A survival guide for those traveling to Hong Kong
The hotel quarantine is a measure many countries insist on to prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially for travelers from a country on the red list. Many destinations like Australia, UK, Hong Kong, New Zealand, China and Singapore have mandatory quarantines in place. Travelers are typically required to quarantine themselves in a hotel between 10 and 14 days, at their own expense.
If you plan to visit Hong Kong or back in the region, you will have to isolate yourself in a hotel for a mandatory two-week quarantine. The Hong Kong government has also released a list of 16 designated quarantine hotels.
Now that you have to spend some time in quarantine in a hotel, why not make it relaxing instead of feeling trapped? Here are some tips that will help you survive your stay in a hotel room.
Book a room with a view
While the thought of spending your quarantine period in a single room might not be pleasant, booking a room with a decent view can help. From the list of quarantine hotels, choose the one where you can book your stay that will make you feel like you’re spending your quarantine in a single room. Even better if it comes with a balcony where you can sit and sip your coffee.
Wake up with a purpose
Plan how you want to spend each day in your room. Start with a workout, followed by a relaxing session in the shower – try to accomplish something, even the smallest of tasks matters. You can also make a to-do list before you go and start the next day on a thoughtful note. Plus, sleeping early and waking up on time sets the tone for your day. Getting a good 7-8 hours of sleep is crucial for recharging your battery, especially during your quarantine in a room.
All of this not only gives you direction, but also a certain degree of control over your day. Same studies emphasized the importance of establishing a routine.
Get some exercise
Exercise kills two birds with one stone – it keeps away both the blues and the fat. Workouts are known to release hormones for happiness – endorphins, serotonin and noradrenaline. Choose a physical activity that you enjoy and that you can do in your room every day. This will ensure a happy quarantine period.
Dance, pilates, acroyoga, aerobics – choose from a plethora of options to stay fit and happy while you quarantine yourself in a room. According to a item published by Harvard Medical School, training also reduces stress in addition to releasing hormones for happiness.
Soak up some vitamin D
Take the train early in the morning, that is, try to catch some early morning sun. You can also meditate or practice yoga while you take your dose of vitamin D. So when making your hotel reservation, try to get an east facing room.
The sunlight will instantly brighten your mood and energize you to face the day. It is also good for the health. a item by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) also corroborated the same.
It has become important, especially as the world is fighting COVID-19, that we stay in touch with our loved ones. Use the hotel’s free wifi (another detail to remember when booking the room) and take time each day to talk to friends and family during your hotel quarantine. Whether through messages, phone calls, or video calls, feel free to share your thoughts with someone you trust.
A Harvard research even says that reaching out and connecting with people ensures longevity and happiness.
Put this phone away and rest your eyes. Yes, you heard right. Less screen time comes with a host of advantages which include improved sleep and attention span which is good for your health. Research has also shown that those who refrain from using social media are less likely to develop symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Instead of scrolling through your News Feed, solve a puzzle or finally read that book you couldn’t start.
Take care of yourself
What could be better than a relaxing day snacking on a bowl of fruit with a sheet mask on your face? Start the treatment with a warm bath and continue to show some TLC to your skin and hair. You can also prepare a hair mask to pamper your hair. Put on some good music and let the quarantine rituals begin.
While in hotel quarantine, try to choose healthy options for your meals. Give in to temptations – for your breakfast, lunch and dinner – from time to time it is fine. Our forties prompted us to seek solace in junk food, but it would be wise not to let our healthy eating habits ruin this time around.
There are many drawbacks to including junk food and processed foods in your diet, including obesity and lethargy. Make sure your breakfast, lunch, and dinner satisfy your hunger and nourish you during your quarantine period.
If you are bored of hotel food, you can also look for local delivery services that can provide you with healthy and tasty meal options.
Cultivate a skill
With plenty of time on your hands, why not learn something new during your quarantine period? You can choose from a plethora of options available online, from guitar lessons to cooking lessons. Or use this space in the room to take a line dancing class.
You can also start working on something that you have been planning on doing for a very long time but couldn’t find the time.
As you prepare to quarantine yourself in a hotel, make sure even minor details before you get to town. Check your room reservation, check all the services that are part of your package including free services, food situation and hidden costs, among others. All of these details are important for a peaceful stay in quarantine.
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