During this period where people are either being told to self-isolate or are choosing to as a precaution, there are some limitations on what we can do. Pubs and clubs are no longer operational, cafes are take-away only. Live music has gone online. So what do we do while we are stuck at home? Here are some ideas to have fun despite Coronavirus COVID-19 precautions and responsibilities.
1. Create Some Art
A popular excuse for not doing your art is I don’t have time. But with Coronavirus causing more alone time, now you have a lot more time than perhaps you will ever have. Surely now is the perfect time to get creative. You can even create some art with your kids if they are home from school for this period. Art is fulfilling, expresses emotions in a healthy way, and passes the time quickly. So get creating!
2. Host a Zoom Party
You can still party like it’s not the middle of 2020 through the videoconferencing technology zoom. Get yourself some alcohol or a strong pot of tea – whatever is your style – and hang out with your friends just like you’re all in the same room. Except this is so much more sanitary!
3. Catch up on Netflix Etc.
There are so many shows and movies available on demand online. If you’re one of those people who keep a list of movies that you want to see someday, well this is that someday. It’s not just Netflix that you can take advantage of, there’s also Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+, Foxtel Now, Kayo, Stan, Crackle, IMDb TV, Hoopla, Internet Archive, Kanopy, Plex, Pluto TV, The Roku Channel, Tubi TV, Vudu, Gaia, plus many more.
4. Read a Book or Three
If you’re like most people with more than a passing interest in writing or art, you probably have, say, a hundred books just hanging around in your home. Books that have never been opened, left alone read cover to cover! It’s time to crack open a book or three and have a read. Books can take you to other worlds and are powerful relaxants. We all probably need both of those things at this time in history.
5. Send a Friend a Letter
Although we are not socialising in person, you can still send a friend a physical or email letter to keep in touch. If you’re sending a physical letter just make sure you don’t sneeze on it while you are writing it! People love getting things in the post, and it could create some brightness in their day.
6. Have Romantic Time
If you live with your partner, then perhaps isolation might not be such a bad thing? This could be the ideal time to reconnect and rekindle your love. And if your relationship needs work, why not book in for an online session with a couple’s counsellor? That is, if it’s something that Netflix and Chill can’t cure.
7. Do All Those Online Courses You Bought
If you’re like me and you love learning, there’s a chance you might have gone overboard in buying online courses in the past. The good news is, now you have the time to actually complete them. So seek out old usernames and passwords and login to learning and making the most of your prior investments.
8. Listen to Music
Now that virtually all of your favourite bands are on SoundCloud or Spotify, there is really no excuse not to listen to them! You can rediscover artists that you had completely forgotten about. Or find new artists to your tastes! Get online and see what is happening in the music scene – some performers are streaming their acts for a fee.
9. Do Exercise
If you have home gym equipment or live near a park, now could be the perfect time to get your exercise in and build your immune system’s strength. Even a jog around the block or a walk with your dog will freshen you up, give you energy and a change of scenery.
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