The travel advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that travelers should avoid traveling to many places around the world due to a very high risk for COVID-19. Due to this, it’s advisable to stay home until everything goes back to normal.
But people may find themselves without anything to do even if they have a work-from-home arrangement with their company. They may find a lot of extra time on their hands. They can keep themselves occupied and productive at the same time even though they’re staying home the whole time. Here are some things people can keep themselves occupied with in the middle of a pandemic.
Learn a Skill
The worldwide web is a treasure trove of things that people can use to increase their knowledge and skills on just about anything. There are a lot of websites offering a wide variety of courses for free. Some courses are even offered by prestigious universities. These courses include an introduction to computer science, web programming, an introduction to artificial intelligence, and an introduction to digital humanities.
For skill training, people can check out YouTube videos of reputable channels. These channels have everything for everybody. People can learn to improve their photography or cooking skills. Gaming enthusiasts can even learn to build their own gaming laptops through these videos.
By the time the pandemic ends, people will have a new skill they can use to get a promotion in the company. If the course they took has a certificate, they can even it use to get a raise in their company. So, learning something new is definitely one important thing a person can do to remain occupied during the pandemic.
Even though the vaccine rollout is continuing in different parts of the country, the current situation is still quite stressful. Some people may even feel anxious and worried. But there’s one way to deal with this without taking any medication. People can practice meditation. Meditation offers a lot of benefits to the emotional well-being of a person. It allows them to get a new perspective about the entire situation and focus on the present. They will also increase self-awareness and allow them to manage their stress.
Additionally, meditating can also reduce any negative emotions a person can feel and increase their tolerance and patience. Aside from the emotional benefits, meditation also allows people to manage the symptoms of some conditions, including asthma, heart disease, tension headaches, depression, and chronic pain.
A person can also practice yoga, which is a type of meditation. Yoga is a physical exercise that allows people to enhance their flexibility. It also improves their circulatory and cardiovascular health. Moreover, yoga allows people to reduce their focus on the stressful day they experience since it requires them to concentrate and maintain their balance.
Video Chat with Family
People who have work-at-home arrangements are quite familiar with video conferencing software since they probably use it every day. They can also use the same software to connect with older family members isolated due to the pandemic. While they may be isolated physically, people can connect with them virtually through video chats.
Video chatting with older adults in the family can reduce their social isolation and reduce the risk of depression. It also engages them with the other family members even though they cannot see each other physically. It also gives them something to look forward to once everything goes back to normal.
Start a Blog
With a lot of free time on people’s hands, it may be a good time for them to start their own blog. If they have no idea about the topic, they can start with their experiences during the pandemic. Or they can also let their creativity run free and write about anything under the sun. If they’re photography enthusiasts, they can write about their hobby. People who love cooking can work on a cooking blog and post their recipes on the blog.
There are a lot of websites that allow people to create a blog for free. These websites even allow them to customize their blog to let it reflect their personality. Tech enthusiasts can buy a domain for their blog, sign up with a hosting site, and use a content management system to create their blog. Buying a domain and setting it up on a hosting site give people a lot of leeway for their blog in the future. They can even monetize it and earn money for their content.
Since the pandemic compelled people to stay home, they have a lot of time on their hands. They can make this time productive by doing things that keep them occupied until the pandemic ends.