Quitting Quarantine Qualms
I don’t want to mention the ‘C-word’ because it’s all everyone is talking about and what is on everyone’s mind. Since most of us are on lockdown and bored I thought I’d come up with a few suggestions on what you can do to fill in your time at home.
Spring cleaning just became more intense with all this free time on our hands.
Have hordes of clothes or clutter lying around? Now is the perfect time to tackle it. It is true when they say ‘the less you have the less you need’.
If you are living in a country like Egypt where many people will suffer financially from this quarantine, it is a good idea to clear out clothes you hardly use and donate it to families who be struggling to make ends meet.
For more decluttering tips and tricks (a favourite hobby of mine) click here.
2. Family time
This can be very important especially if you have children as they will be out of education and all extra-curricular activities probably until September. Keeping them active and busy is very important and very difficult. I will be writing an article on how I have managed to keep my children busy so far during quarantine.
But you don’t need to have children to enjoy family time, get together with other members of the family (ones who already live with you, or maybe through an app like Zoom or HouseParty and play games like trivial pursuit etc. together.
3. Down time
Honestly there is absolutely nothing wrong about literally doing nothing for some time. Many of us have had such busy schedules for the past few years or even decades. Deadlines, work, papers, study, kids, kids training, cooking, cleaning, arranging play dates etc.
Many of us were literally fueled by coffee and slept less than 7 hours a day. There is nothing wrong in taking this opportunity to wind down, nap at noon, binge watch Netflix just chill to your hearts content. When you do you will recharge and feel calm and collected be able to take on bigger roles and challenges later on.
4. Skin Care
As I have mentioned before I absolutely love skin care. I have like maybe four or five items in my makeup bag but over twenty in my skincare bag. I just find skin care very relaxing and I like the feeling of having well hydrated skin. For skin care routine you can find it here.
You can do face masks and deep pore cleansing. Your skin will thank you for it and because we are spending so much time indoors, it will less likely to get ruined by the sun and pollution.
Personally, I’m making the most of the quarantine by upping my Retin A usage. Since I’m hardly ever in the sun anymore and I don’t have to go outside. The sun sensitivity and peeling that come with it are not an issue.
You can also do homemade masks etc. and by the time this quarantine is over you will have the best skin you’ve ever had.
Unfortunately, because all the gyms, group activities and workplaces are closed many of us are facing forced sedentary lifestyle.
Luckily there are many man y amazing home workouts available. I will link below my favourite workout sites, but a quick google or YouTube search will leave you with so many options. Try to do at least 15 minutes of any activity a day. If you are feeling more motivated, you can use this time to finally get the body you know you can achieve.
This couple are so sweet and have hundreds of free workout. They are mostly HIIT. I used to do them daily in 2015 after I had given birth and going to the gym with a newborn wasn’t an option. Despite being home workouts, they are intense and they get results fast.
I am absolutely in love with yoga and used to teach in 2018, being Mansoura’s first yoga teacher. One of my favourite teachers is fellow Egyptian yogi Amina Taha. This website comes with a membership. But if you use the code AMINA25 you get 25% off monthly subscriptions and you pay around $7/month which is less than 100L.E.
The workouts are totally worth it, if you are looking to be introduced to yoga or advance your practice.
6. Online Learning
Many online learning platforms are having reductions or are offering free courses during the quarantine. A quick online search and you will find many online courses from candle making to fitness training. See what tickles your fancy a take a course. One of my favourite sites is
They have a wide variety of courses and are not as expensive as other sites. They also have the added option to post the course material. The point of these courses is not to pass a test but to learn more and continue on a journey of self-growth and reflection.
Personally, I think most people should take the child psychology one, as a parent or as someone who regularly deals with children.
Other courses that are worth taking are cooking courses, since everyone male and female needs to know hot to cook as a survival skill. The iPhone photography course is also worth checking out in this day and age of social media where images and pictures have never meant more.
7. Start a hobby
Remember all those times where you used to think to yourself ‘I’ll do it when I have time?’ Well now we have time. Revisit an old hobby or start a new one. If you used to play a musical instrument now is the time to pick it up and get playing. Wanted to write a book? Get going, start a YouTube channel etc. In fact, for me I’ve always wanted to start a blog and now that I’ve got ample time I’ve just got started.
8. Create better habits
We now have more time to cook wholesome meals and reduce our take outs. For more tips on meal prepping, click here.
It is a good time to try and create new healthy habits;
like sleeping early (easy since the 7pm curfew)
creating healthy meals
trying to maintain some activity throughout the day
mentally stimulate yourself
in case you’re a severe introvert like me, try to maintain human connection during isolation.