Being confined to our homes is certainly a daunting prospect, particularly in such an uncertain time. But all this time at home also presents some opportunities: to connect with family members on new levels; to learn new hobbies and skills; or to work on a project you haven't had time for previously.
While many events around the world have been cancelled due to the pandemic, technology is opening up new ways for us to experience events from our own homes.
Here are some ideas to keep you and the person you care for entertained at home both online and offline.
Virtual gallery and museum tours
While we can't get to galleries, many galleries are now coming to us through virtual tours. There are a number of galleries and museums with online exhibitions including the Melbourne Museum, London's Natural History Museum and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
Online gigs and concerts
Bands, artists and orchestras are taking live shows online so audiences don't have to miss out. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) for example is live-streaming shows over the coming weeks. Find out more here.
Visit the zoo Zoos
Victoria is currently live-streaming from some of the most popular enclosures at Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. See what the snow leopards, penguins, giraffes and lions are up to here.
Play board games
Try some new ones or revisit the old classics - Monopoly, Scrabble, Connect 4.
Get in the garden
Get the whole family involved in creating a calm and relaxing space. Plant out a garden bed you've been meaning to plant, catch up on mowing and get rid of those pesky weeds. If you don't have an outdoor space, indoor plants can bring just as much joy, add character to your house and even clean the air.
Read a book
Now is the perfect time to get started on a book you've been meaning to read for a while, or to revisit an old favourite. Why not start a bookclub with friends over video chat?
Cook healthy meals
Eating healthy, nourishing food is especially important when our bodies are under stress. Taste.com.au has put together 33 easy healthy recipes made with pantry staples you can try tonight.
Take the time to learn or practice an instrument, listen to your family's favourite songs, and dance along.
There is an endless number of DIY projects you could undertake, but to get your started here is a simple DIY hand-sanitiser recipe.
Self Care at Home
- Practice meditation and deep breathing techniques for several minutes. There are a range of free apps available to guide you.
- Listen to your favourite song or rediscover an old favourite.
- Take a walk or jog around your neighbourhood.
- Brew a cup of your favourite tea and take the time to properly enjoy it.
- Practice yoga at home with a free Youtube video.
- Cook your favourite meal. Call a loved one.