The coronavirus outbreak is a challenging time for all of us. There’s a lot of uncertainty, anxiety, fear in the air. Moreover, going into (self)quarantine can have many complex issues and complications that go beyond food and supply. But as it’s been stressed by many – let’s make the most of this situation. The world is moving at a rapid speed, and this is a warning to slow down. Social distancing has proven to reduce the spread of the virus, but it’s also easy to start spinning out when you’re cooped up. So what can you do to stay sane while keeping yourself and others safe during the virus outbreak? We’ve come up with 10 amazing ideas on how to best spend time indoors during the pandemic.
1. Visit an Art Gallery or attend a YouTube event... virtually!
As many events are now taking a virtual form, museums are not left behind! Visit David Zwirner’s or these 12 museums to experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home. But in case you’re looking for a more active event, YouTube has just announced rolling out a new feature for channel owners to meet their followers online. Either you own a channel or follow one, be sure to keep a track of the upcoming events!
2. Listen to podcasts!
What better time than now to start listening to that accumulated “listen-to” list you’ve kept on saving for later! There are so many inspirational, educational, humorous, even spine-chilling podcasts out there. So, simply pick your favourite! In case you’re lost in the variety of options (the paradox of choice), some of our picks include E-commerce Marketing Show hosted by Dave Gerhardt, our own Nordic Growth Show where we focus on the entrepreneurship scene in Nordic countries and The School of Greatness where the former pro athlete Lewis Howes explores the journeys of people like Tony Robbins, Amy Wilkinson, Robert Sharma, and many more!
3. Learn a craft you’ve always wanted to learn via online courses
This might be just the time to finally learn that skill you’ve always wanted to master or simply expand your knowledge by learning something new. Luckily for us, many online course providers have updated their online measures and now offer special deals for all those who want to acquire a new set of knacks and know-hows, including:
4. Pick-up a book you’ve been meaning to read for ages!
While staying at home opens all sorts of possibilities, it’s also important to invest in off-screen time. It’s so easy to get caught up in social media, gobbling up every single coronavirus update possible. But there are better, and less anxiety-provoking, ways to cope. One of such – reading! Here are our picks for different moods:
- If you’re in the mood for an enthralling read
- If you’re in the mood for an inspirational and motivational read
- If you’re in the mood for poetry
- If you’re in the mood for spiritual and self-development genre
- If you’re in the mood for advancing your marketing and story-telling skills
- If you’re in the mood for once-forbidden classic
Tip: In case you’re suffering from FOMO (like most of us) try installing a website blocker that will temporarily force you off social media.
5. Spoil yourself and discover the world of cinema beyond Netflix!
While Netflix serves as the main online streaming service for many, it might be time to explore the expressive and thought-provoking world of cinema that goes beyond Netflix – from cult classics to modern masterpieces, the world of cinema holds many undiscovered gems! Relish the experimental, avant-garde work of Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) artists like Alain Resnais and Jean-Luc Godard, follow the thrilling journeys of many of Audrey Hepburn’s characters and get lost in the world of film that influenced some of the most profound societal movements. Find your picks on mubi.com/, classicfreemovies.com/, and tankmagazine.com/tanktv/.
Tip: In case you’re more of an opera fan, The Metropolitan Opera has announced a free nightly opera stream on metopera.org/.
While finding the motivation for working out at home might be a task on its own, it’s important to remember that physical fitness plays a vital part in mental health and can work wonders especially during turbulent times like these. Whatever’s your cup of tea, we’re sure you’ll find just the right exercise for you. Some of our top sources include:
7. Look after your mental wellbeing!
Physical exercise plays a part in feeling good, yes, but there are more components to this recipe. Emotional wellbeing more often than not is neglected, causing unnecessary stress and anxiety in our daily lives, let alone now. Devote time to reflect on your well-being. For that, great sources are apps like:
Tip: In case you want to talk to someone, check out Talkspace where you can find online therapy options and other mental health resources.
It’s no secret that coronavirus pandemic jolts global markets and consumption habits, leaving many businesses grappling with how to manage the mounting health crisis and the associated disruptions to day-to-day business, supply chains, and consumer sentiment. Although this is also a time to re-think the role consumerism plays in our daily lives, it’s important to remain united and help each other in any way we can:
- To be aware of all the ways you can help local food and beverage businesses, be sure to follow Snappmeal, where you’ll find the latest information on restaurants in Helsinki and how you can help – be it takeaways, ordering in, group orders, buying gift cards, etc.
- Your local yoga studio in Helsinki, Saga Yoga, offers options for pre-ordering yoga equipment, buying memberships in advance, online classes, and gift cards.
- Don’t forget about some of those who are being affected by this crisis already, and will continue to be affected in the coming weeks. Therefore we encourage you to support your local food bank by donating any amount you can afford to give.
- Last but not least, any help counts, so don’t forget to simply share these options with others and encourage people to think about those in need too.
9. Take time to reflect on your life, priorities, and people around you!
Reflect on your values, your various roles in life, next steps, your relationships – with your loved ones, with yourself. And, most importantly, remember that it’s okay to not be okay, to feel scared, anxious or feel panic – even if you aren’t scared, it’s okay for others to feel that way. Let’s be compassionate and enhance positivity rather than hatred and negativity. Check-in with people around you – how are they, what are they feeling, how can you help them? It’s all about perspective! And why not share these good practices with others? Just add hashtag #viralkindness, so we can all be inspired!
You already know how crucial sleep is, so we won’t repeat ourselves, but what’s important to keep in mind during the pandemic and disrupted routines – is to maintain one! It’s easy to suddenly stay up late, binge-watching tv-shows, but in a couple of days’ time, you’ll start feeling the consequences. It’s okay to sleep-in if your schedule allows you to, but also make sure to maintain balance and routine.
Finally, if you know of any other organisations that could use all of our help, please leave us a comment, so we can share it with others too.