How to Keep Yourself Sane During the Quarantine

The Philippines is currently still under an enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Without a doubt, it has been a struggle for everyone to be stuck in the same environment with the same people for a long period of time.

Aside from binge-watching your favorite series on Netflix all day, here are some things you can do in the four corners of your room without being insensitive, while continuing to learn amidst the virus outbreak.

How to Keep Yourself Sane During the Quarantine

Read, read, read!

Keep the creative juices and knowledge flowing with free comics and zines that have been uploaded online. Several local content creators and writers have shared their works via PDF and Google Drive for easy access readings during the home quarantine. In case youโ€™re getting sick of re-reading the old books on your shelf; grab your phone, download some, and start reading. Some of them are only available for a limited time, by the way, so hurry!

Listen to podcasts.

Tired of the same songs playing on shuffle? Check out some interesting podcasts from unproblematic celebrities: Saab Magalona for Wake Up With Jim (her husband), Enchong Dee talking about financial literacy, Joyce Pring tackling adulting, and couple Mikael Daez and Megan Young giving relationship advice.

If youโ€™re the type of person who loves chills and thrills, you can listen to the horror podcast โ€œStories After Dark.โ€ It features true crime, mystery, and haunted stories about things like the Hanging Coffins in Sagada, Balete Drive, the Diplomat Hotel in Baguio, and the Maguindanao Massacre.ย

Watch live stream concerts.

Festivals and tours have been cancelled. Bars and concert venues are temporarily closed. Even artists are practicing self-quarantine. Coldplayโ€™s Chris Martin, John Legend, Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, Pink, and more artists perform via Instagram live to entertain and serenade their fans.

Local artists Ebe Dancel, Ben&Ben, and other celebrities lightened up and gave hope to the Filipino viewers through a short performance via live stream, as well. These live streams feel uplifting as we can enjoy musical events and sing our hearts out from the comfort of our homes.ย


Take a virtual museum tour.

Take this chance to appreciate art, culture, and history without getting off of the couch. There are virtual museum tours available online, big thanks to Google Arts and Culture! The online platform provides digital tours of more than 2,500 museums and galleries around the world, among them, are New York Cityโ€™s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Amsterdamโ€™s Rijksmuseum, and Van Gogh Museum. You can also get a glimpse of the National Museum and Presidential Museum and Library! Exciting, right?ย 


Letโ€™s also take care of our mental health as we fight this pandemic. Continue learning and be productive at home! May this crisis become a lesson for all of us to reflect on our choices and actions that will affect the future of the country, well, IYKWIM. Always wash your hands, fam!ย 

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