In a time where not only the nation but the whole world is living in panic and fear, it is important to consider how we can look at the situation with a silver lining approach.
It is very important to wash our hands for at least 20 seconds before meals, after coming back home, after touching often used doorknobs and handles, disinfect commonly used spaces and objects. If you have to sneeze or cough do so in your elbow, and if you are experiencing any of the symptoms wear a mask! Be smart and respectful of others by putting yourself in a quarantine in your home away from others and especially from individuals in at risk groups. (This includes pregnant women, individuals with pre-existing conditions, and anyone over the age of 60).
Living in a country where there is a government induced lock down, (only food markets, supermarkets, pharmacies and banks are open), everyone has found themselves with a lot of time on their hands. Even most companies and schools are working remotely via the internet and online learning.
This is definitely scary, and we should all do all we can to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy. After all, if we all stay home the pandemic can be stopped in its tracks by hopefully avoiding any more incidents and exposure.
Keeping with the #stayhome hashtag ( #menoumespiti), here are eight things you can do to make use of all this free time in a fun and productive way.
- Reorganize and clean your home
A voluntary quarantine means you finally have the time to deal with the clothing that is piling up and put a wash! Change your bedsheets, dust the corners of your house, empty out cabinets from items that don’t serve a purpose, and change up the layout of your living room.
- Play with pets
If you have a pet at home (or multiple, like me), take the time to really focus on them, and give them lots of love and attention. Afterall, they can pick up our emotions of stress and fear through our scent so they may need some comforting too!
- Discover new music
Spotify, Apple Music or YouTube, take advantage of your time and discover new bands, artists, songs, or music genres. You might discover something amazing along the way. And if you think you may have the talent, try making some music too.
- Try new recipes
Pinterest is stock full of delicious recipes to try out- whether they be cookies, a new rendition of chicken parmesan, or trying out vegetarian recipes.
- Work out at home
My personal favorite, working out at home means I get to work out listening to my music, without other sweaty people around, or having to wait your turn for machines to free up. I’ve given myself a fitness challenge I aim to complete by the time this lockdown is over!
- Watch movies and/or documentaries
There are so many incredible films and documentaries out there, now is the time to watch them and maybe even learn something new. It can even spark some very interesting conversations with friends and family and will give you a chance to see what they thought of them.
- Catch up on your reading lists
Is it just me that has a whole shelf of books I keep telling myself I will get to but never actually do? Well now is the perfect time to catch up on your reading list. If anyone reads anything good make sure to send me suggestions!
- Learn a new language
Download Duo Lingo and learn a new language. By the time this is all over you could visit a new country and communicate flawlessly. Also, an excellent add to your CV. 😉
- Learn how to make cocktails
Great timing to learn how to make cocktails (or mocktails!). When the virus passes, you can invite friends over and show off your new skills or land yourself a summer job as a bartender in Mykonos for the summer.
- Have coffee skype sessions with friends
Going for coffee is a social pastime. With all coffee shops closed, and with beautiful sunny days, there is nowhere to go. Instead of complaining about how bored you are, get on a video call with your friends and make some coffee at home and share your news. You will even save money on those to go drinks.
- Catch up on your sleep
If all else fails, catch up on your sleep. It will not only boost your immune system, but your under-eye bags will thank you.
- Paint your nails
Give yourself an at home manicure. #selfcare
- Give yourself an at home wax
If you have left over wax at home and are concerned you won’t be able to make your waxing appointment because, again, everything is closed, DIY!
- Redecorate your bedroom
I remember being 14 years old and being grounded. My solution was always simple and made me feel refreshed and like I had just executed a makeover flawlessly. Change up your bedroom. Moving around furniture can give a space a fresh update and feel brand new.
- Shop and browse clothing online
If you’re anything like me, you enjoy browsing new in sections to see what brands are putting out there for the new season and detect trends. Now is a great time to do this uninterrupted and without guilt that you should be outside.
- Make a collage
The perfect way to put those old copies of Vogue and Elle to good use; make a collage by cutting up images from magazines. You can make a mood board or even a collage with goals and manifestations for the month or year.
All in all, now is the perfect time to sit at home and do any of the above, or anything else your heart desires without having the guilt of “staying at home”.