Hey Coco & Mainers! We imagine that you have been spending a lot of time inside recently, and with uncertain events going on in the world, we may not know exactly when we are encouraged to go back out in public. Besides the very healthy and important tasks of taking a walk outside and calling your friends (this will help your physical and mental health), there are so many things you can do to make this an entertaining quaran-time (see what we did there?). Let's get started!
1. Listen to a Podcast
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We have mentioned our love of podcasts before (particularly of the true crime variety), and we really have so many that we enjoy listening to! Here is a list of some of the most interesting podcasts that we love, that can keep you entertained while cleaning, going on a walk outside, or while typing up something for work at home (and don't worry, they aren't all true crime):
- Imagined Life - Wondery; a podcast that takes "an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person".
- Bande a part - Two fashion historians pick apart trends and icons in fashion.
- True Crime Obsessed - Two bffs hilariously pick apart true crime documentaries, giving a relaxed vibe to your typical Saturday night.
- You Must Remember This: Karina Longworth hosts and writes a historical podcast that dives deep into old Hollywood stars and studios. A must listen!
- Done Disappeared - A hilarious true crime satire podcast that will be the perfect break for anyone who loves true crime.
- Bon Appetit Foodcast - The perfect podcast for anyone who loves to eat and loves to make food.
- Southern Fried True Crime - A real life look at crimes that happen specifically in the southern United States.
2. Learn a Language
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Don't let your brain fry while looking at social media all day! Use your phone to help you communicate the world over instead. Duolingo is the app that Coco and Main members love to use to learn new languages. Even though my trip to Europe in May is cancelled due to COVID-19, I am still trying to learn French, and find the whole process with Duolingo to be really helpful and fun. You can sign up for free, or you can get Duolingo unlimited for some extra perks. They have nearly extinct languages available, and they also base your lessons on your existing knowledge of the language. A productive way to pass the time from the comfort of your bed!
3. Chopped: Quarantine Edition
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Hopefully you are able to get some basics while shopping, but if you haven't already, make sure you get some food that you actually like. A great way to have some fun with everyone in your household is to have a 'Chopped' style competition. Take some random ingredients you have in your pantry and make it the most edible and delicious it can be, making sure everyone agrees on the most delicious entree. This can work for couples or if you are on your own!
4. At-Home Yoga
I have to admit that yoga isn't my usual go to for working out, but I have learned its a very relaxing way to move your body. It also allows the mind to unwind so you can take a moment to let go of some worry. There are plenty of yoga workouts available on Pinterest, and even some work out videos on Youtube. There is a wide variety of videos and routines depending on what you want-- maybe you want a cardio workout or something that focuses on strength instead. Whatever you decide to do, you don't really need anything except may some soothing music and a way to grip the floor.
5. Start A FaceTime Book Club
Get together with your pals without actually getting together by starting a book club that meets over video chat! It's a great way to challenge your mind while keeping in touch with your friends and family, helping you grow intellectually and stay emotionally well. Aren't sure what books to start with/just realized the public library is closed? Try out Overdrive, an app that allows you to check out books for your Kindle from your local library.
6. Don't Check the News Every 5 Seconds
While it is always good to be informed so you aren't blindsided by what's happening in the world, it will not do your mental health any favors to constantly check on how people are being affected by COVID-19 every 10 minutes. Let yourself check the news once a day, and then try and live your life peacefully and mindfully (maybe even with these activities in this list).
7. Research Something That Fascinates You
While in college I knew someone who would have a 'Knowledge Night' with their group of friends, where everyone would present a short PowerPoint about something that was fascinating to them. Why not do the same with those in your household (or even just on your own)? You learn something new everyday, and now that you may have more time, why not learn about something that interests you, or something you have always wondered about? After all, you have the internet with plenty of expert information at your fingertips. Whether its the true reality of reality TV shows, the French Revolution, or Amazonian tribes, take some time to learn!
8. Learn a Dance
Dancing may not be your thing and you may have next to no rhythm, but no one will even see you doing this, so why not try it! Learn how to moon walk, how to properly execute the thriller dance, any routine that will get you up and moving and challenge your brain. Maybe you can even get to the point of balancing on your tip toes like our friend Elvis here!
9. Watch a TedTalk
We have mentioned a lot about learning, and what better way to learn from experts while watching a video? Be careful to listen to TED talks which are generally give by experts, while TEDx talks are interesting but less formal. Listen to whatever you want, whether its about happiness, video games, fashion, or feminism, any time you like! Maybe it will help you with your own 'Knowledge Night'!
10. Have a Real Date Night Inside
You don't even need a partner to do this; you can have a date night yourself! Dress up in your favorite clothes and make sure you look your best while having your ideal meal with what you have at home. Set the table to create a formal look (even if it is only for one), and then take a moment to really enjoy the quiet and peace given to you by having a date night inside. Binge some Netflix afterwards, and you have yourself an ideal weekend!
Thank you so much you guys! Let us know in the comments what you are doing while you are stuck inside. Stay healthy, and we love you! XOXO