It is very easy for many of us to develop anxiety or fear leading to negative thoughts and actions. So, it becomes more important than ever for us to stay positive and focus on the problem at hand.
To combat the onslaught of a viral disease that is prone to transmission at a brisk pace all three domains need to play along. These domains are government, society and each individual. If any single domain malfunctions, all remedial steps, and efforts will go in vain.
I am going to focus on the individual domain in this piece and explore activities that may enable us to pass this phase in a vigilant and productive manner.
Stay at home as much as possible!
- Don’t venture out for leisure or some causal shopping.
- Make a list of essential items and replenish them on a weekly or fortnight basis.
REMEMBER: Once out, please maintain a safe distance from others and wear personal safety gear as per prescribed WHO guidelines.
Be responsible in sharing digital media!
- Resist the spread of unverified news especially WhatsApp videos and pictures.
- Try to remain calm and refrain from engaging in personal attacks on social media.
REMEMBER: It is better to disagree with grace rather than to generate ill will with one’s friends, contacts and society at large.
Lend a helping hand to the community!
- You can be the one driving supply of essentials to the ones in need or playing a supporting role in its purchase to the distribution cycle.
- Try to leverage the scale of established humanitarian organizations or govt initiatives to maximize the efficiency of this relief effort.
Be productive at home!
Divide work and responsibility within the household so no single person is burdened to do all chores in the time of self-isolation.
You can also complete small repair jobs and other improvements that were pending for a while.
REMEMBER: To keep things tidy and healthy at this time.
Follow your hobbies!
Most of us have some passion or hobby which takes a backseat in the mundane routine of everyday life. It is a good time to refresh and practice these again.
- Pick up a book and start reading or go outside to take care of the garden, a few experimental shots if you are a photographer, online gaming or whatever whet one’s appetite.
Improve your fitness!
Utilize this downtime to introduce a small dose of exercise in your daily routine.
- No need to go for anything stressful or fancy.
- A small walk alone in the morning around the house or a simple set of workout exercises should do fine.
Be a minimalist!
There is a reduction in the supply of daily use items due to slowdown in the movement of goods internationally and within the country.
REMEMBER: This is an opportunity to define what we consider an essential item.
- This is a good time to trim a few items off the list.
- This will act as broadening our perspective on life and personal belongings.
Time to re-learn!
- Devote some part of the day on learning a new skill or upgrading your already acquired knowledge.
There are many reputed universities offering online courses including the likes of MIT and Stanford. Closer to home, Presidential Initiative for Artificial Intelligence & Computing (www.piaic.org) offers free registration and a quarter fee waiver on select courses. Use this gap to enrich your CV and skill set.
Work from home!
- Identify a designated corner or area within your house and convert it into a makeshift office.
REMEMBER: This will help focus on your work items and phone calls.
- The risk of delaying/missing work shall be minimized this way.
It is very important that we are regularly in contact with our parents, family members, and circle of friends via phone and social media. Let them know that their safety and well being is important to you.
Keep in touch!
In the end, it’s very important that we are regularly in contact with our parents, family members, and circle of friends via phone and social media.
- Share what’s happening on both ends
REMEMBER: Let them know that their safety and well being is important to you.
Baaghi TV urges you to play your part as a responsible citizen by staying at home to ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones and the community.
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