If I had been warned six months ago that the first quarter of the year 2020 would be so tumultuous, I would never have believed it. But yes! We are in a global pandemic that has touched all human beings equally.
World leaders seem to disagree with each other, there is chaos. Extreme measures are being taken, and ordinary people are waiting to see what the next step will be.
It is worth asking then how to survive the corona quarantine? What a question! And I don't think there's a single answer, let's go a bit further.
How to Survive the Corona Quarantine
Facing this question is not an easy task since there can be as many answers as there are human beings. Each of us is unique. We were born, grown up and raised differently, which makes us particular individuals.
For some, quarantine can be a time for inner reflection while for others, it can become a real hell. Here we want to help you make these days a little more bearable with some ideas to raise your spirits.
Get Good Nutrition to Strengthen Your Immunity
Nutrition is your best medicine if you want healthy immunity to ward off germs and viruses in your environment. Eat plenty of foods that boost your immune system.
Our immune system is designed to defend us against viruses and a healthy diet, as well as taking the right supplements, will help strengthen it.
Remember that 70% of the immune system is at the gut or intestinal level. So, if you have good digestion and healthy intestines, you can reduce your chances of infection.
To do this, it will benefit you to eliminate foods that can harm you as much as possible. This would include things like processed foods. Other considerations would be gluten, which can be difficult for some people to digest, dairy products from cows and sugar.
Animal protein can be useful as it contains zinc. If you are a vegetarian, you may want to increase the supply of amino acids in your diet with vegetables to give you the necessary vitamins and minerals.
The consumption of supplements such as 1000mg of vitamin C a day, 30mg of zinc, selenium, vitamin A and D found in fish oil, will be crucial for your body to function optimally.
Through meditation, you can silence your mind and be present in the here-and-now. To meditate, you will only need a small place where you are comfortable and silent, free from all the distractions of the outside world.
Begin with conscious breathing exercises in which each inhalation and exhalation will bring you into a deeper state of relaxation. Ideally, to begin with, you should spend 10 to 15 minutes each day doing this practice.
Yoga is an ancestral practice that has innumerable health benefits and it is easily practiced at home.
Benefits of Yoga:
- Improved breathing
- Stronger immune system
- Increased flexibility
- Improved balance
- Stronger muscles and bones
- Stress and anxiety relief
- Clarifies and opens the mind
- Better sleep
- Greater peace and awareness
When you decide to incorporate Yoga into your daily life, you open yourself to receive magnificent gifts from the universe in response. One of which is learning to see life from a different perspective.
Encourage yourself to start the practice of Yoga during this quarantine and once you return to your normal routine, continue to cultivate it and spend time on it. You will see how satisfying it is to have been initiated into this ancient path.
How to Survive Loneliness
Not everyone is the same, while some of us can be a little more introspective, many individuals like to relate to others outside of their homes.
Outgoing, social people may be having a little more trouble with the quarantine. If you are one of them, I say that you don't have to worry about it. Remember that nothing is permanent, this also will pass.
Some tips that can help you are:
- Listen your your favorite album
- Play a musical instrument
- Watch your favorite TV shows
- Call your favorite friends that lift you up
- Take free online courses
- Eat your favorite snack
- Dance in the comfort of your own home
- Download the books you’ve always wanted to read
- Lay down, close your eyes and breathe
- Go for a walk and breathe in fresh air
- Prepare new recipes (now is a good time to get to know your Instant Pot 😉
- Bake a batch of cookies
- Take up knitting or embroidery
- Write a book or a poem
- Sow some seeds indoors
- Get the board games out
- Play video games
- Hug yourself and remind yourself that this will be over soon and things are going to be okay
Some extra recommendations to manage loneliness:
Cry if you want to: Sadness is an emotion like any other. You have the right to feel sad and to cry if you want to.
Talk about it, share it: You don't have to spend your hardships alone. You'll find that talking about something and letting off steam can be liberating.
Take care of your appearance and personal hygiene. Take a shower and take care of your personal body needs. Paying attention to something so basic is essential!
Establish a daily routine: This will push you to organize your day and not to abandon yourself.
Set small daily or weekly goals for yourself: This makes your head turn to these matters and makes you pay less attention to your concerns.
Cultivate Your Interests and Talents
We are all born with a talent that makes us unique. Many discover them when they are very young. Others, unfortunately, will never realize these attributes that set them apart from the rest. Take this time to cultivate your interests and talents. Difficult times typically brings out the best in people. This is a wonderful time to explore what interests you.
You Are Not In Control – You Have Never Been in Control
Remind yourself that you’re not in control of what is happening in the world. Take some time each day to calm your mind. When you love and heal yourself, you do the same for the planet.
Observe the Quarantine From Another Perspective
Throughout life, there will be several situations that will not work out the way we had planned. To humbly accept that things are sometimes out of our control, is absolutely liberating. In fact, the key to a happy, liberated life is acceptance of what is.
Take advantage of this crisis time to bring out the best in yourself. We can see quarantine as a forced confinement, but we can also observe it through love.
We can use these moments to reflect, to look back and contemplate our achievements, all that we have done over time.
Let us use this valuable free time for introspection, to observe that vast immaterial universe that invites us to reflection and awareness.
If we develop the capacity to see inside ourselves, we will be able to connect with the transcendental side of life and thus discover the greatness of our being.
Take Advantage and Do What You Always Wanted (but didn't dare)
The daily routine can be overwhelming for many people. Sometimes, at some point in our lives, we may discover that the dreams we once had, we have not been able to fulfill because of the daily commitments that consume our entire existence.
How many times have we wished we had a little more of this valuable time on our hands to put our personal projects into action? Shall I tell you something? The time has come! Take advantage and do what you have always wanted!
The moment is propitious and you are the only one who has the power to decide if you spend your quarantine watching TV series or if you dedicate those same hours to carry out that project that has been hovering inside your head for years. It's up to you!
As you may have noticed, it all depends on how you look at things. It is said that the important thing is not what happens, but what we do with what happens to us.
We can see the quarantine as something terrible, which leads us to an unsolicited confinement in which our hours become longer and longer due to boredom, or we can see it trying to take advantage of all this valuable time that finally belongs to us, to do new activities and develop those talents that we had in pause for many years. We can decide!
Zoryham Malavé is a Political Scientist with a Master's degree in Electoral Systems and courses in creative writing and SEO, which has led her to develop a critical and persuasive spirit in her writing on web-sites dedicated to healthy living, e-commerce, animals and the musical world, the last aspect of which she has highlighted as a broadcaster and producer of Rock N' Roll radio shows