The quarantine survival guide (illustrated).

Welcome to the Corona virus Quarantine Inspiration Guide by @designbykatrien and @evaauthenticliving!

For the next days I will be posting daily scribbles on social media, with pictures by me and words by Eva to help you survive the next little while. It’s not all serious, and there will definitely be some fun.

These are uncertain times. We all feel the stress and anxiety of a new reality, and Covid-19 sweeping the world. I know I do.

When I was talking to my friend @evaauthenticliving we chatted about how we were feeling and dealing with this whole situation. We were talking about having to stay home, and ways to keep ourselves sane during this time. Managing all the different demands in our life and work. That’s when we came up with the idea to create and do what we do best.

I love to illustrate and Eva always has 1000 ideas. While bouncing these ideas back and forth, we thought about creating something together to keep us compos mentis, and we came up with the 14 day Self-Isolation Inspiration guide. Through this we want to share creativity, joy and connection in these challenging times, in a world that is now mostly focussing on fear.

DAY 14
I think many of us have sought out online yoga classes during the lockdown period. It helps you feeling better, stronger and more restful. Cats are also allowed to join.
DAY 13
Baking a cake is comforting. Eating a cake is also comforting. Having to loose the weight is a bit less comforting.
DAY 12
It’s been hard for many of us. And there is still more to come. Times like these invite us to unite, to act together. Solidarity and collaboration will help us get through this on all levels. Remember this when you feel overwhelmed or worried about the future. You are not alone in this!
DAY 11
The big changes that this pandemie is causing and having to stay inside has created space to stop and think. We are being invited to us to go inwards and question our lives. Let’s reflect and think about the things that are really important to us in life, what we would like more of, what we would like to change.
 
I have realised that this new tempo in life suits me. Less noise and traffic, more focus on just being and taking time for the smaller things in life.
DAY 10
Being in quarantine is becoming more and more challenging. That’s why self care is priority nr. 1. It is important to keep on training our resilience muscle, and focussing on wellness is a crucial part of that.
DAY 9
As we mentioned yesterday, self-isolation does not mean to socially isolate. Reach out to friends and family, we have access to all kinds of digital platforms nowadays, it’s easy. Share your feelings, have a laugh, tell stories, make music. Everything is possible. Connection is a basic need for us humans. Even for introverts 😉
DAY 8
As we mentioned yesterday, self-isolation does not mean to socially isolate. Reach out to friends and family, we have access to all kinds of digital platforms nowadays, it’s easy. Share your feelings, have a laugh, tell stories, make music. Everything is possible. Connection is a basic need for us humans. Even for introverts 😉
DAY 7
It’s a difficult time for all of us. And it is very normal to feel sadness, overwhelm, despair, and anxiety. What we need Ii times like these is to train the resilience muscle and one of the best ways to do that is to create meaningful, compassionate relationships: reach out to others and ask how they are doing. Talk about how you are feeling. Connect. This is being human.
DAY 6
Being cooped up with our family or housemates every day we need a bit of logistic planning to get through the days without too much friction. Now we are all getting wired up and going online (Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, you name it)  we run out of batteries of our devices quickly  
Eva has two kids who are online for games, friends and school a lot, while Eva needs to work on her devices, resulting in fights over who gets the charger for the phone or computer! So maybe a good idea to create a schedule for the use of chargers? Who would have imagined this two weeks ago! But life continues, ONLINE.
DAY 5
Are you missing your friends? Can’t go outside to your favourite
club? Why not have your evening out at home? We can do so many things to entertain ourselves at home. Have a virtual party at home where you respect the #socialdistancing. Connect through a video conference app, get a bottle of wine. a great playlist and do the boogie woogie together!
What is your favourite dance music? Share your song in the comments and let’s create a self-isolation playlist together!
DAY 4
Feeling bored?
After almost a week of self-isolation you might feel boredom creeping up. So, why not play some games? You can always turn towards gaming on a screen, but why not dig up an old fashioned board game such as Scrabble, or try a physical game such as hide-and-seek?
Today Eva has been playing hide-and-seek in the dark with her children at home, which was HILARIOUS and FUN. Katrien likes to play word games during dinner with her family.
Starting to feel bored? GREAT! This gives you the opportunity to get creative!
DAY 3
Had enough of your house mates? Play games with your pet! Good games are playing tag or hide and seek with your cat or dog. We are cat lovers and we find that spending time with our cats has a calming effect. Katrien has a cat who likes to be chased around the house to then snuggle up on top of her when she is trying to work. Eva likes to work from her bed these days with her cat besides her for company.
DAY 2
In times of stress it is essential to give time and space to your feelings. A bath or hot shower helps you to connect with your body and gets you out of your head.
Did you know that water has a calming effect on your nervous system? Bring a book, a few candles or play some music, choose to focus on relaxation and that way build resilience.
DAY 1
Self-isolation and staying at home boring? We don’t think so. With a computer and access to the digital world you can easily start learn something new. As creative business owners we always like to acquire new skills. Why not learn a new language, to play a new instrument write or paint? There are many online workshops and courses you can join, free or paid for. At the moment Katrien is learning tons of creative skills on Skillshare and Eva is practicing the piano.

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