What to Do with the Downtime Caused by COVID-19


There is no doubt that COVID-19 has affected our lives adversely by cementing itself as the modern world’s worst pandemic. Amid all the sadness, there are stories of hope, solidarity, and love emerging. From musicians organizing virtual concerts to stay-at-home choirs that elevate our moods every day. With the novel pandemic getting increasingly infectious in every part of the world, you may be wondering what to do with all the free time. Well, apart from working at home, there are several things that you can do that will benefit you both in your personal life and career. Here are a few things you could do in your spare time.

Explore online education

Since we don’t know how long the COVID-19 pandemic will last, the time we have could be invested in trying out new things and seeking new opportunities. One such opportunity is taking online classes. For example, you could earn an online teaching credential at home in order to become qualified to teach. There are countless opportunities for teaching careers and could be a rewarding source of income on the side.

Improve your health through workouts and other exercises

As much as we need to focus on working from home during self-isolation, we should also remember to continue taking care of ourselves. You could participate in any form of physical exercise, including cycling, jogging, walking, and select sports so long as you keep your distance from others. Other activities like gardening and cleaning the house will also keep you physically active. Exercises are essential in dictating our overall well-being since they directly impact our mental health. It makes you feel relaxed ad stress-free. At least 10-15 minutes of physical movement every day will keep you healthy.

Learn new skills

Some of us are so busy with our lives that we may have missed some home economics along the way. This is a perfect time to learn some ‘adulting’ skills and make ourselves valuable members of society. There are several skills you could learn, like how to play a musical instrument, speak a second language, or expand your cooking skills. You could also do some home repairs that you’ve been putting off for years. What better time to learn some plumbing and carpentry skills than when you can’t leave the house? Additionally, it would be a perfect time to learn how to do your own taxes.

Get organized

No more excuses this time. We have a lot of time in our hands and self-isolation is an excellent opportunity to get organized both in terms of cleanliness and in planning what you want to achieve. Sort your junk drawer, untangle the pile of cables & electronics, organize your kitchen, clean your garage – (you may find something useful you forgot about), among many other things.

It’s also a great time to reflect on your life – your journey up until now and your aspirations once this pandemic ends. Additionally, it’s a perfect time to strengthen the bonds with your loved ones.

While there’s no denying the fact that COVID-19 is a deadly disease, the resulting lifestyle changes are drastic, and the financial security of countless families has been all but erased, there’s a silver lining; we can use this time to expand our skillsets, improve our lives, and strengthen our relationships. In the end, we will get through this. With any luck, we’ll come out the other side as better people.


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