Social distancing is here to stay, at least for the next few months. Instead of going stir crazy for not being able to do the things we are used to doing outside, it’s time to take up a new hobby and learn the skills you have always wanted to master. In this article, we present some fun things for you to do at home while in quarantine.
Learn a Language Online
Have you always wanted to understand what that catchy K-pop song is saying? Would you like to watch popular series, like Dark, in their original language without having to read subtitles? Now is the time, then, to sign up for an online language course. Online lessons are convenient, flexible and, above all, safe. You won’t have to leave your home (or even your bed) to start learning Italian, Spanish, French or even Zulu with one of our native-speaking teachers around the world.
You’ll be fully prepared once it’s safe to travel again and you’ll also learn an in-demand skill to advance in your career. Foreign language skills are vital in today’s globalised economy, as companies are constantly expanding and need bilingual employees to take care of their operations overseas. Plus, bilingual workers tend to earn more than monolingual professionals, so take advantage of this extra time to learn a new language!
Play Video Games
During this time of self-isolation, many of us have connected with our inner gamers. Why not start playing the games you played during your childhood? The Sims, for example, is now into its 4th edition and has more than 50 expansions, guaranteeing endless hours of entertainment. Or blow the dust off your old gaming devices, such as your Nintendo DS or Xbox 360, and enjoy the afternoon playing party games with your family!
Don’t Forget to Work Out
Staying home for a long time does not mean you have to stay in your bed all day long. Even if gyms are closed, you can find thousands of videos, apps and guides with workouts you can complete at home. And the best part is that you don’t need to have advanced equipment to do it. Apps, like Simple Habit, can teach you to do yoga at home without anything but your own will.
Learn to Cook Something New
With many of us staying home amid the coronavirus pandemic, now is the perfect time to eat more healthily and prepare new recipes with the ingredients you have around the house. The World Health Organization has developed a set of tips, delicious recipes and a list of ingredients you should have at home to strengthen your immune system, so take advantage of this extra time to whip up a new meal and take your cooking skills to the next level! Furthermore, you can put your foreign language skills into play by cooking a recipe in another language. Impress your family and prepare delicious Italian gnocci!
Spend Quality Time With Your Loved Ones
If you live with family, this can be a great time to spend quality time with them and have some fun playing board games or cooking together. But even if you live alone, it doesn’t mean you have to feel lonely. Today, there are dozens of virtual meeting apps, like Zoom or Skype, you can use to video chat with friends and family. Plus, new apps and tools are emerging to help people cope with the crisis and make self-isolation a lot more bearable. For instance, Netflix Party allows you to synchronize a Netflix show or movie with your group of friends and watch it at the same time. It also has a side chat where you can discuss what is going on, as if your friends were in the room with you!
These are difficult times for everyone and our normal lifestyles are being turned upside down. To get through this, it’s important to stay positive and try to do things we like, learn new skills and have some fun without losing touch with our loved ones. It won’t last forever, it will end; so, make the most of your time at home!