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All this time alone can be frustrating. But let's not forget that Shakespeare allegedly wrote his masterpiece 'King Lear' while in quarantine from the Bubonic Plague. As the titular character in that great play states “Nothing can come of nothing.” Don't despair - use this time to learn valuable skills, so when you do emerge from this pandemic period, you do so stronger, wiser and ready to take on the new world.

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The world might be a mess, but you don't have to be. Learning how to remain calm in the age of uncertainty is needed now more than ever.
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Practice mindfulness

Know what it is to let go and live, calmly, in the moment.
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Mindfulness is a useful and practical skill to learn and master during the pandemic because it encourages peace and calm during uncertain and turbulent times. This argument rests on the assumption that people can benefit from practicing mindfulness through emotional stability and calm. Mindfulness practices reduce the effects of stress and anxiety that have been brought on by the pandemic.[1] This is because "Mindfulness is the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever you're doing at the moment – free from distraction or judgment, and aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them."[2] Studies show[1] that mindfulness meditation helps manage and reduce anxiety. This not only benefits mental health but physical health too, as decreasing stress and anxiety may help improve immune response.

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  1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/women-autism-spectrum-disorder/202003/3-reasons-meditate-in-the-battle-against-coronavirus
  2. https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/3/18/21181644/coronavirus-covid-19-mindfulness-meditation-anxiety

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