Currently, a pandemic is sweeping the world, taking the lives of many innocent people. This virus which now has gotten the name COVID-19 first was detected in China back in December of 2019. The pandemic's global death toll has almost reached over 6,000, while the global number of cases has surpassed 160,000.
Medical professionals are trying hard to find any way of stopping or at least slowing down the spread. But it has been really difficult due to the virus being really similar to the flu. So there aren't symptoms that are specific only for the virus.
But the common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, and shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. But according to the latest information, the majority of deaths from this virus have been among people in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
Here are 5 ways to make self-isolation at home easier:
- Watch the latest TV shows
- Learn a new skill through online courses
- Read a book
- Exercise with online tutorials
What is COVID-19 self-isolation?
Self-Isolation means separating yourself from other people so that you can get better without infecting anyone else. (Experts also recommend self-isolation or quarantine for those who have contacted a health professional and show symptoms of the disease- dry cough, trouble breathing, etc.
You should not share drinking glasses, cups, towels, pillows or other items in your home. And don't forget to wash the used items thoroughly with soap and hot water. You also should also limit your contact with everyone as much as possible. Self-Isolation was also one of the ways the 2003 SARS outbreak was contained. The isolation was recommended to last at least 14 days.
What can you do while home in self-isolation?
We know it can become boring and challenging to stay at home for 14 days, not being able to go outside your home. Or not being able to your daily routine. But you have to remember that that is for everyone's safety. And that during this time you can start doing something that you didn't have time to do before. So, let us give you a few ideas on what to do to make these 14 days easier.
Watch the latest movies and TV shows
During this period of time, the cinemas are all closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, so Netflix is probably the most streaming service. So this can be the perfect time for you to start watching the latest movies and TV shows or watch again your favourite ones that you didn't have time watching a couple of weeks ago.
So, you can watch any movie in the comfort of your own home. We can also give you some recommendations for you on different genres, for example, Mulan( Drama/Fantasy), The Hunt(Thriller/Horror), Impractical Jokers: The Movie(Reality/Comedy), The Photograph(Drama/Romance), Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey(Crime/Action), etc.
Learn a new skill/program through an online course
You can also start learning a new skill online; for example, you can go to “Coursera” one of the most used online education sites with 47 million users. This site offers massive open online courses, specializations, and degrees.
Coursera works with universities but also other organizations to offer online courses, specializations, and degrees in the diversification of subjects, such as engineering, data science, machine learning, mathematics, business, computer science, digital marketing, medicine, biology, social sciences, etc. This site is also really popular due to the many languages available: English, Hindi, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Hebrew, German, Italian.
Read a book
It would also be good to also start reading a book. That way, your eyes can also rest, from all the technology that you use every day. And if you are the type of person having trouble staying focused, you are lucky. Reading can improve your attention span.
Your brain on books is active – growing, changing and making new connections and different patterns, depending on the material type you're reading. It encourages us to think in sequence – that the more we read, the more our brains are able to link cause and effect. And we are sure that when you start reading books, you will become addicted.
Exercise with online tutorials
You can also continue working out through online tutorials if you are the type of person to go to the gym a few times a week. Even if you aren't the type of person to work out, it would be better if you started because exercising not only helps you get strong physically but also mentally.
And one of the most powerful tools to prevent you from getting sick is exercise. Because exercise helps to balance stress hormones, such as cortisol. So let us recommend a few apps for exercising: Fiit, GymCube FitFusion, Doyouyoga, Barrecore, PIIT, Fitness Blender, Jessica Smith TV, etc.
Exercising with online tutorials is definitely one of my favorite of the “5 ways to make self-isolation at home easier” list.
Meditate/do some yoga
Meditating or doing yoga is also a good thing to do during these 14 days. Yoga produces a union of body, mind, and energy to bring about a state of equanimity (calmness). So by doing yoga, you will have better physical health, mental control, and, ultimately, self-realization, maintaining a balanced metabolism.
Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique to achieve desired spiritual state. For example, focusing your mind on a particular object thought, or activity to train attention, awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. And they both can help with anxiety, depression, stress and many more. So, mediation and yoga can be good in many fields.
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