There’s no time like the present to start focusing on you.

By now, many of us Malaysians would have gone through some parts of the five stages of grief following the Prime Minister’s extension of the Movement Control Order (MCO). You can’t say you didn’t see this coming – despite being on partial lockdown, new cases continue to appear each day in the past week at an alarming rate. My only hope is that you’re doing your part as a responsible citizen and “stay at home” – catchphrase of the year.

Like you, I too am feeling the beginnings of cabin fever. Despite being an introvert by nature, I miss going out without worrying that I’d be persecuted. I miss dolling up and picking an outfit for the day. I miss checking out the latest restaurants and chatting with my favourite bartenders over a cocktail. Who knew that all these things which used to be so routine are now a rarity?

Despite the entire world feeling like it’s turned upside down, I try to see the silver lining behind all these – it’s our only choice, or we’d drive ourselves crazy. Besides, staying at home isn’t so bad. I get to hone my cooking skills and eat better. I get to catch up on all the Netflix shows that’s in my to-watch list and read books. Self-care? I now have all the time in the world to exfoliate every inch of my body with that fancy body scrub I’ve yet to open, and put on a foot mask – those who know will know what a pain that can be.

Covid-19 survival guide for Malaysia
Will you be doing more cooking during this MCO? (Image credit: Unsplash/ Soroush Karimi)

To help you stay sane during these times of confinement, we at Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur have taken it upon ourselves to bring you stories that can help you out with the MCO. Staying at home has never been so easy, especially with the myriad of delivery services – from groceries to food, and even alcoholic supplies – available. The F&B scene in KL is getting creative, and there is no better time than now to support them.

Most of you will be working from home for the first time. It might seem like a nice perk at first, but those not used to it will soon find themselves spiralling. During times like these, it’s good to stick to your regular day-to-day routine. Wake up at the same time, take a shower, and change out of your pyjamas. Work during your official working hours and be sure to take small breaks now and then to walk around.

We also have some tips for you to be more efficient while working from home, so be sure to check that out. After working hours is when things start to get exciting. From Netflix dramas to decluttering tips, there are so many things you can do while at home.

With our guide to staying at home, the entire month of MCO will (hopefully) pass in no time. Besides, you should probably get used to staying in now – it’s going to be our new normal.

For more stories that will help you ride out the Movement Control Order (MCO) amidst the Covid-19 season, check out this page.

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.