This too, shall pass. In the meantime, here’s how to survive a pandemic, Covid-19 edition.
The world seems to be turning upside down and we’re right here with you. Bookmark this list for the days when the pandemic sitch has you feeling lost…
Get your facts right!
Nope, texts from your aunt don’t count as a reliable source of information. Stick to official sources including ministerial speeches, CNA, The Straits Times, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation. For daily updates, sign up for the Gov.sg WhatsApp updates to get the latest information from the government. We also have a quick rundown of the Covid-19 sitch to get you up to speed in a jiffy.
Well, everything that is humanly possible, that is. As the number of cases climbs, it’s paramount that you disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home with a solution of at least 70% alcohol, wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face. If you’re heading out to buy essentials, take a bottle of hand sanitiser along and remember to keep your distance from others.
Soothe your nerves. Breathe.
Does the news make you feel anxious? It’s important to stay informed but equally crucial to stay composed. Make time for self-care this pandemic season: use aromatherapy for calming scents, try meditation apps for cultivating mindfulness, read about heartwarming tales amidst this crisis or spend that extra time to pamper your skin – whatever lifts your mood.
Work (and do everything else) from home.
Yes, do everything at home and don’t step outside if you can help it. Many companies (ours included) have already started telecommuting as a social distancing measure. If you have that option, definitely use it to keep yourself and others safe. Worried about productivity? We’ve tried and tested out these productivity hacks for work-from-home days.
Eat. Like, really well.
Time to ramp up your immunity with health-boosting foods. When you’re ordering groceries online, go for items that your immune system needs and skip the processed foods. Instant noodles won’t help you fend off any viruses, but fruits and veggies certainly can! And if you’re thinking of doing any drastic diets, don’t. Maintain a healthy caloric intake, as your body needs energy to be in its optimal condition.
Move a little. Or a lot.
Another immunity-enhancing tip: exercise. Keep your activity levels up so that you’re mentally and physically fit. You may not be able to hit the gym, but there’s always the great outdoors for you to go running or trekking in. Not keen to step outside? We’ve sussed out an entire list of free at-home workouts of all kinds, so there’s no excuse not to work up a sweat.
Seriously, get enough sleep.
Newsflash: you need your zzz’s for everything from building muscle to improving memory. Most of all, you need it for better health to see you through this pandemic. Seriously, even if you work out and eat healthy, your immunity might still be compromised if you are sleep-deprived. So make sleep a priority and clock your seven to nine hours. This shouldn’t be too difficult when you’re at home almost 24/7!
Learn something new – why not?
One good thing about having your social engagements cancelled? You now have an incredible amount of time to spend on self-development or picking up a new hobby. Be it painting, jigsaw puzzle-solving, cross stitching or other pastimes, you can totally emerge from this with a cool new skill. Want to give your career a leg up? From virtual career coaching to marketing and business analytics tools, we’ve found the best at-home learning resources that have been made completely free (for now).
Travel, but vicariously.
We know, it sucks to have your travel plans thrown out the window. Luckily, technology is here to save you from wallowing in your travel-starved misery. We’ve been keeping our spirits up with virtual tours of famous attractions, virtual walks through amazing cities, home concerts by music celebs, and cooing over the cutest zoo animals through the screen.
Stay strong, keep your (social) distance and we’ll see you on the other side.