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Raji Jayasinghe - Mar 18, 2020

5 Things To Do If You Are Stuck At Home

We are truly living through unprecedented times.

It’s not quite zombie-chomping Resident Evil vibes just yet but it sure feels a little like the End of Days. In Sri Lanka, where I live, we have recently experienced a spike in coronavirus cases which, for the better, has jolted the public into some action. Offices and schools have been closed and many are finally choosing to self-isolate in a responsible manner. Many of my friends and others who are so used to the daily grind find themselves at home, at a loose end. Since I usually have the privilege of working mostly from home I consider myself a little bit of an expert at this self-isolation business. So, here are 5 things that, from my experience, can keep you from going stir-crazy during this time.

  1. Create a routine and stick to it
    When the hours and days start to merge into one another and you find yourself looking for things to keep yourself occupied on the fly, it can get very frustrating. Try to set up a routine for each day so that you can feel busy and productive. Try to wake up at the same time (sure, you can sleep in just a little:)), try to get in some exercise and some meditation if that’s your thing. If you have a to-do list you’ve been waiting to get to with work or hobbies this would be a great time to schedule all this into your days. Closet you’ve been to cleaning out? Tempted to take up gardening? Wanna cook yourself a special meal? If you feel accomplished about your days, time will fly and you will feel good about yourself. That way, you can “relax” in the evenings knowing it was a day well spent.
  2. Pick up an old hobby or creative interest
    Have fun! You know, it might feel like it, but the world isn’t actually ending. We just need to be patient and calm. Everything is gonna be alright. Maybe this is just the Universe’s way of giving our planet some breathing room and giving us a little leeway to extricate ourselves from the daily grind. So take some time to invest in yourself. If you are allowed, you should take a walk and experience nature. If you have to stay in, you can indulge in any number of guilty pleasures like books, videogames or cooking (desserts allowed!). Do you love to write? Or draw? Or build? Whatever it is that you enjoy, now is the time to indulge. With the hectic nature of our usual day-to-days, many of us simply don’t have the time to indulge in hobbies and past passions. Use this extra time to reignite your passions, spark your creativity and feed that side of you that’s been hiding away. Despite all the uncertainty going on, this could actually be a time of rejuvenation if you approach it the right way.
  3. Exercise
    Gyms are not the best place to be right now but exercise is always the right option. There are plenty of workouts you can do straight from home. Check out some youtube videos for some stretching routines to keep your body limber and energized. If you need something more intense, here is a little infographic on exercises you can do from home. Develop a new skill or start that elusive project: This is the perfect time to learn something new. Maybe you’ve always wanted to give knitting a go - why not take a seat and try it out! Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn a new language. Maybe you’ve been meaning to read a particular book or learn more about a particular subject - might be a good time to search online for courses or learning resources that suit your interests. Maybe you’ve always wanted to start your own business? There is no better time than now to take the plunge.

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  4. Engage with Friends
    That might sound a little counterintuitive if you are in isolation but the fact of the matter is that most of us have the tools we need to be in perfectly good contact with the outside world. How about you pick up your phone and call some friends you don’t usually catch up with? How about organizing a group Zoom call or Facetime to check in with friends daily and share thoughts and experiences? You could join online group classes, live webinars and group meditations too. If you really think about it, this time of isolation could be used to actually build and strengthen connections with family and friends.

It’s early days yet friends. Things may get a little worse before they get better but this is nothing we cannot handle if we act responsibly and hold each other up. Keep your heads up and your days busy and happy. It’s possible if you set your mind to it :)

Written by Raji Jayasinghe

Rajinda has over 10 years of experience in the international development, education and startup space. After graduating from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in 2003, and receiving his Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins’ School for International Studies (SAIS) in 2006, Raji went on to direct country programs for Relief International. He immersed himself in this work during Sri Lanka’s post-Tsunami era and continued to contribute during the climax and aftermath of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Raji then went on to pursue an MBA at the National University of Singapore, following which he took on a role as CEO at Knowledge City (a Sri Lankan organization specializing in IT and English education) before moving on to start his own company in the fintech space in Singapore.