Ideas for a staycation


With more and more people working from home, distance learning and practicing social distancing it leaves some question of: What can I do to keep entertained?

If you're not used to spending all of your time at home, whether you live alone or with a partner, a family or roommates, you might be feeling a little unsure of how to pass the time during this COVID-19 epidemic. To ease the anxiety, we have some suggestions of things you can do at home:

Work out: gyms may be closed, but you can still keep up with your training regime at home. You can also get some fresh air and go for a walk with the family, and if you are looking for structure follow fitness pages with exercise programs. Online yoga is another great idea to curb the anxiety and bring zen to your soul amidst the fear of the unknown.

Shop online: Shopping has never been more comfortable than during social distancing, it’s now actually encouraged to browse products from the sofa and having them delivered to your door. Many companies are doing door drops to limit contact and have ensured they’ve taken all the necessary precautions to ensure your safety. Maybe you can use this time to browse some of your favourite furniture retailer websites to see how you’re going to change things up in your home this coming winter.

Learn something new: If you're currently in school (or have kids who are), organize a study group over video chat. Many universities and other institutions have turned to Zoom for remote learning, but you can also explore all the platform's features in a more casual setting with friends, making for a study session that's also a fun hangout. Even if you're not a student, you can use this time to learn something new, like a South African language you've been dying to explore.

Read: Take advantage of your free time to feed your mind with a good book. Accessing new reading materials has never been easier than in this internet age, so digitally download latest fiction novels. If you want to enjoy a good story while you take a bath, you can also download an audiobook or listen to podcasts.

Have fun in the kitchen: The kitchen is a place to express your creativity, even if you wouldn't call yourself a chef. While we do recommend supporting your local small businesses by ordering from them while you still can, chances are you'll be cooking a lot more recipes than usual, both sweet and savory. Social distancing is the time to explore and step out of your comfort zone.

In-home entertainment: Netflix, ShowMax and YouTube can all be your allies, as they'll remain as active as ever while your favourite sport games go on hiatus. Make sure you have a smart TV or a gadget like Google’s Chromecast to binge to your heart’s content.