● Don't stink on the quality of your meals
You now have control over the least of your meals. If a flock of children is not grabbed on your sleeve, you have the leisure to cook healthy. If there are stolen children, ask them sometimes to go to the stove. So that it is not a repetitive chore, dare to jump into the unknown: cucumber-pea-mint-green apple soup, haddock brandade, celery puree with port mushrooms, chocolate cake and beetroot… If you eat to distract yourself and therefore eat too much, do not make jaundice. Let those who lose weight during this period throw the first stone.
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● Do unusual things
Use this period to learn how to draw (reproducing a painting you like is a good starting point), compose quatrains, take up the guitar, copy your favorite quotes into a notebook ... Not because you have to become a superman. Because you have long dreamed of having this free time.
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● Do good around you
By writing to the sick, the residents of nursing homes, by giving your blood - hospitals are short of it -, by telephoning a person you know isolated, trying to correct the least pleasant of your character traits, greeting from your window the passers-by in the street. If you feel lonely, don't be ashamed to say it, to get a little attention.
● Ignore certain social networks
On Twitter, the finest jokes cross the approximate statistics, the announcements of hecatombs, the exhausting comments of pquins who unearth plots everywhere ... Facebook is full of lyrical statuses of contacts not always inspired. Instagram, photos of depopulated streets. Romain, confined to Paris in 23 m2, delivers this advice: "Disconnect from the news continuously to favor newspapers and magazines."
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● Keep a log book
Certainly, it is not said that posterity will be interested in what you ate, thought, read, observed on March 30, 2020. But nothing forces you to make it read to others. Writing helps to keep a cool head or to escape by the spirit, to become aware that one is alive.
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● Enjoy loved ones
If you are confined to loved ones, apply advice number 4 and prefer board games to contemplating your Instagram feed. If you are alone, call your family, your friends. A priori, they have little else to do than respond. You can also write to them. Unlike text messages, sweet notes re-read fifty years later.
● Refreeze the Oblomov that is in you
Unlike this character from the Russian Gontcharov, whose sole purpose is to blend into his couch, do not sleep constantly, set an alarm clock at a fixed time, paint, extend the toilet to areas other than your hands . In short, to preserve one's human dignity.
● Set reasonable goals
In all areas. No, you will not read all of the books so far disdained. But one, two or three, yes. If one evening of sorrow, you sigh: "I did nothing today" , know that Montaigne answers you from beyond the grave: "What, have you not lived?" It is not only the fundamental, but the most illustrious of your occupations. Did you know how to meditate and handle your life? You have done the greatest work of all. Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live on purpose. ”