With coronavirus wandering around, we all have to be reasonable, try to avoid crowds, and not to leave our homes in order to reduce the risk of contracting the disease. We all know that. We all understand how serious it is, we have already taken all precautions, bulk-bought essential goods, took care of our elder relatives and now wait out the crisis.
At first, it might even feel good – you do not have to attend school or go to work, you may sleep in, enjoy a late breakfast and of course, watch all your favorite TV shows that you’ve fallen behind on. But it doesn’t last long, does it? It is unbelievably easy to start feeling bored and sad as the coronavirus continues to spread. Isolation is not a reason to get depressed and lie on the couch doing nothing. There is another way: this time can (and should!) be spent wisely. We’ve selected the best things to do during quarantine. Pick the ones you like most and stay positive and healthy.
1. Clean your home from top to bottom. Do the laundry, wash the dishes, clean the floors, vacuum, dust the furniture and the shelves, wash the windows, clean out your closet and refrigerator. Even the simplest tasks will boost your mood in seconds. What can be better than feeling comfortable in your own dear home? Wanna get some creative cleaning tips and tricks – surf YouTube, you can always find something interesting like this.
2. Arrange working remotely. If it is possible, try working from home. Create a workspace, follow your schedule, come up with a plan for the day. Keep in mind that no matter how good it is to lie on the sofa in your pajama pants, it is much better to work sitting behind a desk. Try one of the popular apps for remote work like Asana, Monday.com or Basecamp.
3. Take a bubble bath. Create an at-home spa experience, do a face mask, paint your nails. Truly appreciate your free time with a mountain of bubbles and a few drops of essential oils and don’t forget to enjoy some aromatherapy!
4. Read a book. Sometimes we do not realize how deep we are all stuck in our little routine. We are always so busy that cannot even find the time to read. Quarantine is the perfect chance to put your hand on the book that has long been put aside. Why not to choose one of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime ?
5. Try yoga classes. Yoga is an excellent way to stay fit and clear your mind. YouTube offers many free beginner yoga classes, which walk you through poses and proper postures. Will you choose a classic Yoga practice by Adriene, or Body Positive Yoga, or maybe find motivation on this channel?
6. Take an Online class. Take an online course to develop a new skill. You can find a wide variety of courses online, from language learning to learning how to write code. Try one of these – Coursera, Edx, Memrise, or TED.
7. Download an audiobook or listen to a new podcast. Listen to the best of the best and discover interesting facts along the way. It is never too late to learn something new. If you’d like to know something useful about living in Moscow, listen to Intermark Talks podcasts on Castbox or Apple Podcasts
8. Try a new recipe and make an ice cream. Head over to the kitchen to make your own tasty dish. Try to choose a recipe that uses produce that is in your refrigerator to help keep your costs down and avoid going outside.
9. Arrange a movie night. Invite your family to spend an evening watching comedies, thrillers or old classic movies. Just relax, make a batch of popcorn, forget about the world around you and enjoy each other’s company.
10. Travel the world. Yes, you heard it right. We offer you to travel the most amazing places and top museums in the world… online! Wander across the Grand Canyon, visit the National Gallery in London, watch the brilliant performance by artists of the famous Metropolitan Opera.
11. Call an old friend or family member. Forget texting or social media. Pick up the phone and reach out to a friend or family member you haven’t chatted with in a while. They might be surprised to hear from you, but it is a brilliant way to keep connections and relationships strong.
12. Knit or crochet a scarf. Sit down on the living room armchair with a few skeins of yarn, and practice that new pattern you have seen on Instagram. Teach your partner how to knit, and you can work together on new projects or compete whose pattern looks better. Here’s some inspiration for you by Instagram stars Phil Ferguson (yes, boys can knit!), Stephen West and Whitney Hayward.
13. Re-decorate a room. Hang family photos (nothing cheers up a room quite like all your favorite smiling faces), pick up a scented candle, create conversation spaces. For example, reposition furniture to encourage family members to chat and spend more time with each other.
14. Have a karaoke night. Karaoke is all about having a blast and singing like no one is listening. When was the last time you sang and laughed to your heart´s content? You don’t need a big karaoke machine or expensive music center, just take you mobile phone, download karaoke app like this one by Smule & give you best performance!
15. Clean up your email inbox. Keep important messages and delete, archive or move the rest.
Sure, there must be a lot of things you wanted to do for a while but could not arrange time for it. Who knows, maybe you thought about making a home video, refreshing yourself on astronomy, meditating or starting a blog? So, as it is said in one of the Nickelback’s songs – what are you waiting for?
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Authors: Regina Muzalevskaya, Eugenia Gonzales