10 Things to Do During Self-isolation from Covid-19

Covid-19 has led to a global halt of all markets. The world, for the first time in over 100 years, is facing a global pandemic, leaving everyone home. A lot of countries are on a full stop, the stock markets are destroyed, gold and oil are down, bitcoin is all over the place and the tourism industry is obliterated.

The coronavirus has led to the closure of all major sports, the Olympics may be suspended, and food stores are overrun with people.

It’s utter chaos, but it’s very important for you to do things while in self-isolation. There is a lot that you can do to either keep your mind off of the pandemic or better yourself for when self-isolation is no longer required.

play video game

1. Play Video Games

Video games provide the ultimate escape from the world, and it’s no surprise to us that Steam is being overrun with users. The platform has broken numerous concurrent user records during the coronavirus because people have to be able to do something.

Gathering with friends or even going to school is not possible.

So, gaming is the next best option. If you want to play a few games and don’t know what to play, try going on Twitch to see what others are playing.

But if Twitch doesn’t seem to have anything you like, there are so many options to keep you entertained. A list of the best games to play by platform are:

Of course, I’m a major fan of MMOs. I love being able to socialize with people in MMOs, and while practicing social distancing, this is the only real interaction I am able to have with the outside world at this time.

MMO hype has died down a lot in the past few years, but a few of my favorites include:

  • World of Warcraft
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Guild Wars 2

World of Warcraft is offering 100% more experience at this time, so you’ll be able to level your toons faster. If you have alts that you want to level, want to return to the game or want to gear up for the next expansion, now is the time that you’ll want to rejoin the game.

Keep in mind you also have a lot of unique, free gaming options from Fortnite to DOTA2 and League of Legends.

If you or your kids are staying home bored, it’s the ideal time to get in some gaming. You can also reload and top-up your favorite mobile game from OffGamers.com if you’re looking to buy an iTunes gift card.

work from home

2. Work

Work for you may still be ongoing, or your work may be deemed non-essential and you’re stuck at home losing your mind. You can use this time to work on your future with a side job – digitally – with a new skill or opportunity.

The side jobs that a lot of people are focusing on are:

  • Copywriting
  • Digital marketing
  • Podcasting
  • Writing

You have a talent or a passion that can make you money. Sites that can help you get started are:

But your digital work can be anything. Right now, you may have difficulty trying to land freelance contracts, but it truly depends on the need in your industry. You can find a lot of work in the health and fitness niches right now.

A lot of major companies were started during an economic downturn, and they were able to make millions of dollars in the process.

Find something you love, work on it and you may be able to have side income during this difficult time or even after Covid-19 is a distant memory.

youtube

3. Watch Online Streamers

Online streamers are struggling right now to make money, so it’s a good time to support them. There are two main places to watch online streamers, including:

  • Twitch
  • YouTube

You can find a lot of great options online for video content. YouTube is a platform that you can use to learn about anything. People get stuck on the platform watching everything, including how to master knife throwing techniques, makeup videos or just videos on the history of your country.

Online streamers provide a wealth of content on a daily basis, and there are a lot of live streamers that you can converse with and watch day and night.

play brown guitar

4. Learn to Play an Instrument

Do you have an instrument accumulating dust in the corner of your room or closet? A lot of people purchase instruments and never truly learn how to use them. I have a violin collecting dust that I never learned to play.

But now there is so much free time that it makes sense for me to start learning to play the violin.

You can also learn an instrument if you have one sitting around. Since retailers aren’t selling out of these items at the moment, you can shop for them online and have the instruments sent to your door.

Don’t go out and shop for instruments at this time due to the importance of social distancing.

You can use YouTube and other platforms to learn instruments. A few good resources that can help you learn to play an instrument are:

  • Drums
  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Guitar

Of course, these are just a few of the resources that you can find. You’ll also be able to find lessons on all of these instruments and many more online. Take your time, train your ear and you may walk away from the coronavirus knowing how to play a beautiful instrument.

watch series

5. Binge Watching TV Series / Movies

If you’ve been wanting to watch a television series or a movie, it’s time to watch them now. You have more time than ever to binge watch shows, but which should you be watching? There are a lot.

A few of the top shows to watch are:

  • Call the Midwife
  • Mad Men
  • The Walking Dead
  • Infinity Train
  • Breaking Bad
  • Doc Martin
  • Younger
  • Bates Motel

And hundreds of others. You’ll find that there are ample streaming services available, and there are actually a lot of free streaming services, including http://www.tubi.tv.

You’ll want to check Google and other platforms to see if the shows you want to watch are available.

language

6. Learn a New Language

Learning a new language opens up a new world to you. There are billions of people that you cannot speak to, and these people are also wanting to learn your language. Two hours per day will help you start speaking a language and understanding natives very well in the next six months to a year.

Of course, you will not be fluent at this point, but you should be able to watch television shows and listen to the radio.

There are a lot of resources at your disposal, including:

  • http://www.memrise.com
  • http://www.duolingo.com

But these are just the very basics of learning a language. You’ll also want to start reading books, newspapers or even conversing with native speakers. You do have a lot of options, including opting to search for local newspapers online and also use sites like italki.com that allow you to hire a tutor or speak to someone in the community.

Learning a language can be a lot of fun and allows you to learn about a culture more intimately than you could otherwise.

cleaning house

7. Spring Cleaning Your Home

Spring is here for a lot of people, and when the warm weather is fully in effect, what do people do? They clean. I don’t know why people clean so much during spring, but it’s the “thing to do.”

Take the time to:

  • Clean up your home and make sure to do a deep cleaning
  • Put items and clothing that you don’t want in a garbage bag to discard or donate later
  • Go through all of your items to ensure that you’re not holding on to items you rarely or never use

A quick and easy list for spring cleaning can be found online.

You can go through every room of the home to:

  • Wash all of your window treatments and blinds
  • Wash all of your baseboards, sills, walls and ceiling
  • Wash your windows inside and outside
  • Vacuum lamps and lighting features

Clean out your pantry, deep clean your oven, wash all of your cabinets and even go as far as moving your appliances and cleaning under them. Take this time to vacuum all of your upholstery, check all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and disinfect other key items in the home.

learn a new recipe

8. Learn a New Cooking Recipe

Cooking is a vital life skill, yet a lot of people don’t know how to make eggs or even boil water and cook pasta. You can have a lot of fun with cooking, but you’re probably limited in the supplies that you have available as people swarm grocery stores and are not going to be able to find some items in stores.

If you have items already and want to make a new dish with them, My Fridge Food can help.

The site is great, and you’ll find other similar options available, too. When you go on the site, simply:

  • Click off the food items you have
  • Wait for the list of food you can make
  • Find a recipe for the dish recommended

You can also just go on food.com and try to find recipes that you would like to eat. It’s a great option for you if you’re just learning. There are also a lot of great sites and YouTube channels that will allow you to start from the basics and start building on these skills.

Cooking really is an art, and the more you learn about cooking and the basics, the more you’ll be able to create your own dishes.

Over time, you’ll learn how to use the items in your home to make tasty dishes.

gardening

9. Learn and Continue Gardening

If this pandemic has showed us anything, it is that people are not well-prepared for a pandemic. The world relies on food chains and grocery stores, but there is another option to get your food: gardening.

You may not have the seeds or items you need right now, but you can also order the seeds online.

But there is a lot of work that also needs to be done. Farming is not easy, and you will have to learn about:

  • Soil quality and caring for soil
  • Which plants can be planted in your area
  • Proper spacing for all of your plants

There are also some plants that do much better when they have “buddies.” Blueberry plants, for example, will grow much better when you have two of the plants close to each other.

Once you have plotted out your garden and which plants will work best for your land, it’s time to start learning how to grow vegetables and fruits. It’s best to dig into the local videos in your area and really learn how to plant, nurture and grow all of the seed or plants you buy.

It takes a lot of time and education to really understand farming. Don’t take your losses personal as many of the plants will die the first year.

fixing stuff

10. Pick Up a New Life Skills

We’ve covered a lot of life skills already in this article, but there are just so many life skills that you can master. The skills that you may want to learn or potentially teach someone else at this time include:

  • Learn the basics of housekeeping and how to efficiently clean your home or care.
  • Sewing is becoming a lost art, but learning how to sew will allow you to mend clothes and sew new projects rapidly.
  • Home repair is another skill to learn because it can save you money and teaches you how elements of your home work, such as plumbing, electric or appliances.
  • Public speaking courses can be found online and will teach you how to speak to large groups of people effectively.
  • Organizational skills are often overlooked, but these skills can help you prepare for financial disasters, teach you how to balance your budget and can be used in all areas of your life.

Pick a life skill that you like and want to learn, and you’ll have fun doing it.

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