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MCO 2.0 Extended: Six Things to Do to Beat the Lockdown Blues

MCO Extended with Stricter Measures: Here are 6 Things to Do to Beat the Lockdown Blues

Hello fellow Malaysians. How are you coping with the Movement Control Order (MCO) 2.0? It has been more than 2 weeks (way past!) since it was implemented again, and most of us are trying our very best to get by. Hang in there, if you are feeling the blues. Your feelings are valid, and it is also important to regulate your mind, body and soul on a daily basis.

To be honest, I have my moments too and it hasn’t been an easy one. But compared to the first round of MCO, I have learned to handle things a little bit more differently this round perhaps because I already know what to expect. I have also been focusing on some important things. It had to take a second round of lockdown to truly prioritize on some important things, or things that I have been put off, for example, spring cleaning, regulating sleep and eating patterns and more importantly keeping track of my mental health progress with therapy and journaling. More importantly, the idea is to stay balance and occupy ourselves with things to do to keep us moving forward. 

Here are some simple ideas that I have found pretty useful:

1. Declutter and Organize Your Home and Workspace

Decluttering can be therapeutic. It is often seen as a sign of letting go of things that no longer serve you to make way for new beginnings. Plus, reorganizing your house allows you to spending connecting with your home, a place where you and your family seek comfort and sanctuary.


2. Catch Up on Books and Audiobooks

Honestly, this is a good time to pick up a new knowledge or two, start or finish that book you always wanted to read, or go on an imaginary adventure through stories. Once MCO is lifted, it’s a busy work life again, you might not get the same chance to enjoy these little things. @revitalize_books offers book rentals or you can also opt for subscription on Scribd for audiobooks / e-books


3. Start Meditation and Practise Awareness

Mindfulness is a daily practise to help us detach from the noisy mind. It also helps balance out your mood. If you want to start meditation or learn about mindfulness, check out Headspace's Guide to Meditation a series on Netflix.


4. Start an Art Journal for Art Play

An art play journal is a great way for you to break free from creative boundaries. If you have always wanted to try out art journaling, now is the best time to do it. An art journal is a space for you to explore visual, colours and words with simple art supplies. No rules! Just pure creative fun and happy mess. Follow my hashtag #TACartplay for ideas!


5. Explore FREE Craft Tutorials Online

If you are not so keen on spending on online arts and craft classes, you can always explore free craft tutorials online. There are plenty to browse through on Google. Or just look it up on Pinterest or check out my list of for DIY craft projects to try.


6. Watch Biopic Movies

This one is a favourite! Treat yourself to some movie marathon time watching biopics of famous artists. If you are not sure where to start, just head to IMDB and search “Biopics of Painters and Sculptors” for a list of movie titles to choose from.

Now that you have this list of things to do, my advice is start small first if you find it overwhelming. With the number of new cases in Malaysia getting higher each day, no one quite knows when and how long this is going to go on. Nonetheless, let us try and make the best of what we can by keeping ourselves productive while we stay at home. 

Stay safe!

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