As much as we love to go out and spend our weekends outside, it is not going to be the case this time. The COVID-19 pandemic is looming over us and the only escape is to stay home. In order to prevent the coronavirus from spreading more, social distancing is the need of the hour. Practices like working from home, maintaining a distance of one metre from other people, and washing your hands often are advised as important measures.
But that’s no reason not to enjoy the weekend. Staying indoors can be fun too. So, we curated a list of all the things you can do over the weekend indoors, so that you stay home and stay safe.
1. Netflix and Chill
If you’ve always had shows and movies lined up to watch, here’s your chance. And you know what’s even better? Watching them with your friends. We know that social distancing is important, but Netflix has figured out how to party while staying safe. Netflix has a new Google Chrome extension which lets you watch movies or shows with your friends in their own homes, and chat with them on a side chat bar. Check out how to do it right here.
2. Workout at home
You can’t go to the gym right now since they’ve been shut down across the country. But you can still work out. Since you now have plenty of time, why not sweat it out at home? There are plenty of home workouts that will challenge you and push your body, like your workouts in the gym. This is also a great way to make sure you stay healthy at a time when we’re all fighting a pandemic.
3. Spend quality time with your kids
If you are a working parent, you may not get a lot of time with your kids. But now that you’re working from home, you can be a part of their daily routines. Do what they like doing since they’re stuck at home too. Try introducing new books to them or, if you have a garden, involve them in its maintenance. Make some memories and have some fun while you can.
4. Redecorate your room
Saving room decor ideas on Pinterest? Well, now you have the time to give your room that much-needed makeover. Take some time out and redecorate your room, change your sheets, add some new home decor, add some fairy lights, hang some new photo frames, do some DIY, and re-arrange your bookshelves.
5. Take a chai break
If you have been working from home, you would be missing your office routine and chai breaks. But there is a fun solution. Grab Chai is a platform that lets you connect with people virtually all over the internet over a cup of chai. Reconnect with old friends and find some new ones over a cup of tea. Register and schedule your next break right here.
6. Make room for dessert
Staying home can make you crave a lot of things, especially desserts. And since you are staying home, why not get a little creative and bake yourself something sweet? Baking is always therapeutic, so what are you waiting for? Get your mittens and go bake some delicious desserts this weekend with your family.
7. Practice your hobbies
Didn’t get time to catch up with any of your hobbies lately? Practice that piano, write that story, pick a new dance routine, amp up your makeup skills, paint that blank canvas. You have plenty of time at home, so why not indulge in things that actually make you happy? Who knows what hidden talents you might discover?
8. Read a book
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It is a good time to tick off some of the books on your reading list by actually reading them. Staying home gives you plenty of time to catch up on the books that you weren’t able to read. So this weekend, grab a cup of coffee, find a quiet place and enjoy some mindful reading.
9. Call up your loved ones
Social distancing does not mean you cannot catch up with your friends. Reconnect with your friends and family, and give them a phone call. Even better, make it a video call and see their faces light up. Catch up on some family gossip, and get to spend time with your loved ones, even if it is over a call. You can even host a karaoke night over video calls and play charades.
10. Give yourself a makeover
Who knows how long you will have to stay indoors? Why not just give yourself a makeover? Try an at-home spa, sheet masks, dye your hair, paint your nails, try a makeup tutorial and have some fun. You could also try out some new fashion fads and trends and see what works for you.
11. Learn a new language or skill
If you have been thinking of learning a new language or a new skill, do it. It could be fun, innovative and a learning experience for you. You can check out some online courses on Coursera like the Chinese language for beginners, personality development courses, and a lot more. To explore your options, click here.
Tell us what fun things you will be doing this weekend.