Cities, states, and towns across the country are restricting business operations, closing schools, and encouraging self-isolation to slow the spread of the coronavirus. When social gatherings become a health hazard, some of us may be scratching our heads wondering how we’ll fill our time in this new normal.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of helpful articles to read when you’re stuck at home.
They might help you generate ideas for navigating this situation, and maybe even have a little fun while doing so.
Work from Home Tips
1. How to look good on video calls
Maintaining a routine is a critical part of successfully working from home. But, we know that with so much going on, keeping to your normal get-ready regimen in the morning can be challenging when kids are home and need to be fed. Luckily, technology offers us a few tricks to maintain a professional appearance while on video calls. If you’re not using Zoom, lighting is your friend. Take calls from a well-lit space where the light is in front of you.
2. Plan a virtual happy hour or get together
Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Get a group of coworkers or friends together and join a Google Hangout for a virtual happy hour. It’ll give you some much-needed human interaction. Maximize its full potential: get dolled up, put on a nice shirt, and if you’re so inclined, pour yourself a quarentini.
Ideas for Things to Do
3. Take advantage of online educational tools – for free.
This article collected all of the online education companies offering free access to curriculum, exercises, and more due to school closures. You might even find yourself taking a crack at a lesson or two!
4. Help small and local businesses.
Thousands of service industry, gig economy, freelance, and creative workers have been impacted by forced business closures and event cancellations. Support your local economy by ordering from a mom-and-pop pizza place, check out your local craft store’s Etsy page and start a new project, or buy a friend a gift card to your favorite neighborhood restaurant.
5. Have a Netflix Party.
You’ve likely already turned to streaming services like Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney +, or Netflix to fill some newly-found free time. But did you know there’s a Chrome plugin that lets you have your friends over to watch a movie… virtually. The Netflix Party plugin lets you sync up video playback time with a group and adds a chat function so you can *whisper* digitally during the movie.
What to Play When Your Life is On Pause
6. Listen to a fun podcast about a call center mystery.
We’ve all been on hold with our insurance company, and most of us ignore the hold music. In this story, a man becomes obsessed with his insurance company’s hold music and is determined to find the origin of the tune.
7. Stream a Broadway musical.
The theaters may be shuttered but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to patron the arts. Here’s a list of 15 musicals streaming online now. The Metropolitan Opera of New York is hosting nightly streams, too. Or hop over to Paris for a night at the ballet, no travel involved.
There are lots of gyms and even fancy boutique fitness chains like Rumble Boxing and Barry’s Bootcamp offering online workout classes via Instagram Live. Who’s ready to emerge from this a little lighter?
9. Bake a treat.
This is a fun way to keep kids entertained while indulging a little bit. And don’t worry, you don’t have to run to the store. Here are 90 dessert recipes that require 5 ingredients or less, many of which you probably already have in your pantry.
10. Take a walk around the block.
You can still get some fresh air while practicing social distancing. Just be sure to maintain a 6-foot distance from other people.
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