Remember those busy days when you dreamed about spending days and days at home watching TV or sleeping? These last few weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak the tables have turned, and most people fantasize about going outside, taking a walk, seeing a movie at the local theater or grabbing a cup of coffee with their friends. Coronavirus has undoubtedly changed our lives and some of us are still struggling to get used to this newfound situation. However, no matter how much you miss the outside world and how tempting spending time with your loved ones seems, self-isolation is necessary since it is one of the most effective ways of reducing the risk of infection. In these hard times when leaving your home is not an option and watching the news seems like the beginning of a chilling sci-fi movie, it is important to find creative ways to keep yourself entertained. Do not let this virus take its toll on your mental and physical well-being! Here are several ways you can make the most of your time in isolation.
Give your closet a makeover
If you are like most people and you just buy new clothes and shove them into your closet without sorting out your old wardrobe, it is time to declutter your home. Now you finally have time to clear out your closet, try on every piece of your wardrobe, and see what is worth keeping and what you should donate or throw away. Keep in mind that if you haven’t worn something in a year, the odds are you won’t wear it ever again. When you decide what stays and what goes, coordinate your clothes into sections so in the future you can easily find what you are looking for.
It is not that strange to assume that most people will gain weight during this crisis (hey, stress eating is one way to deal with the situation!), but you don’t have to be one of them. In fact, with all this spare time on your hands, you can finally lose those couple of pounds that have been getting on your nerves and achieve your body goals. There are so many effective bodyweight exercises you can do on your own in the middle of your living room, so check out these useful workout strategies for beginners and get your sweat on!
Catch up on your reading
You definitely have a book that has been sitting on your shelf for months (or even years) waiting for you to read it. Therefore, make yourself a cup of tea, grab a cozy blanket, and get lost in another world. If you haven’t bought any books lately, you can download one to your tablet.
Take a virtual tour
Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, you cannot take a trip to a foreign country and go sightseeing. Heck, you cannot even visit a museum in your own area! But do not despair, there are so many virtual tours you can take just by using your smartphone or tablet. Whether you want to explore the wonders of Machu Picchu in Peru, see famous art pieces in the Louvre Museum in Paris or visit the Vatican, you don’t have to leave your room to experience all these things.
Give yourself a mani-pedi
It is funny how simple things in life can make us feel so much better. Although you are spending your days trapped in your home with no one around to see how you look, you shouldn’t neglect yourself and turn into a walking pile of dirty laundry. Instead, make sure you wash your hair regularly and give yourself a fresh manicure you’ve been craving for a long time. Put on some good tunes, grab a hand cream, push those cuticles down and apply your favorite nail polish.
Binge-watch popular TV shows
Have your friends all watched Game of Thrones and you still have no idea who John Snow is? Or maybe they talked about Breaking Bad for years and you don’t have a clue what it’s about. Use this quarantine to watch the most popular TV series without feeling guilty of wasting your time on the couch.
Learn how to cook
Okay, if you already know how to cook you can learn how to prepare new delicious meals, so you can impress your loved ones with your skills after this nightmare is over. Luckily, there are so many recipes online and so many tutorials on YouTube, you don’t have to spend a lot of time looking for ideas.
Although when you wished for more free time on your hands this was not exactly the scenario you had in mind, you can still make the most of this quarantine. Use it to learn new things, work on your body and improve your skills, and when this crisis is over you will be a new and improved version of yourself.
Morgan Rose Elliott is an aromatherapist, yoga instructor, animal lover, a happily married mother of three. She enjoys reading biographies and writing poems, sunny days on the beach and any shape and form of vanilla. Crazy about the ’80s, her favorite band is Duran Duran (although kids prefer Franz Ferdinand, and the husband Blink182) and she is obsessed with Netflix original Stranger things.