The Enhanced Community Quarantine has been extended until May 15, 2020 in Metro Manila (Philippines), meaning we’re going to be stuck in our houses for another 15 days.
While remaining inside is a good way to protect yourself and your family from getting COVID-19 and is an important practice to help “flatten the curve” of daily cases in our country or world-wide. It could lead to something lesser evil: boredom.
Instead of focusing on the list of things that we cannot do, why not do things that will help us be productive. And active.
Here are 10 fun things that you can do indoors (that doesn’t involve Netflix):
1. Do (or at least attempt to do) D.I.Y. projects
Doing arts and crafts are one of the best ways to pass time. It can also exploit your artistic potential and improve your coordination skills by learning what different materials are used for and how to follow through instructions. So far I was able to create an Iron Throne, three dragon eggs and a Hodor doorstop.
2. Learn a new language
Do you want to know how to say “quarantine stinks” in five other languages? Now is the perfect time to learn or practice a new language. There are two ways to do this: You can either watch videos on Youtube or get Duolingo, a free app that give daily lessons in 35 different languages. You can choose the standards like English, Japanese, or French. Or you can immerse in your fandom with Klingon or High Valyrian (I’m not kidding).
3. Improve your immune system
Before the quarantine, everything’s done in a rush and we barely have time to make ourselves a proper breakfast (cereals ins’t a proper breakfast). Since we all have the time, why not try to to make those healthy smoothies that we keep seeing online? Those green juices perhaps? Also this is another way to boost our immune system.
4. Create some art
As one of the earliest forms of self-expression, painting is a visual dance of the imagination. It precedes oral language, making thoughts visible, allowing even the youngest children to communicate their ideas, express what they are feeling, construct knowledge and attempt to make sense of their world. That being said, why not give it a shot even if you haven’t done it before. You might find yourself a new hobby.
5. Stretch your muscles out with yoga or zumba
I try to visit the gym and the dance studio for my Pole Dance lessons at least four times a week but since the quarantine has been implemented I’m stuck at home with just my yoga mat. Yoga mat + Internet Connection = Yoga at home! Do Yoga With Me offers a wide range of yoga classes and they’re free during the pandemic. You can also checkout Planet Fitness‘ “work in” videos for free.
6. Learn a new recipe (or even a cocktail)
Many of us are no longer commuting into work, meaning there’s plenty of time available to spend in the kitchen. Check out some tips from celebrity chefs and attempt to make your own. I’ve been following Massimo Bottura, an Italian Michelin-starred chef who has started streaming his family dinners on Instagram. He named the series “Kitchen Quarantine.”
7. Practice on that old instrument or learn a new one
I don’t have a drumset at home, my guitar is missing a string so I’m stuck with the Kalimba that I bought last year. Two weeks after I can now play Rainbow Connection by Kermit the Frog. Yay! Your best friend here is Youtube or you may also check out Free Scores for free sheet music.
8. Sport your inner Marie Kondo and tidy up your room (or at least your closet)
Being at home all day is the perfect time to make room for a clean home by doing the simple act of decluttering. Aside from having a comfy and tidy environment, decluttering will also lighten up your mood and give you a positive mindset.
9. Invent something awesome
Since we have plenty of time, why not think of a problem and try to come up with a solution in order to solve it. Better yet, create a tool to help solve it? If you struggle with slicing pizzas, why not create a pair of pizza scissors? Or if it’s too dark to walk around the house at night, invent the slippers with LED lights. You can even tag your sibling(s) along and channel your inner Phineas and Ferb.
10. Sleep. Lot’s of it.
Sleep deprivation is caused by consistent lack of sleep or reduced quality of sleep. Getting less than 7 hours of sleep on a regular basis can eventually lead to health consequences that affect your entire body. Take advantage of quarantine and catch up on some much needed sleep.
11. Press the red button.
Chances are you ran out of things to do, why not press the red button? Also known as the Bored Button, a website and also a whole different app that both have the same idea: someone literally clicks a home-screen button, when bored, to access random fun games online.
I hope you find these tips helpful and remember, please stay at home to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect yourself & those who are most at risk.
What are the activities that keep you occupied during the quarantine? And what other activities are you planning to do? I’d like to know by commenting below.