If you’re reading this, you have probably been stuck indoors, profusely washing your hands, using up generous amounts of hand sanitiser, binging on snacks you stocked up last minute… self-quarantining and social-distancing in general. You’re also probably trying to kill the copious amounts of free time which you never thought you’d have, but now you don’t know what to do with. Luckily, we are in this together. And, we have a few ideas.
Are you game?
1. Binge on all that’s pending in your Netflix and Amazon Prime watchlists. The best part is, now you don’t need to lose your night’s sleep over them.
2. Cook. Or learn how to. Call your mom and add a few recipes up your sleeve.
3. Speaking of cooking, did you know a big chunk of your organic kitchen waste can be planted and grown? Try growing your own produce. Go organic.
4. Just because you can’t go to the gym doesn’t mean you have to break the habit. Watch yoga tutorials on YouTube. All you need is some space and a mat, and you’re set.
5. Organize and back up all your work and data. Immortalize your years of hard work.
6. Learn a new skill! Or software. Or language. Then start a side hustle. Options really are endless.
7. Make YouTube your best friend. Video essays, cover songs, cat-eye tutorials… take your pick.
8. Develop some good habits. For starters, start drinking 10 glasses of water a day.
9. Go full Marie Kondo. Declutter your space, organize your wardrobe, clean out that chair that’s so full of things it’s not even fit for sitting anymore. Scrub away all the dust that has accumulated everywhere. Unless you have dust allergy, in which case, steer clear.
10. Journal! These are historical times we are living in, it’ll be a crime to live without documentation. Make sure our descendants know.
11. Call the friends and relatives you lost touch with over the years. (That doesn’t include your ex. Unless you want to.)
12. Paint your nails. Try DIY nail art. If you mess up, there’s enough time to try again.
13. Try out your mom’s homemade facemasks. Champi your hair. Or your beard. You deserve the self-care.
14. Dye your hair in that funky colour that you always wanted to. Even if it flops, no one will ever know.
15. Take your camera out and try doing a photoshoot of your family and pet. After the quarantine is over, compile all these memories in a photobook!
16. Read. Re-read. Read from back to front. Read upside down. Either way, rekindle your relationship with books.
17. Learn how to bake a cake. So that on your next birthday, you smash all levels of awesomeness by baking your own birthday cake.
18. Pick up the musical instrument that you left off. Unless it’s insufferably loud. Let’s be a little considerate of our neighbours too.
19. Go online and try finding ways to teach your furry best friend some cool new tricks. Make sure you have sufficient treats though.
20. If you’re artsy, (or open to new experiences), make a zine. Get creative with your old newspapers and magazines, randomly cut out and fuse interesting stuff and you might just end up with something that’s worthy of your ‘gram.
21. Watch all the cute cat and dogs videos the internet has to offer. Create a playlist of your favourite ones. Treat that as a family heirloom.
22. Try reading a dictionary, cover to cover. Take note of all the words that you like. Show off your vocabulary to everyone around you. Beat Shashi Tharoor.
23. Even if you’re at the peak of your mental health, go to therapy. Many therapists are taking online Skype sessions now. You’ll thank us later (pick the right therapist though).
24. Learn how to sing. Or whistle musically. Or beatbox. Quit your job to become the next music legend (or don’t).
25. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Consult a doctor if you have a temperature. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe and happy. Don’t worry, we’ll make it through.