With today’s latest news of shutting down all malls, coffee shops, restaurants and any places that can result in people gathering due to the quick upsurge of COVID-19, the idea of social isolation is finding its way to settle comfortably within us.

Here is a graph to show why social distancing is the best prevention measure the government can take to keep us safe.

Even Though many people are panicking about this news and restrictions, we at The Daily Crisp find these times to be a chance for each one of us to reconnect with their inner selves and provide what he/she needs to get better.

Here’s a list of things you, your friends, and family can do to keep yourselves safe and busy during this pandemic.

Watch

  • Zawya 

Zawya Cinema never ceases to entertain its audience no matter what the circumstances are. 

They started sharing Vimeo links to documentaries and short movies on their Facebook page, asking their friends and audience to watch and share their comments on the post.

  • Netflix

Netflix came up with a new option called Netflix Party, to help ease out any social distancing solitude.

Netflix Party is a Chrome extension that gives us access to remotely synchronize video playback with our friends and host remote movie nights – it also adds a group chat to help us keep up on what to watch next without having to use our phones.

  • Room Art Space and Cafe 

When you feel like watching something different Room Art Space and Cafe streams live music concerts almost every day at 10 pm.

And if you want to Jazz up your days a little bit, you can find Room Live Music Streaming on YouTube.

  • NRJ Egypt

NRJ Egypt is a “World’s #1 Radio Station in Egyptian Accent”, streaming live concerts for individual singers and music bands every day

  • Anghami

Anghami’s Instagram page is offering a live story hosting different artists every day at 7 pm.

 

Play

  • Coloring Books

Coloring Pages and Books are an “in-the-moment” activity which makes its properties similar to those acquired by meditating. 

Coloring takes the focus away from the past and the future making us be in the here and now – this attribute makes our mental state much calmer as rids us of the stressors coming from past memories or future premonitions.

  • Complete Puzzles 

Just as mentioned in the coloring books paragraph, Puzzles lower stress levels and it doesn’t stop there, they can also improve overall mood, Increase IQ levels and problem-solving skills. This activity can also be a good educational opportunity in the case of solving crosswords and/or language puzzles.

  • Dust Off Your Instrument and Practice

Practicing on a musical instrument is also a good way to relieve stress, but this is merely one of the many benefits reaped out of playing music.

Playing music increases creativity, discipline and time management skills, improves memory, and most importantly – the one thing we all need more of these days – improves patience.

  • Board Games with Family

The benefits of this activity are most probably the ones we need the most with the Coronavirus outbreak and the quiet unstable situation around the globe.

Board games not only ensure we have fun and spend some really good quality time with our families; however, it also reduces risks of mental disease, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress levels, and (the one we’re all working on very prominently these days) grows the immune system by reducing overall negative thoughts and feelings.

 

Organize

Home decluttering and organization have countless positive impacts on our mental health state. Funnily enough, this could be the hardest task to accomplish (especially during the extremely hectic lifestyles we led before the current situation showed up.)

Some of the positive effects of decluttering and organization:
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Improved relationship to self and others
  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Gives space to focus on other life aspects
  • Gives space to make healthier lifestyle choices

Most of you might be already familiar with the Japanese Consultant Marie Kondo and her magical decluttering method KonMari, which is a system that helps to organize by getting rid of any items that do not bring heartfelt “joy” into our lives.

 

Learn

There’s no specific age, time, or location that can stop someone from learning a new skill.

Learning something new has benefits that go way beyond the actual skill learned and all you need in order to start is a bit of curiosity, commitment, perseverance, and patience.

Here are some of the mental benefits of learning a new skill:

  • Changes the brain chemistry
  • Fights boredom
  • Helps to better adapt to change
  • Gives a good sense of accomplishment
  • Gives a sense of happiness
Here are some ideas with links to some tutorials you might want to explore during the quarantine.

 

Workout 

Physical exercise has a profound impact on the physical, mental and emotional health state such as:

  • Losing weight
  • Improving sleep quality
  • Improving sex life
  • Relieving depression
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Reducing stress
  • Inducing relaxation
  • Boosting energy
  • Boosting overall mood
Here are some platforms from which you can choose the type of workout suitable for you.

BeFiteg is one of the leading Fitness organizations in Egypt, aimed at offering high-quality health and fitness services to the professional athletes and the general public.

BeFit shares new workout sessions named #BeFitAtHome every day for people to start exercising or keep up with their workouts at home.

AOS is also a fitness platform sharing workout on their Instagram stories on a daily basis.

Tata Wise Monkeys is a yoga and meditation Egyptian platform offering online classes from different instructors on a daily basis.

Yoga with Adriene is actually my personal favorite Yoga YouTube Channel.

This channel contains content ranging from all types of mental states guided meditations to all types of full guided yoga sessions.

 

Cook

Science shows that especially on a bad day, cooking proves to be the best choice as it comes with a myriad of mental health properties. That is why there is a whole therapy dedicated to cooking “therapeutic cooking”.

Here are some of the benefits that come with cooking.
  • Improves life quality
  • Gets you into the flow – a calming meditative mental state
  • Comes with a rewarding sense of altruism (when cooking for others)
  • Helps the brain stay healthy – you choose each ingredient to feed yourself
  • Makes you feel grounded and capable
Here is where you can start your cooking journey, now!!

 

Body Care

Bodycare is a practice unbound by gender; meaning: both males and females should make time for this practice amongst their daily routines.

Here are some of the mental benefits of taking care of your skin and hair.
  • Major confidence booster
  • Clearing out the mind by being fully in the moment
  • Inducing feelings of security and coherence which are both comforting
  • Relaxing and calming
  • Easing out depression and anxiety
  • Boosting overall mental health 
Here is where you can get tips on where to start with your body care routine.