The past year was hella challenging—even traumatic for some. It wasn’t the “vacation” a few people claim it was. We probably wouldn’t even survive the anxiety and social isolation we felt during that time if it wasn’t for some distractions. We’ve been through what we thought was the worst so we never really imagined it could get any harder than that but… oh, well.
Now, we’ve entered the same territory as we did in 2020. And we’re not sure if the things we did back then to drown out unpretty thoughts would work this time around, so we rounded up new items that may somehow help us get through quarantine 2.0.
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Home gym equipment
You’d probably prefer to stay in bed and watch cat videos on YouTube all day but trust us, working out can help relieve physical and mental stress. According to Harvard Medical School, regular exercise has “a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress.”
Trax Attack Bike aims to boost your strength and endurance even at the comfort of your home. You can get this gym equipment for 24% off if you purchase from Chris Sports.
Need to improve your cardio fitness? This Core GT-65 Treadmill might be the one you’re looking for. It’s a budget-friendly equipment that is compact, foldable, lightweight and perfect for beginners. Buy it from Toby’s Sports to save P10,995.
Books and journals
We’ve said it before but we’d say it again: Journaling helps keep emotions at bay. When you overthink, your thoughts tend to get all jumbled up. Writing them down may help you get a clearer picture of everything that’s going on in your life—which ones to prioritize and which ones to forget. Buy the Heidi Swapp Planner Travel Journal at the National Book Store and get 30% off its price.
Now if you want to relieve stress but aren’t into writing, reading might be your best bet as it provides a sense of belonging. When you feel like reality’s too much to deal with, books, especially fiction, can be your form of escape. And this would probably sound weird but you can even find comfort in a fictional character. We reco “Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake and The Making of a Family” by Mitch Albom. Buy it for 30% off at the National Book Store.
We know what you’re thinking: What’s a camera for when you can’t travel anyway? Two words: video diary. Talking in front of a camera gives you an impression of actually talking to somebody. While writing gives you a more structured format of your thoughts, video journaling relives memories with much more impact as it activates the audio and visual aspects of your brain. Purchase Fujifilm X-A5 for P25,990 at Photoline to film your first video diary entry (quarantine edition).
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