To combat the spread of COVID-19 in India, the government has announced a complete lockdown for 21 days (starting from March 25, 2020) in India. Currently, the need of the hour for all Indians is to stay indoors and strictly observe social distancing through home quarantine to control the spread of the new Coronavirus disease.

Home quarantine is a precautionary measure undertaken to limit the exposure of healthy individuals to suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. The idea is to control and prevent the spreading of the disease to newer areas and cities.

During this lockdown, most citizens are expected to be at home. While home quarantine could sound fun and relaxing for most, others might not have a routine in place to keep themselves busy. And sudden changes in one’s daily routine can result in varying moods and emotions and could also increase boredom or fatigue.

To avoid getting physically and mentally stressed during the home quarantine period, here are 6 quick tips:

1. Plan Out Your Week

Create a daily plan of action for the entire week. Plugin fun and creative activities every day so that you have something exciting to look forward to. Don’t forget to allocate time for exercise and relaxation as well. There are tons of live online workout sessions that you can join from home to stay active and energetic.

2. Get Dressed

Taking a shower, brushing your hair and getting dressed will make you feel fresh and positive. Walking around in your pyjamas all day will make you feel lazy and low. So, get dressed every day to keep your spirits high and going.

3. Cook Fresh & Eat Fresh

One of the best ways to beat fatigue and lethargicness is to eat well-cooked and nutritious foods. Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily diet and load up on immunity-boosting foods like nuts, lemons, oranges and yogurt.

4. Help, Help & Help

Helping out with daily chores at home is a good mood-booster. You can choose to do the dishes, clean the garden or even help with simple things like laying the table or making the bed. By getting involved in these tasks, you will be able to spend more time with your family, feel positive and feel safe. 

5. Have a comfortable work-from-home setup

If you are working remotely from home, set up a comfortable work station. Choose a well-ventilated and a well-lit, noise-free corner. Plan your working hours and take breaks whenever necessary to reduce the stress.

6. Stay Calm and Positive

A pandemic like COVID-19 is definitely something to be concerned about. With so much news and information readily available all the time, it is easy to get stressed and panic. While at home, make sure you do not spend all day watching TV or reading about the disease. Use social media wisely and spend time with loved ones.