Quarantine Chronicles: 7 Tips to Help You Stay Safe and Sane

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My family and friends know that I have itchy feet. Bata pa lang ako, napapalo po ako sa kakalayas ko. I’m always out playing, going to the beach, hanging out with friends, partying, going to the disco, and doing all sorts of fun stuff like a true blue extrovert. In short, I was rarely home.

Then I started working in a travel agency, got married to an international NGO worker who traveled extensively for work. Later on, I put up my own travel agency business and started organizing tours for so many clients. The world is my oyster … at literally ang layo ng narating ko. Mas dumami pa ang nunal ko sa paa. In my 32 years of experience in the travel business, I was seldom home.

But when the extreme quarantine was implemented, I didn’t have second thoughts about staying at home. It’s for everyone’s safety. Ayokong magkasakit, ayoko rin makahawa kung sakali mang carrier pala ako. Sumunod ako sa quarantine na kahit para akong nabartolina.

Sa paglagi ko sa bahay, ang dami ko nang discoveries -- nalaman ko na ang switch ng mga ilaw sa bahay namin, saan ang lock, saan ang plato, ang baso, ang kaldero … kahit hindi pa rin ako marunong magbukas ng gas range at magluto ng kanin. I’m confident that I will be learning a lot more before this extreme quarantine ends. I’m making the most out of this forced isolation because this has also been a unique opportunity for me to push the reboot button and take stock of the things that really matter in life.

I am sharing with you 7 tips that can help you and your loved ones cope with the community quarantine. Let’s all stay healthy, safe, and sane!

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1. Pray. Or meditate if you don’t really pray.

Peace starts within ourselves. Keep calm and clear your mind. Walang mabuting maidudulot ang panic.

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2. Declutter the stuff you’ve hoarded over the years.

Peace starts within ourselves. Keep calm and clear your mind. Walang mabuting maidudulot ang panic.

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3. Read books.

Nakakaubos din minsan ng brain cells ang social media. Unplug sometimes and read books. Madaming libro sa sulok-sulok ng bahay mo na inaalikabok na. They’re calling out to you. Learn something new or explore different worlds and realities when you read books.

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4. Take time to reconnect with family and friends.

We have become so busy with work that we sometimes take for granted the people we live with. Now is the time to bond with family. It could be sharing a simple meal, watching Netflix, playing board games, or singing videoke -- it’s all fun when you have your loved ones with you in the safety of your own home.

Check up on your friends, especially those living alone. Baka nabuwang na sila at kinakausap na ang mga butiki sa condo or apartment nila. Send a short but sincere message on Viber or Messenger (“Hello! Kumusta ka na? Hope you’re doing good.”) to check up on them. Better yet, call your friends to catch up.

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5. Get enough rest and sleep.

Do not pass up the chance to sleep for at least 8 hours nightly. Hindi mo ito lagi nagagawa nung wala pang quarantine at lagi kang nasa layasan. Science says it’s one of the best ways to boost the immune system.

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6. Exercise.

Yes, galaw galaw tayo. We need to move for our bodies to produce endorphins/happy hormones. No home gym equipment needed. There are a lot of exercise videos on YouTube that are easy to follow. (Try Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home program on YouTube!). You can also dance. Now is the time to perfect your Tala dance steps...kahit nakamove on na silang lahat at may iba nang uso. You can also do the house chores with joy in your heart. Maglinis ng buong bahay, magwalis at lampaso, diligan ang mga halaman, paliguan ang aso, maglaba at plantsa.

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7. Help in any way you can. Be kind.

We are living in extraordinary times because of this coronavirus pandemic. Take the high road by not indulging in all the negativity and hate (often directed at politicians). There’s so many people who need help now. You can donate to fundraisers of reputable institutions tirelessly working to make sure indigent patients as well as health workers get the assistance they need.