With the recent increase in the number of COVID 19 cases in the country, a full lockdown similar to the one in 2020 is an impending reality. Despite knowing the risks of stepping out of the house, most of us feel stifled inside our homes, and tired of binge-watching TV shows and movies. Boredom and inactivity can affect your mental health as well. While we drown in the latest news about different COVID statistics, it’s important to make sure we don’t fall a victim to the general mood of gloom and negativity. To maximize your productivity during this lockdown, make sure you incorporate the following activities into your routine.
Getting off your bed and changing into gym shorts to do a home workout might not sound appealing to you, but it is a must if you want to stay fit and healthy. Depending on whether you live in a standard 2 BHK in Goa, or a bungalow in Delhi, you can browse through a variety of home workouts on different YouTube channels and choose what best fits your environment and your fitness goals. Setting small accomplishable goals can not only improve your health but can also give you the motivation to push yourself professionally as well. If you can manage to work out regularly, you can even upgrade to a different workout and set new goals.
Learn a new skill
With all the extra time on our hands, some people are going back to old passions and hobbies. However, it would be more productive to learn a new skill such as a new language, cooking different cuisines, home repairs, sewing, and mending work, or investing in your career like completing a certification online or something simpler like improving your soft skills or learning to make better PowerPoint presentations. You could even take up a self-help challenge and try to read a new book every week, listen to podcasts about financial planning, and educate yourself about social causes you believe in.
A lot of online NGOs and aid organizations are looking for volunteers to help them verify sources for medical supplies, making it easier to help those really in need. If you feel up to the task, consider contributing some hours of your day to fighting the pandemic and maybe, just maybe, you could save a life. If you feel like you cannot handle the stress of handling COVID related activity, you can consider volunteering for activities like organizing fundraisers, writing blogs, or content creation for an NGO.
Take a break
With all the stress related to the ongoing crisis, it is important to take time out to relax and make sure that you are enjoying the good things that you do have in life. Whether you live in a seaside home in Goa, or an apartment in Mumbai, or a joint family in your ancestral home, take time to remember how privileged you are and try to count your blessings and enjoy the little things in life. Make sure to take the time to meditate and focus on the positives of the situation.