If you’re about to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine in Hong Kong, keep reading as a Spanish “quarantini” shares a list of things to help you survive.
Before the pandemic went viral, no one would have pictured themselves doing a 14-day quarantine in Hong Kong, staring at fashion websites with free shipping to Hong Kong, or trying to avoid social-media’s negative impacts. Some might find it challenging to stay sane at home during quarantine. We don’t want you to feel alone, so here are some tips that might help reduce the covid-induced anxiety.
What to know about arrival at the airport
There are two important things you need to go through after arriving at the airport. (1) you’ll fill a health form and get an electronic wristband to keep you tracked for the next 14 days. (2) you’ll have to take a Covid-19 test. The waiting time for the test results lasts a couple of hours and can be quite exhausting, especially if you’ve just gotten off of a long flight. Be patient and get some snacks, although you’ll get water and a sandwich there. Once you have the results, you can go to your hotel or home, activate your wristband and start your quarantine.
1. Get food
You can’t leave your apartment by any circumstances so first things first: food. There are many shops that offer grocery delivery services right to your doorstep. If you spend quarantine alone this is your life saver. Hong Kong is well known for its delicious food so you could start trying some local treats from supermarkets like ParknShop, Citysuper or Wellcome. And if you feel like you need to spice up things a little bit any day, you can always order food from restaurants via FoodPanda, Deliveroo and UberEats.
2. Set your mind at ease
Try out this Five-Minute Relaxation Practice with Himalayan Singing Bowls. You can even do it at your desk! Pure Yoga World Trade Centre
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This situation can be hard at the beginning and it’s completely normal to sometimes feel sad, distracted or anxious. If you have jet lag, try to adjust to this time zone right away and set up a routine, like getting up/going to bed at the same time. Organise your day considering work hours, meals and save some time for you. Think this is only temporary and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
3. Take care of your body
Yoga, dance, pilates, crossfit. It doesn’t matter as long as you move! Days can sometimes feel timeless and if you are usually very active, you might also feel that you are neither tired nor sleepy. Doing some exercise will definitely help you with that. My favourites are Blogilates by Cassie Ho and the app Downdog Yoga but there are plenty of fitness apps and online classes you can join from home. Check out this free workout playlist to start right away.
After a good workout, enjoy some selfcare time. Have a nice shower, put on a facemask and body cream, and relax for a while. Although you’re not going outside, it’s important to take care of your body.
4. Stay connected
Reach out to family and friends, they need to hear from you and you need to speak to them! Keep in touch, ask about their day, tell them how you are doing, ask for recipes to try (these blueberry chia pots are both tasty and healthy), and Netflix recommendations to watch next. They miss you too.
5. Screen detox
We can spend hours and hours looking at our phones, tablets, laptops and TV. It’s good to disconnect from screens for a while and your eyes will thank you for it. Grab a book and read, maybe listen to a podcast or the radio, or utilise the limited ingredients at home to cook something different than your usual pasta.