What To Do At Home During Coronavirus?
Coronavirus pandemic has influenced almost everyone in the world. It is now highly recommended to stay at home and self-isolate to combat the spreading of the virus. Many countries have shut down their borders and closed all entertainment institutions. So even if you are used to remote work, it is a bit new feeling to be at home all the time.
But as we at WritingMetier like to say “work with what you have and make the best of it”. That’s why even in such a stressful time there are ways to stay productive. Here are some ideas on what to do at home during the quarantine.
Learn Something New
It is a great time to finally learn new skills. It can be a new language or a particular online course you always wanted to take. Both Coursera and Skillshare offer free online courses for students because of the epidemic. And even if you are not a student anymore, there is plenty to explore.
There are also many educational videos on YouTube. So if you ever thought about training new skills or trying new opportunities, use free time to do so, whether you want to know how to become a graphic designer or learn about SEO strategies.
Enjoy Free Music and Performances
Many artists and creators have uploaded free content or offered live streams to help people on the quarantine. There is content to any liking. For example, The Metropolitan Opera New York started steaming their pre-recorded performances from the series “The Met: Live in HD”. They stream one performance a day according to their schedule. It is available on their website.
Among other artists and institutions that offer free online performances are:
- Ultra Virtual Audio Festival (as the actual festival was canceled due to pandemic)
- Grammy Museum
- Playbill Broadway Theater offers 15 filmed performances
- Diplo (DJ)
- Michael Stipe
- Dropkick Murphys and many others
- The creators want to support their audience in this period.
Try New Hobby
Quarantine doesn’t have to be only about learning and working. It might be also about trying new things, especially if you usually do not have time for a hobby. Use this opportunity to treat the inner artist. One can try painting or drawing, knitting or crafting. Whatever works for you and doesn’t require specific materials to work with.
Even making a scrapbook or collage out of pictures with beloved people can make one feel better.
Do Spring Cleaning
This might not sound like fun, but it is a necessary thing to do. And isolation is endorsing cleaning everything out. Go through your things and throw away everything old and useless. Clean out your closet and if there is something that you don’t like anymore, but other people might benefit from – put it away in a box. After the isolation is over, you can donate them or sell online.
This is also a great time to clean the flat or a house before summer.
Start Home Cinema
The theaters are closed and big-screen releases are postponed. But, some of the previous hits are already available on streaming services. And there is so much more to explore and see on Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, HBO or other streaming services of choice.
Finally, you can enjoy TV-shows and movies that you’ve wanted to watch but had no time for. A fun idea would be to run a cinematic marathon with favorite films. For example, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Marvel movies or even 15 seasons of Supernatural. It is completely fine to binge-watch now without being judged.
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One of the great ways to reduce anxiety and stress is to keep a journal. Expressive writing helps to calm down and focus on positive things. It also is essential for normal emotions processing and dealing with them. Even writing 5 to 15 minutes a day can have a significant benefit for mental health.
Staying at home reduces physical activity. Whether you used to jog or went to the gym, it is not available now. Even a simple walk around the block is not accessible today, but it is vital to exercise. Luckily, there are many ways to keep the body in shape at home without any specific gear. New York Times prepared several exercises and practices to stay active during the quarantine.
Another great idea is to dance to music. It keeps one active and boosts mood as the favorite music rises endorphin level.
In this stressful period, one might find many tasks to accomplish. You can learn a new language, start a blog, take a new hobby or simply read a lot. There are all kinds of entertainment available online as well as free content. You can also spend quality time with your family, exercise or try a new recipe.
Author’s Bio: Vasyl Kafidoff is a professional writer and CEO at WritingMetier. He is interested in education, business management, and the way technology shapes financial and educational systems. He has been working from home for years and can provide amazing advice on the remote work.