Stuck at home? I’ve got you covered with these ten things you can do in the comfort of your own home… so you’ll never get bored again!
Clean and sort out your home
This is the kind of thing nobody likes to do, though it is great if you are bored. Especially thinking that you are going to spend so much time at home over the next few weeks/months, it is better if everything is spot clean. Just do it one room at a time: I already cleaned my living room, bedroom and bathroom. The kitchen will be for next week! Another useful thing to do: sort out your clothes cupboard, your important papers or the drawers of your bedside table (whatever looks messy to you, really). You can even do a proper list that you can tick off when something is done: the feeling of accomplishment will be even better!
Binge watch your favourites TV shows
Now it is time to binge-watch and catch on TV shows that you missed. There are hundreds you can access online, with platforms like Netflix. My latest favorite: Narcos Mexico. I can also recommend you “the Crown”, or “Cheer” if you still have not seen it. If you have Stan, they will be streaming “Parasite”, the South Korean movie that won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes film festival.
Visit a museum or zoo (online)
Culture is accessible online from anywhere in the world, really. I spend quite some time on Google art & culture, which displays amazing content from museums and sites all around the world. My favorite topic at the moment? Looking at the amazing life and work of Frida Kahlo: there are dozens of her paintings explained, and put into perspective with her life. If this is not your cup of tea, try looking at the collection from the Orsay museum in Paris, or go on a virtual tour of the Taj Mahal: the possibilities are endless and there is enough to keep you busy for years! If you like animals, the Victoria zoos have some live streams going on. Through webcams, you can spot koala, penguins or even snow leopard cubs. There is also feeding time daily, so you are sure not to miss them. The best part? This is all for free!
Read a new book
One of the best moments of my day is when I go to bed and read at night! My last book: “The force” by Don Winslow. It is the story of Dennis Malone, a corrupt cop playing by his rules on the street of North Manhattan, New York. The story is surprising all along, describing corruption and links between every level of the justice system: attorneys, federal police and even city hall members. With him, we witness the violence, the dead, the drug, and what it takes to protect and serve in a city where nobody is clean – especially not Malone. The story unfolds completely through his eyes, and he presents himself as just wanting to be “a good cop”. But after stealing drugs and cash from a notorious gangster, Malone is caught in a trap and purchased by Federal police. He will have to do what it takes to keep his freedom – and life. That was my first book from Don Winslow, but I found out that he already published “the cartel”: this is definitely on my wish list.
“Our main mission is dope and guns, but the Task Force teams do what-the-fuck-ever we want, because it’s all related.” – The Force, Don Winslow
Work out – at your own pace
If you want to stay in shape, there are a lot of online programs that offer a free trial before you need to spend money: “Les Mills” is really good and provides a lot of different classes. If you are willing to spend money, SWEAT by Kayla Itsines is very good with exercises for every woman, meal plans and even shopping list. You can also find great videos on Youtube, my favorite channel being Popsugar. There are a lot of different classes and instructors. You do not need equipment for most of the videos, except maybe a yoga mat.
Plan your next trip
I hope my next trip will be California, so I’ve decided that I will start to plan a proper itinerary with all the places I want to visit along the way. The first step is to buy the Lonely Planet eBook. Even if this trip is unlikely to happen this year, being in lockdown does not keep you away from dreaming. So read blogs, guide books or look at photos of your favorite destination: when this is all over, we will be almost ready to go!
Learn a new language
I used to study Spanish at school. However, I never really practiced in “the real world” so I am far from being fluent. I am determined to learn it (again) while I am at home. How? By watching TV shows (and putting the English subtitles, of course), or using apps like Babbel or Duolingo. If you also want to learn new vocabulary, there is plenty of list by themes that are available online.
Call your family and friend
My family lives in France, and with such a time difference with Australia, it is sometimes difficult to find the right moment to call (especially when everybody is working). Now is the perfect period to spend a little bit more time on the phone with the people you care about. Another idea: organize a virtual “appointment” over facetime with your friends for drinks, dinner or brunch!
Write your feelings
This is not something I do often, but I have a notebook where I write my thoughts and feelings when it is becoming a bit overwhelming – like now. This time in lockdown is for everybody, I guess, stressful and uncertain. That is why putting your feelings into words can really help you to clear your mind. Another kind of writing: letters. Take the time to write to the elderly, for example. I am sure your grandmother would love to receive a long letter rather than just a phone call.
Take care of yourself
Last but not least: just take care of yourself. Remember that time is quite a luxury in our society. Home is where we should be comfortable, so just try to relax. Take a bath, try a new facial mask, or even meditate. If you want to spend your day in your pyjamas, it is ok. Just do what makes you happy. Enjoy the time you’ve got in your hand, stay home and be healthy.
” Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
– Vivian Greene