This post was written by Tianzong Wang and published on Linkedin. Tianzong is a Data Scientist at FNA and currently based in Beijing, China.

It is now the 6th week I have been staying at home. It seems crazy, since everyone normally goes out of their home 2-3 times per day and the outdoor exercises are important and joyful to many people (including me). But getting locked at home does not necessarily mean boring and unhealthy. As a data scientist at FNA, at the age of 27, here are some notes I have that might be helpful, especially if you’re my age, live in an apartment without a backyard to walk your dog and have a private gym for regular exercise.

1. Don’t panic and try to stay positive.

To me, this is the most important part to have a better indoor life in this special period (well, it might be true almost anytime). Getting panicked and paranoid won’t be helpful at all; in the end, it may hurt your family/friends and yourself. I tried some interesting indoor activities that have been on my to-do list for a while. Personally, I found a TV show that is pretty interesting. If anyone is interested in a mandarin show, I can recommend it. Though, it might be better to get a comedy rather than a tragedy. It’s been pretty helpful for me, since it gives me something great to expect every day.

2. Enjoy work remotely

Working from home might affect everyone’s efficiency due to the time friction of communication and less face to face discussion opportunities. Based on my experience, I normally expect, and allow longer time for communication, including meetings and calls. But there are some benefits for working from home. I am always wearing my pajamas at home except during the meeting, and it works pretty well for me. It might be helpful to always keep some snacks handy. They can help people generate extra dopamine to keep us in a good mood. Last, but not least, when I get stressed and bored, 5-10 minutes of quick exercises (just several push-ups or squats) helps a lot. Not only releases tension, but also powers me up.

3. Regular exercise

Indoor exercise needs some creativity. Honestly taking a jog outside is always a more pleasant exercise. Moreover, a treadmill as the second-best option, might not be applicable for many of us. Luckily, there are some training videos on YouTube that might be helpful and most of them come with a training schedule. The only fitness equipment often needed, is just a Yoga mat. I found several moderate fitness classes from various webpages[1], and they are normally available on YouTube for free. Personally, even though I won’t push too hard to reach my limit during indoor exercises, I still feel energetic with the help of these indoor exercises.

4. Enjoy your meal

Taking at least one good meal per day is pretty helpful to me. A good meal does not necessarily mean a top-level, Kobe steak or expensive caviar. It might just mean trying to be creative with the meal and something good to expect everyday. More importantly, it brings enough nutrition for our everyday consumption. One more thing, there are some researchers indicating that the lack of nutrition and energy might decrease the efficiency of our immune system, so it might not be a good idea to take extreme diet therapy now.

5. Grocery shopping

Grocery shopping might be an issue, since we want to keep a distance from other people, however, it might be impossible in the supermarket. Here in China, especially in Beijing, the delivery guys (similar to mailmen in the US) are really good. I have tried Amazon premium fresh delivery, but it is not even a worthy opponent to our delivery guys here. Walmart can send us vegetables or fruits within one or two hours by no-contact delivery. If such delivery is available at your location, it might be a good choice?

6. Social and life

Indeed, it becomes hard to gather with friends in a bar and maintain a social life as usual. But since social media has become so convenient, I feel pretty comfortable contacting my friends by communication apps. We cannot drink beer together, but it’s OK for me to cheer with my friends through the screen. It is an unusual experience, isn’t it?

7. Monitoring your situation

This is something pretty important. It could be very helpful to keep monitoring the body situation regularly, especially for people who live by themselves. It might be a good idea to regularly contact someone else if you feel uncomfortable. Indicated by several doctors, the best case to get rid of Coronavirus is during the early stages (of course the best case is just don’t get it at all). During the early stages, people might feel dizzy, get a fever and cough. With the help of proper medical care, most people will recover quickly. The good part is that many people might get a special antibody that protects him/her from Coronavirus for a couple of years. So if possible, it would be great to find someone as a monitoring partner, if you feel uncomfortable.

8. Wash hands etc.

Unavoidably, we might get outdoors during this period anyway. It could be helpful to keep a reasonable distance from strangers, cover your mouth if he/she sneezes/cough while talking to you and refrain from attending crowded events. On the other hand, washing hands and face are also very helpful. Try not to take those exercises that are too challenging (e.g., marathon). Most importantly, try to maintain a healthy immune system and don’t give it too much stress.

9. Little things matter

Based on my experience, during the first month, people might get irritable. This is the stage that self-adjustment could be very helpful. Spending more time with family, playing with kids and dogs and getting an interesting book could be a great help. Personally, I am treating these days as a special experience, and trying to be more friendly to others. But when it gets to the 5th or6th week, it seems being locked down at home no longer bothers me anymore… I am not sure whether this is the same for everyone, but at least it works for me.

In summary, the Coronavirus is a pretty serious global health issue. The best we can do is treat it cautiously, but don’t be panicked. One of the most famous infectious disease doctors said that keeping healthy habits helps a lot, and it’s very rare for someone with good health and healthy habits to get seriously ill with the Coronavirus recently. So don’t freak out, keep a good mood and try to be nice to everyone else. In the end, try our best to stay safe and healthy.

Here are some training courses could be helpful, some of them are pretty intense, just pick the right one:

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