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Stuck at Home? 7 Fun Things To Do While You're Social Distancing

Zulika van Heerden

Zulika van Heerden

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Lockdown means you’re probably in for a lot of boredom, a lot of DSTV, and a lot of browsing the internet. If you’re anything like me you’re getting a little bit frustrated because you’re not able to do the things you normally do. Everyone is saying now is the time to relax, but when you’re stuck indoors for weeks, how can you spend your time?

That is why we’ve put together these 7 fun ideas to help make your time “social distancing” as interesting as you possibly can.

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1. Virtual museum tours

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According to Fast Company, Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world, including Amsterdam’s Van Gogh and Rijks Museum, New Yorks Guggenheim Museum, and the British Museum in London.

It varies by museum, but most include a Google “street view” feature that lets you explore inside the museum itself.

Here is a list of the top 5 top museums you can “visit” without ever having to leave your couch.

  • The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: Take a Google Street View tour of the Rijksmuseum with over 8,000 itmes of art.
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles: Take a Google Street View tour of this Californian art museum which houses European artworks from the 8th through 21st century.
  • The British Museum, London: Take a Virtual tour of the British museum and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.
  • The Guggenheim Museum, New York: Take a Google Street View tour of the Guggenheim museum and take a trip up its spiraling ramp and experience its collection of art in one continuous, unbroken journey.
  • The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam: Take a Google Street View tour of the Van Gogh museum which holds the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh on the planet.

2. Virtual theme parks

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Although it is probably not as exciting as the real thing, the YouTube channel Virtual Disney World has been putting together a collection of Disney park roller coaster rides over time, allowing everyone to experience Disney attractions as if they were strapped in themselves.

The videos on Virtual Disney World’s channel are shot with 360-degree cameras so that you can click and drag while you’re watching the video to look around at all the scenery going by on the rides. 

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3. Connect with friends virtually

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Social distancing doesn’t mean you cannot spend time with friends and family virtually. We use virtual meeting apps for work ever day, so why not use platforms like Zoom chat and Facebook video to hold a virtual party or a virtual happy hour with friends?

Or maybe you’re missing your grandmother who lives several hours away. Right now is the perfect time to pick up the phone and virtually connect.

4. Play board, card games

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Just because you’re staying a safe distance away from other people doesn’t have to mean the end of game night with your friends.

Almost every board game you can think of can be played online, so you have no excuse to play an epic game of Monopoly or Rummy with your friends.

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5. Embrace your inner bookworm

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Maybe you grew up loving to read but life has recently been too chaotic to even think about curling up on the couch with a good book.

If you aren’t particularly bothered about reading but you do enjoy learning new things, audio books may be more your style. Traditional reading or listening to audio books is a great way to relax and immerse yourself in a story or even learn something new.

6. Learn to cook like a chef

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When life moves fast, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of planning the same few easy-to-make-meals each week for dinner. Use some of your extra free time to research new and unique recipes to use.

You can also learn how to cook like a chef online. As of the writing of this article, Yuppie Chef offers 30 days free access to their cooking school.  Or you can use an app like SuperCook where you just need to add your ingredients you want to use and Supercook instantly find matching recipes from the most popular cooking websites.

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7. Stay fit online

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With gyms temporarily closing across the country you may be left wondering about how your workout routine may be impacted. The good news is that Facebook, Instagram and YouTube are literally crawling with workout videos and tutorials.

There is something for everyone on these platforms – low impact cardio, apartment-friendly workouts, no equipment required workouts (aka body weight workouts), spinning and more. Moving your body every day is known to reduce stress and keep you healthy among other physical and mental benefits. So use your resources and get moving!

Social distancing doesn’t mean you don’t get to be social. It simply means you need to do it from your home for the time being.

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