It is a tough time and we need to isolate ourselves. Here some ideas to do while secluded in your house.
We are receiving these directives almost every time we turn on the TV, radio, read a newspaper or open our social media feeds. Still, “repetita iuvant,” as the ancient Latin said, repeating things helps! The experts are reminding us to respect social distancing (don’t shake hands and keep a 6-foot distance from others); to wash our hands frequently for 20 to 30 seconds with soap; to cover our face when we cough or sneeze, either with a tissue or with our elbow; to avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth. We are also encouraged to cleaning surfaces and objects we touch. All of this in an effort to protect ourselves and those at risk like elders and sick people.
HOW TO PREPARE OUR PANTRY FOR QUARANTINE
During the past 14+ days of isolation, we have felt the need to stock our pantries with non-perishable foods like pasta, rice, dry biscotti, sauces, canned vegetables, coffee. We are more than happy to supply your pantries with organic, controlled and above all genuine products.
ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO AT HOME…ASIDE TV AND VIDEO GAMES
Organize your working space close to natural light. Choose a table and use it as a desk. On this work space, place only items that give you positive thoughts and vibes! After work, try to rest and relax. It might be an ideal time to finally read the books you always wanted to read but you never got around to. If you love the Italian culture and would like to exercise practice your Italian, you could listen to some audio books. Radio3 Rai, the third channel of the Italian public radio, offers “Ad alta voce” (https://www.raiplayradio.it/programmi/adaltavoce/) a wonderful selection of audible books.
CHANNEL YOUR INNER CHEF
There is one thing we all need to keep doing…eating! Practicing social distancing and quarantine has a crucial consequence: we are all cooking now more than ever! Channel your inner Italian chef and try some new recipes! Here (link) you will find a nice selection of simple recipes you can easily try at home!
WHAT ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL “ORTO”?
If you are lucky enough to have a green thumb, you could try your own “orto,” the vegetable garden. This is a crucial part of Italian country life: every family grows their own veggies and fruits. If your space is limited, you could at least grow some “odori,” flavorful herbs like basil, mint, parsley, thyme. Trust us, you will love the fruits (and veggies) of your labor!
DON’T FORGET TO STAY ACTIVE!
It is important for your mental and physical well-being to maintain an exercise regimen while at home. Nothing crazy, you will need just 30-45 minutes of moderate exercise. Of course, if you are allowed, do it outside. You can also find unlimited classes online or via apps.