Before we begin just listen, Stay Home Stay Safe. Why?
Because staying home can save your life in this situation we are facing all over the world.
Now here’s the situation, COVID-19 is forcing us all to stay inside, we are advised to stay indoors and avoid going outside unless absolutely necessary. And I get it; it’s for our own safety; there’s still no cure for COVID-19, so the best thing we can do is to avoid catching the disease entirely.
But staying inside is not as fun as you’d think. For example, when I first heard that I’d have to stay home due to this new Coronavirus, I was worried. Then I thought to myself, wow I get a free vacation; finally, I can wake up late without worrying. I don’t have to go to work, and I can watch Netflix all day.
After a few days, though, I started to realise that staying inside is not the vacation that I had hoped it’d be.
Here are my thoughts on staying home, The Good The Bad & The Boring, I’ve been watching too much Netflix.
The Good Things
It’s almost like a vacation.
Do I have to point it out? I mean come on, have you ever been given such an opportunity before? This is the first time in my life that I’ve been told to stay inside and do nothing.
My mom would be so mad, growing up she’s been telling me to go out and do something, but here we are, forced to stay inside and do nothing.
You get to rest and let your mind and body heal.
The other thing that would count as a good thing about staying home is that I finally get to rest. I’ve been exhausted with being too busy with work, staying home has allowed me to rest and regain energy. I’m sure you’d agree with me on this, staying home and relaxing is the best.
Your apartment gets a much-needed cleaning.
Due to COVID-19, we’ve been advised to clean regularly used objects such as cell phones, laptops and PCs. One thing that I’m very proud of is this. When I was cleaning my PC the other day, I noticed the horrible shape my apartment was in. Again it made me think of my mom and how she’d scold me for not cleaning my room.
So I finally decided to clean my apartment, and you would be surprised how thoroughly a person can clean stuff if it’s a matter of life and death. I mean by the time I was done cleaning my apartment, you could probably use it as an operation theatre, that’s how clean it was.
Are we sure that this new Coronavirus wasn’t created by some Chinese Moms to make their kids clean up their rooms? (I’m joking, staying inside for so long is making me weird)
You get to work from home.
So, another thing that I must mention is that just because I don’t have to go to work doesn’t mean I don’t have to work. This is the year 2020, after all. Most of us do all our work on a computer anyway. So like a good employee, I too started to work from home. It was the first time I had to work from home, so the process was quite interesting.
Let me tell you, the joy you feel working from home sitting on your couch comfortably, not having to wear any formal clothes is extraordinary. I can do whatever I want without having to fear what my colleagues would think.
There are some bad sides of working from home; I will talk about them on The Bad section.
You get to catch up on your favourite TV Shows.
I’m sure that you’ve been meaning to catch up on your favourite TV shows just like me, but you just didn’t have the time. Well, you have time now, what are you waiting for, start binging the shows you’ve always wanted to see.
As for me, I already rewatched The Office and finished the last season of Sherlock. And I also watched a few classic movies.
You get to spend time with your loved ones.
This is the best good thing about staying at home. You get to spend time with your loved ones, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. The support of loved ones is very important.
The Bad Things
You have to work from home
You see working from home is also a bad thing, I mean come on, you work all day in your office, your home is the last place you expect to work in. But this COVID-19 has left us with no other option if we can’t work outside we have to work from inside.
But working inside is not fun, not for long that is. The good things about working from home are enticing, but the thing is our brains are not wired to be productive in our homes. Not my brain at least.
Sitting on your couch will automatically make you want to watch the TV. It’s because our brains are wired to relax in your home and be productive in our workplace.
And I didn’t know that in the beginning. At first, I was very productive and was excited about working from home. But after a few days, I started to notice that my productivity had decreased dramatically. I found myself getting distracted continuously and not working.
If you’ve faced a similar obstacle or if you know any productivity tips that have worked for you, then please share them with us, leave a comment below.
You start to miss the outside world.
Staying home is great and all but stay inside long enough, and you’ll start missing the outside world. If you are still not missing the outside yet then trust me you will miss it just give time; it will happen eventually.
At one point, I found myself just staring outside, looking at the empty road. Is that weird?
You start to get lazy.
Oh boy, this is a very big bad thing about staying home for an extended time. You start to get lazy and slowly start to lose your motivation. You fall into a vicious cycle of eating, sleeping and surfing the internet. (I hope you didn’t discover this blog while wasting your surfing the web)
I guess humans weren’t meant to stay inside.
You don’t get to exercise, and that is not good for your health
I know, I know, you can work out at your home, but it’s just not the same as working out at the gym or going for a run outside. Add to the fact that you don’t get the same motivation to work out from home unless you are strong-willed.
Over time it starts to put a negative effect on your body.
I started to do cardio at home, but I found that I just wasn’t pushing myself as much and cardio can’t make up for weightlifting. I miss my gym.
Your mind starts to worry, and uncertainty and depression creep in.
This is very important, and you should know about it. Staying inside your home for days can have a very bad effect on your mind. Especially as you are stuck in your home because of a serious disease that has no cure yet.
It’s instinctive, you, I, all of us are afraid of things that are threatening and can harm ourselves and our loved one.
I faced this issue and noticed that when I stay at home, I end up spending most of my time on the internet. And there I see news from all over the world and how Coronavirus is affecting people.
This does make me worry, and I find myself depressed.
The Boring Things
Staying inside is boring. The other day I found myself so bored that I counted all the tiles on my room’s floor.
Watching TV shows and surfing the internet loses its appeal after a week.
Eventually, you will get bored, just like I did. But after a while, getting bored starts to feel boring.
Then you will hopefully get a sudden motivation to share your experiences of staying home because of COVID-19 just like I’m doing now.
So yeah that is what I’m doing now, writing this blog to share my experiences with you.
Hopefully, this coronavirus pandemic will be over soon, and we can get back to our normal daily lives.
For things to go back to normal, it will take time. There is still no cure for Coronavirus, and it will take time to develop a vaccine.
So the best thing that you and I can do is to stay home and stay safe. The relevant authorities are working very hard to contain this COVID-19 and make sure people get the proper treatment.
We should try our best to help them in any way possible, and the best thing we can do now does not get infected. We can do that by staying home and maintaining social distancing.
So no matter how boring it gets, stay home and stay safe.