COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has changed the way we live dramatically. As COVID-19 spreads around the world, social distancing has been appointed as one of the ways we can contribute to flattening the pandemic curve. That means that by staying home, we can help slow the spread of the virus.
Although many countries have not yet ordered official lockdowns, many people are choosing to stay home to protect themselves and others. As reclusion and social distancing over the long haul can be distressing and overwhelming, finding ways to remain calm and maintain your well-being will be extremely important to get through these times. In this article, we will share budget-friendly activities ideas to do at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Use Technology Wisely
According to Scientific American, it is not about how much we use social media platforms, but how we use them, as “we can all benefit from developing digital habits that support meaningful human connections—especially now.” There are many cool ways that people around the world are able to stay connected with the outside world because of technology.
Join an Online Concert or Music Festival
All over the world, many artists are starting to perform live for free through their social media accounts and online. If you’re looking for shows that you might be interested in, you can always check out the social media profiles of your favorite artists to see if free online concerts are available to you. Billboard is also keeping a comprehensive list of live streams and virtual concerts that are happening, along with the dates that they will take place.
Similarly, in countries like Portugal and Brazil, local artists are getting organized to perform live in online festivals. You can even check out festival lineups on each festivals’ profile to know how to join the free show.
Attend Virtual Parties and Happy Hours
Many apps facilitate face-to-face interactions online. Skype, Zoom, House Party and FaceTime are a few examples of platforms you can use to meet your friends for free, sometimes even with more than one person at a time. You can also use Eventbrite to browse upcoming online events.
There are many free apps and browser extensions that allow you to watch movies and shows with your friends and family remotely. These services allow you to synchronize video playback from your preferred streaming platform. Some free examples are Netflix Party, Kast (previous Rabbit), Scener, and Rave.
Learn Something New
The internet is full of online courses that can fit your budget. Whether you want to learn a new language, learn how to cook, or learn how to play an instrument; whatever your topic of interest is, there are many free classes on the internet.
One great idea is to look for people on your network who can virtually teach you. Independent professionals such as musicians, artists, and physical education teachers, for example, along with other entrepreneurs and small local businesses, will need all the support they can get.
Watch Live Streams of Famous Attractions and Attend Virtual Tours
With the internet, you can see the koalas of San Diego’s Zoo, or scope out Scotland’s famous Loch Ness, or visit the Sistine Chapel for free and from the comfort of your home. Good housekeeping has even provided a list of museums, zoos and other sites offering virtual tours and live or recorded images for free.
While the internet provides an infinite amount of possibilities to stay busy and entertained at home, let’s not forget the other many activities you can do outside of your computers.
Hang Out With Who You Live With
Sit down and catch up on each other’s lives. You can also listen to music, cook, play games, watch a movie, or do a puzzle together. The list of things to do together is endless.
Take Care of Yourself
Treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure, do a facial mask, try auto massage, catch up on sleep, and take the time to meditate. You don’t need to go online for that—you can simply rest quietly and focus on your breathing.
There is news of people all around the world exercising in their balconies along with their neighbors, like in Spain. Try to organize something like that in your home or simply workout alone in your living room. There are many free apps to help you with your sports routines, but know that you don’t necessarily need the internet to keep active. Squats, push ups, sit ups, and jumping jacks are all examples of simple exercises you could do on your own. Remember that exercising is one of the best ways to stay healthy, so no excuses!
Work on Household Chores
Try rearranging your furniture to make your home feel new and different. Organize your closets and separate items for donation. Take care of your plants and watch them grow.
Just Be Home
Take the opportunity you have to stay home to enjoy the company and unconditional love of your pet. Read that pile of books you have on your list. Practice your preferred hobby like playing an instrument, drawing, or painting. You can also work on your financial planning. How about organizing your income and expenses sheet for the next few months? Or even better: do your taxes!
It’s okay to feel sad, frustrated, and bored. You’re not alone with these feelings. But for the time being, try to see your home as a place of love and security. Look for information from reliable sources and, until you’re told otherwise, stay home as much as possible to protect yourself and others from spreading the virus.