and sleep quality and so much more.
But please, remember to take it easy and go slow.
Yes, yes. This is a topic of it’s own. While the overall benefit of cleaning your environment is the distinct lack of unwanted visitors(germs or otherwise), there are other things to gain from cleaning like the fact that it is incredibly therapeutic. Nothing slaps harder than doing a little spring cleaning, keeping yourself busy and at the end of the day having a spotless environment. It can be washing the dishes/laundry or maintenance on appliances that need your attention. Either way, you’d find yourself happier and less stressed out at the end of the day.
Please ignore that little voice in your head that tells you to treat yourself, encouraging you to splurge on meaningless junk until you’re deep in the red zone. Treat yourself for sure but dont be afraid to save money for a rainy day. Set a goal and strive to reach it. You’ll be glad you did.
SPEND TIME WITH YOUR LOVED ONES
I am particularly guilty of this and I am ashamed to say so😅. At times like this, shutting ourselves off from the world will do more harm than good. We should understand that everyone is going through something right now and we need our family and friends by our sides even more.
We shouldn’t hesitate to reach out and ask how our loved ones are doing. Who knows? You may be the rainbow to someone’s rainy day.
TAKE SOME TIME AWAY
Contradicting myself a bit, I know but stick with me here. As much as it’s important to connect with the people we love, it is easy to get overwhelmed sometimes and want some time alone to recharge. That’s okay. With the way the world is going, it is doubly okay to feel overwhelmed and want a break from everyone. Hell, it’s okay to want to curl up in a ball and cry.
Just be sure to take time for yourself and focus on what you need. On what makes you happy. On what makes you relax. On what you can control.
Well, that is all my gorgeous couch potatoes. Until next time, stay safe😘