As we approach the third month of self-isolation, the boredom might be starting to creep in. It can be difficult to find inspiration for new activities when you’re stuck in the same location, and there are only so many hours of TV one can watch. Below are some suggestions on how to stay entertained when you need a break from your Netflix queue.
If we all have to stay inside during COVID-19, you can make inside the coziest place possible by baking up some traditional comfort food. You may have noticed lately that your social media channels are flooded with images of fresh-baked bread and that sourdough starter has become the of must-have item for self-isolation. It might be because fresh-baked bread isn’t only delicious – it’s also therapeutic. Apparently humans are wired to crave such a psychologically reassuring carb that stimulates our insulin intake, leading to increased production of serotonin. On top of that, bread ingredients are cheap and creating something from nothing can provide a sense of control while we’re all dealing with all of this uncertainty.
If you’re just getting into baking and are looking for easy guides, Bon Appeite’s compiled a list of their best bread recipes to get you started.
Now that you’re working from home, it’s time to get creative with your setup. If you’re working from home with a roommate, check out our blog post on some tips to manage sharing your space. Take some time to look up interesting office spaces for inspiration and start personalizing your own area. Maybe it’s putting up new art, adding an interesting splash of colour by painting a wall, or using Feng Shui to arrange your furniture and get the most out of your home office. Are you going to spend most of your time writing? On calls? Making art? Different factors can inspire different creative setups that allow you to focus on your specific tasks.
Creating art can be as complicated as creating a paper mache sculpture, or as simple as quick pencil sketch on some spare paper. Either way, creating art can be an incredibly satisfying way to spend your time. Not only does it allow you to focus on something for long stretches, it can also give you a sense of productivity and accomplishment. If you think art isn’t for you, try checking out famous cartoonist, teacher, and MacArthur Genius Grant winner, Lynda Barry. Lynda’s philosophy has inspired many to believe in themselves and start drawing, even if they find the activity intimidating. Lynda teaches that we all need to silence our inner critic and unleash our creativity, and provides some helpful tips to belief in yourself and your capabilities.
If you’re looking for ways to exercise, there are a number of online resources on YouTube, and many classes and studios have started using Instagram live to serve their clients. Sweatabl’s Instagram account aggregates Instagram Live workouts from Toronto gyms and studios and posts the schedule to their stories daily. You can tune in to any class for free, whether or not you live in the city, just remember that all times are EST.
You can also build a gym with what’s already in your home. Wine bottles and canned foods are good substitutes for weights, and old headbands can be used as makeshift resistance bands. You can also use chairs for tricep dips, and towels for shoulder resistance workouts. Stacks of large heavy books can be used as steps if you don’t have stairs, and you can use cushions to create inclines to challenge yourself during ab and leg workouts.
Now that you’re spending so much time in your home, you might notice that some things could use some sprucing up. There are plenty of DIY projects that you can around your home, like rearranging your furniture, painting, and changing the lighting. If you don’t want to break the bank redoing your home, take a look at our post on how to decorate your rental on a budget. If you need supplies, you can shop most hardware stores online, and many offer curbside pick-up.
No longer just for teens, Tiktok’s platform is a great outlet for everyone in the family. It takes planning, coordination and a lot of creativity to put together a piece of entertaining content, and it will likely take you longer than you think. Many people are tiktoking while they wait out Coronavirus, and putting their own personal takes on self-isolation out into the world. Not only can the platform help to stave off boredom, it’s also a way to be social while maintaining social distancing. After all, Tiktok videos are ultimately meant to be shared.
While you may not be able to actually go to the airport and hop on a plane, you can still visit some pretty interesting places while you self-isolate. From hiking the Great Wall to visiting the Taj Mahal, there are a number of virtual tours you can take online. You can see natural wonders like the Grand Canyon or Mount Everest, all from the comfort of your couch. If you’d rather dive into some art, many museums like the Louvre and the Claude Monet Foundation offer free online tours as well.
How are you getting creative in your space during self-isolation? Let us know on our social media channels how you’re staying entertained in your home!
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