by Matt Weik
If you are reading this article at the time of its publication, you are probably sitting in your house in isolation and practicing social distancing – or whatever you want to call it. Your current joy is telling all of your cool activities for the day. It's like going into the living room to read a book and venturing out onto the back terrace later in the day to get some fresh air because you feel rebellious. What do you do in times like these, when many companies have been closed due to the corona virus and you should find out how to make the most of your free time? I have a few ideas that will help you get out of this self-quarantine (AKA, get close to me and I will be forced to punch you in the throat).
Use online workouts at home
What should you do with your free time if you can't go to work, shop and go to social events? How about training at home? I mean, what excuse don't you have to find out now that you're stuck in your house?
There are so many great free workouts at home that you can find online on YouTube or a simple Google search that you can try out many workouts in your free time. The great thing about home workouts is that you don't necessarily need fancy equipment – you can just use your own body weight or items you find at home to provide extra resistance.
There is no better time than now to work on changing your habits and lifestyle. Nothing is really holding you back right now, as many of our commitments have been put on hold for the time being.
I am not saying that in the two weeks you are at home you will change your whole life. You'll go back to work rocking a sick set of abs and a jacked body, but at least put one foot in front of the other to improve your health and life.
Learn something new with a book or audio book
How could you use your free time better than learning something new? This can be something related to your health, fitness, or diet. Or if you want to push the career ladder up or grow your business, learn a new skill or perfect your craft by reading a book or listening to an audiobook.
You can buy a book online, read a book that you have lying around, download an e-book, or use resources such as the Hoopla or Libby apps to read books online for free in your local libraries. Do you want to kill two birds with one stone? Do a workout at home as described above and put on an audiobook (or even a podcast) to listen to in the background during the workout.
Also, search online for courses or webinars that interest you and something you want to learn in your free time.
To stay updated
Are you a chronic procrastinator? Maybe you have children and things have fallen behind trying to keep up with the busy schedule and extra-curricular activities? Use this free time to catch up on anything that you have postponed or that you have not yet found time for. This can be anything from work around the house to work for your employer or company.
Wouldn't it be great if, when things get back to normal, you're completely preoccupied with all the things you need to do? You can breathe a sigh of relief and know that everything that was on our shoulders has been raised. Don't sit in the house all day and watch Netflix, stay active, and get your work done.
Take your time to relax and recharge
On the other side of everything I've just mentioned, take some time for yourself. Relax, relax and recharge your batteries so that you are back to work full of energy and ready to start projects again. There is nothing worse than burning the candle on both ends and eventually burning yourself out completely. Fall asleep and rest, take a nap in the afternoon when you need one, put your feet up and relax a little and find ways to undress.
The current situation is stressful enough. Don't think about it and use your free time to your advantage. Your free time is a complete waste if you get back to work just as stressed or even more than when everyone was sent home. Breathe, relax, recharge. Your mind and body will thank you.
Call people you haven't spoken to in a long time
How many of you were so busy that you lost contact with a friend, your mother, your grandfather, an aunt, your sister, an old roommate, etc.? I think we all have at least one person in our life with whom we would have liked to speak more often. Now is a good time to do this in your spare time.
Contact someone you haven't spoken to for a long time and tell them you've thought about them. Ask them how they're doing. Do you need something? How are you affected by the corona virus and what does it mean for you in the long term? Conclusion – show that you are interested.
What do you plan to do for the rest of your free time? Or are you one of the Americans who could still work in this crisis? How has the corona virus affected you and your family? Let us know in the comments.