Although I’d love to say that home is really where the heart is, at this point in time and considering current circumstances, home is that place where from now onwards you’re probably studying, working or simply just chilling!
And what could possibly be so hard about being at home? I mean your pet is probably having the time of their life, but for many of us, being confined to four walls has its cons, especially considering we all live extremely busy and fast-paced lives.
So, in light of our current reality, I’ve decided to give you ways to survive staying at home, as ironic as it sounds. And don’t forget, in times of confusion, panic and strife, it’s always so important to be kind to one another because even on a cloudy day, a blue sky is still there!
Uhh Netflix, Stan & Foxtel… Must we say any more?
Thank you to whoever invented streaming services, you are officially the real MVP. Grab a blanket and prep that popcorn because the world is officially your oyster if you have anything from Netflix to Stan or Disney +. If you’ve had a TV Show, series or movie you’ve been absolutely dying to watch but never found the time, this is your chance so take advantage of it! And to that person that said you couldn’t finish an entire season of Friends in one day, well they better just watch you.
Spring Cleaning (in Autumn)
It’s not actually Spring, but you heard it firsthand here, Spring cleaning is now and forever an all year round thing. We’re making lists and we’re checking them twice as we begin Marie Kondo-ing anything and everything in our rooms. From letting go of those old movie tickets you’ve been hoarding as memorabilia or clearing out that dress you bought in Year 7 in your wardrobe, now is also your chance to clean your space and go about the remainder of the year in a new, organised and clean mind frame. Tip: If you’re extra like me, arrange your wardrobe in colour coordination, it’s extremely aesthetically pleasing!
As mentioned earlier, we all live very busy lifestyles and it can be hard to find a moment where you can sit back and allow everything to finally fade into slow motion. Take this time to reflect on yourself as an individual and figure out how you can grow as a person! A way to tap into that inner-peace is through none other than yoga or meditation. Not only does this boost your immune system, it reduces anxiety and depression as well as improves your memory and sleep! DUSA loves apps Headspace and Bloom which have a range of meditation options based on emotions you’re feeling and experiencing. Alternatively you can find both yoga and meditation tutorials free for use on YouTube. Hooray…
Mad about Music
Always loved Pop music and never felt comfortable with country or right with rap? That’s okay, because DUSA’s got you covered! With hundreds of music genres out there, we’re challenging you to change it up and try mix up your taste in music for a little bit. Follow our account (@DUSA) on Spotify and never have another dull moment because we’ve sorted you with some classics in our ‘Hits from Home’ playlist that will get your musical juices flowing! Connect your beats pill or activate your AirPods because after listening, we know you’ll be as mad about music as we are.
If you’re anything like me, you’re a fitness fanatic and the thought of missing that gym sesh scares you, or it doesn’t which is okay too! If you’re wanting to kick-start your fitness journey, this is your chance to get in shape or master those moves that will build muscle and balance. Our go to YouTube, will make a very beneficial appearance for this one, or if you’re wanting something a little low-key walking around your area or backyard a few times a day to get some fresh air is just as fantastic!
Creativity is Key
Get colourful and most importantly, get creative! Whether you want to paint a picture to fill that bare white wall in your bedroom or write a book on your recent break-up, take this opportunity to have no boundaries and just do or write what you desire. There’s no criteria for this one, just be unique and listen to yourself as creativity is always key.
Stick or Stay off Socials
Although social media allows you to stay connected with your mates and snap, message or DM them throughout the day, in times like this many of us wonder whether it’s best to stick or stay off the socials. If you’re struggling to tackle the bittersweetness of loneliness, by all means keep that connection and remind your friends you’re doing okay! But for many of us, constant reminders can be triggering and concerning. If you need to switch off your device and zone out, don’t forget that’s completely okay too. We can assure you that you’re friends will still be around when you’re ready to flick the switch back on…
And if you’re studying or working from home?
Don’t let your puppy dog lure you into cuddling on the couch because of their adorable eyes, stay focused if you’ve been summoned to work or study at home. We suggest establishing a routine which includes regular breaks for fresh air, food and to stretch your legs, as well as having a seperate work or study space that isn’t your warm yet very distracting bed. Don’t forget to communicate especially with your peers, colleagues, managers and tutors, as well as create boundaries if necessary with your little brother who probably wants to keep you busy!
So my fellow students and DUSA members, stay calm as you survive staying at home, a task which in itself is a lot to handle for us millennials. As the only Student Association of Deakin University, we’re encouraging each and every one of you to support one another and follow us on all social media @YourDUSA for regular updates and guidance.
In true me fashion I’ll be leaving you with a quote from Ryuonsuke Satoro, a Japanese writer…
“Individually we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”