Staying Calm During Quarantine

Posted by: Jax, Wily Scholar, UMass Boston

July
9

During this pandemic it is important to stay home, but also not get bored. Luckily, as a huge introvert, this is my time to shine and spill the beans on what introverts do all the time to recharge their energy. Below are a few ways to not only avoid boredom, but also stay calm and relaxed while at home.

Music

I like to listen to classical music, and if you combine this with doing assignments like homework, you have an amazing combo. A good start is the Youtube channel Rousseau – a great pianist, you will be able to hear many great pieces. Here are some recommendations:

[Red = intense and fast, Blue = slow and sentimental]

Chopin
All Nocturnes
Fantaisie Impromptu
Marche Funèbre
Ballade No. 1 in G Minor
Etude Op. 25 No. 11 (Winter Wind)
 
Bach
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor
 
Liszt
Hungarian Rhapsody #2 (SO to Tom and Jerry)
La Campanella
 
Beethoven
All Symphonies
Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement
Moonlight Sonata 2nd Movement
Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement
Fur Elise
 
Mozart
Requiem
Rondo Alla Turca (Turkish March)
 
Vivaldi
The Four Seasons
 
Modern Composers
Ludovico Einaudi – Nuvole Bianche
Yiruma – River Flows in You
Yiruma – Kiss The Rain
Joe Hisaishi – Kaze no Torimichi (The Path of Wind)
Joe Hisaishi – One Summer’s Day (violin version is also very good)
 

ASMR (Autonomous sensory meridian response)

This is something I often combine with homework as well. I describe it as euphoria and tingles on your brain, but Wikipedia describes it as “a tingling sensation that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine…it is most commonly triggered by specific auditory or visual stimuli, and less commonly by intentional attention control.”
 
Have you ever felt suddenly relaxed with tingles on your brain, like a feeling that your brain is being tickled but you can’t describe it? It was probably ASMR and it is great. You can find it on Youtube – I recommend channels with quality sound equipment. ASMR Bakery, ASMR PPOMO, ASMRMagic, ASMRSurge, and Latte ASMR are some examples of high quality ASMR channels that come to mind. Just wear headphones or earbuds, find an ASMR trigger stimuli, and you are all set.

 

Exercise

Since gyms are closed, it is a good idea to exercise at home. Calisthenics is a type of exercise that uses one’s body weight as “equipment”.  Click here for a great list of resources on Reddit. There’s an endless amount of Youtube channels, websites, and social media accounts with workout routines you can easily do at home!

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