What to do during the Covid-19 lockdown
It’s official, the UK is the most recent country to be given a strict set of orders regarding lockdown in the country. This means that people are unable to travel unless it’s for essential work such as nurses, doctors, firefighters, policemen or supermarket workers to name a few.
You’re forbidden to leave the house for anything except shopping and exercise and public gatherings of more than two people have been banned and police have been given powers to fine or arrest anyone who isn’t complying with the rules.
Seems like we’re in for a dreadfully boring few weeks under new lockdown rules, doesn’t it? Well, don’t fret, there are a lot of things that you can do in order to keep yourself, and your kids should you have any, occupied during this time.
We’ve compiled a little list of the things that could keep you busy and pull your mind away from the horrific catastrophe that is the news right now.
DO A LANGUAGE EXCHANGE ON STUDENZ.COM
Being on lockdown doesn’t have to be a bad thing, it means that you’ve been given bags of time, unless you’re still working like me. You can use this time to learn, or brush up on, a foreign language through language exchange.
This is a fun, interactive way of learning that doesn’t require you to sit behind a desk, reading a book and translating things for hours on end. You simply find someone who speaks the language that you desire to converse in and then connect with them online.
We currently have features set up to allow for direct messages, instant chat, comments and even video calls, so we have everything that Skype or WhatsApp could offer and you don’t have to share personal information like phone numbers or email addresses making our platform the most connected, least intrusive and safest that you could use.
We’ve already seen an increase of users signing up since the lockdowns started in other countries like Spain, France and Germany and we predict now that hundreds of users will be joining from the US, UK and Canada since those countries have all since entered lockdown as well.
Why not use this time to become a more intellectual and well rounded person? That’s what language exchange with Studenz offers you.
READ OR WRITE
There’s nothing more liberating than picking up a pen and creating a magnificent, surreal world from your imagination. Fashioning the surreal out of the normal is something I take great passion in and enjoy doing on a daily basis.
It’s understandable, however, that not everybody is a born writer, and some people may prefer to simply read a book than be forced to write anything and use their imagination.
That’s absolutely fine too and you can find some great literature on Amazon, which is still operating, albeit possibly a bit more slowly than it has done in the past as it’s now prioritising essential orders such as medication.
I have a few recommendations for literature if you’re in need and I suggest looking up the following books to get you through this time. My apologies if they are all very focused, I’m somewhat of an expert on “modern” American literature and sometimes it’s difficult to bring the focus away from that.
With that in mind, here’s my mini list:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
11.22.63 by Stephen King
Rabbit Run by John Updike
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Postman by David Brin
These are mostly considered classic novels and I’d definitely put aside some time to get round to reading them because they’re hugely important to the development of American, and western culture.
If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead television series, I also recommend the comic books as they carry similar story lines but the survival of individual characters who didn’t survive in the TV show, or vice versa, makes for interesting differences between the series and the source material.
Seriously, don’t neglect this. Britain is one of the fattest nations on Earth and I’d argue that the obesity epidemic is probably one of the main reasons that we’re in this hellish landscape to begin with.
Take time each day to go for a run, or at the very least, power walk. If you want to develop some muscle, order a set of weights from amazon.
This is hugely important not just for your physical health but also because studies show that people who do very little exercise each week show more signs of depression. The stimulation from chemicals that are released when exercising give you the correct amount of endorphins and hormones needed to regulate emotions. Plus, we’ve been given a golden ticket to leave the house, which countries like Spain and Italy do not currently have the luxury of, take advantage of that.
COOK OR BAKE
I used to hate cooking when it felt like a chore and an obligation, but having more time recently has made me really appreciate it. I can’t take milk in any form, so I’ve been learning how to adapt cookie and cake recipes which has been great and honestly, you need very few ingredients if you eliminate the milk or egg. Also adding soy or coconut milk can really help the formation of the cookies in the oven.
I’ve also managed to learn how to make moussaka, lasagne, breaded chicken, fish curry and a plethora of other recipes I’ve never even thought about before. You can also use this as an opportunity to get your kids involved with cooking and teach them about healthy lifestyle choices.
CATCH UP ON SERIES
Well, one of the great things about a lock-down during the 21st century is that we have a wonderful little invention known as the internet.
We can use it for all sorts of things, but streaming services such as Netflix or Amazon prime are rapidly becoming the most performed activity across the internet. It’s been suggested in a recent worldwide survey that streaming series is now the number one thing that we use the internet for as a species, overtaking both social media and pornography.
Those numbers are insane, that means that almost half of the global population are using the internet to watch series or movies on a daily basis. You should start by watching BoJack Horseman, F is for Family or Brooklyn Nine-Nine, just to get some humour in your life.
We hope you enjoyed our little list of advice on what to do during this time and remember that Studenz is always open as long as you have an internet connection.
Written by: Jordan Benyon, Staff Writer
- Health & Nutrition
- 24 Mar, 2020
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