- Pick up a New Skill: Now is the perfect time to find something new to do. Usually we find ourselves complaining about how we don’t have time to start something new, but now we all have so much time. With the internet you can easily learn how to create an art piece, make cocktails or play an instrument. (a) If you don’t own an instrument and can’t get one delivered to your doorstep, check out this blog: “How to build homemade PVC and CPVC Flutes”: http://mattwins.blogspot.com/2016/01/building-homemade-pvc-and-cpvc-flutes.html (b) Next check out this blog on “How to play a homemade flute”: http://www.uremusic.org/2016/03/how-to-play-homemade-flute.html. I am sure it will be music to your ears! Pun intended! 😉
- Exercise: Even though we aren’t allowed to go to the gym during this time, there are still several ways to work out. Many websites offer online home workouts that can help you reach your goals; whether it’s losing weight or building muscles. (a) Check out this BBC video where Personal trainer, Cara Meehan shares five exercises you can do at home during self-isolation to keep fit. I love that Cara chooses the kitchen to do her exercises as we usually view the kitchen as a place to put on weight! Now we can lose weight there too! 😉 https://www.bbc.com/news/av/newsbeat-51960753/self-isolation-a-simple-exercise-routine-to-do-at-home
- Read a Book or Follow a Blog: This is a great activity to do when stuck in the house! Reading a book helps focus your mind and shut down other distractions. During this pandemic, several online libraries and universities are providing various ebooks. (a) Check out TIME’s 30 Books and Series to read while social distancing: https://time.com/5807460/books-to-read-coronavirus/ (b) Another great recommendation is by Team Cosmopolitan: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/worklife/g31692264/best-books-self-isolating/ (c) If you’re more of a Blog person, we recommend Eric Barker’s incredibly intelligent and vibrant Blog “Barking up the wrong tree”: https://www.bakadesuyo.com/
- Do a Puzzle: This can either be a jigsaw puzzle or figuring out a Rubik’s Cube. Activities like this can help keep your mind active by challenging it, and once you finish the puzzle it can be very rewarding.
- Listen to a Podcast: Not yet explored the world of podcasts? You’re missing out on listening to the latest happenings while you’re cooking, cleaning or exercising. (a) Check out this list of 30 best podcasts in 2020: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/entertainment/g28353940/best-podcasts/ (b) Our Zaftan team’s top 3 picks are these podcasts: (1) Rachel Hollis: https://thehollisco.com/blogs/podcasts (2) “Stuff you should know” by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/how-stuff-works/stuff-you-should-know (3) Fitness Podcasts by Ben Greenfield: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/
Hello everyone! We know how challenging of a time this is so let’s pull through together. We must stay optimistic and know that it will get better soon. In the meantime, if you are tired of watching Netflix, here are some things you can do while you’re staying at home.