Survive the coronavirus lockdown with these easy tips
The coronavirus lockdown is not easy for extroverts. If you are the bubbly kind that loves crowds and attention, social isolation can really drive you nuts. Some of the adverse effects of isolation and loneliness include depression, increased mortality, cardiovascular diseases, platelet aggression, cardiac arrhythmia, stroke, decreased sleep, cardiovascular aging, increased inflammation, high cholesterol levels (in men), dementia, high blood pressure, obesity, weak immunity, anxiety, and cognitive decline. Below are ways to cope during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown:
Most governments have advised their citizens to work from home, with Kenya requesting that only providers of essential services report to work. However, not every employee can afford to work from home and business owners fear that their staff members will not deliver when working from home.
If you are selling a service, it is easier for you to work from home. All you need to do is start the process of generating leads online, invest in online customer service, and start managing your team virtually. If you need help to set up your virtual channels and training on how to manage your teams virtually, hire an expert who can help you co-ordinate work and collaborate on projects with your teams online.
Those selling physical products can also try online channels and work with delivery companies to move the products.
It is important to stock up food supplies to keep you alive during the lockdown period. Eating a balanced diet is key to good health and robust immunity. You can buy foods such as:
- Dry foods – rice, beans, peas, lentils, maize etc
- Cereals – Weetabix, muesli
- Dried or canned vegetables – Tomato paste, sossi, canned tuna, omena etc
- Stew creams – vegetable, mushroom,
- Frozen foods – beef, chicken, fish
- Canned fruits
- Enough drinking water
- Long-life milk
- Fresh produce – onions, potatoes, lettuce, carrots, apples, grapes, kiwis, mangoes, oranges
- Spices – tumeric, ginger, garlic
It may not be possible for you to go to the gym or do your regular morning job during the lockdown. However, your body will still respond to your inactivity and start sending messages to remind you about your sedentary life. You can buy a skipping rope and use it around your compound, do stretches and other indoor exercises to stay fit. You can also help your domestic help with household chores as they also help you move around and stay fit. Given that you are required to disinfect and clean up your house daily, you can take up some of the cleaning tasks as an alternative to the gym.
Technology has made it easier for people to stay connected, and social media platforms have already taken over physical interactions. During this time, a lot of people will find themselves with a lot of free time. You can always call your friends on Whatsapp, Facebook or try other online conferencing platforms for group meetings such as Google Hangouts and Skype.
Online shopping is going to make things very easy for you. You will need to avoid crowded spaces such as supermarkets during these times of social distancing. Tuskys has set aside 4 branches to help Kenyans get the supplies they need without visiting the stores. If you live around Athi River, Westlands, Langata Road, and Embakasi, you can easily get your supplies hassle-free from Tuskys Athi River, Westlands, T-Mall, and Embakasi branches. All you need to do is Whatsapp your shopping list to the nearest Tuskys online store agent and receive it through their delivery partners for 250 shillings.
Naivas Supermarket is also supporting online shopping in Nairobi. All you need to do is visit the Naivas website, select all the items you need, add them to cart then check out. A representative will call you to confirm if the items are present, and also confirm your order. Deliveries are made in the morning and in the evening at a cost of 200 shillings.
Most churches in Nairobi stream their services online. You can watch services from Parklands Baptist Church, CITAM, JCC, Harvesters Global Church among others online. In addition, you can always watch other international preachers on Youtube or follow their services. These include Porter’s House, Joel Osteen among others.
When it comes to Bible Study, YouVersion Bible App has a variety of Bible Study Plans that you can do with friends. This app also allows you to add friends that can study the Bible with you. Bible Gateway also has links to other Online Bible Studies that you can plug into.
This is a tricky season for hobbyists. Picking sex workers and single ladies for one night stands is now a risky affair. While Tinder, Badoo and Tagged have always made it easier to get cheap sex quickly, you will now need to take caution when it comes to sex. Married men are now picking coronavirus from their mistresses, and those who hire cheap escorts do not know where she has been. The best way to stay safe is by sticking with your partner.
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