"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

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Stuck at Home? Give These Engaging Activities a Shot

Approximately 20 percent of the world’s population is under lockdown. Countries that imposed lockdown directives ask or require people to stay home, practice social distancing, leave the house only to buy necessary food and medication, and avoid mass gatherings.

Some are OK with the idea of just chilling at home, but others may not be able to cope well during these adverse times. If you’ve run out of things to do while stuck at home, know that there’s more to life than sitting on the couch and watching shows on Netflix.

Here are a few enriching activities you can do while indoors:

Play Sports

You can do various sports activities without leaving your house. Those lucky enough to have a bowling alley at home, for example, can have a blast knocking down the pins and getting strikes. If you haven’t got one installed, try your hand at playing golf in your backyard. Master your putting skills by turning your lawn into a private mini-golf course.

Train for a MasterChef Stint

This is a great opportunity to do more than just cook up tasty and healthy dishes for you and your family. Whip up meals you’ve seen on “MasterChef,” or get creative with ingredients in your pantry to create a signature dish. With enough practice, you’ll be able to sharpen your culinary skills to audition well for one of the more popular cooking competitions on TV.

Read a Book (or Two)

If you’re tired of binging on Netflix or find that there’s nothing good to watch on cable, unplug the TV and read. A few of the books published this 2020 that you can check out are:

  • “The Glass Hotel” by Emily St. John Mandel – This captivating novel takes readers on the intersection of two seemingly unrelated events: The disappearance of a woman at sea and the collapse of an international Ponzi scheme.
  • “Here for It” by R. Eric Thomas – The author talks about internet fame, looking at the world differently while growing up, and discovering unexpected hope in his funny and heartfelt memoir-in-essays.
  • “Long Bright River” by Liz Moore – This exciting and heart-wrenching mystery-thriller novel revolves around a police officer and her search for her missing sister over a neighborhood destroyed by a drug epidemic.

Sign up for an Online Class

Colleges and universities across the globe offer a range of free online courses or classes. Seize this opportunity to learn a new language, sharpen your photo editing skills, and hone your cooking abilities.

Blog to Your Heart’s Content

Express yourself in the online world by talking about what you’re doing during the shutdown in a blog entry or post. If you have good writing skills, you can consider turning blogging into an income-generating opportunity.

Set a Virtual Happy Hour with Your Friends

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If you’re the only person at home, start a group chat with your friends or family on Facebook or Zoom and have a virtual happy hour. Connect with your social circle and let them know how you’re doing.

Although uncertainty may prevail during the lockdown, you don’t have to spend it in. Use of this time to improve yourself and take care of your physical and mental well-being.

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