The COVID-19 lockdown feels like it’s gone on forever. Of course, it’s a price that we all pay gladly to protect the public’s health, keep our loved ones safe and lessen the strain on our awesome healthcare workers. Nonetheless, as grateful as we may be to be healthy and safe while in isolation, each of us is only human. It’s only a matter of time before boredom, frustration and cabin fever start to set in. Left unchecked the feelings of isolation and confinement can make us irritable. It can cause us to become short tempered with those we love, make us quick to stress and anger and generally make us into someone we don’t want to be.
Let’s use this lockdown as an opportunity to better ourselves. To step out of our comfort zones and emerge from the chrysalis of confinement a better and more rounded person. With that in mind, let’s look at 4 challenges that you can set yourself while on lockdown. Don’t worry, you won’t need to spend a fortune on any of these…
Learn to cook your new favorite meal
With many restaurants and fast food outlets shut down, and some available only for delivery via services like Grub Hub and Postmates, we’re all spending a lot more time in the kitchen. Which, if you don’t like cooking, kinda sucks. However, this is the perfect chance to take culinary risks, broaden your palate and expand upon your culinary repertoire. If mac and cheese is usually about as far as your cooking expertise extends, maybe now’s the time to learn to cook something new. You might just find your new favorite. Any of these dishes will be a great place to start.
Broaden your cultural horizons
In the streaming age, we now have access to vast libraries of content without ever needing to leave the house. That means we can take risks that we’d have been less likely to take when we needed to drive out to the nearest Blockbuster Video to watch something new. So why not use this time to broaden your cultural horizons. You might not be able to head on down to Broadway or visit your nearest community theater. You can, however, try something new on Netflix or another streaming service. Check out what’s new on The Streaming Guide and choose something that’s a little outside of your comfort zone. Sometimes the most satisfying viewing experiences are within genres that we’d never previously visited.
Learn a new skill
We live in an age where you can learn virtually anything on YouTube. Now that you have a little more time on your hands, why not invest your efforts in picking up a new skill. It can be something as potentially life changing as learning to code or speak a new language or even something like learning to juggle.
Start a creative project
Finally, there’s nothing more satisfying than re-engaging with your creative side. If you’ve allowed your creative pursuits to lapse under the pressure of work and family now might be the perfect time to dredge up that novella you were working on or drag your paint brushes and canvases out of the attic.
What better time than now?