A quick guide to #SocialDistancing 101
Written by Monalisa Borkakoty
The COVID-19, or Coronavirus, has hit the world at such a speed that if we don’t take precautionary measures now, it will become a fast pandemic in the blink of an eye. As it is highly contagious, social distancing has been advised as one of the foremost things to do to combat the ‘flu like symptoms' at a nascent stage.
Being social animals, it could get monotonous in no time. On the bright side, with countrywide lockdowns in full swing and self quarantining the new norm, this extended time spent at home could actually let us relish the simpler joys of life.
We have compiled a list of Do’s and Don'ts that will not only help to get you through this time, but also let you observe life with a bit more gratitude as you do. A guide to getting by during & after a COVID-19 lockdown in Goa.
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Things you can do from home during the COVID-19 lockdown
TRY: Learning some management skills from your mother
Mothers are superheroes in disguise. Behind that veil of responsibility clubbed with her fierceness, she is actually taking responsibility for not just one but all the tasks that are required to keep the household hail and hearty. She knows our preferences, our allergies and she makes sure we are well attended to, all day, everyday.
Social Distancing seems to be the perfect opportunity to learn simple yet impactful tricks from our mothers who are a bit too efficient in managing an entire household (read company) of unique members (read employees) with so much ease. They not only deal with everyone’s antics, but also know how to keep them in check. If we can observe the level of dedication she has and the nonchalance she does it with, our attitude towards problems and how to tackle them could just change forever.
TRY: Learning a new skill online
We should try and use all the quality time that we are so lucky to have during this lockdown, to try and learn something that we have been forgetting to attend to. Pick up a long lost hobby, revisit your love for colours, read a random book that you must have read decades ago, take an online course for the boost that it might give your career or maybe even earn a new skill to start a new career and finally quit the job that you are not so fond of anyway.
Check out the following groups in Goa offering online tutorials & diy ideas for you to try from home right now:
Learn how to set up a kitchen garden & grow your own vegetables at home with Green Essentials
Join a 5 week beginner guitar challenge hosted by The Goa Jazz Academy
The Owl House launched their at home learning channel
The Language Portal Goa offers online French & English classes
Up your digital marketing game with Skills Studio Goa
Explore natural / household dyes with the Color Ashram Foundation
For an even greater selection of online tutorials & short courses coming to you from around the world, check out Udemy & Skill Share.
Things you MUST do during & after the lockdown
DO: Reflect on your life goals
Finding your calling could be one of the hardest things to do but with this special period given to us where time is standing still and there is no hurry, it definitely is a good idea to reflect on our journey. In a world so hurried, social distancing is probably an apt method to take a deep breath and channel our energies where they are thriving the most. This is the moment when we should explore self love, self care and all those things that make us happy but have no time for otherwise.
Sooth your soul while stuck at home via Shivya Nath of The Shooting Star's blog post on How to Indulge Your Wanderlust at Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic.
DO: Explore the anatomy of your body
With the internet on our fingertips, we all have a lot more information than most of us can handle. The end result is haphazardly placed knowledge and confused minds.
While we socially distance this 2020, we must educate ourselves about the respiratory, immune and nervous system that will allow us to take better care of ourselves and our community. Not in depth of course, but we must create awareness about what we are eating, and doing so healthily should be the only option.
Getting to know our bodies and listening to them is one of the biggest favours we can do for ourselves.
To start, we suggest you tune into the following videos on Mindfulness & Every day yoga practices curated via Greenlane.tv.
DO: Read up on world politics
In 2020, one should understand how the world functions. Knowing how other countries have combated similar situations and come out as winners, can be a good source for comparison. Especially whilst we try to make informed decisions during difficult economic times or leading up to our country's elections.