As the world goes through this pandemic and everyone is required to stay at home to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, being cooped up indoors can give you cabin fever. No, it’s not one of the symptoms of Coronavirus but a psychological term for the feeling of anxiety and uneasiness while staying indoors for a long period of time. To prevent developing cabin fever, here are 5 tips on how you can spend some time in your outdoor area safely.
- Wear a mask and sunglasses.
If you have a gardening hat, you can also put it on while lounging in your porch or outdoor room. Make sure your mask properly covers your nose, mouth, and chin. If you have gardening gloves, you can also use it to keep your hands clean from outside germs and bacteria. When you’re about to go indoors, make sure to remove all outdoor clothing, even shoes so that any contaminants on your outdoor attire won’t be brought indoors.
- Practice social distancing when you get some early morning sun.
There’s nothing like greeting the early morning sun to lift your mood and brighten your whole day. Even if you need to stay put for the next 24 hours again, a bit of sunshine will help you replenish your Vitamin D and boost your immune system. If you’re going for a quick jog or brisk walking, avoid people, especially those who cough. Keep people at least 1 meter away from at all times to prevent Coronavirus transmission.
- Install a screen for your porch or outdoor room.
As coronavirus can travel through droplets, land on surfaces, and survive there for a couple of hours to days waiting for a host, blocking their path through screens can prevent it from spreading and infecting you and your family. While the stay-at-home order is in place, you can put a makeshift clear plastic to still get the view but not the virus. As study suggests the virus can stay on plastic surfaces up to 3 days, cleaning it with soap and water daily for a cleaner and safer protection.