The year 2020 has been a rather eventful one. We’ve seen all kinds of eye-opening headlines, and it’s only March. Our world has been faced with a viral pandemic, COVID-19. This is a virus like no other. It’s something that has taken effect on almost every human on our planet. Large countries closing their borders, employees being relieved of physically going to work, schools closing their doors, the highly anticipated events cancelled or postponed, and of course, families being encouraged to ‘social distance’ or more drastically, self-quarantine.
This means deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. It also means everybody will be spending a lot more time at home in efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve.
We’ve come up with a list of things to keep yourself busy during this boring, (but oddly relaxing) time.
Recreate Your Space
Since your home is where you’ll most likely spend the most time in the upcoming periods, you may as well make it into a place you enjoy staying at. Take this time to declutter your space, get rid of things you have no use for and add in some items that make you happy. We recommend a little online shopping if going to the store is too high risk.
Go Hot Tubbing
It’s March! If you’re in North America, it’s still perfect weather for hot tubbing. Not too hot, not too cold. Make a cup of tea, put on your favourite playlist, and invite your family members to join you. Hot tubbing is a guaranteed good time, and a stress reliever. If you don’t have a hot tub, a nice long relaxing bath will definitely do the trick.
Tackle Movies or Shows On Your To-Watch List
Most of us have a list of movies or shows we’ve been meaning to watch, but haven’t gotten to them. If you don’t have a to-watch list, and you don’t know what to watch, Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, Crunchyroll and so many other streaming services are all equipped with very binge-worthy series ready for you to watch.
Crack Open That Book
You know, the book that’s been sitting on your shelf for months, the one that’s been begging you to indulge into it! There are also endless free PDF versions of paperback books available online!
Listen to Podcasts
Podcasts are an amazing medium to learn new information, listen to interesting discussions about hot issues, become captivated by real crimes stories and everything in between.
Here are a couple recommendations:
1619 – For history lovers. The wide-ranging series aims to give new context and grapple with the complicated legacy of slavery in the United States.
American Fiasco – For soccer lovers. Men in Blazers co-host Roger Bennett revisits the U.S. Men’s Soccer team’s catastrophic bid for the 1998 World Cup.
The Argument – For the news & politics lovers. Opinion columnists David Leonhardt, Michelle Goldberg and Ross Douthat debate every week on a different, timely topic.
Bear Brook – For true crime lovers. Bear Brook examines a particularly disturbing cold case that dates back to 1985: Police found four unidentified bodies in barrels in New Hampshire’s Bear Brook State Park.
Try lying down with your eyes closed, palms up and while focusing on your breath. Or spend 20 minutes sitting cross-legged and repeat a soothing word to yourself in your head. (The latter is more like transcendental meditation.