Getting The Best Out of The Lockdown
The lockdown on Monday night was eminent as the coronavirus continues to spread and the number of cases continues to rise.
It is my guess that like most you are not prepared for this experience and now thinking of ways to make the best ample time you have at your disposal. A few already understand that this isnt going to be an easy two weeks and are already taking steps to make sure they get through this period with a sane mind and healthy body. However if you are still unsure of how best to make use of your time there is certainly no need to panic, like most things you do you will eventually get a hang of it hopefully not before its to late, you would have lost an opportunity to improve yourself for the days ahead because the hard truth is the world as we used to know it is about to change.
Here are few useful tips that can help you stay busy and sane in this time.
Good Hygiene: The importance of keeping your space clean now more than ever cannot be overemphasized. Gone are the days we see people with OCD for cleaning as paranoid,it has now become an important factor for survival. In the wake of this epidermic we have seen a lot of resources on how to keep safe and protect yourself from this virus and like all germs covid-19 cannot survive in a clean environment. Wash your hands and Stay Safe.
Exercise: Our bodies are advanced machines that notice even the slightest change in metabolism and this may lead to different reactions per individual.It is advised we take walks for a minimum of 45mins-1hr every morning. This will help keep the body stimulated as your everyday commute to work would. For those who have had body goals and couldnt find the time to hit the gym, you have all the time in the world now to flex those muscles.
Mental Wellness: Asides the physical health threat COVID-19 poses, most will be afflicted more by the psychological holes the pandemic has created in our society as we know it. The fear of getting infected alone can trigger other negative emotions; emotions that if not instantly nipped in the bud can do more irreparable damage than the virus itself could. We have to consciously watch our moods, keep calm,access situations properly before responding or reacting. You can also protect your mental well being by thinking positively,always see the good in every situation and walking away from potentially toxic situations.
Learn a A Skill: Another thing we are not giving so much thought to is life after the corona pandemic. In 2019 it was projected that by 2020 the number of unemployed Nigerians would have risen to 23million. The COVID_19 pandemic wasn't taken into consideration neither was a total shutdown of the economy considered at the time of this projection. It is expected the number will shoot way beyond projections as an aftermath of this pandemic. Most businesses having shutdown operations will not be able to afford employee salaries, this will lead to staff downsizing and guess who will be affected first.. Yes you guessed right. The labour market is about to get more saturated,your hands on skills will be what will stand you out and make you invaluable to your employer. The best time to plant a tree was 20years ago,the next best time is now. Take advantage of discounts offered by online learning platforms like Fest Academy,Udemy, Cousera and the recently launched digital learning platform by the government DY.ng . Your wards preparing for WAEC and JAMB exams are also not left out as provisions have been for tutorial lectures to be broadcasted on TV. (WAZOBIA FM and WAZOBIA Max Monday-Saturday 11am-4pm)
Draw up that Business Plan: The IMF a few days ago announced the global economy nose dived into recession and advised countries that need support to start sending applications early. A recession was eminent as oil price wars between Saudi Arabia and Russia has seen price of crude oil drop by 70% since the start of 2020. The economic crunch of the coronavirus pandemic also plays a vital role in this decline. Our economy being largely dependent on oil will most definitely feel the heat of this in the coming months. It is best you begin to look for other alternatives to your present source of income.
Catch up with old friends: I have childhood buddies that we could sit and talk aimlessly for hours without getting bored of each other that i haven't spoken to in years. Who would have thought a time will come when our work schedule and time zones will not matter in reaching out. This is the best time to put that call through, everyone needs someone to talk to at this point. Why not catchup with your old buddies, you never know what opportunities lurk in those corners.
Family Bonding Time: Most parents are beginning to have a feel of what their nannies go through while they are away at work. One of the beautiful opportunities we should take advantage of is the time it avails for your immediate family. It is an opportunity to get closer to your kids, know them for who they really are, their weaknesses and strengths, lookout for behavioral patterns to prune and those to encourage. Talk to your spouse. A lot of couples have dirt swept under the rug for a long time. This is the perfect time to trash that dirt. There is lockdown no escaping it this time.
Maintain Regular Hours: So we are expected to do some level of work even if to some it seems very unrealistic. Sticking to your regular work timing tricks your mind into believing you are at work and it lets you get things done without drifting to that bowl of eba and seafood okro you have planned for later.
Reevaluate Long Term Goals: The death rate associated with this pandemic has shown how fickle life is. We all have places we have envisioned ourselves in the next ten years .Take a look at those goals now and begin to find ways to achieve them within a shorter time frame. Why wait for 10years to hit that number when it can be done in a year. Write a list of things you need to do to achieve those goals and begin to compress them into shorter timelines. The fun in putting yourself under pressure is the exhilarating feeling you experience when you surmount that mountain.
Pray: More than before we are now aware of the things that exist alongside us that we do not see but have a huge effect on us. This is the time to move closer to God and in all that you do be confident that you are under His watch
The world is experiencing huge disruptions in the way of life as we used to know it. These changes will affect us either we accept it or not. Do your best to keep afloat in all areas.
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