India is completely lock down for 21 days from midnight on Tuesday, 25th March. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it is a necessary step to tackle the infectious disease coronavirus. It has affected more than 600 people in the country. Being quarantined means staying in your home and not meeting or contacting anyone. According to experts, being isolated for some time is the best solution to the coronavirus epidemic. The government is taking measures not to create panic situations but to make people comply with the things that will prevent the coronavirus from spreading more than before. For many people, self-isolation can be a major challenge, especially for those who spend 80% of their time outside the home. They may feel anxious but it is important to see the bright side.
Here are 21 things you can do to keep these 21 days productive and sluggish:
1. Do Meditation:
Meditation is very good for both the body and brain. It will not take much of your time but its benefits will stay with you for a long time. Start with one minute and continue for five or ten minutes.
2. Try Your Hobbies:
Now that you have enough time, you can remember your hobby again. This will not only make you happy but also have a great time pass. Now you can sing, dance, listen to music etc . Or now you can read your favorite book that you wanted to start when your office was on.
3. Watch Binge:
This is the best time to bi-watch all your favorite shows and movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar etc. It is good to take a mental break from all the news about the coronavirus pandemic. Some may call it escapism, but shutting down can be good for your mental health.
This is the perfect opportunity to get yourself in the best shape. Endorphins flow from doing workouts and, as a result, you feel happier. And if you feel that doing a workout without a gym is not the right choice, then hold on – your favorite Bollywood celebrities are working as hard at home as they used to in the gym.
5. Spend Time with your Loved Once:
This is probably the right time when you can have family time. Even if you have to work from home, it is better to think about the background sounds of your loved ones, which can give an idea of how everyone is fighting the epidemic.
6. Clean Your Home:
Some blind spots – such as behind the TV, in the nook windows or in the corners of the roof, are let out during regular cleaning. But not anymore. To prevent any dust allergies or diseases, use your free time to clean them and keep them clean.
7. Take Care of Your Skin:
No more harmful rays of the sun, no more polluting pimples and dry skin due to change of weather because you don’t have to go outside anymore. You can spend your free time by following a skincare regime that you were thinking of starting for a long time.
Some seeds of the vegetables and fruits you stock can be used to make a thriving garden. Space or no space, you can have tomatoes, onions, carrots, cucumber, chilli plants in small containers. At the end of these three weeks, you can have a nice mini-garden in your house.
9. Rags to Riches:
Have you collected old clothes because they are so special? Well, when you are sitting at home during coronavirus lockdown, turn them into something you will use. Protect your emotions by using old clothes.
10. Arrange your Wardrobe:
Never got time to go through those things that you will not use them? Arrange the belongings during these 21 days! There is nothing that “fun spark” is not found in the empty boxes. After the lockdown is over, donate these old clothes, accessories, toys, books, shoes, etc. to those who need and appreciate them.
11. Try New Recipes:
Keep the ingredients to a minimum so that you don’t have to run to the grocery store soon. But if you haven’t cooked for a long time, now you have a chance to wear that chef’s hat and prepare a meal for your family. At the same time, try new hot and cold drinks as drinks purchased from your market will now be limited.
12. Get an Idea for the Birds:
Summer is very high and birds may be looking for more food and water than usual. Make bird feeders or simply place bowls of water and bird feed (ripe fruits, grains, etc.) on your terrace or balcony. That’s all you have to do but the result is very rewarding.
13. Eat Healthy Food:
A strong immunity goes a long way when it comes to fighting infectious diseases like coronavirus. So, do exercise and include immune boosting foods that are capable of fighting the epidemic.
14. Take Rest:
You do not have to start planning for the coming days. Let your thoughts calm themselves down. Listen to some quiet music, read a book or something that helps you relax.
15. Stay Alert during COVID-19 Lockdown:
Stay up to date with news and precautionary guidelines set by the World Health Organization and the government. However, excessive media intake can overwhelm you. so be careful. Think about what you can do right now to prevent this disease, instead of thinking the worst of the future.
16. Talk to someone:
Tell your stressful thoughts to someone you trust. What if you can’t meet a person, you can make a phone or video call to talk to them about the stress you are experiencing.
17. Play Traditional Games:
Bring out those old board and card games like Ludo, Carrom, Cards etc, you once spent hours together. Relive those childhood memories by playing regularly with your family members or flatmates. This will help you more if you limit your screen time to x hours per day.
18. Be Productive:
It can be difficult for some people. Nevertheless, you should think positively and incorporate your energy into some productive activities. Join an online course, read a book, learn something new, start a blog – do something you find interesting.
19. Home Decoration from Old Things:
Make candles, decorate walls with photo frames, make mats from old clothes, convert cardboard into bookshelves, revive furniture, the opportunities are endless. Give your home a makeover with decorations that you made yourself. All those DIY videos you’ve saved in your lists but never used? Now is the time.
20. Allocation of Resources during COVID-19:
An epidemic has occurred which can lead to continuous demand on various commodities. Make sure you are allocating your resources efficiently, rather than wasting them. Do not waste food, water, ask your doctor to prescribe medicines for an extended period and be smart with your choice.