The COVID-19 pandemic has left most of us isolated in our homes. From having busy schedules to knowing nothing about how to spend all the extra time we have on our hands now, lives have changed quite drastically in the last few months. If you’re like most of us, struggling to decide how to make the best of your time then there is a strong chance you’ll be looking for things to do. Here is a list of creative things you can do during quarantine so that those extra hours are well accounted for:
Learn new skills
The internet has enabled and facilitated our lives in a host of different ways. From long distance communication to entertainment there are opportunities for almost everything online. The greatest thing, however, is the ability to learn almost anything online. Platforms like Coursera and Udemy provide access to a wide variety of courses taught by professors from Ivy league colleges and the best universities in the world.
These programs are available at times free of cost or for minimal charges with some even offering a certificate of completion at the end. Although these avenues have been available online for quite some time, most of us never found the time to explore them but now it seems that we have nowhere to go so, what better way to utilize the spare time then learn that skill you’ve always wanted to. That course on digital marketing or video editing and photography is waiting.
Most of us have lives that revolve around work so much that there is little time left to enjoy ourselves. In quarantine, we have the chance to relax and catch up on our favorite shows. The new season for Money Heist is out or you can use a VPN to unblock BBC iPlayer or Disney+ in our region and binge-watch the show that you’ve really wanted to. Geographic restrictions can spoil the fun for a lot of people like for those wanting to watch BBC shows outside Britain but with a good VPN this problem can be solved easily.
Have a dirty closet? Wardrobe? Messy garden or just life tasks in general that are in disarray? Quarantine finally offers the time to get things in order. Whether it is freelancing tasks or things that you have to accomplish once the lockdown is over, there is a chance to get things organized and develop a habit to fulfill tasks on time. There are several apps out there that can help us create to-do lists, set reminders and even track progress for each task on a daily basis. Time to look them up!
Not being able to go out limits the types of workouts that we can perform but there are hundreds of options for indoor training sessions. Quarantine is expected to end right around the time when summer is at its peak so this time is ideal to get that beach body ready. Many online platforms are offering comprehensive workout routines and diet plans for the people eager on keeping themselves in shape as well as for those looking to lose that extra fat.
Catch up on lost hours of sleep
Experts believe that besides social distancing, people should take steps to boost their immune system for a better chance at fighting off Coronavirus infection. Lack of sleep is a common problem especially for millennials and other working individuals these days. This period of quarantine provides the ability for people to get that recommended 6 to 8 hours of sleep everyday so that the body’s health cycle can be kept intact.
Put together your own meals
Cooking is a hobby that is people’s favorite. It brings joy and even if you never thought you were interested in it, now you can give it a shot. All of us are craving something or the other and the internet can provide easy recipes to fix and satisfy that urge. From desserts to homemade fast food, everything can be prepared quite easily and once you get at it, you’ll realize that it brings out the creative side inside us and pushes us to experiment with different ingredients. A fun activity to practice during isolation.
Catch up with friends and family
Haven’t spoken to a friend or family member in a long time? Well, now is the time to make that call. Also, these are trying times so it is best to check up on those that you stay in touch with on a regular basis. It is always a great time speaking to those close to you because it can provide inspiration, courage and a hearty reminder of things that matter the most in life. This is a time when all these elements are coming to light even more.
Get in touch with your inner self
Quarantine is also a great time to spend on yourself and not just in terms of physical health and eating well but also with respect to mental capabilities. A lot of us are fighting internal battles which lead to anxiety and depression. This isolation provides us a chance to meditate, self-analyze and think about life in general. It is a great chance to rationalize our thoughts and create clearer picture about future prospects and the direction to take in life.
Books can open our mind to diverse new horizons. They are also a healthy distraction from the digital screens that can cause headaches and eye sores. Books are known to broaden the mind and allow people to explore new perspectives while providing a distinct opportunity to acquire knowledge. Reading is a habit that is adopted by the brightest minds and is recommended by experts as an escape for many problems that the generation faces today.
All of us have suddenly discovered that we have an abundance of free time which means that all of us can indulge in activities that we’ve craved for but not really found the time. It’s all about priorities and preferences. These can help each one us decide what we want to do with our time.