It’s Summer Indoors in the Philippines
It’s official! The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration had just declared termination of the northeast monsoon and start of dry season, which most Filipinos would call (including me), yep summer.
Question is, how do we do summer in Ncovid-19 quarantine especially if you’re like me living in a rented studio with barely enough space to jump around, in the heart of the city?
Soon as I jump from my air mattress, yep I sleep on the floor, I give myself a little pumping up by doing 10-15 jumping jacks and 10 squats. Yes I know, that’s barely two minutes of exercise but because I am merely 99 lbs I feel like medium to intense physical workouts will not be good for me, especially I have a limit on my food intake and I cannot go beyond that. I don’t want to loose a few extra pounds, nope.
That aside, even a little exercise in the morning brings me positive vibes and supplies me a bit of motivation to go through another day in this time of quarantine.
2. Meditate or Reconnect with a Hobby
I don’t meditate really, I have done it a few times in the past but now I just don’t. However I found something that gives me a similar effect to meditation.
Last week I decided to reconnect with an old hobby, crocheting, and pulled out craft materials from my stack of boxes. The purpose was just to get busy with a little something to get my mind off things that’s happening now but as I progress into my project, I realized my thoughts are getting calmer, my breathing is relaxing, and I am beginning to just focus on the texture of my yarn and the tension of my stitches.
It made me feel relaxed and at ease and yes, for a little time I forgot about the things that I am being anxious about.
3. Cook a Dish
I am not a good cook, and I would like to be the first one to tell you that before you learn it from anyone else. However, whenever I feel like cooking a little something, getting on with it relaxes me just like how crochet alleviates my anxiety. I find it distracting but in a positive way, like it takes my mind off negative thoughts. Maybe because food always bring a pinch of happiness to everyone?
4. Clean Around
Crochet aside, this is my second favorite thing to do. I don’t know what is it with cleaning around, and re-arranging things that I find so satisfying.
I am a bit of a meticulous person, a bit perfectionist in some ways, and cleaning and polishing around is a no-fail positive diversion for me. Plus, smelling a nicely-bleached home brings me comfort, so much so that staying in is far better than going outside. Yes, I love a nice bleach scent!
5. Have Some Tea
I admit, I don’t do boba milky teas but I do however love proper teas, you know the tea-bag kind of tea and my favorites are Chamomile tea, White tea, and Earl Grey tea. I have tried an English Breakfast before but it was too much for me, I guess medium to dark teas are a bit challenging.
The reason why I am including this on my list is because I think drinking or consuming something earthy, if that makes sense, somehow makes me feel more connected to nature and therefore provides me a sense of tranquility. Now I am thinking, I want to add matcha tea on my next grocery!
6. Read a Book or Listen to a Podcast
I have no fancy books here with me in my rented apartment except for a large Sherlock Holmes quiz book, however I do know that reading something that suits our own personal preferences brings some quiet enjoyment, if that makes sense.
As for me, my best option, besides downloading books online, is listening to podcasts. The recent book that I have just finished is by Mark Manson, yes you know it, everybody knows it, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. It is not peaceful by any means, it will pound on you so I cannot recommend that, not at this time. Still, whatever floats your boat, so go ahead and listen to whatever podcast interests you.
7. Listen to Smooth Jazz
Who doesn’t draw in good vibes from smooth jazz music? I don’t know anyone.
8. Call up Your Parents or Friends
This is probably the most cheesy on this list, but calling up on people whom we treasure the most, I think is one of the best way to ease the mind. Catch up on them. Ask how they are, and vice versa confide in how you are. With all that’s said and done, knowing that our loved ones are okay brings comfort in the heart.
9. When All Else Fail, Dress Up, Put a Light Makeup On, and Go Spritz on Your Favorite Summer Fragrance
Stay safe everyone. Lovelots,
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