Quarantine and Chill: Making the Best of Our Time During Lockdown, An Inside Look Collaboration

Social distancing. Community Quarantine. Enhanced Community Quarantine. Lockdown. These are some of the most trending words we see and hear all over social media and the news right now.

Being social creatures, not all of humanity can tolerate being away from the rest of the world and we all struggle to find ways to not feel anxious or depressed as we wait for this pandemic to take a turn for the better. Positivity, happiness and hope during this crisis is a must for us to survive.

So how does one stay sane and positive during times like these?

We used to have a newsletter team at work that we called Inside Look, and I asked some of my colleagues for a collaboration on how they make the best of their time safe at home.

Soak in the Entertainment

Whether you work from home or not, this lockdown is the time to watch those shows and movies we’ve been meaning to watch or immerse in ear-candy to drown out all the negativity of the pandemic. For readers like me, this also the time to catch up on the books in our mile high TBR ( To-be-read) pile.

I’m guilty of shutting the world out and just binge watching my Kdramas and listening to music to drown out the noise of my anxiety, my books set aside for the time being. Also my movie bingeing has led to relaxing to these OST’s. So if you are feeling restless in these times, you can fix your playlist, start a book, or binge watch.

Kitchens are Made for Bringing Families Together

Being busy with work normally means we rely on other people cooking for us. Having to work nights means we get to spend less time with our families around the kitchen table too. How many times have we relied on take out apps for our meals? Are you craving that home cooked meal you used to be able to make? When was the last time we sat down around the dinner table with family? Want to learn how to cook or bake?

I don’t read news on Facebook. I watch CNN and cook for my family, like these Brownies with roasted Almonds. My oven is getting lots of use right now.

– Lhen

Research finds that people who eat home-cooked meals on a regular basis tend to be happier and healthier. It also saves us money and gives us a reward at the end. What are you waiting for? Time to whip out the recipe’s and get cookin’!

Movin’ It!

When we have the time to watch shows, cook, and eat, it means we also need to sweat it out by doing activities that will increase dopamine levels naturally. Ever tried doing the Konmari Method of tidying up your homes? It’s a great exercise for the body and mind because it simplifies our homes and lives when we get rid of stuff that doesn’t bring us joy.

Missing those weekly Zumba classes? Sharing with you all my friends’ online Zumba class. You can follow him on Facebook or at his platform.

Disclaimer: No Rights to the Music. It’s just being used by my friend to dance for fun.

Never Stop Learning

Whether is it the culture, language, literature, tradition of a different country or those who need more than spoken words to be able to communicate, hobbies that foster creativity, or skill improvement. There are so many ways to learn different things and widen our world even if we are all stuck inside during quarantine.

Any self-confessed Kdrama addict will tell you that sometimes they no longer need to read the subtitles to understand what the actors are saying on the show. Being said Kdrama addict here are some words you might have already heard if you’ve seen any Kdrama or Kmovie.

It is also the best time to relearn those that we have forgotten. I was recently reminded of this one language that I learned when I was a teen that is still close to my heart – American Sign Language. Below are two videos you can watch if you’d like to know the basics of this language.

ASL Alphabet

To keep me sane on any given day and not just during quarantine I do Origami. Here is one of the first things I learned to make – the Orizuru or paper crane.

The orizuru (折鶴 ori- “folded,” tsuru “crane”), or paper crane, is a design that is considered to be the most classic of all Japanese origami. It is a representation of the Japanese red-crowned crane that is referred to as the “Honourable Lord Crane” in Japanese culture. The Japanese culture believed that its wings carried souls up to paradise. A thousand orizuru strung together is called senbazuru (千羽鶴), meaning “thousand cranes”. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a classic Japanese work that talks about the significance of a thousand paper cranes. It is said that if one folds a thousand cranes, one wish is granted to him/her.

– Wikipedia

Time Spent with Family is Time Well Spent

Strengthen connections, bond with family, say hi to old friends you haven’t spoken with for a long time.

– Owen

We are never truly alone when we have family and friends who surround us. Whether we are working from home or on standstill as we wait for the quarantine to end, this is the perfect time for us to make memories and reconnect with the people we love the most. So go ahead and break out the board games, have those conversations, cuddle and annoy each other. Who else is more precious than our time? It’s the people we spend it on.

Aside from our human family and friends we also have our pets that are more than just animals we keep for companionship – they are our babies that we love and who love us us back no matter what.

Making It Happen

Plenty of time to unwind, be with my loved ones, declutter, etc. I accomplished so much by staying at home, but it would be great if everything is back to normal.

– Jing

Life has always been unpredictable and we could never have guessed that we would be welcoming this 2020 with a crisis. However we deal with life’s curve balls, though, we will always have our own goals set to how we want to live everyday. Our experiences are valid and we should be proud of them, whether by accomplishing what we set out to do or not. So dance (and sing) to your heart’s content like nobody is watching…or post it on Tiktok.

These are some of the things my colleagues and I have done to cope with the situation and keep positive during this pandemic. If the only thing you did today was shower, that’s absolutely fine too. You have already accomplished something. Keeping positive is not always based on our productivity but on how we remember that our emotions are valid, setting boundaries is important (it’s ok to say no), self-care is necessary, and that we are loved.

Keep safe everyone!

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