Before 2020 even started, most of us, as a traveler has a lot of booked plane tickets, booked accommodations, and unlimited plans listed on our little traveling pads. We are looking forward to a new beginning. We are excited about our upcoming adventures. Little did we know that 2020 has something big planned ahead of us – a pandemic. The coronavirus or COVID-19.
What is COVID-19?
Based on the World Health Organization or WHO, “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.” The outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December 2019.
How does it Spread or How to Prevent Coronavirus from Spreading?
Based on many studies, this coronavirus can spread via human closed contact – when respiratory droplets from sneezing or coughing with an infected person happened. Since there are some people tested positive with the virus that has shown no symptoms like fever, dry cough, nasal congestion, sore throat and diarrhea or vomiting, each government from many affected areas advised everybody to stay at home and do a self-quarantine routine.
Personal hygiene should also be followed especially using alcohol or washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds mostly when you went to a public place. Always clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces like the doorknobs, faucets, etc.
Quarantine in the Time of Coronavirus
Nobody likes to be quarantined for a long time. Whether you are an introvert, extrovert or an ambivert – no amount of lockdown or quarantine will keep you at the right time. You may not notice it, but with this pandemic, you shouldn’t be just looking after your respiratory or physical health. Your mental health is as important as such. Should you feel more stressed, feeling tired or restless after feeling lethargic, too much thinking about things, feeling solitary loneliness or even having trouble sleeping, think again. This quarantine will do no good, especially for the people who loves going outside or traveling.
How to Stay Sane Under Quarantine Season as a Traveler
To start this, I am no professional. I didn’t have a Ph.D. in health and mental illness. However, this pandemic has brought me so much stress. I did travel last February in Japan but that was never enough. I have booked a flight in China, reserved some hostels in Europe, and looking forward to hitting the beach with my friends.
My sleeping routine has changed. I’ve never been so tired in my life. I’ve lost any motivation I have left. Nonetheless, this coronavirus seems to be killing me inside.
I then posted on my Facebook account about my troubles in sleeping, thought it was anxiety. Some of my friends confirmed that I am not alone. Some have provided me advice. Traveler or not, hope these things help you too:
- Treat you body with DIY Home beauty treatments.
- Avoid using your phone during the night so sleep could find you.
- Check out for new things to try: Cooking, Baking, Quilting, Crocheting, Reading are some of the things that keep me busy.
- Give something to yourself to maintain your body – EXERCISE even you’re at home.
- Revisit your travel photos and videos.
- Create a travel video from your previous adventures.
- Constantly talk to your friends, or family.
- Spend more time with your pet/s.
- Create a journal.
- Compile all your future traveling dreams and plan ahead.
- Though there is a national economic breakdown, find ways to help our front liners.
- Find an online job.
- Meditate. Or do at-home Yoga.
- Think of the good things. Clear your mind.
- Pray. Pray so hard that in a few weeks or so, this pandemic will be gone for good.
Should these things won’t calm you down, contact a professional. Call your medical doctor. Most of them are available online to help us. Again, these are only a suggestion from a fellow traveler struggling every day to be okay. Whatever suits you, feel free to do it. Just be okay and be better. You are not alone, there are also like you, like me, experiencing this.
Til’ we travel again. Til’ we could go out safely again.