The Muslimah’s guide to surviving The Coronavirus Self-Isolation and Lockdown
First off, I know i don’t need to tell you to practice personal hygiene or stock up your pantry responsibly and sensibly. You already know all this. Neither do I want to make you panic. What I want to remind you and myself of is the benefits that come with solitude and how we can maximise them. So without further ado, here are some of the things you can do with your time in self-isolation. And none of them include Netflix binge-watching. Don’t do that.
- Wardrobe or Closet Clear-out : This is a good way to get started on your spring cleaning if you haven’t already. It is also good for finding forgotten pieces in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn in a long time. I love a good closet clear-out because it gives me an idea of the types of outfits I tend to wear often and so when I go shopping, I know not to impulse-buy something that will end up gathering cobweb in my wardrobe. Another plus is that I might discover something I love and end up shopping in my own wardrobe. The possibilities are endless with this one: charity, reselling or up cycling.
- Start or revive a hobby: I started Mandala colouring a while back and I am looking forward to spending more time on it as things get a bit quieter in the coming weeks. It is really good for mindfulness and stress-relief and I highly recommend it. It is also useful as a group activity to do with kids when they begin to get some cabin fever, as they undoubtedly will.
- Begin a DIY project: I have a coffee table in my living room that needs spray-painting and updating and I have been putting it off since last year. I think i will finally get round to it and hopefully get some nice before and after pictures for the blog. I have never done DIY in my life and it is one of the many things on my list of “new things to try” so I am super excited for this one. Have a look around the house and see what needs a new coat of paint, or an update or just a good deep clean. It will keep you on your feet and make you happy afterwards, when you step back to take in the result of all your hard work.
- Learn a new skill: This could be anything, and you don’t have to leave your home for it. There are loads of free classes online, YouTube videos to watch and Whatsapp groups to join. A good thing to also try is blogging or journaling. It will be interesting to keep a journal of everything that happens during this period and if Allah wills, you will get to look back at it all with gratitude in your heart.
- Get closer to the Book of Allah: As we know, Ramadan is coming and this is the perfect opportunity to start sowing the seeds of Tilaawah Quran and reading up on the Tafseer of the verses. Habits aren’t developed overnight so if we want to become people of the Quran especially during the month of the Quran, we need to start putting the work in right now.
No one knows what this Pandemic is going to bring, but as long as we are still here and healthy, the best we can do is make the most of the time and health that we have.
Ibn Abbas reported: The messenger of Allah (Sallalahu alayhi wa Salam) said
Take advantage of five before five:
your youth before your old age,
your health before your illness,
your riches before your poverty,
your free time before your work,
and your life before your death.”
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