Social distancing and quarantine might sound like the dream for many – after all, who doesn’t love to work from home in their pjs? But when the work is done, we’re here to tell you how to play this self-isolation game with our top tips for self-care to get through your days indoors.
1. LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
Have you been meaning to brush up on your Arabic skills? Or maybe you want to hone your Spanish pronunciation? How about starting from scratch and tackling a new language altogether? Self-care is all about enriching yourself with new skills and there are so many great apps and tools out there to kickstart your linguistic journey. Try Memrise, LinguaLift or Duolingo to begin.
2. WORK (OUT) FROM HOME
More than anything, it seems that a lot of the community is missing their daily gym visits. Fear not, there are plenty of digital workouts to help you stay healthy and fit from the comfort of your living room. If you’re a member of Fitness First (www.fitnessfirstme.com), you’re well taken care of with online classes, whilst ClassPass (www.classpass.com) subscribers can enjoy a number of at-home workout videos, from yoga to HIIT, abs and more. There are also some great FREE online apps such as Fitonomy (@fitonomyapp) and Hiitburn (@hiitburn).
3. BYE, BYE, BYE TO SOCIAL MEDIA
In the age of information overload and online fatigue, it is imperative that we all monitor our time on social media and in front of a screen. Set limits on how long you spend on Tik Tok (as addictive as it might be), Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram each day with the Pyxsee app or using Screen Time (on an Apple device), or make use of the Digital Wellbeing option on your Android phone.
4. GET CREATIVE
Make Pinterest your new best friend and be inspired by, literally, thousands of ideas. Creating something beautiful can be soothing for the soul. Whether it’s a mood board or knitting something special, a drawing or painting, or even writing a short story – wherever your creativity flows, let it pour out! Alternatively, create a vision board, explore new business ideas, and set new goals.
5. RECONNECT WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS
At a time when the whole world is united and going through exactly the same experience, hopping on a video or phone call with loved ones ensures that you feel less lonely but also gives you all unlimited time to catch up and share stories that you may have been wanting to talk about but haven’t had the time. Reminisce on the good times or put a plan in place for things to look forward to once it’s safe to travel again – whatever the conversation, there is no better time than now to have it!
6. PLAY ALL THE GAMES
Scrabble, Monopoly, Guess Who, the list is endless. Most board games are now available online or have been made into a FREE app. Live alone? Not a problem. A number of board games can be played with friends and family online. Plus, there’s plenty of other games such as Convo and Chill or Heads Up and even Charades which can be enjoyed with others over video call. The options are infinite!
We don’t often get time to press pause on our lives. Let us use this opportunity to find a quiet spot, take a very deep breath and start to relax. Prayer and/or meditation is a great way to balance your chakra and soothe the mind at this uncertain time. Seeking clarity and reflection will help you to appreciate and be grateful for all the small things in life.
8. UNLEASH YOUR INNER MASTERCHEF
Dust off your recipe books or google your favourite cooking sites and take joy in creating a delicious meal. Watch junior Masterchef with your kids for inspiration and then head off to the kitchen. Or bake that cake you’ve wanted to do try for a while, prepare a fresh, vibrant salad to accompany your meal or go all out and prepare an entire dinner from scratch. Whatever you choose, now is the ideal time to put your culinary flair to the test.
9. LET YOUR IMAGINATION RUN WILD
Start a good book and be transported to another world. Don’t have any good books at home? Don’t fret and download the Kindle app, or Audible which has a FREE trial, or BookHub which has FREE PDFs of the latest books. On Audible, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. And reading is not just an activity for young ones, grown-ups can curl up with their perfect read and take some time out as well.
There are so many things to be grateful for during these times. Writing down your thoughts, feelings and emotions is a good way to make sense of the world as it is right now. Plus, what a time to document and live through – looking back, your journal will make for a reminder of gratitude but also a way to tell the story of social distancing from 2020, in the future!
11. BINGE TO YOUR HEART’S CONTENT
Need we say more? Remember all those series you’ve added to your watch list on Netflix and Hulu, or even Disney+, now’s the time to get comfy and get acquainted with some new story lines and new favourite characters. Feel-good series and films, shocking documentaries and acclaimed dramas are all available to watch in abundance; some of our recent favourites include The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine Nine and the very heart-warming Anne With an E. To top that off, Netflix Party (www.netflixparty.com) is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronises video playback and adds a group chat to your favourite Netflix shows. Link up with friends and host long distance movie nights and pyjama parties!
12. QUARANTINE AND CLEAN
Usually, time is of the essence with busy schedules and it may have been a bit difficult to get the house squeaky clean. But now, with extra downtime, you can squeeze in a cleaning supply run and put forth the energy to wipe everything down. Follow that up with decluttering your wardrobe or putting some unwanted items up on Dubizzle! Nothing like a little bit of organisation.