Things to do at home during covid-19 lockdown

Covid-19 has turned many people's lives upside down. Many people are jobless with no idea what the future has to offer. Many brave front-liners are still going to work and risking their lives every day just to make everybody else's lives better. Many are working from home which is also hard, for a longer duration of time, especially for people whose jobs require them to interact, go to meetings, discuss various aspects of their work with others. On top of that, it becomes even harder when you have kids at home and they have very little to do. Whatever is your case, this is the time to look back at the life and think, whether all the effort that you put into everything is actually worth it?
We are a family of 4: me, my better half, and 2 kids. When I see my kids playing and enjoying themselves together, I realize what I have been missing all this time while I was busy working. Covid-19 has given me a chance to stay at home with my family and enjoy these moments. Here is a list of things that you can do to make the most of this time.

  1. Make a phone call: Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time. Reconnect. Make apologies. Offer forgiveness. 
  2. Read books: Reading is a lovely habit that gives you a perspective on various topics that you might not have given a thought otherwise. There are many online links where you can find a lot of books/topics to read. Internet Archive, Open Library, Project Gutenberg, Read Any Book, to name a few good ones. My son loves the read-along books on Scholastic. It's very easy to understand and interesting classroom learning websites for kids. 
  3. Learn a language: Staying in Canada, French is one of the languages that I see everywhere. I have started to understand some of it just by reading it here and there. But, I would love to learn the language because I think it would be easy for me to pick it up now. And it would give me a chance to learn and explore more about the French loving places within and outside the country. Similarly, you could pick up any language of your choice and give it a go. 
  4. Read a holy book: Let this time get the good out of you. Explore your spiritual side. Read a holy book and try to understand what it has to offer. Teach it to children. Kids are eager to absorb anything that they come across. Learning from a holy book and reading it can build a strong foundation for them and give them a taste of their culture and humanity, as a whole. 
  5. Listen to songs: For years, singing and music have been considered as the medicine for the soul. So go on, play some nice and melodious numbers out there, or maybe just sing them on your own while your kids listen to you and join in.
  6. Online board games: Online gaming has always been a craze among the younger generations, but now online board games like Ludo, Uno, and Bingo are among the top of the charts with everyone. You get a chance to spend time together with your friends and family online that way. 
  7. Groups video chats: Throw a virtual party over Zoom, Skype, or any other chatting platform of your choice where you can catch up with colleagues and friends over video. 
  8. Yoga/Exercise/Dancing:  Sitting at home without exercise is not a very good way to spend the days. 10-15 minutes of yoga or warm-up exercises or dancing to some peppy numbers are good ways to keep you active while at home. 
  9.  Storytime: If you have kids at home, storytime is a very good and healthy way to bond with your kids and teach them something good. You could also try the 'Tell a story' game, where you make up a funny story when each person adds one line to the story, and then the turn to add another line passes on to the next person. 
  10. Organize your home: Take care of those cluttered drawers/ closets one at a time to turn your house into a perfect abode. 
  11. Cook: If you like to spend time in the kitchen, then search on Youtube and cook delicious recipes for your family. Involve your kids and other family members in the process. 
  12. Backyard fun/ Gardening: Set up a water table or sandbox for your kids while you enjoy your time taking care of your roses and tulips. 
  13. Taxes: And finally, its the time of the year, complete your taxes to make the best use of your time.

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