COVID-19 tips: Do not allow any condition weigh you down

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The COVID-19 lockdown has thought the world to brace up in turning extremely difficult situations to luxury. We now know a few things one can do to keep off boredom, no matter how long it may last.

Write a play or short film

  Perhaps your work is better realised by actors rather than staying on the page? You’ll be pleased to know that the BBC is on the hunt for original scripts about self-isolation that they can turn into short films.

If you’re daunted by that task, you could try out our free screenwriting course to learn the ropes and (hopefully) catapult you into stardom after your first film is made.

 Paint with Bob Ross

Have any paint and brushes lying around? You’ll be pleased to know that 403 episodes of the timeless Joy of Painting have been added to YouTube so you can listen to his soothing tones while you paint happy little trees and enjoy the beauty of imperfections.

Try a fitness challenge

Don’t fancy the gym (or the hefty membership)? There are plenty of fitness challenges you can try out from home, so you can work on your fitness without having to leave the house.

Learn a language

Always wanted to speak Italian? Intrigued by Norwegian? Think that Mandarin will be useful for work, or perhaps German?

Why not learn a new language? Online tools give you everything you need to help you brush up on vocabulary, and test out pronunciation.

Go to the aquarium

It’s almost impossible to recreate the strange grace and tranquility of aquariums but not entirely.

Although they’re closed to the public, Monterey Bay Aquarium have added a number of live cams to let you keep an eye on the jellyfish, kelp forest, coral reef, and even the penguins, completely free.

Visit the opera

Escape from the news cycle by immersing yourself in the drama of an opera performance, without even leaving the house.

After the closure of non-essential businesses, multiple opera houses like the Met Opera have started streaming performances. Perfect if you’re a long-time opera lover or even someone who’s never been to the opera but has always been curious about it.

Deep clean your house

Between dusty skirting boards, dirty tiling, and stained carpets, your home can offer days of distraction if you feel like doing that deep clean you’ve been putting off.

There are plenty of online cleaning guides if the task looks too big, and focusing on one room at a time will help you divide up the work.

Declutter your home

Being stuck at home can make you rethink how much of your stuff you really need.

Do you really wear all the clothes spilling out of your wardrobe? And do you think you’ll really re-read those GCSE essays sitting in a box upstairs? You can decide what to donate and what to throw out, and perhaps maybe even make some money by selling things you don’t need.

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