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  7 (beneficial) things to do during the lockdown

The COVID-19 outbreak caught us unprepared and unexpectedly hit us with high speed. Luckily, serious measures are being taken quickly and all we need to do is follow the guidelines and clear instructions for preventing infection and further spread of the disease.

 

The most important of those measures include a lockdown in many countries (more and more are wisely following the example) resulting in home quarantine. Schools and universities around the world are shifting to online classes and assignments while most workplaces are initiating home office practice for employees who are able to do it. Big public gatherings are also strongly restricted and people are advised to stay at home.

 

Following those regulations is decisive for stopping the COVID-19 outbreak. So does this mean life has to be put on hold? Not really – there are many ways to utilize the time and do something beneficial until the crisis is over. Here are seven ideas about interesting and productive things we can do at home apart from binging Netflix and replaying our favourite games.

In times like this, it is important to remember what is happening is nothing more than another one of the many crises humanity is facing. It is a radical reminded that our society needs to put unity, cooperation, crisis management, empathy, and compassion above anything else and solve the issues as quickly as possible. The situation is serious but with the right approach and countermeasures, it is only a matter of time to get out of it. Then we can proceed to solving other important emergencies like the approaching clime catastrophe, worldwide poverty, widespread injustice, or other disease outbreaks that have been around for years.

So what can we do in the meantime?

Please do not forget that being human stays above anything else on this list – do not hesitate to help your neighbours or elderly people who need help with shopping or household chores. Many people are extremely vulnerable in this situation and helping each other is the first priority. 

Keep Learning

Having classes cancelled or reduced doesn’t mean we should stop our brains from working. There are thousands of great resources online in all possible fields to keep our brains busy.

Tones of online courses are only at a mouse-click distance readily available no matter what our interest is. Is there a field you find intriguing and want to learn more about but never got the time because of school or social events taking up all of your time? Or maybe an area you are already exploring and want to further improve in? Now is the perfect opportunity to expand your knowledge and gain new skills.  

In a time when a global crisis is taking up all the media attention, it is also beneficial to educate ourselves about other world issues troubling society. The wide variety of other serious problems do not disappear just because we are facing a new, more urgent one – world hunger, environmental crisis, injustice and inequality, discrimination still very much exist and require our attention and effort.

Being isolated at home is a good opportunity to catch up with information on problems we can do something about once the lockdown is over.

Declutter and donate

Being stuck at home gives us the necessary time and motivation to take a careful look around our belongings. Starting with the most sensitive area – clothes, and repeating the exercise with other things like books, garments, decorations, toys, etc. we can take the time to identify things we rarely (or not at all) use and clean up some space.

Maybe there are also things we believe will be more appreciated by others and we can live without. Sort them out and prepare them for donation – there are people who would be happy to have them for sure. Living with only the things we really need instead of pilling up items collecting dust is not such a bad idea.

Unleash creativty – get a new hobby

Have you ever thought about starting a blog and sharing your experience and insights or starting a discussion about a topic you feel passionate about? What about writing a fictional story inspired by your own life? Drawing and experimenting with different mediums?

There are many forms of expression we can try and we never know what might appeal to us and turn into a relaxing new pastime to get our mind off stress and pressure. Maybe solving puzzles is your thing. Or knitting. Why not testing out Photoshop to create funny (or inspirational) edits with pictures of friends and family? It is time to let our creativity go wild.

Family time

Some of us are more fortunate than others and have the luck of being at home with their families. Thankfully, even if we are not physically together with them we still have the option to connect with loved ones via the Internet.

Whether or not we are in the same space the time we spend stuck at home is a great opportunity to catch up with family members and get some closure.

Talking about our routines, development at work/school, new hobbies and interests, or future goals is one way to do it. There are also tones of games and activities for family members to have fun and reconnect at the same time. It is even possible to recreate a movie night over the Internet with the many screen-sharing software – get the family members in a video chat on your phone and share your computer screen to enjoy and discuss a movie together regardless of the distance between you.  

Reflect and redefine

Having time for ourselves is a prerequisite to sessions of self-reflection and redefining goals. We can use the pause on all the things usually occupying our minds to reassess the direction we are going and evaluate if we are on the right track or need a drastic (or mild) change. Is our current lifestyle making us happy or are we missing something and not living up to the full potential of life and our desires?

It is also a great opportunity to reflect on our personalities and identify personal strengths and weaknesses to work with. Personal (and professional) development is a constant process – getting stuck in the loop and forgetting to realign our goals and plan of action can cost us true happiness and fulfilment.

Time to learn to cook (and maybe start a small garden)

A lot of us often turn to takeaway food due to a busy lifestyle of lack of time for cooking. Well, now the golden opportunity of learning how to cook and spoiling ourselves with a homemade dish has finally presented itself.

Cooking can be lots of fun and allows us to choose our own ingredients and menu based on our taste (and diet). It is way healthier and usually more cost-efficient than takeaway so why not give it a shot? It is also a great way to surprise friends and family during gatherings or treating a loved one – homecooked meals are the best. There are a large number of affordable recipes in all cooking difficulty levels no matter what your taste is.

Having some time on our hands is also an opportunity for another step towards a healthier lifestyle – starting a small garden at home. We don’t need a whole yard to do it, a small balcony can also do the trick. Growing organic vegetables is a highly rewarding activity which also gives us tasty products for our cooking.

Practice singing or dance moves

Performing in front of other people tends to be one of the most stressful and anxious things for many people. If you are one of the people who wholeheartedly enjoy singing or dancing but are too shy to do it in front of others and join your friends in the karaoke or on the dance floor you can use the time at home to build-up confidence and practice those skills.

This is also helpful for presenting in front of an audience (for a school project for example). Having the time to practice something alone in a risk-free environment is a great way to get more comfortable and get the motivation to later do in public.

Don’t forget that most likely no one is going to pay attention to your dance moves or singing that much anyway so use the fun exercise to get rid of unnecessary worries and stress – singing and dancing tends to be quite relaxing.  

Useful things to do during quarantine

If you are succumbing to the temptation to hoard, go to the bookstore now and make sure your brain is fed and healthy

Jim Paredes

COVID-19 Safety measures

Follow safety guidelines, protect yourself and others, and stay informed for the situation with the CVOID-19 outbreak.

Online courses and free books

Find Resources

Many online learning platforms like Skillshare or Udemy have affordable quality courses in many areas. Online bookstores also have discounts and free e-book downloads during the lockdown.

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are

Mason Cooley

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Things to do during quarantine

The COVID-19 outbreak caught us unprepared and unexpectedly hit us with high speed. Luckily, serious measures are being taken quickly and all we need to do is follow the guidelines and clear instructions for preventing infection and further spread of the disease.

 

The most important of those measures include a lockdown in many countries (more and more are wisely following the example) resulting in home quarantine. Schools and universities around the world are shifting to online classes and assignments while most workplaces are initiating home office practice for employees who are able to do it. Big public gatherings are also strongly restricted and people are advised to stay at home.

 

Following those regulations is decisive for stopping the COVID-19 outbreak. So does this mean life has to be put on hold? Not really – there are many ways to utilize the time and do something beneficial until the crisis is over. Here are seven ideas about interesting and productive things we can do at home apart from binging Netflix and replaying our favourite games.

COVID-19 Safety measures

Follow safety guidelines, protect yourself and others, and stay informed for the situation with the CVOID-19 outbreak.

In times like this, it is important to remember what is happening is nothing more than another one of the many crises humanity is facing. It is a radical reminded that our society needs to put unity, cooperation, crisis management, empathy, and compassion above anything else and solve the issues as quickly as possible. The situation is serious but with the right approach and countermeasures, it is only a matter of time to get out of it. Then we can proceed to solving other important emergencies like the approaching clime catastrophe, worldwide poverty, widespread injustice, or other disease outbreaks that have been around for years.

So what can we do in the meantime?

Please do not forget that being human stays above anything else on this list – do not hesitate to help your neghbours or elderly people who need support. Many people are extremely vulnerable in this situation and helping each other is the first priority.

If you are succumbing to the temptation to hoard, go to the bookstore now and make sure your brain is fed and healthy

Jim Paredes

1. Keep Learning

Having classes cancelled or reduced doesn’t mean we should stop our brains from working. There are thousands of great resources online in all possible fields to keep our brains busy.

Tones of online courses are only at a mouse-click distance readily available no matter what our interest is. Is there a field you find intriguing and want to learn more about but never got the time because of school or social events taking up all of your time? Or maybe an area you are already exploring and want to further improve in? Now is the perfect opportunity to expand your knowledge and gain new skills.  

In a time when a global crisis is taking up all the media attention, it is also beneficial to educate ourselves about other world issues troubling society. The wide variety of other serious problems do not disappear just because we are facing a new, more urgent one – world hunger, environmental crisis, injustice and inequality, discrimination still very much exist and require our attention and effort.

Being isolated at home is a good opportunity to catch up with information on problems we can do something about once the lockdown is over.

Online courses and free books

Find Resources

Many online learning platforms like Skillshare or Udemy have affordable quality courses in many areas. Online bookstores also have discounts and free e-book downloads during the lockdown.

2. Declutter and donate

Being stuck at home gives us the necessary time and motivation to take a careful look around our belongings. Starting with the most sensitive area – clothes, and repeating the exercise with other things like books, garments, decorations, toys, etc. we can take the time to identify things we rarely (or not at all) use and clean up some space.

Maybe there are also things we believe will be more appreciated by others and we can live without. Sort them out and prepare them for donation – there are people who would be happy to have them for sure. Living with only the things we really need instead of pilling up items collecting dust is not such a bad idea.

3. Find a new hobby

Have you ever thought about starting a blog and sharing your experience and insights or starting a discussion about a topic you feel passionate about? What about writing a fictional story inspired by your own life? Drawing and experimenting with different mediums?

There are many forms of expression we can try and we never know what might appeal to us and turn into a relaxing new pastime to get our mind off stress and pressure. Maybe solving puzzles is your thing. Or knitting. Why not testing out Photoshop to create funny (or inspirational) edits with pictures of friends and family? It is time to let our creativity go wild.

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are

Mason Cooley

4. Family time

Some of us are more fortunate than others and have the luck of being at home with their families. Thankfully, even if we are not physically together with them we still have the option to connect with loved ones via the Internet.

Whether or not we are in the same space the time we spend stuck at home is a great opportunity to catch up with family members and get some closure.

Talking about our routines, development at work/school, new hobbies and interests, or future goals is one way to do it. There are also tones of games and activities for family members to have fun and reconnect at the same time. It is even possible to recreate a movie night over the Internet with the many screen-sharing software – get the family members in a video chat on your phone and share your computer screen to enjoy and discuss a movie together regardless of the distance between you. 

Family games to play at home

15 free or cheap games you could play at home with your family.

5. Reflect and redefine

Having time for ourselves is a prerequisite to sessions of self-reflection and redefining goals. We can use the pause on all the things usually occupying our minds to reassess the direction we are going and evaluate if we are on the right track or need a drastic (or mild) change. Is our current lifestyle making us happy or are we missing something and not living up to the full potential of life and our desires?

It is also a great opportunity to reflect on our personalities and identify personal strengths and weaknesses to work with. Personal (and professional) development is a constant process – getting stuck in the loop and forgetting to realign our goals and plan of action can cost us true happiness and fulfillment.

Easy to make food at home

Read our article of taking the leap and making change following the principle of overcoming fear.

6. Time to learn to cook (and maybe start a small garden)

A lot of us often turn to takeaway food due to a busy lifestyle of lack of time for cooking. Well, now the golden opportunity of learning how to cook and spoiling ourselves with a homemade dish has finally presented itself.

Cooking can be lots of fun and allows us to choose our own ingredients and menu based on our taste (and diet). It is way healthier and usually more cost-efficient than takeaway so why not give it a shot? It is also a great way to surprise friends and family during gatherings or treating a loved one – homecooked meals are the best. There are a large number of affordable recipes in all cooking difficulty levels no matter what your taste is.

Having some time on our hands is also an opportunity for another step towards a healthier lifestyle – starting a small garden at home. We don’t need a whole garden to do it, a small balcony can also do the trick. Growing organic vegetables is a highly rewarding activity which also gives us tasty products for our cooking.

Easy to make food at home

Here are 100 easy and delicious meals you can prepare at home.

Easy to make food at home

10 vegetables easy to grow at home regardless of the conditions.

7. Practice singing or dance moves

Performing in front of other people tends to be one of the most stressful and anxious things for many people. If you are one of the people who wholeheartedly enjoy singing or dancing but are too shy to do it in front of others and join your friends in the karaoke or on the dance floor you can use the time at home to build-up confidence and practice those skills.

This is also helpful for presenting in front of an audience (for a school project for example). Having the time to practice something alone in a risk-free environment is a great way to get more comfortable and get the motivation to later do in public.

Don’t forget that most likely no one is going to pay attention to your dance moves or singing that much anyway so use the fun exercise to get rid of unnecessary worries and stress – singing and dancing tends to be quite relaxing. 

Just Dance is a great game to use as practice for your dance moves. There is a free to play version that does not require a console and is super fun to try alone or with others.

Dear visitor


In these precarious times, we stay committed to extending our solidarity and support to marginalised communities who, once again, will bear the brunt of another worldwide crisis.

Right now, we are reassessing how we can do just that. We aim to start new teams in August. The world will need all good forces who are willing and able to do whatever is needed. Let’s unite and get to work as soon as possible.

Stay safe and best wishes!
The Take 10 Volunteer communications and admissions team