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.

1. Decluttering

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.

5. Movement

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.
www.fitnessblender.com
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.
www.moviing.co
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
www.centreofexcellence.com
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.

9. Hair Care

You can make the most of your time inside and experiment with hair care routines. Good hair comes from a good scalp.
Scalp care for me is an extension of skin care (they are both skin after all). It is good to message essential oils before washing your hair and moisturizing, nourishing and massaging the scalp to make the most out of your hair. There are many different oils for different types of hair and the only way to find out what works best for you is by experimenting. Because we are inside so much it will not matter if you have a bad hair day or not after your ‘hair experiments’ hopefully by the time the quarantine is over you will know what works for you and your hair.
Another advantage of the #stayathome movement is an opportunity to give your hair a rest from heat and styling products. Leave your hair to air dry and breathe without so many chemical products. It begins to heal again and its natural pattern will begin to take form. Take pride in your hairs natural state and take care of it. By the end of the quarantine you will have healthy head of hair.

10. Audible

I started using audible 2019 and I don’t know why everyone isn’t using it. As a busy mum I hardly have time to sit down and read a book (Well maybe not now). That used to make a little sad because I used to devour at least three books a week back in the day. Now I can drive to work, take a walk, work out, cook, clean etc listening to a book. It is also environmentally friendly and way cheaper than paperback. A monthly 7.99 GPB subscription to
www.audible.co.uk
You enjoy one book a month. You can also buy ‘Credits’ with each credit allowing you to purchase one book.
During the quarantine, they have a list of children’s book that can be played for free.
https://stories.audible.com/discovery?ref=adbl_ent_anon_pdp_ds_vn
There is also a series of books which I love, it’s like a reader’s digest of all the bestsellers. It’s called ‘Summary’ and they have all the main points of the best-selling books sans the waffle.
For example, instead of reading a whole book about how to effectively clean up in Marie Kondo’s ‘The magical art of tidying up’, you can just listen to the main points in about thirty minutes while doing the dishes. Or even better while cleaning up.
I hope you found this useful. If you have any suggestions what to do, please let me know in the comment below.

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