Enjoying Your ‘Confinement’: Beneficial Ways to Spend Your Self-Quarantine Period
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have been asked to self-quarantine or have had our movements curtailed by restriction orders or lockdown. This means that everyone is spending more time indoors, including working from home. Everyone has been advised to practice social distancing.
This situation is pretty similar to what a postnatal mother goes through during confinement, even in a confinement center. However, this unique ‘confinement’ season involves everyone. Whichever form of ‘confinement’ you’re going through, here are some ways to spend it wisely:
- Read a virtual book
You don’t have to worry about not having enough books at home. You can always borrow a virtual book. Most local libraries now have a virtual collection, where you can register, sign in and borrow a book for one to two weeks. In Malaysia, the National Library has a collection of over 10,000 virtual books from various genres, including audiobooks as well.
- Have a relaxing yoga session
Yoga is one exercise that you can do at home. Turn on a simple yoga routine video on Youtube and follow the steps in your living room. Yoga isn’t physically demanding, and it’s perfect for burning those calories in a non-strenuous manner. Yoga is a great cardio workout and improves metabolism, blood circulation, and muscle strength. It’s also able to help you sleep better if you’re having trouble there.
- Try new recipes
This is your chance to get cooking! Remember that recipe you saw online a couple of months back and wanted to try but you just didn’t have the time? Now you can spend the better part of the day in the kitchen and give it a go. Remember to keep your recipes healthy by incorporating lots of vegetables and grains, as well as maintaining a balanced diet by following the food pyramid.
If you’ve been seeing all these viral Dalgona coffee recipes and want to try it out, why not try a caffeine-free version featuring Milo or Matcha green tea? Here’s a simple recipe featuring these versions.
- Time for some home improvement
Whether it’s a leaky pipe or wanting to repaint a peeling wall, you now have the time to attend to it. If there’s nothing that needs fixing, you may just want to tidy up or reorganize your belongings to create more space in your storage area. Clearing up the clutter will make your home feel more spacious, and studies have shown that it improves your mood too. There’s no better way to get started than getting some tips from the queen of tidying up herself, Marie Kondo.
- Time to get artsy
It’s time to explore your artsy side by getting crafty while indoors. Creativity is therapeutic, especially if you’re stuck indoors. It helps you relax and keeps your mind active, as well as providing a healthy distraction from the negative headlines. You can get cracking with some DIY home decorating craft projects, like these.
Whether it’s poetry, painting, sewing, writing or crafting, it’s always a good time to start an art project. If you have children, get them involved too, as it’s the perfect opportunity to bond.
Being in ‘confinement’ is only boring if you believe it to be. As long as you stay positive and believe it will end soon, you’ll be able to make the best of the situation. The important thing is to get your mind in the right place and remember that there are many people who love and care about you, and you’ll be able to meet them again soon.