These are troubling times, and we have no wish to make light of the difficulties the coronavirus pandemic has caused for businesses, families and individuals. However, in the interests of giving everybody’s mental health and wellbeing a boost, we thought we’d break up the heaviness of the news right now with a list of things you can do when you are in home isolation but feeling fine!
- Do that tricky puzzle you’ve been putting off
That 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle that is just an image of a gushing waterfall or lawn covered in autumn leaves is finally achievable! If you feel like you need to step up the difficulty a bit, maybe try one of these…
- Get a cooking lesson from a world-renowned chef
Massimo Bottura, a three-Michelin-starred Italian chef and owner of world-famous restaurant Osteria Francescana, is taking to Instagram to deliver a daily cooking class, aptly titled Kitchen Quarantine. Learn from a master how to make classics like tortellini for tonight’s dinner, all from the comfort of your own home.
- Tour the world’s greatest museums and galleries
Being stuck at home is no reason to give up on your quest for cultural enlightenment! Google Arts & Culture has partnered with over 500 museums and galleries across the globe to give viewers at home virtual access to the greatest art collections in the world. Breathtaking.
- Be entertained by a celeb
Chris Martin of Coldplay is giving concerts over Instagram and so are John Legend and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Then, there’s the Operation Storytime hashtag, featuring acting superstars like Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner reading picture books aloud to calm our frazzled kids. Fun for young and old!
- Learn a new language
Imagine if, when the world returns to some semblance of normalcy, you’d managed to use your coronavirus-induced downtime to not just binge on Netflix but learn something practical and stimulating like a new language! Duolingo is free, fun and effective and it will give you something to brag about when you go back to work 😉
- Read an epic novel
Have you been meaning to read War and Peace for a good decade or so? Now’s your chance! There’s nothing like a good page-turner to give you an escape into an alternate reality, which a lot of us would welcome right now. If you prefer audiobooks, sign up to BorrowBox with your local library card and get listening.
- Get your craft on
If you’ve never really felt like you had the time or mental energy to devote to a hobby, this could be your chance to get started on something soothing and productive. There’s something to be said for keeping your hands occupied when you’re feeling anxious, and it can be really rewarding to make something yourself.
- Kickstart a new yoga practice
We’ve already talked about the importance of keeping active for both your mental and physical health while you’re quarantined, but why not use the time to try something totally new? Yoga is an excellent skill for both men and women, and easy to do at home with the help of apps like Daily Yoga. Get flexible, toned and Zen all at once.
- Host a virtual dinner party
Missing your mates but keen to keep your germs to yourself? Fear not, you can still do dinner with your friends, even when you’re all stuck at home. A resourceful and enterprising bunch have worked out that Zoom can be used for more than just work meetings. Cheers to that!
- Do something silly and pointless
When you’ve finished all the self-improvement, exercising and cooking and singing and dancing, we reckon you should devote some time to doing something utterly pointless, amusing and light-hearted. Give yourself permission to laugh and take time out from the news and the world. We dare you!
Take care and stay well, from the team at Recovery Partners.
Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at www.workcover.nsw.au
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