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Due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus, there is a rising discussion of how to survive quarantine and self-isolation. Experts advise residents of cities affected by the disease to spend less time in crowded places and to stay in their own homes whenever possible.
After coming from Italy and other countries, where there are a lot of cases of infection, you have to stay at home for two weeks - this order was issued by the Latvian government, and many companies have already transferred employees to remote mode as prevention. In fact, this raises the question: what to do at home, so as not to waste time and not to feel down?
We have collected some ideas for useful and fun activities - we hope that the new coronavirus will soon be defeated, and this list will come in handy for the usual home weekend.
1. Learn a new language
Yes, knowledge of many languages was and will be an essential skill for a modern human. Statistically multilingual people are paid more, they have higher chance of getting a job and traveling for them is easier.
One of the most efficient ways to learn a language is with an online tutor. You can effortlessly find a tutor that fits your language learning goals. WebTeachers offers high-quality one-on-one foreign language lessons with teachers in English, Spanish, German and many other languages via Skype, wherever there is an internet connection.
Our qualified teachers adapt to the individual goals and pace of your language learning, which is one of the advantages of online language learning. We protect the environment – our employees, teachers and students can work or receive the service remotely without spending time commuting and material resources.
Alternatively you can also strengthen your language skills by other methods, such as:
- Learn with YouTube. Bob The Canadian is one of our favourites,
- Learn with apps, such as Babbel or Duolingo,
- Listen to podcasts, such as British Council or Voice of America,
- Play online computer games,
- Watch movies in the language you want to learn.
Right now, we would like to make a special offer for everyone stuck at home -20% discounts for all language lessons.
2. Go in for sports
Even though we can work from home now, we still can get stiff from sitting at the desk for a long time. Consider doing some exercises.
Some of the benefits from doing sports include:
- Better Sleep,
- Exercise and sport triggers chemicals in the brain that can make you feel happier and relaxed,
- Stronger Heart,
- Higher Confidence,
- Reduces Stress,
- Improve Mental Health.
Haven't been to the gym before? That's no problem! There are lots of mobile apps designed to help you start exercising from home, as well as videos on Youtube. There are some suggestions:
3. Chat or talk with friends
Nowadays we can call or chat with people all over the world - this is one of the greatest inventions of humankind. However, due to the fast pace of life, we often couldn't find a single moment to send a message to our friends or distant relatives.
Right now people are isolated at their homes due to the virus and situation has changed – for some people there is too much free time.
While you're at home, make a video call with a friend from another country, or even from the next house. Reconnect with your friends from the past and see what they have been up to.
You might get surprised what opportunities a simple “Hi!” to an old friend can bring!
4. Read books and watch movies
If you are already physically active and do not lack sports in your daily life, the first thing that you may think of in a two-week quarantine is to finally deal with the lists of films and books that you could not get to in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Indeed, during 14 days at home, you can have time to watch and read a lot, and if your library is not so extensive, you can always use online cinemas.
Moreover, because of the coronavirus, most services (DOX, Ovid, Shrudder, Netflix, Megogo, iVi and many others) either have opened free access to the content or have set a moderate fee for a temporary subscription.
Here is a book list with some of the most popular and interesting books available at the moment.
5. Visit museums
Many museums have opened their doors virtually. They have long had virtual tours or digitized archives. So you can "travel" around the world's best collections of art without even leaving your room.
Here's a few of them:
- Uffizi Gallery,
- Prado Museum,
- Vatican Museums,
- Sistine Chapel,
- Metropolitan Museum,
- Museum of Modern Art in New York,
- Solomon Guggenheim Museum.
6. Try a simple meditation
The quarantine can be an excellent opportunity to be silent and start meditating. You can do this on your own or with a guided meditation app — these usually have a free trial period, during which you can decide whether to buy the full version.
One of the simple meditation options that many have tried in yoga fitness classes is body scanning. You need to lie on your back, close your eyes, and focus on different parts of your body in turn, sliding your attention from the top of your head to your toes (or back).
- Reduces Stress,
- Controls Anxiety,
- Promotes Emotional Health,
- Enhances Self-Awareness,
- Lengthens Attention Span,
- May Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss,
- Can Generate Kindness,
- May Help Fight Addictions.
7. Disassemble the first aid kit
It's another thing that never gets to the bottom of it. Disassemble the first aid kit by getting rid of the expired ones. Carefully spread out or arrange the right medications; get rid of any pills that have fallen out of the blisters, or any other drugs whose prescription is not clear to you. And of course, put the disassembled items away where the children can't get to them.
By Nikita Panin