As of late, there are 83, deaths, 5,558 recoveries, and 6,713 confirmed cases related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia. Worldwide, the death toll has reached 206,000 with 863,000 recoveries and 2.97 million confirmed cases.

Thus, self-quarantine is highly encouraged in our shores right now; people need to stay inside to save lives.

However, being cooped up at home for an extended period of time can have a serious impact on our mental faculties.

So, what else can you do to protect yourself from the stresses of staying in one place for longer than you can expect? How can we get our minds off all this chaos? You can begin by putting that tinny down for the moment and read our helpful tips.

1. Stay Active

A healthy mind begins with a healthy body. As tempting as it may sound, you need to lay off those chips and just eat wholesome grub that’s lower on the fat and calories. Complement those healthy meals with sound exercise so you’ll remain in tip-top, active shape.

Yes, that’s right. You do have to exercise. While a good lot of us don’t have fancy gyms at home, you’ll get by with the basics like running in place, push-ups, crunches, sit-ups, and the like. If you want more than these routines, you can check out YouTube for ideas.

If you stay active, then you’ll remain fit. If you’re fit, then you’ll have less stuff to worry about during this period.

2. Build up Connections

Now is the time to really strengthen connections with family and mates scattered all over Oz. Thankfully, advanced technology makes communication easier for all of us these days.

Applications like Zoom, Skype, and Facebook Messenger allows us to keep in touch with our fams and mates long-distance without fees.

You can also keep in touch regularly through phone calls, texts, or email. If you’re the old-fashioned type, why not hone your letter-writing ways today?

3. Unleash Your Creativity

Maybe you want to be a writer instead of an accountant, or maybe you have been investing all of your time at work, you’ve put your favourite hobbies at the backburner, but the quarantine period is a great time to go back to your much-loved leisure activities.

Being productive is not only a great means to retain or improve your mental health. It is also an excellent way to test the limits of your imagination. Write a story, a song or a poem.

Begin drawing or painting once more. Dance, make jewellery, sing songs, whatever floats your creative boat.

You can also try a new skill or creative outlet. There are plenty of things you can do that are related to your interests.

We all know isolation is not included in everybody’s plans. We have work to finish and dreams to accomplish, but we have to put those activities on hold for the time being, for our safety, for everybody’s safety.

We have to do what it takes to prevent the astounding spread of the virus, and this we can do by staying at home.

Emma Pyke
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