Lockdown To Do’s

It’s been 13 LONG days of the lockdown, or at least it seems that way. I’ve started hating McDonalds, Burger King and other food outlets for tweeting meals we can’t buy right now. In my attempt to keep positive energies I now must sum up words of positivity about something during this lockdown, so, let’s appreciate the terrible ending to Silicon Valley, what a waste of my Thursday afternoon that binge was. Okay, now we can continue in this positive spirit!

Most of us are starting to feel the effects of #LockdownSouthAfrica and we’re now starting to get creative with how we deal with it. I’ve seen incredible challenges on social media as well as amazing digital marketing campaigns. I have new admiration for the human mind under stress. The CBR team has also been trying to figure this out, for our sanity and for you. We came up with 6 things you can do to help you cope and get through this time with your sanity intact.

So, where to begin? Reading. Seems like the right place to start, seeing as we’re 3 paragraphs in. This is the perfect time to start reading or listening to that book you’ve been putting off, Instagramming and claiming to be slowly finishing. Now you can rummage through your bookshelf, find the one you’re thinking of, dust it off and get lost in it. If you don’t have such a book and perhaps need inspiration, here are some recommendations:
1. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
2. Harry Potter  – J. K. Rowling
3. Year of yes – Shonda Rhimes
4. Miss Behave – Malebo Sephodi

How about learning a new skill? Reading a book requires breaks and this is perfect for those times. The list of skills you can learn is endless and freely available online from the comfort of your home. I couldn’t bring the list of skills you can learn down to just 4! You can learn things such as creative writing, photography, cooking, arts and crafts, music, dishwashing like a pro, how to be witty, picking up men online, how to use a cock-screw, etc.

Next on the list of things you can do during this time is to engage your mind, your emotions and your muscles in some friendly competitive gaming. Over the past couple of days, apps such as Houseparty and ZOOM have grown in popularity as has been reflected in their downloads, and user numbers. People all over the world have found creative and interesting ways of making use of these, such as playing games, virtual weddings and singalongs, just to name a few. For now, let’s focus on a few of my favourite games:
1. Sudoku
2. Crazy 8 (Don’t sweat the rules, just play the game)
3. Who can do the dishes the quickest (An absolute favourite on this list. Losers know when to quit)
4. 30 seconds

For a while now, all over the world, we’ve seen a rise in the popularity of podcasts, and this has also become one way people are staying sane and connected during these unique times. We’ve tried our best to bring this podcast list to just 4, it wasn’t easy:
1. All Killa No Filla
2. F1: Beyond the grid
3. Second Life podcast
4. The Cheeky Natives

Okay, now let’s get into some serious stuff. I understand this could be the last thing on your mind and for some, you don’t have to worry about this as you’re happy in your job and you’re trying your best to be productive in it. I have no doubt, you are doing that successfully as well.

For those who are still looking for employment or perhaps looking for greener pastures, there’s now obviously a break in interviews and the recruiting process. That gives you plenty of time to reassess your skills, update your portfolio and clean up your CV. Depending on how serious you take the second recommendation of this article, you might have a few things to add when lockdown is over! I will shortly be emailing HR an update to my CV. *see new skill: ZOOM INFLUENCER.

Last, but not least, I would like to focus on mental and physical health. During a time like this, perhaps, there’s plenty opportunities for us to pick up new habits. We’re all looking for ways to stay sane, sharp and to get through the lockdown in one piece.

Meditation is one skill and habit that promotes emotional health, enhances self-awareness and lengthens your attention span, among many other positive things. I highly recommend meditation and as I write this article, I realise just how much I’ve changed these past 10 days.

These are just some of the things I recommend you try just to make this lockdown more manageable. There are a million other things you can do, and those things aren’t lost on me. Feel free to tag @CBRmarketingSA on Twitter and on Instagram with your suggestions.

Written by
Tembinkosi Sikupela