What to do during the COVID-19 lockdown

What to do during the COVID-19 lockdown

For the last three months, the spread of Covid-19 has disrupted the world economy and, more notably, our daily lives. Medics and the World Health Organization (WHO) believe that self-isolation is the best option to slow down the spread of Coronavirus. With this policy suggestion, governments are encouraging people to stay indoors and practice social distancing.

While self-isolation is a relatively new concept, it can be a blessing in disguise. Here are 11 things you can do during the COVID-19 lockdown.

  1. Try in-house workouts

During the COVID-19 lockdown, you can never go wrong with in-house workouts. Working out is one of the proven mood-boosters and a perfect way to improve productivity. While some gyms have already put structures for virtual sessions, you should also consider trying out workout apps.

  1. Rearrange your home

Since you will be spending all your time at home, you should consider giving your home a different and refreshing look. Rearranging your home is not only therapeutic but also one of the best ways to kill boredom. With time you will realize there are so many creative ways you can rearrange your furniture.

  1. Curate a playlist and listen to some good music

If you are a music lover, you can curate and listen to music during this period. Streaming platforms allow listeners to curate playlists and share them with friends. If it is your first time to curate a playlist, these guidelines will come in handy. Alternatively, you can listen to thousands of playlists on your favorite streaming platform.

  1. Watch movies and TV shows

Watching is a perfect way to kill boredom during the Covid-19 lockdown. Luckily, there are new releases, and you do not have to re-watch old movies and TV shows. If you do not have an idea of what to watch, check Rotten Tomatoes for suggestions.

  1. Video-chat with friends and family

Thanks to technology, you do not have to wait for Covid-19 lockdown to end to see family and friends. You can FaceTime (if you are on the Apple ecosystem) or use the WhatsApp video call option. Alternatively, you can Skype them and have an endless conversation on different subjects.

  1. Enroll in free online courses

During the lockdown, you can learn a new skill or expand your understanding of a specific subject. If you have always wished to learn something new, enroll in any of the sites that offer education online. You will only need an internet connection and your computer. In addition, most online education sites have paid but affordable classes.

  1. Design and teach a course

Though you may be working from home, you can earn extra income through designing and teaching in a virtual class. Create a course, record all your sessions, and upload it in any of the online classrooms. In addition, you are not limited to teaching one course, therefore explore your potential.

  1. Read e-newspapers

Apart from television, e-newspapers are an unadulterated way to keep tabs of what is happening in the world. In the effort of minimizing contaminations, you should consider reading e-papers as opposed to buying prints. Compared to prints, subscriptions to e-newspapers are cheaper and much more convenient.

  1. Learn a new language

If you have ever dreamt of learning a second language, this is a perfect time to realize your dream. Apart from providing you with a competitive edge to your career, learning a second language gives you a different perspective about the world. Like other skills, you can learn a language through various apps or from YouTube.

  1. Start journaling

It is hard to watch the news on TV without being clouded with fears and uncertainty. Fortunately, journaling will assist you in controlling your fears during this period and, more importantly, concentrate on your wellbeing. If you do not have any idea on how to start journaling, there are many online resources to help you with that.

  1. Listen to podcasts

Podcasts have redefined how we consume content. Instead of spending hours on YouTube or social media platforms, download some podcasts. Whether you love geeky content or you want to listen to a witty podcast, you have thousands of options.


While there is uncertainty on when normalcy will resume, these options will make your stay at home better and productive. The 11 activities also balance entertainment with learning new skills. Apart from taking you through the Covid-19 lockdown, you can make them part of your monthly routine.

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I am Dr. Marion Johnson, a Nurse Supervisor, Educator, and A clinician with a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) and a Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN) both from Walden University. I have worked as a nurse in the healthcare industry for over 15 years. Presently, I am doing something I love most, which is being an online instructor. In this position, I believe I can learn, educate, create and implement positive input into the nursing field. Besides work, I am also an avid reader of nursing journals and articles that is why I have a passion for reading, learning and sharing on the trending topics in the nursing arena.

7 thoughts on “What to do during the COVID-19 lockdown

  1. I toally agree to workout and learn a new lanaguage when you stay at home, not to waste your time to fear the virus, use the time to do something good!

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