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As I write this, the concept of a country-wide lockdown, self-isolation, or movement control, is no longer an alien concept to most. We’re starting to see it roll out in many countries worldwide.

It all started out as a bit of adventure didn’t it?

For those who have been wanting to work from home (or work remotely) but their bosses or companies did not understand, it is quite fun at first. And a challenge, but mostly fun (here’s some tips I shared on how to tackle this work from home malarkey)

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But after a week (that’s how long it’s been here in Malaysia), the fun is beginning to pall, parents are going crazy with all their kids at home, and perhaps even couples or partners are starting to drive each other nuts LOL! It’s going to get even longer, so there is still a ways to go yet!

So, come on, share what your Stay-at-Home Challenges are. I’ll share mine 😉

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As I write this, the concept of a country-wide lockdown, self-isolation, or movement control, is no longer an alien concept to most. We’re starting to see it roll out in many countries worldwide.

It all started out as a bit of adventure didn’t it?

For those who have been wanting to work from home (or work remotely) but their bosses or companies did not understand, it is quite fun at first. And a challenge, but mostly fun (here’s some tips I shared on how to tackle this work from home malarkey)

stay at home challenges

But after a week (that’s how long it’s been here in Malaysia), the fun is beginning to pall, parents are going crazy with all their kids at home, and perhaps even couples or partners are starting to drive each other nuts LOL! It’s going to get even longer, so there is still a ways to go yet!

So, come on, share what your Stay-at-Home Challenges are. I’ll share mine 😉

Boredom

I realize how privileged it is to say this, but yes, I’m bored.

There’s only so much of pottering, clearing or cleaning I can do about the house, and there’s only so much TV I can watch. After a while, everything begins to pall, and the days begin to blur into one another.

I’ve had people tell me to direct my energies to writing or ‘creating content’ for Instagram or my blog, but the truth is, I’m not really feeling it right now. I don’t quite feel that drive or push to take photos of beauty products or make videos or be creative. Might it be because I’ve never been that sort of blogger/content producer? Perhaps.

I’m sorry if you were expecting more from me to distract you at this time, but I’m probably not the channel you’re looking for 😛 I don’t like being distracted, I prefer to deal with issues head-on, and that’s what you’re getting 😛 Of course, I will still have some beauty content, but it will be reflective of the situation, not in spite of it.

I also realize that it isn’t very PC to say this, because it does show our privilege, and that is frowned upon. There are so many people out there who are working their butts off to keep everyone safe, or struggling to think of where their next meal is coming from, and here I am moaning about being bored. How privileged can you get?

But here’s to keeping it real. I’m bored, and I cannot deny it.

How I’m combating it is by directing my energies to other pursuits. I’m cooking most of the meals at home, and playing a little game with myself that I call “How far can I go with as few ingredients as possible?”. It’s a little fun cooking challenge I pose to myself in an attempt to make things in the fridge and freezer last as long as possible so I don’t have to do a grocery run so often. I share my simple #MCOMeals on Instagram Stories, more for my own amusement than anything else, and naturally, I salivate over what everyone else is eating! 🙂

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MCO MEALS & COPING . . We’re entering Day 7 of the Movement Control Order (MCO) here and that basically means we stay home, restrict our movements outside and practice social distancing. We do what we can as much as we can to try and stem this pandemic. And we all cope differently. . . Staying at home isn’t much of a problem for me. I’ve been working from home for a few years (I share on the blog how to deal with it if it’s your first time) and I’m pretty much a homebody. I don’t go out very much so I may have adjusted to this a little better than some. . . My way of coping is to cook. I understand people who order in. It’s a viable option and it keeps businesses afloat. But I’ve always preferred to eat in even in good times, and While I’ve ensured my fridge and freezer are stocked, I have been playing a little game of “How far can I go with as few ingredients as possible” with my meals. I get a little inventive and I’m not sure my MCO mate enjoys it all ? I honestly have no idea how long this will be for. The govt says till April 1 but if other countries have taught us anything, it’s that the longer we stay in and away from each other, the slower the virus will spread and the less chance of infection we will face. Personally, I’m bunkering down. Just being honest. . . So I’m cooking (I share my meals on IG stories – and saved in highlights under #MCOMeals) and some of you have shared yours with me too ? Food is a constant. I also have beauty content on the blog, but food is always a constant with me (as you well know! ?) . . Either way you’re coping, I hope you’re keeping your spirits up. Cook if you like. Don’t if you don’t want to. Stay home. If you’ve been in contact with someone infected, be honest. Don’t risk the lives of our hospital frontliners by lying. Above all, stay safe. We’ll get through this, together ?? Now, tell me what your #MCOMeals will be next? ? . . 1) Fried rice with otak-otak 2) Sourdough bread with egg and sausages 3) Rice with tinned fried dace fish and cabbage with mince meat 4) Noodle soup from leftover poached chicken and chicken broth 5) Chicken curry 6) Poached chicken with vege and condiments 7) Hot dogs .

The only problem with this is when you are cooped up at home with others, they may not always be on the same page LOL! 😀 But that’s part of the challenge – learning to cope with living with other people in close quarters.

The other thing I’m doing is attempting to train my pup HAHA! It’s turning out to be a mammoth challenge all on its own, which might be a good thing 😛 We can’t go out for walks and play, so he is going a little nutty (as I am) but we make do by playing fetch in the house, and running around the space I have.

I try to keep him mentally stimulated by teaching him tricks and attempting to get him to behave a little better. All well and good until he nips me in his excitement. Again.

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Worry

Aside from the worry about what’s happening out there and whether anyone I know will be medically affected, I’m worried about a few other things as well.

Finances for one. It worries me how much of this will impact the economy for the rest of the year, and where that leaves us. Some economists are already predicting a recession and perhaps even a depression. With retail of non-essential goods practically grinding to a halt, and restaurants and cafes closed, I imagine that many people dependent on these industries, and day workers will be left without a job and an income.

Freelancers and the people who are dependent on a gig economy too will suffer, as will those whose source of income are purely derived from online ads or sponsorships or paid advertisements. As a result of the drop in retail spending, most companies have put a halt on, or drastically cut spending on marketing and advertising. The online marketing pie just got even smaller, and I imagine, things will get harder for those who haven’t been saving as much as they should.

It therefore worries me if I have enough stowed away. Again, a privilege to say so, as I do have savings, but no less true. For this reason, I’ve been even more frugal with my spending. It is tempting to order things online, because we’re home and bored (see point #1) but I’ve put the brakes on many frivolous purchases and on takeaways. It’s a bit of a Catch-22 situation as that will directly affect the economy, and it is a delicate balance to achieve, so it’s challenging to balance that in my mind.

I worry about social problems. If the economy is affected and many people are going out of jobs or losing their source of income, we might see a rise in social problems as people get desperate to put food on the table.

I hope it will not come to this, but the reality is that it can happen and that is a real concern.

I worry about my family. My siblings are close by, and we can get to each other quickly. But my parents are staying put out of town, and I’m worried about how they’re doing, how they’re coping, if they have enough food and supplies etc. We are lucky that they have good friends who check in on them, but it does not lessen the worry.

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Constipation

LOL!! Were you expecting that? 😛

When stocking up on food, it’s easier to get items that can be easily frozen but fresh vegetables, especially leafy vegetables, and fruit don’t freeze very well.

I have a noticeable dip in my fresh vegetable and fruit intake, and that is a real challenge!

For now, we can still go out and get fresh vegetable and fruit, and I stocked up just a few days ago, but I’m not sure how long it will be before supplies begin to dwindle. So this is a real challenge, and I’d like to know how YOU are handling it 😛

What are your Stay-at-Home challenges during this time?

Do share, it brings us all a little closer together, and we can maybe help each other get through this 🙂

Paris B