Can you believe it’s been over a year since Malaysia went through its very first lockdown? The first Movement Control Order (MCO) started on the 18th of March 2020. Over a year later, we’re entering MCO 3.0. What have we learnt through our lockdowns to ensure healthy, happy habits this time around?
The MCO chef
By the power of the internet, we have all become overnight chefs. Whether it’s Dalgona Coffee 3.0, unending loaves of banana bread or the famous nasi bujang for that mid-week dinner. Save a few extra Ringgit by making quick, simple meals at home. Additionally, getting creative does wonders for mental stimulation too.
Don’t let stress and anxiety get the better of you. From the first MCO, we learnt that slowing down did wonders for our mind, body and soul. Indulge in activities that make you happy and remember that self-care looks different for everyone. From gardening and meditating to exercising and dancing in your living room; if it makes you happy, that’s your go-to activity.
Make wise investments
In times like these, it’s best to focus on things you can control and not worry about things you can’t. With the extra time at home, you might find it helpful to learn about various investment options and financial management. With high unemployment rates and uncertain economic stability, this is a good time to learn about personal finances, make quality investments and prioritize financial wellness. After all, the best investment you can make is in yourself – don’t stop learning!
Dial a number
One of the more prominent things we noticed through the MCOs is that communication is a game changer. Instead of texting your loved ones, pick up the phone and dial their number. A conversation with a familiar voice can be a refreshing change and it may just be that little thing your friend needed to make their day. You’d never know, it could be what you needed too.
Create a passive income
Unlike a full-time job, a passive income is obtained from a business or investment that doesn’t require active participation. For example, rental from property, stock investments, creating advertising space online, car advertising, and so much more. If this MCO leaves you with extra time on your hands, use it to find your niche and create an alternative stream of income.
Unwind, unwind, unwind
Working from home doesn’t look the same for everyone. For some, it may mean putting in extra hours. For others, it may mean juggling several roles at home and at the office. Burnout is an increasingly common problem so schedule some time to decompress and unwind. We’d recommend easy home exercises but sometimes, we know Netflix and a fruit snack is a more realistic option. You do you!
Mental health is just as important as physical health. While it may sound like a lot of work, ensuring your mental health and those around you starts with these small, healthy habits. It’s important we keep moving, keep going and remind ourselves to take small breaks and deep breaths. Let’s work together to stay connected, stay healthy and stay home!