Working from home because of COVID-19? Here are a few ways to spend your time

March 26, 2020

 

For some, Coronavirus means a sudden jolt into endless weekends. If you find yourself with some extra time these days, here’s a few tips on how to make the most of it.

 

1. Take care of yourself.

As a first step, don’t neglect your physical and mental health. Meditate. Do jumping jacks in your living room. Practice yoga. Whatever it is that works for you, do what it takes to care for your body and mind. Also setting a routine for yourself and keeping yourself and your home clean can help make you feel better.

 

2. Learn a new skill.

Let’s face it. If you’re stuck at home, you’re probably not going to become an expert on how to build furniture. But you could beef up your computer programming or language skills! You could also read a book about a new topic or get back to that online course that you never finished.

 

3. Revisit that long forgotten project.

Do you have an unfinished project somewhere on an old to do list or in the depths of your computer? If so, then you might want to use this time to dust off the files and finally get it done.

 

4. Think about your career plans.

Many of us are feeling anxiety about our job situation, and wondering if we’ll have to look for something new when this is all over. Or maybe you’re thinking it’s time to make a big change? Move to a new country! Or start a Master’s degree. Whatever it is, use this time to dream and plan for the future.

 

5. Be nice to your fellow humans.

If you live with others, being cooped up with them fulltime might be less fun than you imagined it to be. Channel your frustrations into something healthy—for instance, exhausting yourself with pushups, or starting a meditation app. And don’t forget to stay connected. Why not make a routine of reaching out to your friends on a daily basis just to let them know you’re thinking about them?

 

6. Do fun stuff.

Close your eyes and think back to the time before you became a busy office worker. What was gives you joy? Is there an old hobby you can pick up again? One upside of your home confinement is that you nolonger need to spend time commuting back and forth to work. Can you reallocate that time to doing something that will bring you joy—or, at the very least, alleviate some stress?

 

It’s an incredibly turbulent time for most of us. Take care of yourself and others, and remember to wash your hands!

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