The coronavirus pandemic has turned our lives around with the Circuit Breaker (Singapore) measures we had to abide by. As social distancing continues, some of us may be feeling down about missing out on outdoor fun. Being trapped in our houses has made us realise that many things are able to be done from home. This has put us in a new normal, and life might be different even after the pandemic. Here are some ways you can prepare for our new lifestyle:
1) Stay active🧘🏻♀️🏋🏻
Remember how physically active we used to be? Being out and about everyday, working and running errands, we seemed to always be moving. It is important to continue keeping our systems active in this period to make up for the lack of movement we have had to stay healthy. Now that we are in phase 2 of our country’s reopening, gyms and stadiums have reopened. It is time to get back on our feet and start moving our bodies again! A popular fitness studio is F45 Training, and they offer circuit training high intensity interval training (HIIT) programmes. If you prefer light intensity workouts, yoga is the perfect option for you. Jyan Yoga offers various types of classes to cater to your needs. They are also open for virtual classes via zoom if you prefer staying home.
2) You can still socialise virtually🤳🏻
Used to large group gatherings, but restricted by the 5 pax rule? It’s time to get used to staying connected to people by video chatting. While it is not possible to gather in large groups to celebrate birthdays and hang out in real life, you can use platforms like Zoom or Houseparty to catch up with friends and loved ones. To bring group meetings up a notch, you can also escape to virtual tropical campsites on games like Animal Crossing, or kick off a karaoke party on smartphone apps like Smule. Online interactions are here to stay. While youngsters continuously catch up with the different possibilities made by technology, it is also important for the older generations to learn and master the art of such platforms to socialise with their loved ones.
3) Pick up cooking👩🏽🍳👨🏼🍳
Having cabin fever from staying home more often? Cooking is a great way to keep you occupied! If you haven’t used your oven in a while, it is not too late to start living your best domestic life. Having more time at home gives you more headspace to plan and prepare your meals, and it can be therapeutic to whip up some comfort food. You can look up some interesting tips and recipes online, and even try new things like making your own pasta or chiffon cake with your family. Of course, it will be best to learn from the guru, Dr Susanne Ng on how to bake adorable chiffon cakes from her online classes. Make your own brown sugar boba milk tea mini cake and get both your boba milk tea (psst..try our organic tea maybe? 😉) and chiffon cake craving fixed!
4) Learn a new skill🎓
If you are seeking to upgrade your skill set as part of your New Year’s resolutions (almost ¾ of the year is gone, opps!), you can definitely do it now without breaking the bank. Apart from your home-based learning materials, you can take some courses to learn a new skill. Be it a new language or an illustration class, there are lots of webinars and classes online that are free for students, with some even being heavily subsidised. Given the $1000 SkillsFuture credit top up and NTUC training allowance, there is no excuse to laze at home when you are given an opportunity to upgrade your skills at a cheaper price! If you are interested in looking for more online courses, check out Udemy.
5) Get started on that hobby you never had time for🧶
If you are seeking some respite from your daily routine, you can remind yourself about a hobby you previously put on hold. Boredom at home piques curiosity and inspiration, and there is no better time to start paying attention to the things you enjoy doing – be it reading, knitting, or embarking on DIY creative projects. For some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing, check out @naked.works on Instagram, or Tiny Rabbit Hole.
6) Get access to quality content🎶
If you crave for some entertainment while being cooped up, grab some ice cream and enjoy quality content from the comfort of your home. You may not be able to watch a movie at the cinema with a large group of friends, but you can start a Netflix Party with them to binge on the latest chick flick, or snuggle up for a thrilling bedtime horror film. Some popular Netflix classics include Friends, Gossip Girl, and Brooklyn Nine Nine. For the thrill seekers out there, Stranger Things and You are a must watch! If you are in the mood for some good music, tune in to your favourite musicians’ home performances on Facebook or Instagram Live.
7) Organize your living space🌱
Currently, home is where many of us are seeking refuge more than ever. We can expect to be staying home more often in the coming months. Taking back control of your living space by decluttering will lighten up your mood and help you build a positive mindset. Having a pleasant environment can significantly improve your quality of life. As you figure out the items you no longer need, you can also let them go and earn some extra cash from online marketplaces – that’s killing two birds with one stone!
It can be difficult to get used to the new norm of spending more time inside. However, we may choose to look at this situation in a different perspective, and see it as an opportunity for healing and self-improvement. Once you realise the fulfilling things you can do at home, you will find that staying in does not have to be that bad after all. Now that phase 2 is here, we also hope that you are adjusting well to going out while observing social distancing. Stay healthy, happy and sip a cup of positiviTEA!
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