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Surviving COVID-19 Quarantine


I’ll admit that I’ve never seen disruption to this degree in life! I remember back in 2003 when I was a travel agent, and facing similar uncertainty with the SARS crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic is definitely a whole new level!

I do miss my routine (work, play). I bet you do too. But it’s not quite so bad. In my neck of the woods, we can still go out for walks, exercise outdoors, walk our dogs, etc. And I’m super grateful for this! But many of you are not so fortunate. Leaving your home without proper justification can mean legal trouble, so you are confined within the walls of your humble abode.

You’ve likely kept sane by watching countless hours of YouTube videos, Netflix, etc. Nothing wrong with that. I’ve been using this time to catch up on my WIP.

And I’d like to share some similar ways to pass the time, especially in one with so much uncertainty and fear.

I’ve been telling people around me to stay positive, and I’m hoping by the end of this post you will be inspired to do that. The most important things you can do are the things that make you happy. Because when you are happy, you will think positive thoughts. So here are a few small things you can do to channel those positive vibes while practicing social distancing:

1. Take up a new hobby – here’s where YouTube comes in. Ever wanted to learn how to play a new instrument? Paint? I suggest using this downtime to learn a new hobby you’ve always wanted to take up but never had the time. Watch some videos (and there’s plenty of them) to get a feeling since you obviously can’t go out and buy a paint set, instrument. That can come during better times. Why not set out some time to learn a new hobby online.

2. Learn a new language – there are lots of language-learning apps out there, such as Duolingo. They’re free and have lessons for complete beginners. I use one to learn French and German, whilst keeping up my Spanish. I suggest devoting thirty minutes a day to doing simple lessons. You will be surprised how much you can learn in that time.

3. Journal – no, you should just write down your daily happenings. I suggest going deeper and being reflective. Make a list of the things you are grateful for; your best skills; the things that have made you a better person. What would like to accomplish by the end of the year (you might remember a previous post I made suggesting this). You will not only discover more about yourself, you will also think positive thoughts. You can even note how COVID-19 makes you feel in your journal. Go ahead, you know you wanna!

4. Exercise – this is crucial, and you can still get it indoors. Again, YouTube can be your helping hand. If you’re a yogi, you’ve likely been practicing during this whole social distancing thing. Maybe you’ve always wanted to give yoga a try? Well now you can, and there are plenty of videos for total beginners.

5. Meditation – definitely a necessity for positive-thinking. COVID-19 is bringing about stress beyond belief, and meditation can help curb said stress. You don’t have to meditate like the hard-core types. Just find a quiet spot in your home, close your eyes and listen to soothing instrumental music (no lyrics at all) for about eight minutes.

What you want to avoid is getting fixated on media regarding the COVID-19. I’m not suggesting ignoring it completely, but absolutely don’t let it become an obsession. When you get fixated on the news, you will start leaning towards the negative spectrum. And you don’t want that. Because then you won’t sleep or eat properly.

Stay positive and know that we will all get through this!

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Inaugural Manic Monday


Welcome to my first Manic Monday posting. As you may already know, I’m an author who shares snippets along with helpful tidbits on writing. But I also like to provide words of wisdom to people in general. Since Monday generally represents a day of gloom and misery for a lot of people, I hope that this weekly posting brings some warmth and sunshine to those dreary Mondays.

For me, Monday has always been a prosperous day. For starters, I was actually born on a Monday and have always looked on the brighter side of what has been labelled as the day most people hate. I bet for many of you, the header image is something you can relate to. But worry no more, as it is with hope that I can help brighten your Mondays with some words or stories. I usually look at Mondays as the start of a new week, which means an opportunity to accomplish something new, for example teaching my students new words or phrases. Though like you, I have bad Mondays but when I wake up each Monday morning I try and look at it as a ‘good day’. As Eric Idle once said in a song, “Always look on the bright side of life”. So to you I say, “Always look on the bright side of Monday.”

So if the header image is something you can relate to, I’d like to offer one piece of advice to turn that frown into a smile: recharge. I don’t mean ‘recharge’, by taking a vacation, but rather ‘recharge’ while at the office. When I took an intensive teacher-training course last year, one of the trainers said, “Try and get out for some fresh air during your break.” I tried to do this (though not always possible) during the hour-long lunch break we had. Even today when I’m in between classes, I try to go out for a brief walk, even if it’s freezing or raining. This is something I encourage you to do, even if your break is slightly shorter than an hour.

So what can getting out for some fresh air do for you?

  • clear your mind of any stress from the morning grind
  • listen to your thoughts, without the distractions of phones ringing or chirpy voices
  • rejuvenate your inner self, so you can come back to work with a smile on your face (coworkers and bosses actually like to see this!)
  • EXERCISE – you won’t have to spend as much time at the gym later.

So get out for some fresh air, no matter the weather or the timing. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes. Happy Monday!

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