Activities To Do At Home Besides Being A Couch Potato During Self-Isolation
By Thanussha Priyah, 18 Mar 2020
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Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, many are prompted to practice social distancing by staying indoors for the time being.
This might seem like the best time to start binge-watching shows and movies you’ve set aside for the longest time. It’s alright to catch up on them, but you can expand your itinerary by trying out something different with the newfound time on your hands.
People magazine has suggested a number of activities for you engage in during this downtime. Here are some of them.
Treat yourself to a little self-care
Now is the perfect time for you to start paying attention to yourself. While tender, loving care typically brings to mind putting on a face mask or getting extra shut-eye, you can also use the time to meditate, do yoga, take a break from the internet or pick up a new book to dive into.
Pick up a new skill
If you’ve always wanted to learn a new skill but never had the time to do so, well, now you have it. You can get acquainted with a new language or pick up a musical instrument.
You don’t have to spend the whole day memorizing phrases or learning to play a full song. Spread the task out over a number of days, and remember, practice makes perfect. You can download apps like Duolingo and Rosetta Stone to get started on a language. For musical instruments, try checking out YouTube tutorials or exploring Skillshare.
Get in shape with home-based workouts
Just because some gyms are closed and you’re on lockdown, it doesn’t mean you have no way to get fit within your living space. All you have to do is head onto YouTube and search for videos on quick workout tutorials to try at home. You can also opt for programs like Peak Physique, Tone It Up and Openfit.
Practice the Konmari method
So, you’ve binge-watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix, and you might be feeling inspired to practice the Konmari method of decluttering your space. Just go for it. Spend at least 15 minutes a day to get rid of things that no longer spark joy, and your surroundings will be filled with things that make you feel at peace during this tough time.
Start your own virtual club
The internet is an incredible space to connect with like-minded individuals. You can use your time now to create virtual clubs to bond with others with similar passions. Love books? Create a book club. Wherever your passion takes you, join hands (offline) and interact with others on things you’re all interested in.
For more ideas on at-home activities, check out this article. In the mean time, here are some ideas by social media users.
Some mental health tips for self quarantine:— Saba Hamedy (@saba_h) March 13, 2020
-Shower+get ready daily
-Use your bed only for bed activities;not food/work
-Have a designated workspace
-Stretch, go on walks, meditate, virtual workout classes
-FaceTime with friends/family (someone suggested video dinner parties!)
3. Movie dates via Skype.— Chhaya Néné (@ChhayaNene) March 15, 2020
4. Walk your dog and if you don't have one, go for a daily walk in a more secluded area.
5. Virtual book club.
Quarantine ideas I’m trying with friends, family & colleagues:— Jazmin Burgess (@jburgessclimate) March 17, 2020
🍻 Virtual video drinks
🎶 A playlist club making & sharing tunes
🍿 Virtual movie nights
📚 Online book discussion club
Social contact IS still possible without physical social contact 🙌🏼 #COVID19 #workingfromhome
[via People, cover image via Shutterstock]
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