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Five Things You can do During Coronavirus Self-Quarantine

It is no news that coronavirus (COVID -19) has spread far and wide. As of March 18, 2020, it has been found in 85 countries including Nigeria. Coronavirus in Nigeria was contained at first but new cases were discovered recently. Self-Isolation and social distancing is the new gospel, not to forget the most important of all which is washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.

This is currently a hard time for many people because this virus has found a way to disrupt our daily life. Daily routines are starting to change, companies have started to sample remote working and in no time, schools will be shut down, however it has been shut down in some other countries and Nigerian states.

As the days go by, healthcare workers and researchers are looking to find the cure or vaccine for it, but self-quarantine and social distancing is the way to go. Self-quarantine means you stay away from other people for at least 14 days if you feel you have been exposed to the virus at any point whether you feel well or not. This is a responsible thing to do. Since the testing kit is not readily available and it is a novel virus with little research on it, it is best to protect other people from contacting it.

Staying alone all by yourself can be very boring. For someone who is prone to depression, it can aggravate it. The good news is you can engage yourself in meaningful activities that can help you fight the boredom and cope better.

Here are five things you can do at this time

Learn Something New

It is possible to get caught up in your daily life and forget to update your knowledge. Well, news flash, now is a good time to do that. Thank God this virus did not come at a time when there was no technology, can you imagine what would have happened? Now, we have every information we need at our reach. All you have to do is get on the internet. This is a good time to update yourself and learn something new. You will thank COVID for it.


When last did you sit down and reflect. When I say reflect, I don’t mean worry, I mean take time to evaluate your life. Think about what you think is not working at the moment and come up with new ways to do things. You never know, you might find out more things about yourself this period, than you have in the last few years. Do not forget to take notes while reflecting. It helps.

Spend Time with your Loved Ones

Rather than spend all your time on social media reading more sad news about the virus, why don’t you take time out to play an old game with your loved one? Act like it is 1930, when there were no phones. Spend some quality time with them and make memories. You don’t have to leave the house to do that. Meanwhile, this is applicable to those whose loved ones are around them. If your loved ones aren’t with you, you can spend time with them through messaging apps. You can play games on the internet, for instance, iMessage games.

Channel your Inner Child

PLAY! PLAY! PLAY! It is true coronavirus is dishing out sadness right now but then we can’t stay sad all day. Now that there is no boss to boss you around or lecturer to check you, why don’t you let your guard down and take it back to when you were a child. Being too serious can get boring. Try playing hide and seek or connect 4 (modern X and O) with your husband, wife or friend. Let your hair down and be a child again, no one is watching.

Stretch and Exercise

Now is the best time to attend to that dull ache you have been feeling on your back, neck or shoulder. You know that pain is work related, so why don’t you take time to treat it and feel better. Exercise and stretching is a good way to do that, however, if you need some guidance in that aspect then you can check here for a free consultation.

I know work is not totally over for most people because they still get to work from home, so here are few things you should keep in mind

  1. Sit properly at your desk, DO NOT SLOUCH.
  2. Assume the right posture while working.  
  3. WASH YOUR HANDS! Learn the WHO standard of washing hands here
  5. Be kind to other people, they need it

My name is Mabel. I am an Occupational therapist, who enjoys creating engaging contents. I love partying, eating, travelling and reading. And Oh, I am always available to talk business. Contact me!

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