Coronavirus lockdown activity is left with us when we are all home. The nation is hit very badly with the virus forcing us to be in lockdown. A nationwide lockdown was enforced by PM Sri Narendra Modi in March 2020 for 3 weeks. Now that we have ample time let’s do some productive things during this lockdown.
The coronavirus lockdown doesn’t have to be boring, not if you keep yourself occupied. From learning a language to organizing your wardrobe, updating your CV to writing a novel, there are plenty of productive things you can take up.
Here’s a list of 21 productive things you can do at home. Take it as the coronavirus lockdown activity and get started.
1. Learn a New Language
Remember all those times you said you’d learn Italian, Spanish or French but just couldn’t find a spare minute? Here’s your chance. With a wide selection of YouTube videos and online tutorials at your disposal, why not use this time to learn a completely new language?
2. Organize Your Wardrobe
Most of us have at least one dress that we know we’ll never wear again or a pair of jeans that just don’t fit the way they used to. It’s time to declutter your wardrobe and get rid of those sad pieces that no longer see the light of day. Either pass them onto friends and family or donate them to charity at the very least.
3. Learn to Play an Instrument
Dust off that keyboard you bought last year, re-tune that guitar you’ve had for god knows how long and begin to fill your days with the sound of music. With so much free time, it’s never been easier to pick up a new skill.
4. Update your CV
Before lockdown, the idea of updating your CV, cover letter or LinkedIn profile might not have been very high up on your priority list. Rather than putting it off any longer, why not give all of your professional documents and accounts a total makeover? Use this present period to work towards an even brighter future.
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5. Write a Novel
The idea of writing a novel is one that can often seem daunting. Besides. the idea of writing and writing daily is itself a big deal. How many of us have opened Word, stared at a blank page for a while and then admitted defeat?
Enough is enough. Writing can be an incredibly therapeutic practice and one which can help you let out your thoughts and ideas. Who knows, you might be the next Chetan Bhagat of India?
6. Start a Blog
You can never go wrong with writing a blog. Whether you’re using it as an online writing portfolio, a space to share your passions or as an opportunity to try something new, it’s time to get those creativity flow. This could be the most profitable coronavirus lockdown activity amongst all.
7. Get Fit
Missing the gym? Working out at home can be just as beneficial for both your mind and body. Why not try out different types of workouts over the next few weeks and find that workout that works for you.
You need to do an activity for 3 weeks for it to become a habit, they earlier said. Even though that has been disproved, fitness experts will vouch for the fact that you can see the effects of exercise at this time.
If you have been thinking of getting fitter, take up yoga or Pilates, or join a functional workout class from home. Many yoga and fitness trainers are offering classes online at this time—follow them on their social media pages to find the best option. What’s more, the fitness and aerobics videos on YouTube can be real fun!
8. Do some gardening
Sick of spending all your time on the couch? Transform your garden into a tranquil space so that you can venture outside for some much-needed R&R. In need of inspiration?
With all the time spent at home, it’s a good idea to bring the outside into your living spaces, and the easiest way to do that is by growing a home garden. Not only do plants make your home more aesthetic, but they also purify the air, give you a fun way to stay fit and add to your meals as well.
Vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplants, pumpkins, chillis, bell peppers, onions, gourd, and okra are all fairly easy to grow at home as are herbs such as mint, lemongrass, basil, mustard, coriander, garlic, ginger, or even greens, such as spinach and lettuce.
You’ll need a place that gets at least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight, a water source close by and any container that is around 12 inches in diameter and height. You can be less stringent with house plants such as ficus, arrowheads, or money plants. Repurpose old bottles, cans, utensils or crockery and use them as planters instead.
9. Upcycle Your Furniture
Give your home furniture a new look. Pick up those paint buckets and give your bookshelves a new lick of paint? Find unused paint in your house, it’s okay if you don’t have any. Do not step outside to buy new paint. It’s a big No No. I believe it to be a fun-filled coronavirus lockdown activity.
10. Learn to Code
In an increasingly digital age, the ability to code can put you at a major advantage. Ditch those technophobic tendencies and teach yourself how to master this highly sought after skill. Start with the most popular programming language C.
11. Clear out Your Kitchen Cupboards
Organize the entire contents of your kitchen cupboards. Check the expiration dates on those canned goods at the back, clear out that junk drawer you’ve been avoiding. Ditch unused or expired ingredients. Do not keep them for a long time or else you may accidentally use them making your loved ones sick. You know what they say – a tidy kitchen, tidy mind.
12. Read Books
This is a no-brainer, to be honest. Besides being a great entertainer, this can be a great use of your me-time, simply because you will enhance your knowledge of people, society, history, and culture.
Also, research suggests that reading books keeps you smarter and more empathetic. Perhaps, the secret to getting through these times all in one piece is hidden in one of those books lying on your bookshelf unread for the longest time? If possible continue this coronavirus lockdown activity post lockdown.
13. Show yourself some love
Your pet gripe has been that you never get any time for yourself? Over the next three weeks, indulge in some self-care. Ask your partner to give you a hair massage. Or, make a face pack using ingredients at home.
Here’s a simple hack: mix three tablespoons of lemon juice with a tablespoon of turmeric powder, apply it on your face, leave it for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off. This will leave your face moistened and glowing.
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14. Do eLearning (Online Course)
Several reputed universities are offering free online courses. They range from public speaking to blockchain technology and almost everything in between. Standford University’s online.stanford.edu and MIT’s openlearning.mit.edu are among the most popular.
TED-Ed (ed.ted.com) is another platform that has high-quality videos on various topics. Many other online learning websites charge you for the courses, but it may be worth the time and money. Check out sites like Udemy, Skillshare, Coursera, and others. Some human resource departments of companies are asking their employees to skill-up during the lockdown. Try to go back to your office with skill-sets that may serve you in the future.
15. Learn to cook
Can’t tell the difference between a spatula and spaghetti? Got the neighborhood Dhaba on speed dial? Fret not, cooking isn’t rocket science and there’s no dearth to the online videos, recipes, and kitchen hacks that can help you navigate this unfamiliar terrain. Reach out to friends and family for cooking tips. You can also begin a book of family recipes.
Cooking need not be a solo endeavor—involve the kids, partner or roommate by splitting tasks or call a bunch of friends on a group video call. Even if you’re by yourself, put on some music, pour some wine and you’ve got a party!
16. Start a book club—online
This is a good time as any other to start an online club. Decide on a book or a theme your circle wants to explore and get cracking. A book club can be a great way to get to know more like-minded people and expand your circle. Set a couple of ground rules, such as ‘agree to disagree’, ‘let’s hear from everyone’, to help the book club be a space for a lively, enjoyable discussion and not descend into argumentative chaos.
Pick a date and time, get together on remote conferencing platforms such as Zoom or Google Hangouts, crack open a bottle of wine (if you were lucky to go into the lockdown with liquor handy) and have yourselves an online book club party.
17. Join the conversation
This quarantine, make the most of your social media platforms. Don’t stick to keeping tabs on your extended network, or stalking an ex but truly engage with the medium. Participate in social media challenges and the tag-along games that are doing the rounds.
Use your Instagram stories or your tweets to crowdsource movie recommendations, new music suggestions or start a discussion. This can help you reconnect with old friends, be part of larger ongoing conversations and could help alleviate the cabin fever you will soon be experiencing.
18. Quit a bad habit
If you’ve been dragging your feet, setting intentions but finding yourself lacking in will, this government-mandated lockdown can be the period you go cold turkey on that niggling bad habit you have always wanted to get rid of: smoking, sugar or caffeine dependence.
The science behind breaking a bad habit: know your triggers, capitalize on life-altering changes (hello, quarantine) or replace your bad habit with a good one. Plus, the lockdown introduces a new barrier—the lack of access to your vice—which can finally be the push you needed all along.
19. Relive your childhood
As children, most of us loved playing board games, be it Ludo, snakes-and-ladder or Scrabble. Some of these games must still be lying in some corner of the house, gathering dust. It’s time to brush the dust off and get playing with the family. Once you are done with your work-from-home, you can sit with the family every evening for a round or two. Relive your childhood as you play with your children.
20. Pursuing your hobby
It’s that time to pursue that hobby that has always brought you happiness. For some, it may be time to sharpen their culinary abilities or resuming the paintings that they have put on hold given their busy schedule. Taking time to cook may reduce your expenditure dining out going forward and would also keep you healthier.
Doing household chores routinely as a coronavirus lockdown activity can be engaging. Thanks to technology today, you can learn a lot from the comfort of homes. Perhaps, you can learn how to play a musical instrument, brush up on your photographic skills, or try to learn a new hobby from the cornucopia of hobbies that you can find on the internet. You can do anything you want – so as long as you remain indoors.
21. Make a Post-Lockdown Wish List
Lockdown is for our good, but know that this too shall pass. Make a list of all the things you want to do once the lockdown is lifted—selling your old car, visiting the dentist, meeting your best friend over coffee and hugging her, playing football, taking your elderly aunt out for dinner, or just going back to walking in the park! Just make a list.
22. Do 30-Minutes Meditation Daily
Meditation is the food of our soul as said in our scriptures. However, the lockdown is the best time to start a daily 30-minute meditation practice. The surrounding is quiet, everyone is at home, no noise, no vehicles, even the environment is pollution-free. Mother nature is at its best now. Start meditating either early in the morning or evening.
Share with us what have you done to kill your time. What’s your favorite coronavirus lockdown activity? Do let us know what things you did during the coronavirus lockdown.
While a certain situation of uncertainly prevails, we can focus on the positive aspects of staying put healthy at our homes following the curfew orders rather than getting drowned in fear and anxiety.
Reinvest the time you’d otherwise spend binge-watching into some of these productive actives which will certainly help you in the long run. Any kind of knowledge only help, it never hurts.
So, make use of this free time productively.