Whether you are a student or a part-time/ full-time worker, the pandemic hit us really hard. Stuck at home and away from our daily routine, we are nostalgic of our pre-pandemic daily activities. I can tell you for a fact that I miss getting dressed for work, taking the metro, and meeting my co-workers. But more than that, I miss going to the gym, volunteering, and taking classes.
As I was missing all that and bored to tears from the start of the pandemic, I decided to shift my pre-pandemic activities at home.
So if you want to learn more about my favorite at home things to do during the quarantine, then sit down and stick with me till the end!
Workout At Home- Despite gyms shutting down, exercising has become even more essential for both our physical and mental health especially during these uncertain times where we need an immune system stronger than ever. With the world already virtual, there are tons of online platforms for you that offer a variety of in-home activities such as indoor cycling, HIIT workouts, yoga, pilates, and many more! If you want something quick and effective, then I would recommend two of my favorite Youtube channels: Fitness Blender and Heather Robertson. Available for free on YouTube, they provide all sorts of workouts, suited for any levels for both women and men.
Read Books - Did you know that reading is as important as a physical workout? Like physical activities, reading is beneficial for the mind. It improves your memory, strengthens your critical thinking and analytic skills, enriches your vocabulary, reduces stress and anxiety, stimulates your imagination, and makes you even more creative and open-minded. And the benefits are not over! Books can be a great source of companionship. Reading can help you to reduce the feeling of alienation or loneliness, whether through the comfort of a favorite book or through an emotional connection with a relatable character. With so much time available, reading is a great activity to increase your knowledge and become smarter.
Listen to Podcasts - I didn't know what podcasts were until a few years ago and I can tell you that podcasts totally changed my life. Educational and entertaining, there is not even a day that it goes by that I don't listen to a podcast episode. Since we have been in a lockdown, I always make time to listen to my favorite podcasts. I listen to them while cooking, cleaning, and working out. I am totally in love with them. And you know what's even cooler? There is a podcast for literally anything you want such as business, social matters, music, politics, and so forth. They are totally worth listening to!
Join a Public Speaking Club - Are you are terrified of public speaking? Does just the simple idea of standing up, speaking in front of a crowd makes your palms sweaty and shaky? Then join the Toastmasters Club. Toastmasters is a worldwide non-profit organization founded in 1924 with the intent of developing public speaking skills. I have been part of this club for a couple of years and it is an amazing place that allows you not only to work on your presentation skills, but also to enhance your communication, leadership, and active listening skills. With a strong system of supportive and encouraging members, Toastmasters helps you to conquer your fear of public speaking!
Start Blogging - Are you passionate about something? Do you want to make a couple of bucks a month? Then start blogging! Blogging is a fun and proactive way to do something that you enjoy. Whether you talk about yourself or share certain knowledge, blogging allows you to create content, build an audience, and work on your writing skills. All you need is a host to create your website, a niche to target your content, and PASSION and ENTHUSIASM.
Take a Language Course - What a better time to invest in yourself! If there was a language you were planning to learn for a long time, now it is your time! You can learn a language by yourself such as by watching YouTube videos, downloading language apps, taking paid online classes, listening to podcasts, or just by using the available free resources we have on the Internet. You won't believe it how much it is out there! Whether you learn a language by yourself or with a tutor, it is all about attitude and determination!
Volunteer Virtually - If you, like me, miss helping out others, or making an impact in people's lives, then you should try virtual volunteering. It is just as it sounds. You can donate your time virtually while staying in the comfort of your home yet still helping those in need. Now with what's happening, for example, you can volunteer for organizations that need people to spend 1-2 hours a week to chat by phone with the elderly in isolation. And if you are not interested in this, then you can always google VolunteerMatch which is a virtual volunteering platform, and learn about the tons of opportunities for you to volunteer in anything you believe in.
“Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.”
- Franz Kafka