5 Books To Read During Self-Quarantine

If you’re having trouble getting your mind off the decade’s biggest news story, then you’re sure to love the following list of the absolute best books to read during self-quarantine.  

No matter where you are in the world, I’m sure you’ve felt the same stress and anxiety as we all have. We’ve all been wide-eyed surrounding the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And while there’s still so much uncertainty in the air, there’s always a silver lining to be found. For instance, there are fewer cars on the road. Fewer crowds in shopping malls and stores. And less pollution is being generated than we’ve seen in decades.

Plus, many of us are finding that we have more time on our hands than ever before. So, what better way is there to spend some of this time than reading?

Today, we’re going over 5 of the best books to read during self-quarantine.

How To Do Nothing By Jenny Odell

There’s no doubt that many of us have trouble sitting still and doing nothing. Especially when we’re being told to stay at home and not going anywhere. So for those of you who are having trouble sitting still, check out Jenny Odell’s How To Do Nothing.

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According to Odell, our attention is one of the most important resources we have as human beings.

And by learning how to focus this attention properly, we’re able to take one of the boldest forms of action. How To Do Nothing helps redefine our role in the environment. And leads to a better understanding of progress and happiness.

The Splendid And The Vile: A Saga Of Churchill, Family, And Defiance During The Blitz By Erik Larson

Looking for a bit of inspiration during these hard times? Then look no further than this exciting novel, based on real events, written by award-winning indie author, Erik Larson.

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The book follows Winston Churchill through his early years as British prime minister, taking you into his personal family life. All while he’s dealing with the London Blitz at the onset of the Second World War.

The Splendid And The Vile is an epic saga, filled with fascinating facts and details of a different time than today. But still, it was a time when people were looking for a tinge of hope in some of the darkest days.

The Fifth Season By N.K. Jemisin

As the first installment of a Hugo award-winning trilogy, The Fifth Season is an insightful look at a doomsday, apocalyptical situation.

The novel starts with a “great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun”. Then, the story follows three women trying to survive during the end of the world.

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It is both a tragic and thrilling story of people being at odds with the limitations of the natural world. Not to mention the sometimes daring ways that we’re willing to escape it by.

Anagrams By Lorrie Moore

Praised as being “a revelatory tale of love gained and lost, from a master of contemporary American fiction”. Anagrams is a must-read for anyone finding themselves confined to their home in recent times.

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The story starts out with Gerard, sitting fully-clothed in his bathtub, as he listens attentively for his neighbor, Benna, to flush the toilet. He’s in love with Benna, and as the story progresses, Benna starts to love him back, at least, until she doesn’t.

In the novel Anagrams, Moore takes you into the real and imaginative lives of Gerard and Benna as their relationship gradually intertwines. According to McNally Jackson Booksellers, it’s a “captivating, innovative portrait of men and women in love and not in love.

Station Eleven By Emily St. John Mandel

I should warn you that this next read isn’t for the faint of heart. And it’s eerily similar to what’s currently happening in the world. But, I’m sure that some of you are horror lovers, so I felt this would be the perfect book to top off this month’s list.

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In the award-winning Station Eleven, Mandel takes us into a world devastated by the “Georgia Flu”, a fictional pandemic, which has killed most of the world’s population.

Although the book might be a bit too realistic for some people, upon publication in 2014, it was well-received by critics everywhere and has since won the Arthur C. Clarke award. It’s also been featured on many end-of-year reading lists.

Best Books To Read During Self-Isolation

Being alone during self-isolation can be challenging to deal with for anyone. However, there are important lessons we can learn. For example, during these trying times, even though we may be isolated, we’re all isolated together.

And when times get tough, it’s important to always find the positives in life.

So if you’ve found yourself confined to your home in the past couple of months, it’s crucial to find beneficial ways to spend your time. Instead of staring at a TV screen or wasting your time on social media.

And with that said, these 5 books by the millennium’s brightest up-and-coming authors are sure to keep you entertained during all the extra time you might be finding yourself with lately.

The Importance Of Self-Care For Students

Have you been experiencing any of the symptoms of student burn-out? Below, we discuss burn-out and the importance of self-care during college or university.

Whether you’re a freshman, a sophomore, or a senior, post-secondary education can be a stressful time in your life. Chances are, you’ll be juggling your school life, friends, a part or full-time job, and maybe even a family.

No matter how you look at it, these things can lead to a lot of stress in your life.

And if you don’t care proper care of yourself, it’s easy to find yourself feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, and overtired. All of which can lead to burn-out, if not properly addressed. 

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Below, we dive into the best ways to care for yourself during college or university. But first, let’s take a better look at burn-out and what causes it.

What Causes Burn Out?

According to HelpGuide.org, burn-out is a state of emotional, physical, and/or mental exhaustion.

Typically, burn-out is caused by prolonged or excessive stress. This is often linked to feeling overwhelmed and unable to function in daily life.

The cause of stress can vary wildly. However, it’s not uncommon for college or university students to experience stress over their school work.

Burn-out tends to reduce a person’s productivity and drains their energy, leaving them feeling helpless and unable to cope. So when a student experiences burn-out, the effects can be detrimental to their grades.

But, this isn’t where the effects of burn-out end.

In fact, if not addressed, the negative effects of burn-out will eventually begin to affect other parts of your life. This is why it’s important to understand burn-out. And know how to prevent it while studying in college or university.

So how can you prevent and/or treat student burn-out? The answer is self-care. With that said, let’s dive into a few of the best self-care tips for students.

Relax And Unwind

Student life can be stressful for anyone. This is exactly why it’s so important that you dedicate some of your time to resting and relaxing. And although it may seem counterintuitive, forgetting about your school life from time to time is important.

Whether you’re in the middle of working on a major research paper or you’re cramming for your finals, a little bit of R&R might just be what you need to help you make it through. 

Think about it, have you ever found yourself trying to study, but it felt like your brain just wasn’t cooperating with you? 

In times like these, rather than trying to force yourself to focus and getting frustrated with yourself, the best solution is to step back, walk away, and come back to it when you’re rested.

Maybe you need sleep, or maybe you just need to get up, walk around and get your blood flowing a bit. 

Either way, it’s important that you learn to notice when you’re tired and give yourself that much-needed break, which is vital if you get through school without experiencing burn-out.

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Find affordable books to help you relax and unwind here.

Stay Active And Exercise

I know… Not everyone is going to love the idea of going to the gym… But the good news us that you don’t have to go to the gym to stay active and get a bit of exercise each day.

Whether you hit the gym or not, the important thing is that you’re staying active and getting some exercise, every single day of the week.

In fact, experts recommend being physically active for at least 20 to 30 mins per day, which is especially important if you’re sitting in class a lot or have a job that requires you to be seated all day long.

Not only does proper physical activity ensure that you’ll be in the best shape you can be, but there’s also plenty of research to suggest that there are many mental and psychological benefits to staying active as well.

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Get Out And Have Some Fun!

Above all else, it’s important to remember to have fun during your post-secondary years. 

If your only focus is on your studies, it’s easy to lose track of other important things in life, like your family and friends, and even your own mental health.

Therefore, not only is getting out and having fun vital to enjoying your time in school, but it’s also an important part of caring for yourself during the school year.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you should forget about your studies and prioritize having fun over your school. But still, it’s important to understand that having fun and de-stressing is just as important as sitting down and hitting the books before a test. 

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Taking Care Of Yourself During College Or University

Studying in college or university can be one of the biggest, most formative parts of a person’s life. That’s why it’s important to make the most of your time in school by taking proper care of yourself.

Without proper self-care during school, it’s easy to experience stress and a sense of being overwhelmed, which can lead to student burn-out if not addressed in time.

That’s why self-care is so important. So remember: relax and unwind, stay active, and have some fun while you’re at it.