COVID Ramblings: How Quarantining Ourselves from a Deadly Virus Could be a Blessing

From the title, I am obviously not saying that the coronavirus outbreak is a blessing. The fast-spreading virus is terrible and destructive, and great actions need to be taken after this is over in order to make sure this never happens again.

Having to hide ourselves from the rest of the world can be very hard on the country in more ways than one; there’s the possibility of mental problems, physical problems, abuse, malnutrition, and other things. Quarantine is not ideal, but these are the circumstances that we’ve found ourselves in. We must make the best of what we have, which is the topic for today.

How could we possibly see the coronavirus outbreak and quarantining ourselves as a blessing? First of all, we now have the ability to be self-sufficient. This means being able to take care of your needs by yourself. Your food, your transportation, or what have you will not be limited by the outside world. This is great for a number of reasons, the greatest being that you don’t have to depend on anyone to determine whether you eat or whether or not you get somewhere.

If we’re honest, this is exactly what we need. Self-sufficiency is a great characteristic for a community to have. Yes, we all love to go to the grocery store and buy steaks, milk, orange juice, apple juice, eggs, and all that, but money will not always be there, and neither will the grocery store. And even if both will never disappear, there’s a sense of pride in growing your own food, raising your own cattle, pigs, and chickens, and building a sense of community with your neighbors, which is definitely something that we’ve lost in the world. This also might be healthier option than buying processed goods, which leads to my next point.

Physical health is just as important as anything during this crisis. Staying healthy and fit is a key ingredient is building a strong image of yourself, which in turn builds confidence, but more importantly because it is essential in extending your life expectancy. Working out is great because it has so many external benefits, and the best part about it is that you can do it with very little space. Whether you have a large gym or a small living room, you can always find some workouts that are easy to do in small spaces while being very challenging. Be sure to drink plenty of water, eat plenty of proteins and carbs, and take in electrolytes, because working out without the proper nutrients is probably just as bad as not working out at all.

The last thing to mention is maintaining mental health. Mental health is essential during these trying times because it can prevent stress, help maintain physical health, and increase overall cognition. To maintain mental health, you should try to interact with activities or games that encourage mental activity. These activities can be board games, chess, mobile apps like Lumosity, reading, or learning something new, like cooking.

All of these things are ways that we can better ourselves while held back by a national quarantine. One of the worst things that we can do is stand still and come out of this the exact same as we were when we went in. So go and better yourself, and use this time to do something you’ve always wanted to do.

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