Covid-19 has spread across the world at a rapid rate. At the time of writing, there were about 1,500,000 confirmed cases and more than 80,000 deaths. As a result of this many people worldwide now have much more spare time due to lockdowns and business shutdowns. The world has changed as we know it and while I think that is absolutely devastating, I also think this is an opportunity for us all to do many of the things we have been putting off for quite some time so below are 10 things to do from home during Covid-19.
Please stay home
Firstly, I want to stress the importance of staying at home as much as you can. The best form of social distancing is to not leave your house unless you really need to. By staying at home you are helping to stop the spread of this deadly virus.
Shutdowns and restrictions
As a result of the Coronavirus, many governments around the world have put countries into lockdown to stop the spread of the disease. This is essentially what has happened here in Australia. At the time of writing, all non-essential services were to be shut down. Non-essential services include pubs, clubs, tattoo parlours, indoor sporting venues and gyms, cinemas, galleries, museums, libraries and many more. Other services have been restricted. Restaurants and cafes can only provide take-away, funerals must have no more than 10 people in attendance and weddings restricted to only five people. Due to these shutdowns and restrictions, many people are now working from home or have temporarily lost their jobs. With all this extra time you may want to try these 10 things listed below.
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What you can do with all your extra time
Below I have listed 10 different things you can do with all your extra time. I have decided to separate them into categories based on the different categories we write about on this blog. I won’t be writing anything about travel because of the importance of social distancing. We all need to take this very seriously and spend as much time at home as possible to slow the spread.
1. Start gardening
Firstly, this is the perfect time to start gardening. Many of us rely heavily on the major supermarkets to provide us with the necessities. One way in which we can reduce our reliance is to start growing our own food. The Covid-19 outbreak has seen many shoppers selfishly stock up on supplies, leaving the shelves completely bare. As a result of the higher than normal demand, limits have been placed on certain items. By learning how to grow even just a small portion of your food, you can not only reduce your reliance on the supermarkets but also save money. We have become so over-reliant on others to provide us with the food we need, we have forgotten how to be self-sufficient and more resilient in tough times like right now. Supermarkets are struggling to keep up with the demand so now is the perfect time to start to take back some control.
How to grow food
To start growing foods you can do so in many ways. Start by purchasing seed packets, check out Biome’s range of seed packets here. You can also purchase seedlings or established trees online from stores like Bunnings. Another thing you can do is use the seeds from the foods you purchased from the supermarket. Many of the foods you purchase from the supermarket will grow.
Two really easy ways to learn gardening is to watch Youtube tutorials and read online articles. There is a wealth of knowledge online to learn how to garden with absolutely no experience needed.
2. Start composting
About 1/3 of all waste that goes to landfill in Australia is organic food waste. Unfortunately, food waste doesn’t break down in landfill, instead, it creates toxic methane gases more potent than car emissions. This is a startling fact that we can all play a role in reducing. By learning how to compost your food waste you can nourish the foods you grow and reduce your carbon footprint.
There are many ways you can compost, even if you’re living in a small apartment with no courtyard or balcony.
The easiest way to start composting is to purchase a bokashi bucket. A bokashi bucket allows you to compost all your food scraps, including meat, dairy and bread. In a bokashi bucket, you simply add your scraps and apply a handful of microorganisms which ferment the food. The fermented food waste can then be buried in the ground. This method is perfect for those with little to no backyard space.
You can purchase your very own Bokashi kit here.
Another method of composting is through worm farming. Worms can break down most organic scraps and food create nutrient-rich humus that can be placed straight into the garden. Worms also create a nutrient-rich liquid which can be diluted with water and used as a liquid fertiliser.
The third way you can compost is hot composting. This is more suited to those with a backyard and some space. To set this up you will need at least a cubic metre. An easy way to set this up is with four pallets. Start by piling up various organic materials. Brown and green, dead and alive. Think dead leaves and fresh grass cuttings. You can add almost any type of organic material including coffee grounds, food scraps (not meat or dairy) dead and fresh green leaves, compost, soil, cardboard, newspaper, bark, sticks, hay, cow manure, chicken manure and others. The end result after a few months will be a healthy compost. This form of compost needs to be turned and aerated regularly.
Nature improves our mood
Nature is proven to improve our moods, relieve stress, fear and anxiety. Being outdoors also lowers our blood pressure and heart rate. Studies have also found that nature provides protection against a range of other diseases, including diabetes, obesity, ADHD, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Nature can improve our immune systems and make us healthier, which is very important during this global virus. By starting a garden and compost you are getting back to nature.
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3. Read those books you have sitting on your bookshelf
I think it’s safe to say we all have a few books sitting on our bookshelves at home that are yet to be read. I love to collect books and I love to read, however, I have purchased so many books with the intention of reading them but I haven’t actually gotten around to it.
If you have read all your books on your bookshelf then you may want to purchase some more. Check out our list of recommended books on our books resource page here. This is a list of books in a range of topics and genres including business and finance, cookbooks, self-help and motivation and more.
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4. Learn about investing
This is a great time to start learning about stock markets and world economies. It’s actually really interesting to see how much the world’s stock markets fluctuate. I am in no way recommending you buy, sell or hold shares or stocks. You should seek help from a financial professional before making any decisions. I do however think now is a great time to start learning about it. Knowing how and why stock markets ebb and flow during global issues like this current one is super interesting because it impacts us all.
How to learn about the stock market
If you’re interested in learning more about finances and in particular investing in companies, I would recommend checking out Equity Mates. Equity Mates is a podcast created by two young Australians. They break down all the jargon and complexities of investing in very easy to understand information. I have learned a lot about investing from listening to these two guys.
How to start investing
If you’re interested in investing, you can start with a few fintech companies that allow you to start with as little as five or $10. Some of them include Stake which allows you to buy US stocks, Spaceship which allows you to invest in a diverse portfolio of between 100 and 200 companies and Raiz which allows you to invest your spare change.
For more information make sure you visit our resources page here.
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5. Start a Youtube channel and/or blog
If you have been thinking about starting a Youtube channel, a new online business or even just a website or blog then there is no better time to do so. Many of us have had major disruptions to our lives leaving us with no choice but to spend time at home. While you’re spending that time at home you might as well make the time count and do something productive. Whether you’re a photographer, a graphic designer, a crazy plant parent, a collector of stamps, a book worm, a gamer, a dog owner, a foodie or a musician you can start that online business now. Whatever you love doing go ahead and start.
If you’re interested in starting a blog or website then I would highly recommend Dreamhost. Dreamhost is the web hosting company we use for this website wanderwalkers.com. They offer great speeds, a free domain and privacy, have won multiple awards and are even officially recommended by WordPress. The cost for webhosting and domains are fair and reasonable for their reliability and functionality. If you Purchase webhosting with Dreamhost here you can save up to $50.
6. Start learning a new skill
7. Learn a new language
Has there ever been a better time to start learning a new language? There are so many language learning apps to start with, including but not limited to DuoLingo, Memrise, Beelinguapp, LingoDeer, HelloTalk and also Drops. The great thing about learning a language is it can be done with just an internet connection. Youtube is a great resource for learning a language because no matter what language you are interested in you can find channels dedicated to teaching it. Another great resource to check out is iTalki, this site allows you to talk to natives. Stop putting it off and start learning the language you have always wanted to learn now.
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8. Learn meditation and deep breathing exercises
Meditation and deep breathing exercises have been proven to help relieve and decrease stress and anxiety, something that many of us may be experiencing right now. I highly recommend the Simple Habit app. Designed by mediation experts there are hundreds of guided meditations to listen to at home. Sign up for Simple Habit and receive 2 weeks of unlimited meditations with Simple Habit Premium.
Have a day to yourself to do all the things you enjoy doing. Sleep in, stay in your pyjamas all day, eat the food you want to eat, watch Netflix, read your favourite book and drink your favourite flavoured tea. Often we find ourselves overworked, not getting enough sleep and stressing. It is important we take time for ourselves and this is an opportunity to do just that by doing whatever we want.
10. Check-in with your friends and family
Finally, it is important to keep in touch with those who are most important to you. Unfortunately, some of your friends and family may have been affected during the Coronavirus pandemic. You may also know someone who contracted the virus but you also probably know someone who has lost their job, had to close their business or has had their working hours greatly reduced. This will have no doubt put a huge strain on many people, mentally and financially. It is more important than ever to check in with your loved ones. Give your family members and friends a phone call, or contact them over social media and see how they are going. They will also love to hear from you to make sure you are doing well. Don’t forget about those who are the most important to you, they probably need your support right now.
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