COVID-19, pandemic, quarantine, lockdown...are you tired of hearing these words just as we are? Yes? Thank you! One more week before we get to know about the unprecedented turn of events that may or may not take place (we mean the much-coveted upliftment of the lockdown). By now, we have pretty much got the hang of staying indoors, with work-from-home taking over the majority of our day. But even post that, we suggest inculcating these hobbies in our day-to-day routines, that helps us not get overwhelmed with the situation. We are trying our best to decipher our interests, schedule and productivity goals in alignment with these hobbies.
Pick up that musical instrument.
Pick up that guitar, ukulele or any other musical instrument that has been overlooked for a while. As they are lying there deserving more than a just second glance, you too, need a creative energy to uplift your mood. And what better way than a musical influence as a stress buster? Go for online classes that best suit your work-from-home situation with flexible timings.
Meditate your stress away.
Avoid getting sucked into the black hole called COVID-19-depressing-news of pandemic horror stories with a daily dose of meditation. Prioritize your mind before everything else, even before your physical health. Give your mind this much, and in return, it will boost your immunity which a need-of-the-hour.
Read, read, read!
Read up on everything except the increasing numbers of you-know-what. You need a mind-break, period! Let us all stop obsessing over the nitty-gritty of the quarantine updates and give other worthy articles a chance. Read up on any segment that suits your interest - thriller, mythological fiction, comedy snippets or even Terribly Tiny Tales for that matter.
Go on a Tik-Tok / Karaoke spree.
Ever wondered what's so special about Tik-Tok that everyone is going gaga over it? Well, it's genuinely fun! People have reached the peak of creativity with this app, so park that judgement aside and give it a try. It surely does its job, keeping boredom at bay.
Add some fun to your workout.
If you're for ways to switch up your workout routine or looking for fun ways to start one, we have ideas for you. Even though JPB (jhadu-pocha-bartan) takes it out of us, you can take your fitness game a notch higher with these fun activities. Start with easy-to-perform yoga poses, grab a hula-hoop or put on an online Zumba session that will make your hour more interesting while making you fit.
Give in to social trends and bake.
We would suggest cooking, but to keep up with trending recipes that are flooding our wall, we decided to give in. The classic banana bread and the Dalgona coffee is everywhere! Our favourite celebrities are baking them too, so why not try our hand at that, eh? It will not only keep our mood afresh but will also garner us a couple of extra likes on the post.
Learn the skincare basics.
It's high time for people like me who don't know jack about skincare. Come summer, our skin needs some extra prep and being indoors will surely help us out in that domain. Now that we are avoiding all the tanning by staying indoors, read up and learn the skincare 101's pertaining to your skin type. Let us help get you kick-started here.
Lend a hand at your kid's artwork, or better yet, do it yourself!
Picasso was not made overnight. We know that's not how the phrase goes, but it surely is relevant. Now that the kids have an off, scout through their art-material and draw yourself a picture or two. We know it's been long since we've even held a paintbrush, but we assure you that the activity (plus the soothing colours) will keep your mind active and peaceful.
Learn dance online
Much like everything, online dance classes are available to get you kick-started on that form that you wanted to ace. There's a myriad of dance styles that you can learn - right from the contemporary freestyle, belly dancing to classical Bharatanatyam. Take a pick and add it to your skillset.
Get your daily dose of comedy.
To avoid the mundane routine get to the best of you, get your daily dose of comedy on YouTube or Netflix. Share a laugh or two with your loved ones. Feeling like hosting a dinner date with your friends? Opt for Netflix Party and chuckle your heart out. Pro tip - Comedy YouTubers / Influencers to follow now - Mallika Dua, Prajakta Koli, Kusha Kapila and BeYouNik.
Experiment with music genres.
Think your taste in rock music is the best? Well, hop on to Spotify and give other genres a chance. Give the benefit of the doubt and experiment with your taste in music because 1) we have the time 2) why not? Who knows, a hardcore rock fanatic might just become a country-constant.
How are you managing your daily schedule and hobbies in the quarantine? Let us know in the comments below.