10 things to do during quarantine

10 Things To Do During Quarantine 

The world is basically shut down for repairs, and we're all ridiculously terrified of what is to come.
Statements have been issued by Prime Ministers and Presidents to give us the full info on what we should be doing. If you're in the UK, your feed is probably swamped with quarantine memes and people telling you to wash your hands whilst singing happy birthday. All of which is extremely true, and I don't know why people weren't washing their hands properly before?
However, there hasn't been much information on what you can and can't do whilst in quarantine. So I'll be here today to walk you through what you can be doing, whilst staying safe.

Some people will be living on their own, and thus having trouble socialising. Frankly we're not too sure how long this pandemic will be lasting and how long it'll be until we see our family and friends face to face. So text, call, video call and group message each other as much as possible. You don't realise just how much one text can really make someones day so much better.

1. Keep digital contact with friends

2. Take up a new hobby 

Happen to have a scrap piece of paper around the house and a couple of pens? Why not try out some doodling. Youtube is a fantastic place for drawing tutorials. If you have some paints, do the same, and find someone super calm and soothing like Bob Ross who will make anyone into an artist.
Have you got an instrument that's collecting dust or could do with a jam? Then go ahead and jump into writing some material. Some of the best music in history was created in times of hardship.

If you’re not keen on artistic pursuits, why not try learning a skill that may come in handy in the future, something like lockpicking? Contrary to popular belief, picking locks is not rocket science or a skill that’s used only by criminals or secret agents.

There are professionals known as locksmiths, who use this skill in their job. There are even more enthusiasts who learn lockpicking for fun and even compete in international locksport events.

Getting started is easy. You only need a basic lockpick set, practice locks, and a good lockpicking manual to learn the ropes. The next time you lose your keys, you won’t have to wait outside in the cold.

Yes it sucks that gyms have closed down, and that outside activities are at a total minimum. But that doesn't stop finding a yoga class online so you can get your few moments of zen inside the home. Maybe you'll discover that you prefer exercising at home as opposed to in front of others. Work with what you've got, and even if you don't have dumbbells laying around, use alternative equipment like two large water bottles, or two large carrier bags. As Bear Grylls said "Improvise, Adapt, Overcome!"

3. Make space for in-home exercise

4. Try a virtual tour

VR has been around for quite some time, and we've all taken it for granted within the new world of technology. However now that we're stuck in our homes, this opens up so many opportunities to utilise the existing virtual reality technology. Many galleries have started to develop tours, so you can experience history and art, in the comfort of your home.

Now this point is to be taken with a pinch of salt. The world is not expecting you to start constructing a shed. Frankly it's quite wise if you don't do anything too dangerous that could involved getting hurt, as the NHS is already ran off it's feet dealing with overpopulated hospitals, so let's keep that to an absolute minimum.
But there is nothing wrong with bringing out the paints sitting in the cupboard, and giving the walls a fresh coat. Or changing up a room with hanging some art.

5. Start improving your home

6. Get reading 

Almost every person I know has been bought, or gifted books that they've never bothered with, and at most read the blurb. So why not take this opportunity to stick your head in a book, and educate yourself. If you've been dying to read something and don't own it, there's plenty of resources online that will find you a digital copy.

Music never gets boring, it's the soundtrack to our lives and can make a horrible situation all the more better. If Spotify or Apple Music just isn't cutting it, and you want an immersive experience, dig out the vinyl or cassettes, kick back on the sofa and enjoy some golden oldies that bring a smile to your face.

7. Listen to music 

8. Learn a new language

During times of self-isolation, you'll find any way of not getting bored or going mad. So taking up a new language could be both educational and a time consuming way of taking up a lot of your time. I highly rate Duolingo as it's a fun way of learning the basics, and not half as boring as sitting with a English to Spanish phrase book. It'll certainly help you out for the next time you're allowed to travel and want to order something from a menu. You can also check out this guide on how to speak German by Preply.com

It's amazing just how much rubbish you can hold onto to, when you really try and go through everything. Start organising your home, room by room to see if there's anything that is highly unneeded like old college books, or receipts from your tax return. Although it might seem tempting to put off this until you're feeling in a better mood, and not as scared to simply put your bins out, it'll create a happy harmonious space in which you'll find it easier to exist for the unpredictable future.

9. Declutter

10. Cook up a new meal

So there's absolutely no need for people to be stock piling in the way you've seen on the news. Resources will spread around just fine if we buy what we intend to consume. But to keep your spirits up and bright, try out a new meal - one that preferably doesn't involve pasta, rice or tinned food, as some people may seriously rely on that. Head down to your local shop and buy in fresh fruit and vegetables, so that you're supporting local businesses, whilst keeping yourself healthy.