Activities you never had the time to indulge in until now and where to get them

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Female designer working from her home office. Okayama, Japan.

The coronavirus has thrown a curveball to our daily lives. Every aspect of our lives has been deeply affected – from our travelling plans, fitness regime, career progression, concerts, birthday gatherings – even our routine supermarket runs have taken on new meaning.

Most of us are staying at home 24/7, save for the weekly grocery run. With the extension of our circuit breaker measures, am I the only one who is getting tired of Netflix and video game marathons? What will the kids do now that June school holidays are brought forward to May?

Here’s a list of activities and hobbies you can engage in, solo or with your family members, that can elevate your social distancing days to a whole new level – Netflix and video games not included.

Sharpen your mental acuities

Feeling a little dull now that you are not socialising as much? Work that brainpower and your visual-spatial abilities with these 1000 pieces jigsaw puzzles, sudoku and brainteasers.

Channel your inner artist

Female artist working in studio, drawing flowers.

Always admired artists and creatives like Master Chef Gordon Ramsay, bestselling author Margaret Atwood, comic thespian Neil Gaiman, beauty guru Bobby Brown, celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz and more? Curious about their art-making process? Now’s the time to satiate your curiosity and take up an online Masterclass. Learn first-hand from more than 80 well-known masters without even leaving your couch. Half your investment with a buddy and enjoy a limited time “Buy one annual membership, share one free”.

If your interests lie more towards other areas like business, IT, marketing, finance, personal development, music, or design, take your pick from Udemy’s 100,000 online courses. With classes for all levels and lifetime access, what’s stopping you from taking advantage of their flash sale right now?

Hone your patience

Girl (16-17) coloring with colored pencils

Embrace the wonderful world of colouring with these colouring books, or collect Johanna Basford’s colouring book series that singlehandedly revived and brought the art of colouring to a whole new level.

Looking for some lightheartedness? Get your hands on these tongue-in-cheek colouring books featuring swear words. I don’t know about you, but I could do with a laugh right now.  

New to the colouring game? No problem! Get started with these colouring pencils or fineliners for those intricate pictures and you are good to go!

Master the art of home entertainment

Get some dart practice in-between work and the upcoming holidays. While you reminisced the good old days when you met up with your buddy for a round of drinks and darts, why not recreate that right at home be it solo or with your family members? Break out that can of beer and hit the music. 

Prefer some family friendly games? Try these boardgames for some fun with your loved ones.

See, social distancing is not so bad after all!