How to make the most of quarantine.

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Hello, readers. I know what you’re thinking. Where the hell has this new article popped up from? Why am I here? I know I was like on an extremely long break from this blog but isn’t this a great opportunity to pick back up your interests and passions which you won’t because you are too “busy” to give attention to them. On the day of writing this, it’s my 24th day of quarantine here in Spain, the numbers of cases are, approximately 117,000 and it takes a strong mind to stay calm when you’re in the epicenter of a fucking pandemic away from your family.

But this quarantine should not stop you from doing things which you want to do. We are in a phase that would be talked about. Books will be written, movies will be made, but that’s the future. We don’t know what will happen. All we can do is focus on the present and where we are right now.

Normally, we repent the holidays we didn’t enjoy or we wait hopelessly for the next ones to arrive, never living in the present. Now that time is here, we are waiting for it to end. I mean yes, this should end as soon as possible, but let’s try to shift our focus a little so we can hate ourselves a little less when this ends and think “damn, I could have done a lot in those days” while you’d be in the cab and heading off to work because it is bloody Monday again.

Instead of thinking when will this end and while reading this, you finish your 3rd round of nachos, binge-watching the reruns of FRIENDS and getting excited about the oh-so-good Money Heist, you can try to dust off the remains of those nachos off your laps and get your ass into something that you wanted to do. Are you with me? Let’s dive in then.

There are many things that you can do right now, instead of being a miserable cow,

  1. Get creative! Draw, paint, sketch, make music, play that instrument, make that comic, start that YouTube channel.
  2. Get that body into shape. Start working out and make a routine with a good diet because you won’t be getting those pizzas and burgers, for now, good for us.
  3. Learn to cook. I didn’t know much about cooking back in India, but I’ve learned a lot of new recipes here and it’s a great survival tool that will help you all your life no matter where you are.
  4. Read. You can start with all the great books out there. I like to read nonfiction thrillers, self-help books, so I’m reading The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts and The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and EB White is in the queue.
  5. Meditate. While it is easy to get sad and hopeless with all the information available about the number of infected people, the number of deaths, it’s crucial to set aside 15 minutes of your day to calm your mind and focus on something other than the virus.

You can do a lot that’d make you feel less awful in person and you’ll come out of this quarantine stronger and more confident.

I will write this blog weekly now and will make sure you get your dose of positivity from my side because that’s what we can do we can help each other raise our spirits.

Please share it with your friends and subscribe. Until then, stay inside, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, take care of your loved ones. Also, let me know in the comments below how you get through the day? I’d love to hear it.

Picture credit – https://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/how-to-survive-a-brand-quarantine-during-coronavirus/

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