The majority of media representation around the Coronavirus is death, doom and gloom – but it needn’t be a time of scaremongering. As communities rally together, and Italian residents host discos on their balconies, there are things we can do for self-enhancement.
Learn a new skill
It’s said that you should find three hobbies in life; one to make you money, one to keep you in shape and one to be creative. The Japanese concept of Ikigai extends this a little further as the secret to happiness and purpose in one’s life, to find something you love, something you’re good at, something the world needs and something you can be paid for.
With a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips, why not put these principles into action and start that hobby you never had time for – who knows? It may even become a side hustle.
Read a Book
That leads on quite nicely to finding time to read! In fact, there is a popular book on Ikigai if you’re interested. Reading has many benefits – mental stimulation, expanded vocabulary and stress reduction to name a few. If you’re not sure what to sink your teeth into, Lucy from The Literary Edit provides some insightful reviews.
Create a positive habit
It’s said it can take 21 days to form a new habit, and with many in quarantine or self-isolation for up to 12 weeks it seems like the perfect time to start crafting that habit. Perhaps it’s to cook more or making time for exercise? Apps like Down Dog and 7 Min Workout make it easier.
Set some life goals
It may seem like an uncertain time now, but it’s also a good time to stop and think about what you really want out of life. Personal goals help you to align your everyday life to achieve future aspirations, so why not make an honest list of things you’d like to achieve in 1, 5 or even 10 years? Decide if what you’re currently doing helps achieve that, if not make some positive changes.