How long have you been staying at home during this Covid-19 pandemic?

If you have started self-quarantine long before the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) were implemented, you are likely to feel bored of seeing or doing the same things.

The options are just playing with your smartphone, watching TV or streaming movies, or taking a nap. In the end, you have nothing else to do but work, play gadgets, or take a nap. This kind of habit can lead you to an unhealthy lifestyle.

In reality, with the coronavirus, you need to increase your body’s endurance by adopting a healthy lifestyle and overcoming stress due to being locked up staying at home for an extended period of time. Try to find activities that require the body to move more often.

Here are five fun activities that you can do alone or with your family.


1. Learning or honing your cooking talent

Take advantage of your free time by trying a variety of food recipes available on the internet. Not only you can save money, but you can also maintain a healthier diet.

For starters, it would be better if you choose recipes on a low difficulty level. Make sure the recipes you choose match the available ingredients and equipment.

Once you get the hang of it and become more proficient, you can try more difficult recipes. That way, you will gain a new skill.


2. Doing household chores

Don't be mistaken. Housework, from washing clothes to cleaning the bathroom, can be a fun activity to pass the time.

When doing household chores, you can make it more fun. For example, you can do it with your partner and children to make it feel lighter and easier.

Even more so if you play a playlist of cheerful and uplifting songs. Surely time will pass by quickly.


3. Redecorating the room

Are you tired of looking at the same room interior? That means it's time to redecorate the room.

Don't think that you must buy new furniture and home decorations. It's better to save your money for more important things and use your creativity and energy to change the layout of the furniture.

You can get the impression of a new home without spending money. A room with a different ambiance than the usual can usually help improve your mood.


4. Sorting and selecting items

Look around you. Do you really use all the things in your house? If there are still a number of items piled up in the corner of the house or warehouse, then you need to clean up.

According to Marie Kondo, cluttered or unused items at home can cause stress. Conversely, a clean house free from piles of items will create happiness and make life more meaningful.

Based on the KonMari method invented by Marie Kondo, the sorting activity can be done by categorizing items into four groups, namely objects that are still in use, have memory values, can be given to others, and can be recycled.

To make it less taxing, you can start from the lightest tasks, such as sorting your wardrobe to find clothes and shoes that you no longer wear or don’t fit anymore. After that, you can continue to the bookshelves, work desk, warehouse, and garage.


5. Take online exercise classes

Can't come to the gym or Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) to take CrossFit and yoga classes? No problem. You can still exercise from your room or living room.

There are three ways you can try: using sports applications available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, watching video tutorials on YouTube, or taking online classes complete with instructors.

Online classes are usually conducted on a predetermined schedule and in real time via the Zoom teleconference application. So, make sure you are ready with the necessary sporting clothes and equipment at least 15 minutes before the class begins.