The pandemic-induced lockdown seemingly came out of nowhere and brought the entire world to a standstill. Even though the lockdowns are gradually easing, life is not the same as they used to be. People are expected to follow social distancing norms, such as - wear a mask, maintain overall hygiene and turn this exercise into a habit. It is only obvious a lot of us would prefer to stay at home and remain safe given the situation.
For students enjoying a bustling campus life, switching from an everyday active routine to being cooped up indoors can be quite anguishing. It is crucial to engage in activities that keep you motivated and contribute to your physical and mental wellbeing. The new normal is all about adapting and making the best of what you’ve got. So if you’re feeling like a prisoner crossing off your days and running out of ways to keep yourself occupied, maybe it's time to look at the same old things through a new lens. As poet Rumi said, “Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.” And also around you, thanks to the power of technology! You can access a plethora of engaging and educative content and connect with your peers remotely, anytime, and anywhere. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, utilize this time wisely to create value for yourself and society.
Confused about where to start? Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered! Here is a list of activities that you can indulge in besides online learning.
‘Eat. Sleep. Study. Repeat.’ - Is that your routine? While having a routine provides structure and discipline in your life, it is also necessary to kick back and relax. There’s much more than just redecorating your room or slipping into comfy pajamas, or binge-watch your favourite romedies.
From soothing tunes to upbeat pop, listening to curated playlists on online music streaming platforms will provide much-needed music therapy. Whatever be your mood, you can find a playlist to uplift your spirit, relax, or just rock out! Your hearing pleasure doesn’t end here. To say that podcasts are experiencing a meteoric rise would be an understatement. Whether you are looking for humour, great stories, juicy conversations, or just some inspiration, now’s the time to plug in and listen to podcasts. There's content available in a wide variety of genres. Rest assured, you won’t be bored a minute.
Let’s face it. We’re all guilty of buying books in bulk to read, only for them to gather dust. There is no better time than now to turn over a new leaf and explore being a bookworm. Books make for a great escape from boredom. If reading alone is not your cup of tea, why not turn it into a group activity? Start your very own virtual book club! Rope in your equally interested friends and peers and get into heated discussions over a chosen free eBook with a hot cup of coffee on the side. It’s a great way to stay in touch with pals or make new ones.
The current situation is forcing us to find newer ways of entertaining ourselves. To add fun and excitement to a mundane routine, stepping out of your comfort zone to try something new is necessary. If a hand at arts and crafts still doesn’t awaken your inner artist or whipping up a storm in the kitchen leads to your burning those baked goodies, then why not give a shot to these activities given below.
Nurturing a plant is a serious yet rewarding business. It requires seeds, sunshine, water, and a whole lot of patience and love. If you want to have a green thumb, start today and work towards growing a veggie garden on your terrace or a mini herb garden in your very own kitchen. You can also opt for smaller potted plants like aloe vera or succulents to decorate your room with. These green beings will fill your home with positivity and help you in relieving stress too.
Staying active, mostly when you are stuck in the same room, is imperative. Working out, meditating, and practising mindfulness can make you fit not just physically but mentally as well. It helps you alleviate your stress, remain present and focused. You do not need fancy equipment for a good workout session. There are plenty of free online portals that teach home workouts or yoga. If you lack the motivation to exercise daily, make it fun with your friends through virtual fitness challenges. Why not try a 50 pushup or squat challenge? But make sure to warm up thoroughly before exercise.
With a lot of time to kill, you can further work upon developing new skills or brushing up on old ones and explore varied interests online. You can pursue blogging to broadcast your views and opinions or use social media to exchange ideas, showcase talent, and connect with like-minded individuals. The scope of opportunities is tremendous.
This is a great time to catch up on knowledge that complements your field of study or any other exciting field of your choice. A wide variety of trending online courses like coding, SEO/Google Analytics, management of personal finance, etc. are available at students' disposal.
Offbeat courses such as calligraphy, knitting, creative writing, photography, and art appreciation can also make for an interactive learning session. Always wanted to learn Mandarin, or perhaps German? Don’t wait anymore to learn a new language of your choice and up your communication skills. Investing time in online courses will not only help you gain certification but also improve your resume and prepare you for future jobs and broaden your career horizons.
Attending insightful webinars by experts can break the monotony of a lethargic lifestyle, help you dive deep into various universal topics, and gain a new perspective. You also get the chance to engage and interact with fellow attendees and discuss or ask questions on chat forums. These webinars create a sense of community and help expand your knowledge and network.
An idle mind is a devil’s workshop. Hence, it is important not to slack off and undertake activities that can boost your future career. You can explore the internet for remote freelance opportunities like writing, online tutoring, video editing, web development, etc. to learn and grow more.