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Tips on how to deal with the Coronavirus lockdown

Tips on how to deal with the Coronavirus lockdown

Tips on how to deal with the Coronavirus lockdown
April 10
02:00 2020

As of the time of writing, the coronavirus has reached nearly 1.2 million cases worldwide, with the U.S. leading the amount of cases with over 300,000 according to the Washington Post. To prevent the climbing amount of numbers, 41 states have issued stay-at-home orders for residents. With Texas being included on this list, I figured one boring afternoon that I could think of ways to pass time while living under lockdown.

If you’re living with family, give trivia games such as Monopoly, Clue, Family Feud and Scrabble a chance. Life under lockdown can get pretty boring but use it as time to spend with your family. Humans are naturally social creatures who feel the need to keep themselves busy so play games to relieve boredom and stress. If you don’t have access to board games, try to keep your spirits up by playing video games that you really like. Obtain that really high score you’ve been meaning to reach or rank up and unlock crazy perks. You can also use this time to finish that puzzle you and a relative haven’t gotten around to yet.

A second idea would be to follow up on your hobbies or passions. I know this sounds similar to the first idea, but hear me out. Some of us have indoor or outdoor hobbies which don’t involve leaving outside the perimeter of your home. Is there a recipe you’ve been meaning to learn? Now is the perfect time to cook that recipe. Still have that guitar that was a Christmas present five years ago and is collecting dust? Put that thing to use and learn a couple of chords so you can play your favorite songs to other people. If you’re into gardening, go outside and get some sun while planting your favorite vegetables. Maybe some artists can use life under lockdown as a form of inspiration for their art, writing or poetry. Yes, there is still homework and you have to stay on top of that, but use this as a way to enjoy your personal hobbies. I’m definitely using this as a time to work on my novel for sure.

Stay-at-home orders got your spirits down? No worries. Use this as an excuse to binge watch your favorite TV shows, movies and documentaries. There are plenty of exciting options available right now on Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV. After all, why should we stay feeling stuck in the dumps if we can do a serious amount of binging and catching up on our favorite pieces of media?

Maybe you can also use this as a time to keep yourself busy. With no distractions from the outside world, finish your homework and clean your living space. Nobody really likes to fill out the Census form, but the law says you have to, and the law always wins. Is there a relative in the house that is scared about the coronavirus? Comfort them and tell them everything is going to be alright. We have to remember that this is temporary and the worst thing you can do is let go of yourself mentally. It’s okay to be scared, but remember family and relatives are here to help. Remind them that as a country we’ve faced scary or uncertain times before and that we’ve always gotten back on our feet. Use this as a time to love your family and yourself because we are going to get through this outbreak together.

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