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January 27, 2021

10 things to do during the coronavirus quarantine

The world is on pause. The COVID-19 pandemic affects us all. We're being asked to stay home to save lives. Time can seem long when we don't see our family, friends or colleagues. So we've put together a list of things to do during this quarantine.

1. Do the tasks you’ve always postponed.

Oh, those tasks that have been put aside because of our daily routine... We like to relax in front of the television after a long day at work. But, instead, take the time that this crisis offers you to stitch a piece of clothing, iron the curtains, change an old light bulb, etc. To help you, make yourself a checklist. Each hook will give you a sense of accomplishment.

2. Start your spring cleaning.

Wow! Where did all that dust come from under the fridge? You feel much better when the little corners of your house are clean. Remember that we rarely clean everything thoroughly. Take the opportunity to sort out your old clothes, take out your summer wardrobe or put away your winter outfits, reorganize your cupboards or pantry, vacuum under the appliances, clean the window frames and moldings,etc. You'll breathe better in a dust-free environment, and who knows? Maybe you will feel safer from germs.

3. Attack your favorite novel!

Hmm, that great novel that's been lying around on the bedside table for a few weeks now... You'll have to finish it before you can start another one. Reading is so good for morale and it takes your mind off things. Enter another universe to take your thoughts away from the breaking news. Maybe you'll have better dreams!

4. Catch-up your favorite TV shows.

These days, there are many different kinds of TV shows. Besides, your friends keep asking you if you've seen that show. Now is the time to catch up. At your next couple's or working dinner, you will finally be able to discuss it. Of course, start with the ones you didn't finish.

5. Cook some recipes for the first time.

Now is the time to cook complicated recipes or some that require a lot of preparation. Whether it's in your favorite cookbook or in your monthly magazine, take the opportunity to make those recipes that made you drool when you saw them on the cover for the first time. Never made chicken pot pie or pineapple upside-down cake before? There's no shortage of time. Your kids can even join in! They'll thank you for sure.

6. Make a video conference call with your family or friends.

Practicing social distancing for several weeks is difficult. You already probably miss your loved ones. Thank God today, technology allows us to gather virtually, without spreading the virus. Several options are available to you, for example, Skype, Google duo, Facetime, Zoom,etc. In addition, these allow you to be more than two, so a distance dinner or a beer in good company is a must.

7. Take a nap at any time of the day.

Some people have been temporarily laid off due to the Covid-19. This can lead to increased stress and can consume all your energy. This is a good time for you to recharge your batteries. A little afternoon nap will make you appreciate your days off even more. If you work from home, a 20-minute nap (power-nap) during your dinner can be a perfect idea.

8. Enjoy a brunch during the week.

Because of the busy mornings, your typical work days offer you a rather mundane choice of breakfast. You are now at home all day so you have more time in the morning to prepare a good breakfast. Otherwise, wait a little and prepare yourself a brunch during your lunch hour.  

9. Redecorate your home.

A change of air feels good. Repainting the walls of a room or simply rethinking the layout of your furniture can be refreshing to your mind. Since decoration stores are closed, it's the perfect time to be creative or start a do-it-yourself (DIY) project.

10. Create your first DIY project.

Even if you're not manual, offers simple tools for everyone to create homemade projects. Never had the chance to make an industrial lamp or a multifunctional concrete pot to decorate your living room? Maybe it's time to give it a try! You could even prepare your Christmas presents in advance. In short, at your next long-awaited family gathering, you can show off your fabulous creations. You'll be proud!

Anyway, with all these ideas, you'll be busy for a while. Above all, enjoy the present moment as much as possible and take advantage of the time that this period of crisis offers you. Until then, take good care of yourself and your loved ones. Follow the recommendations, as they are essential to reduce the spread of the virus.

Marie-F & Dave


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