Are you in quarantine, lockdown due to coronavirus social distancing?
Are you starting to be lack of ideas that are keeping you occupied during the day?
Do you feel depressed and discouraged because you feel there’s not much to do in this time?
Or you just fancy free things and you decided to sneak peak on to my suggestions?
If on any of above the answer is “YES”, this article is made exactly for you!
This is my complete guide to all the ways of entertainment I use in 2020 during global pandemic situation.
So if you want to get GREAT ideas today, you’ll love my new post!
Let’s dive right in.
READING FILLS YOUR MIND AND RESTS YOUR SOUL
Did you know that only six minutes of reading can reduce your stress by up to 68%? (More about the research, you can read HERE.)
Not to mention how reading widens your perspective in general and teaches you about large range of things.
I have to say I am a huge reader, but since I was travelling a lot and moving too, carrying all those books started to be heavy and quite expensive for me.
Yes, I love to touch, smell and feel the books, especially old ones, but I realized I have to be in step with the time in order to make my life easier.
As a matter of fact, reading was never easier than today. Apart from eBooks, which you can read on devices that are less harmful for your eyes such as Kindle or any of the cheaper alternatives, there are plenty of audio books too! 🙂 (I got totally hooked up to audio books!)
Below I will share with you all the free sources where you can get your new and awesome content to read.
1.) WHERE TO FIND FREE AUDIO BOOKS?
- AudioBooks is a great site where you can choose 3 free audiobooks within your free trial
- YOUTUBE CHANNELS are awesome source of free audio books, check GREATEST AUDIO BOOKS CHANNEL plus, you can have YouTube premium for the whole month!
2.) WHERE TO FIND FREE EBOOKS IN PDF?
- PDF DRIVE has 76,173,678 eBooks to download and read, all for free
- GOOGLE EBOOK STORE
- PROJECT GUTENBERG
- AMAZON (free kindle books)
- THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM has more than 200 art books to download
3.) WHERE TO FIND BOTH AUDIO BOOKS AND FREE BOOKS WITH 30 DAYS FREE?
4.) APPLICATION FOR FOR MOBILE PHONES WITH 7 DAYS FREE READING
- BOOKMATE is a great, mobile friendly app that has over thousand books in 13 languages!
– NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC has recently published an article with 10 books that can take you on a real-life adventures from your couch!
MY TOP SUGGESTIONS:
- Life of Pi, Martel Yann
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari,
- Mind Hacks, Matt Webb and Tom Stafford
- Delivering Happiness, Jonathon Haidt
- The Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield
- The Secret, Rhonda Byrne
- Trainspotting, Irwine Welsh
- P.S. I Love You, Holly Kennedy
- The Reader, Bernhard Schlink
- Lost Connections, Johann Hari
- Proof of Heaven, Eben Alexander
“CREATIVITY IS INTELLIGENCE HAVING FUN“
I can understand that some people are less creative, while some people are more creative.
However, we are all born as creative souls.
So, spark your creativity!
Wake up your inner creator and transform your imaginations, dreams and ideas into reality of any form!
There are endless ways of creating and some of them are: painting, making DIY things from plastic bottles or paper like origami, drawing, writing, building furniture from used or broken material etc.
If you are seriously out of ideas, think of problem-solving things that can help you in your daily life or your household, kitchen, garage…
Then, move on to planning and realizing that idea.
If you are still stuck, well, read on to explore my free sources from where you can gain some inspiration!
1.) Check MY PINTEREST boards to see what inspires me! (especially boards called “Creativity” and “Plastic Free”).
Pinterest is a platform of dozens creative ideas so explore more terms to extend your imagination.
2.) Check some awesome sites like icreativeideas that are providing hacks and tons of creative things
3.) Subscribe to magazines and portals on topics that interest you
4.) Watch documentaries and other interesting on-screen shows
5.) Let yourself be bored!
To be frank, I don’t like being bored and only time I experience boredom is, surprisingly, when I’m in a boring company, not when I’m alone.
On the other hand, I learned to let myself be bored from time to time.
Why? Well, by being bored, you are allowing your brain to work in different ways.
Our brains are in constant need of solving problems and finding solutions. While beings bored, your brain desperately seeks stimulation and that is leading to some fresh new ideas.
Don’t forget, we are not only creative beings but curious beings too.
PICKING UP A NEW SKILL CREATES A WHOLE NEW & DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE IN YOUR BRAIN
1.) Practice a foreign language.
Great apps for learning languages are:
- Rosetta Stone (3 days free, my favourite with the biggest focus on pronouncing the words)
- Duolingo is a great app and website with quiz like questions and exercises to learn foreign language (totally free) or Duolingo Plus with some more features and extensive learning (7 days free).
- Memirise great app and website to learn the language with sounds and pictures
- Spanish school based in Bogotá, Colombia if you want to brush up your Spanish, here’s a quality school that will help you learn the language with intensive, but never boring class (on Friday you can get your 3 h of free Spanish lesson and see if you like!)
BONUS TIP: Watch movies in other languages to practice new language better especially cartoons! I am watching daily here in Catalonia: “The Simpsons” and Homer helps me to learn Spanish with his Spanish accent. 🙂
2.) Learn how to play a music instrument
YouTube is a great source for learning music instruments.
3.) Try cooking a new cuisine
TasteAtlas is a great cooking site and a creative community where you can daily seek for new traditional dishes (7783 on this site). You can even make your own profile and share your own dishes, reviews and ideas.
4.) Learn how to play a sport or a game that you have never played before
5.) Watch podcasts as they are great source of knowledge especially if guests are some influential persons and scientists (one of my favourite is “The Joe Rogan Ecperience” and “TED“)
6.) Discover an inner artist in you and try to learn how to paint or draw! (we all know Bob Ross, don’t we?)
TRAVEL FROM HOME: TAKE A FREE VIRTUAL TOUR AROUND WORLD’S MOST POPULAR DESTINATIONS
IF TRAVELLING ISN’T AN OPTION, WHAT ABOUT VIRTUAL TRAVELLING?
Or perhaps, taking a new route to grocery store this morning?
If you experience a new environment, you tickle your neural pathways and awaken some new ideas, thoughts and perspectives! It’s another way to boost your creativity.
Below, I will share with you links of some of the most popular tourist destinations and their virtual tours in which you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.
Hopefully, you will add some of those places to your bucket list and turn them into reality when lockdown time comes to the end!
BONUS TIP: If you have a VR (virtual reality) headset-use it! Your experience will be much more realistic! If you don’t have a VR, it’s fine; your laptop, computer, phone or any other device will do the job too!
Make sure to have a good internet connection because virtual tours can take a bit longer to load.
1.) ➙CLICK HERE TO EXPLORE 30 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES. GOOGLE MAPS are great way to virtually explore the world.
2.) EXPLORE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD ↓
- Great Wall of China
- Chichen Itza, Mexico
- Christ The Redeemer, Brazil
- Petra, Jordan
- Taj Mahal, India
- Rome Colosseum, Italy
- Machu Picchu, Peru
3.) DIVE INTO MOST BEAUTIFUL WORLD MUSEUMS
- Google Arts and Culture – more than 1000 museums and archives to explroe virtually
- Louvre Museum
- British Museum
- Van Gogh Museum
4.) USE GOOGLE EARTH TO ENJOY VIRTUALLY IN U.S. NATIONAL PARKS
“KNOWLEDGE ISN’T FREE, YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION”
Luckily for us, there are plenty of free internet courses that you can take and become a master in a certain field of your interest.
Let’s be realistic. We live in the best time ever, don’t you think the same!?
I mean, many things are transparent and easy accessible which wasn’t a case 10 years ago, or more.
Some of the best online courses are:
3.) SKILLSHARE is a great source of courses, tutorials and classes about wide range of topics (14 days free trial)
4.) COURSERA is another platform with many knowledge that is waiting to be learned
5.) CLASS CENTRAL is a great place to follow online classes from universities such as Harvard, Columbia etc
7.) MIMO is a great app if you want to learn how to code!
9.) NIKON FREE ONLINE SCHOOL to improve your photography skills, KELBYONE or PPA (Professional Photographers of America)
RENEWING OLD FRIENDSHIPS AND CONNECTIONS CAN IMPROVE YOUR WELL BEING
To be frank, I made this one up! 🙂
But, if you think outside the box, this applies to above mentioned how experiencing a new environment awakens new ideas and perspectives.
Well, the same is with new people.
So tell me, how is that not good for your well being!?
1.) Use advantages of internet and reach on to some people for which you haven’t had the time before or simply make new friendships while being active on social networks and online communities. Interact and share ideas!
2.) Have a video calls with your siblings or friends via Zoom, Skype, Messenger, WhatsUp…
IN A HEALTHY BODY, THERE’S A HEALTHY SPIRIT
I know we all got a bit lazy in this pandemic time of lockdown but we should not forget we are actually designed to be regularly active! (here you can ➜ read more about the importance of exercising)
Of course, resting is a part of exercising too. I am not a professional, but I do exercise daily for my whole life. The best time to start exercising (at least for me) is morning, and splitting that into few sessions, so you can properly rest your muscles and avoid any unpleasant inflammations.
If you don’t have any idea how to exercise or what to do, below I will share with you some great sources that will hopefully inspire you to move! “I like to move it, move it!” 🙂
1.) DO A YOGA with DOWN DOG app (from beginners to advanced)
2.) Again YOUTUBE has dozens resources of videos with exercising tutorials, dance tutorials, meditation tutorials that can help you feel better immediately!
BOHO BEAUTIFUL is a very quality channel for great Yoga and Pilates home workouts.
ADRIENE MISHLER is another YouTube yogi channel where you can practice yoga.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE KIDS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A NEW LIFE ON THIS PLANET, YOU CAN PLANT A NEW PLANT !
Don’t get me wrong. I am not against having children, but opposite-I am always for creating new forms of life!
If you are not able to buy or order seeds-REGROW!
Every fruit or vegetable that has seeds, can be easily regrow. The same is valid for herbs and many more foods. I always draw inspiration from YouTube. (sorry for mentioning it so many times but seriously, it’s an awesome source especially of “How To…” kind of videos.)
NETFLIX AND CHILL, OR JUST NETFLIX?
Joking is necessary, okay? 🙂
Watching movies and series can perfectly rest your brain. Some providers are offering free trials so you can see their choices and decide whether you want to continue using them, or not.
1.) NETFLIX offers a month of free streaming of movies and series, but only to some countries. (visit Netflix official website to see more)
2.) HBO offers 2 weeks of free streaming
GOOD, OLD BOARD GAMES ARE CONNECTING MORE THAN ANY INTERNET CONNECTION
If your family consists of more than 2 persons, you can switch back to board games!
Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess, Risk, Clue, Uno, Pictionary, Guess Who?, Dominos are only few of the most popular board games of all time! See 76 Best Board Games of All Time.
However, you don’t need to have any of those. You can be creative and make your own game by yourself or play some of those “words games” like “Caladont”.
START WRITING A BLOG!
Is there a topic that interests you the most? Topic in which you mastered many tutorials, books, courses and classes?
Do you have some skill and you would love to teach others? Or you simply have a great, personal story to share?
Now it’s the perfect time.
BEFORE YOU INVEST YOUR TIME IN OTHERS, INVEST TIME IN YOURSELF!
We are not able to truly love others, if we don’t love ourselves.
Take a warm bath, make a pilling or any other beauty treatment, eat ton of your favourite food, write a diary, organize your house, closet, office or simply do nothing at all!
It is very important to do things that make you happy in order to make others happy.
IMPORTANT TO READ:
Many apps and sites like Skillshare and YouTube will ask you to enter a payment method (credit card or similar).
However, don’t be afraid! That is nothing but a policy of the company that hopes you will extend your membership and start paying after a certain free period.
Be sure to set an alarm or reminder for each app and site so you don’t forget to cancel your membership after the free period expires. (of course, if you don’t want to keep paying for it)
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