Coronavirus: Things to do during social isolation

Coronavirus: Things to do during social isolation

We’re all in uncharted territory here with everything that has been going on with the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s scary and stressful but as we stay home and stay safe, here are a few things we can all do to make this experience a bit more fun and purposeful.

1. Start ticking things off your wish-list:

Catch up on all the shows you’ve been meaning to watch and read all the books on your to be read pile. If you’re not much of a reader, you can also use this time to encourage yourself to read more, whether it’s novels, journals, blogs or magazines. Now is a great time for these activities. Also, Netflix now has an option to host a Netflix party so you and your friends can enjoy movie night together. 

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2. Spread positivity:

Everyone is freaking out and the uncertainty of what is to come is definitely taking its toll on the majority of us. That’s why it is so important for us to put out positive and uplifting messages. We must remain well-informed, but it is also essential to take a break from all the negativity in the news so fill your social media with good vibes only. Try posting interactive content as well, where your friends and family can also chip in and enjoy, such as entertaining questions and answers sessions or a fun challenge for the day.

3. Organize:

Spend your free time reorganizing and decluttering. We all tend to get too busy to keep everything in the house in order so organize as much as you can. It’s therapeutic and will leaving your surroundings feeling fresh and and oh so satisfying. If you don’t know where to start, get some tips from the queen of organization Marie Kondo.

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4. Pamper yourself:

This is the best time to take care of your skin and hair so make the most of it. Come up with a day and night skin care routine that your face will love. You may not be able to go to your regular salon appointments but you can use the Omana LED Light Therapy Mask and Facial Vibrating Beauty Bar to keep your skin looking fresh and flawless. If you don’t have any fancy masks or serums lying around just DIY! There’s so many ideas available online for safe and beneficial homemade skin and hair masks and scrubs!

5. Meditate:

Not every day in isolation will be good. Some will be fun, others will be stressful. So try to keep your mind at ease by meditating for a few minutes every single day. If you’ve never meditated before, you can download the phone app Headspace. It comes with several peaceful soundtracks and teaches you the basics of meditation. You can also start your own personalized plan to suit your schedule and you’ll be a guru in no time!

6. Exercise:

Exercising is another great way to help you feel good. Try to get in a little physical activity every day to release those endorphins,  leaving you in a good mood and helping you stay in shape. If you don’t have any exercise equipment don’t fret, there’s a plethora of free videos on YouTube ranging from beginner to advanced using no equipment that you can follow. This one is currently our favorite:

7. Go out for a walk:

We’re lucky enough to not have a complete shutdown. So don’t feel like you’re in a prison. The aim is to maintain a safe distance with others in order to keep yourself and others safe. If you’re tired of staying at home, go to a nearby park to feel some fresh air and get some vitamin D. You’ll be able to refresh yourself while avoiding close contact with any others who happen to be there at the same time. As long as you’re abiding by the rules of social distancing, there’s no harm.  

8. Learn something new:

If you’re not working from home you will definitely have a lot more free time than usual. Once you’re done with all your chores for the day take some time to learn a skill. Our go to is online classes on Skillshare. Whether you want to learn about cake decorating, photoshop or how to play the guitar, there’s a course available for everyone. We even have a little discounted link for you here. Plus, the first two months are free so there’s nothing to lose!

9. Games and puzzles:

It’s time to get back to the basics and play some good old board games or do some puzzles. If you’re fortunate enough to be spending this period of isolation with your family or close friends, we suggest group games to get the whole house entertained. Our favorites for bigger groups include Monopoly, Cluedo and Articulate. It’s a great way to promote some family bonding too. If there’s only two of you then how about a game of Connect 4 or Checkers? If you’re in this solo, there’s always the option of playing online with friends or doing some puzzles.

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10. Get help if you need:

It’s not easy to stay upbeat and entertain yourself and your family for days on end after such a major disruption in your regular routine. It’s even harder if you must be separated from your loved ones. We are already taking the precautions for our physical health, but you shouldn’t overlook your mental health. It is normal for your mood to sink and if you need a bit of external help to uplift your spirits then reach out to beyondblue. This is a great service providing you free support on 1300 22 4636.

Omana Store would love to hear about which of these you’ve been doing to keep yourself busy and if you have any other suggestions for us, let us know in the comments section below. We hope you all stay safe!

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