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Dos and don'ts while physical distancing

April 3, 2020

From overconsuming media to eating all your ‘quarantine’ snacks in one go, we’re all a bit confused about what to do and not do during this time of physical distancing. So I’m here to help with a list of the DOs and DONTs:

DOs

Learn/develop a new skill 

If you’re not presently working from home, then you may have some free time on your hands. So why not learn a new skill? Learn a new language. Take a short online course to develop a skill you’ll need for work. Maybe it’s a good time to learn how to cook since you can’t go out to eat ;). I mean, you’re gonna get tired of those Ramen noodles at some point. 

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Read 

You now have the perfect opportunity to grab a book or to finish that book you’ve been reading since 2017 and can’t get past page 10. Novels, articles, self-help, whatever. Just get cozy and get reading. P.s. maybe it’s a good time to read some finance-related stuff as you’ll want to know how to navigate the troubling times ahead according to the financial outlooks. 

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Breathe/relax

Maybe I should have made this number one, but it’s not too late. Please breathe and relax. Panicking and stressing is only going to send your mental health further downhill than it probably already is. Find your calm centre. Find your peace. Try to think positively and don’t stress so much. Do what you can to protect yourself, your loved ones and the rest, you hope for the best. You can’t fix the things that are outside of your control.

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Wash your hands 

If I could scream this from the top of Mount Everest, I would. Soap and water are your best friends right now. Wash your hands. If your hands aren’t looking ashy and dry from washing them every second, then you’re not washing them enough. Scrub, scrub! 

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Consume a lot of vitamin-rich foods and just eat healthy stuff!

If there’s ever a time that you need your immune system to be on point, it’s now. Drink orange juice, eat oranges, eat your veggies. Take your vitamins. Stay hydrated. 

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DONTs 

Don’t buy all the toilet paper in the supermarket.

I don’t think I need to explain this, but let me go slower. Do. Not. Buy. All. The. Toilet. Paper. In. The. Supermarket. (Unless you’re like gonna build a toilet paper fort or develop a bowling game or something). But I promise you, you don’t need all that toilet paper. You can’t eat it.  

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Don’t touch your face. 

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I saw that. Stop. Only God knows what your hands have touched at this point. Protect your face at all costs. You’re not only gonna have an acne flare-up this time, Susan.  

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Don’t message your ex

With everyone thinking the world could be ending next week, you’re tempted to rekindle old flames. Don’t do it! Ex is short for example of what not to do again. Put that phone down. 

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Don’t forget to be kind

Right now, it’s like every person for themself and the world is a battlefield. But don’t forget to be kind. Don’t buy all the stock on the supermarket shelves. Save something for the person coming after you. I guarantee you don’t need 30 cases of tuna. Reach out to the elderly who may be having a difficult time getting their groceries or meals ready. Just don’t be selfish. We’re all in this together. 

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Don’t give up 

It’s hard, but bad times don’t last my friend. It’s gonna get better. Hang in there. Fight. We’ll get through this. 

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This is definitely not an exhaustive list, but you get the picture. Stay safe and have fun while doing it. Corona won’t last forever (I hope *FINGERS CROSSED*). 

Keep the faith.