∙ Find new hobbies and passions for yourself.
∙ Maintain a regular sleep schedule.
∙ Take time for yourself to relax.
∙ Keep up with school work.
∙ Call family and friends or find a way to stay in contact - hearing those voices and staying in the loop on other’s lives will keep you company as well as excite you for when you can finally see them in person.
∙ Take care of your family; You are all going through this together, and so it is important for everyone to feel the comfort, safety and happiness within your own home.
∙ Think about all the positives that will come out of this situation.
∙ Write three things that you are grateful for in a journal every evening.
∙ Take daily showers to keep yourself clean and refreshed.
∙ Make good use of this time - learn a new language, practice an instrument, go over school material.
∙ Seek help if you are feeling lonely, overwhelmed, sad, depressed etc; There are so many people out there to listen and help with your problems, whether it is a therapist, parent, sibling, friend, or any other professional.
∙ Learn new useful skills, such as doing the laundry, cleaning your bathroom, cooking for yourself or your family.
∙ Listen to the rules concerning social distancing and other safety precautions.
∙ Keep your brain occupied and busy; Play some brain games, solve logical puzzles, read articles about subjects that interest you.
∙ Focus on your self-development and the vision you see for yourself coming out of quarantine. Think about certain qualities and mindsets you want to improve when you come out of quarantine.
∙ Go outside to enjoy the nice weather and sunshine!
∙ Sit around all day - it will drive you crazy, let alone lazy!
∙ Constantly watch the news - your mind will be filled with COVID-19 information and stories that may not be too pleasant, and can instigate negative feelings and emotions.
∙ Stare at your phone for long periods of time - your eyes need to relax!
∙ Compare your levels of productivity to those of others; Everyone works at a different pace and is living under different circumstances, so all that should matter is that you use your time efficiently and conveniently for yourself.
∙ Overwhelm yourself with too many tasks - quarantine is one of those rare moments in life where you should find time to relax and enjoy a bit of freedom (even from within the confines of your own home).
∙ Keep your negative thoughts to yourself... or else your head will burst and the emotions will only get stronger and more detrimental to your health.
∙ Listen to that little voice in your brain that tells you that it is okay to meet up with large groups of friends or stay within two meters of strangers.
∙ Think about the pandemic all the time, as well as often bring it up in conversations with other people. Instead, discuss something interesting or exciting to keep your head in a positive place!
∙ Think about how things could have been and ponder over things you have missed out on - always think about the present, not the past.
∙ Take for granted the many things that are still available to you, such as nature, bike rides and the walks you can take.
∙ Spend all day studying and stressing about school; If you are having a hard time, contact your teacher or speak with a guidance counselor, because they are there to help and support you.
∙ Touch your face before washing your hands.