As the world unites to battle the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of us are faced with having to adapt our typical work schedules to home life. While for some, this may seem like a dream scenario, the global uncertainty surrounding this situation can leave us all feeling a little bit lost, regardless of how prepared we are to settle down at home.
Around the globe, more people are confined to their homes, working in makeshift home offices and taking care of loved ones. Others are left without work as businesses far and wide are encouraged to cease trading while we deal with the coronavirus outbreak. However, some are obliged to continue as normal, putting themselves at risk for the sake of their communities.
Aside from work, we’re being told conflicting stories every day about how the virus spreads, what to do if we catch it and how to self-isolate without putting others at risk of infection. It’s easy to see the negatives… there are plenty to choose from, but we really need to make the most of this situation, as best we can.
A lot of us don’t have the opportunity to see our families or friends as often as we’d like. As much as this outbreak is causing a lot of uncertainty and anxiety surround our health and wellbeing, it’s also bringing a lot of people together.
Humanity shines through, even in the darkest of times.
Take this opportunity to spend time with your loved ones and reconnect with yourself. As health and wellbeing are at the forefront of everyone’s minds, do what you can to forget about the trivialities of work/school stress and decompress as we tackle these next few months of uncertainty together.
Gamers, you may feel like you’ve been preparing for this your whole lives. Steam recently hit its all-time concurrent user peak over the past weekend, with more than 20 MILLION people logging on. It would be remiss of me, as a gaming blogger, to not suggest a few ways to pass your new-found time at home.
As we’ve been encouraged to avoid public places – such as gyms – staying indoors when we can, why not try something new? There’s plenty of options to get you up-and-about such as Just Dance, Zumba Fitness and even Pokemon Go, which has recently changed to make it easier to play in self-isolation.
If you have access to a VR system, there are a number of awesome titles to try if you want to incorporate a bit more movement into your new daily routine. You’ll know I’m an avid fan of Beat Saber, and will highly recommend it in any circumstances, I also recommend Pistol Whip and BoxVR. For Switch fans, it’s worth checking out Ring Fit Adventure if you are able to – ten minutes of exercise have never felt so rewarding!
Have a look on your respective digital storefronts and try something new : we’ve come a long way from Wii Fit, and it’s awesome for those days where you can’t face the gym or, in today’s circumstances, you’d rather avoid it!
Fitness games are only a suggestion, however. Let’s not forget the impending release of (our saviours) Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom: Eternal.
Both are released on 20th March 2020.
Games aside, I recommend utilising YouTube for the brilliant resource that it is, particularly if you want to learn a new skill or try out a new hobby. For me, I’ve recently taken up yoga – something which I’ve always wanted to try – from the comfort of my own living room! Perfect timing there, huh?
If you’re looking for something a bit more vigorous, there are loads of HIIT masters out there with fantastic routines that you can fit into your newly-adapted work schedules. my personal go-to is The Body Coach but, please don’t blame me when you ache tomorrow…
I don’t need to raise your awareness of everything that YouTube has to offer, but rather encourage you to try something that you’ve always wanted to try out. If you have more spare time on your hands, capitialise on it and give whatever it is you want to try a go – you have nothing to lose.
It’s a confusing time for us all, but I just wanted to put a post out there to encourage you to make the most of this unexpected time that we have together.
The main things we can aim for is to:
Be kind – to ourselves, our neighbours and those in need. It’s a testing time but, as we’ve seen time and time again, there is hope. Keep smiling, stay positive and help others if you can.
Take care of yourself so you can take care of others… and wash yo’ hands!
Be patient – people deal with situations differently. While it’s a confusing time and we need to be conscious of things like food supplies, medicine and, yes, toilet paper, it’s important that everyone has access to these things.
Keep in mind those who aren’t so fortunate or able to travel in your communities and think twice before taking the last of anything.
Be thankful – there are millions of people working longer hours, in increasingly stressful situations and there are those in our local communities who will struggle to keep their businesses afloat as we battle this pandemic.
Be kind and patient to everyone you come across – from the doctors, nurses and medical staff; the police and fire & rescue services; shop workers, couriers and postal workers; to the unsung heroes that work behind the scenes to keep our lives relatively normal.
It may seem like your world has been flipped upside down, but there is always an opportunity to be grateful and appreciate those around you, and spare a thought for others.
Stay well, try to be positive and know that I’m only a message away if you need anything: whether that be a dose of good vibes or a genuine need.
I’ll always try to help where I can.
– Cara x
“My hope is that tomorrow will be fine, but, if tomorrow doesn’t go well, I shall still hope to be fine tomorrow!”