If you’re struggling to find your groove at the moment, don’t worry you’re not alone. These are some challenging times and even in countries where things are opening back up, most things are far from normal. For many of us, everything has changed, school is on hold, jobs have been cut down or cut entirely, and social interaction has been restricted. So no matter where you are in the world, or where your country is in terms of making it’s way back to normal, here are 4 interesting & affordable ways to beat the COVID blues that can help keep you entertained during the pandemic.
1. Learn a New Language
If learning a language has always been on your list of things to do, but you’ve never had the time, then now could be the perfect moment. There are so many great resources available for free in order to help you learn a language. You can browse numerous helpful videos on Youtube for your chosen language, or you can use Youtube to watch shows in your target language. Depending on the language you’re interested in learning, you might also be able to learn for free with a great app like Duolingo, which is also free!
2. Play Some Games
I find gaming a great way to relax! There are so many games available now, you’re bound to find at least one that you enjoy. You can choose to play socially with friends on your Playstation, which can help with the social isolation aspect. There are also so many online games available from your phone or desktop computer. You can even bet on yourself playing games and make some extra cash, which I’m sure would be handy right now. Games are a great way to unwind and relax, allowing your mind some time to focus on something other than the current situation.
3. Work on Your Fitness
Many people will find after the pandemic is over that their waistlines have grown and their fitness has gone downhill. With gyms shut in many countries, as well as normal sporting activities halted, it can be harder than ever to maintain a healthy weight. Be the exception to the rule and come out of the pandemic looking better than ever! I’ve rented a exercise bicycle from my local gym so that I can keep working out daily. You can also try doing some online work out videos, going for a run, or even skip rope at home. Keeping active now will ensure you stay healthy and fit, but will also make sure that you feel and look your best.
4. Connect with Old Friends
With a little extra time on your hands, it can be good to take a moment to reach out to an old friend you’ve not spoken to in a while. It could be something as small as a quick message on social media, or something more engaging like a Skype call. If you have their address handy, why not sit down and pen an actual letter and post it? There’s nothing better than receiving a handwritten note in the mail when all you’re expecting is bills.
This too shall pass, and when it does you want to make sure you’re in the best position financially, mentally and physically when it does. Hopefully these four ideas help you pass the time, while bettering yourself and your connections with others.