Time on your own, in your own space, was a luxury not many can afford or have the time for. Let’s talk about the quarantine period when at least 70% of the world’s population was confined to their own homes (and some still in quarantine today).
We couldn’t go anywhere or do the normal things we could do. Many things were halted. For many of us, commuting to and from work stopped, which cleared up hours of our daily life to do something else.
We spent fewer times in cars, trains, and public transport because there was nowhere to go. Shopping? Only the essentials. Classes? Go online. Meetings with friends? Zoom it up.
For many of us, we could spend quality time at home. But then, for many people, juggling work, teaching their children, and doing chores blurred the lines between their professional and personal lives.
Granted, it took a while for most of us to get into the new scheme of things, and apply some sort of balance and sanity to the time we had at home.
Whether you’re in or out of quarantine (depending on where in the world you’re in), if you’re thinking of some useful ways to spend your time while home, here are six productive and exciting ways to do just that:
- Polishing your artistic side
There are so many ways to get artistic with the things you have at home. Many people forget this, but creating something crafty can be done using stuff you have lying at home. Take, for example, candle-making. If you have candleholders with half-lit candles in them or a box lying in a drawer somewhere, this is a good time to melt and reuse them to make something you’re happy with. Use old jars or glass bottles as containers, and create wicks using the ones you’ve taken out from the existing candles. When there’s a will, there’s always a way. Another crafty idea that’s easy would be to decoupage. If you have tons of magazines and newspapers lying around, waiting to be recycled, take them out and cut out pieces of design and motifs that appeal to you. You only need Mod-Podge to stick them onto the surface of your choice, and if you do have varnish, go one step further and finish off your artwork with one coat of varnish to seal it all in.
- Enroll in a free course or join a free competition.
Did you notice that there were plenty of webinars, online courses, and apps that were being given for free or on a discount? There’s a wide range of online courses that are free on just about any subject, from finance to coding, law to politics, marketing to data analysis, and acting to playing the piano. Not into classes? Then, join competitions, now that you have the time.
- Setting up a workout routine
You can’t really say you don’t have time anymore. The key to a consistent and successful workout is a workout routine. Just because you’re at home is no reason not to work out. This is a great time to focus on bodyweight training and use your body to get you pumped up. Bodyweight training at home allows us to correct our form and posture so that we produce better quality reps. Burpees, pushups, triceps dips, and stomach crunches are all basic exercises that we sometimes neglect in favor of using machines and weights. Switching up your workout routine from gym-based workouts to bodyweight workouts will help your body adapt better, and be accustomed to various workouts and exercises, and not use muscle memory based on weights.
- A puzzle a day
Puzzles, coloring books (for adults), jigsaw puzzles, sudoku, crosswords- these are all great ways to spend some time to sharpen your analytical and thinking skills. Did you know that doing puzzles helps to improve your memory, enhance your problem-solving skills, and increase your IQ? Spending 10 to 30 minutes a day on puzzles and activities either on an app or a computer can increase brain power, and it will give you something to do in the event you’re bored or suffering from Netflix fatigue.
Speaking of Netflix fatigue, if you’ve been binge-watching TV shows and movies, spend at least 10 minutes every day in a quiet space with some candles (the handmade ones come in handy here). Turn on some therapeutic music, and shit your eyes, the quiet time can dramatically make you feel better emotionally, mentally, and physically. Give some rest for your eyes and your mind, spend some quiet time away from movies and people talking, and meditate. If you’ve never done this before, now is an excellent time to start.
- Clear and declutter.
If not, now, then when? Clearing and decluttering isn’t just about throwing things away. It’s about organizing and making space. This means that if you’ve been keeping old newspaper cuttings of recipes, USB sticks with songs on them, and DVDs filled with movies, why not digitize them all and save it on to your various devices? Using software such as www.freemake.com/free_dvd_copy_software/ makes it easy and fast to just get all of these content digitized, organized, and into the folders and devices you want. If there’s just one thing you should do while spending time at home, it’s clearing out and organizing your junk, both the physical and the digital ones. This also helps clear out your mind, and help you be more open to the possibilities that will come after the quarantine is over.
At the end of the day, a lot of the things you do in quarantine is about rediscovering yourself, spending time with family, and doing the things you’ve been putting aside because of the lack of time. Spending time at home doing useful and healthy things in many ways teaches us that a healthy routine is a lifelong habit. It helps us discover different aspects and facets of ourselves and the people we live with that we never saw, never knew, and never experienced.