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Ways to Make the Most of Your Time At Home

BY Bridge Estate

As countries around the world experience second and third waves of Covid-19, it is clear how quickly life can change. Schools and businesses are re-opened and then re-closed, while some are forced to make cuts or ask employees to work from home.

And while it is uncertain when society will fully return to normal, one thing is for certain – we are spending more and more (if not all) of our time at home.

This new ‘at-home’ norm presents difficulties for people of all ages and has shown just how important mental health and self-care are during these times. Finding ways to keep busy – learn a new skill, connect with friends and family, start a project you’ve been putting off – can make a major difference in your health and overall outlook on life.

Here are activities that can help you take a break from the stresses of the world and bring happiness both to you and your household.


Become a master chef

What better time than lockdown to learn how to cook? Not only does food bring people together, cooking can also be a therapeutic release. Practice a new dish, experiment with flavor profiles and spices you never thought to use or dive into a cuisine you have always wanted to master. There is something truly satisfying about tasting that first bite of something delicious you cooked or baked from scratch.

Becoming a home chef is also a great way to save money and support local businesses, as well as improving your diet through the use of healthier and fresher ingredients.


Exercise your right to be happy

Adding a daily at-home workout to your routine will not only improve your physical health, but also your mental well-being. This can be as simple as taking a walk outside every day or stretching in the morning and before bed.

If you are looking for more sustainable results, consider downloading a fitness application that allows you to create a personalized workout program specifically suited to your needs and abilities.

For those who feel more motivated in a group workout setting – or if you are simply looking to find more human connection – there are a number of online fitness classes that connect people from all over the world in a healthy and positive environment.


Develop a green thumb

Gardening has become a growing trend during the pandemic. Not only does it provide an excuse to be outside and reconnect with nature, but there is also a sense of satisfaction and achievement in growing flowers or being able to eat your very own produce.

For those who do not have access to outdoor gardens, planting herbs or tending to plants and flowers indoors gives a sense of calm, while also improving air quality and bringing a touch of freshness to any room.


Learn something new

It is easy to feel stuck in your at-home routine: wake up, work, eat, work, watch TV, sleep. But what if you were able to parlay your time at home into learning a new skill or giving yourself the opportunity to finally start a project you have always felt too busy to take on.

Thanks to today’s technology, there are endless possibilities as to what you can learn and do from home. Bring color to your life through art and painting, learn a new instrument and serenade your neighbors or friends on Zoom, try tackling a home improvement project or declutter your closet.

You can also use this time to take an online professional development course, learn a new language or get certified in a business skill that will take you to the next level in your post-Covid career.

However you decide to use your time at home during Covid-19, remember to focus on yourself and your physical and mental well-being.

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