Isolation Blues? Here’s How To Stay Productive During #LockdownSA


So, you’ve watched all the new and classic series on Netflix and Showmax. You’ve read all your favourite books back to front. And you’ve completely decluttered your home – three times. So, what now? Believe it or not, there’s plenty of things you can do during #LockdownSA. Here are a few more suggestions if you need some inspiration. #FlattenTheCurve

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Start An Online Course While In Isolation

Why not upskill by enrolling for an online short course at GetSmarter while you’re in isolation? They offer courses for 15 different faculties, ranging from Art & Design, Education and Business Management to Writing, Marketing, Health and Law. Click here to take a look at what courses they have during the month of April 2020. For more insight into other courses that they have lined up for 2020, visit their website at www.getsmarter.com.

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YouTube Tutorials

YouTube has thousands of videos uploaded for your viewing pleasure. It’s the perfect platform to find a new hobby or learn a new skill. Visit the website and explore, you’re bound to find something to suit your tastes and interests. Need a few suggestions? Think along the lines of dance instructors, knitting tutorials, makeup application videos, cooking classes and more.

Joburg YouTubers Meetup

Do Some Gardening

Get outside, enjoy a little bit of fresh air and get your hands dirty in the garden. Since you have some spare time on your hands, why not prepare your garden for autumn and winter, or get started organising, planning and planting your own veggie garden? Need a few ideas? Click here for a few tips.

Go On A Virtual Museum & Art Gallery Tour

You don’t need to purchase a plane ticket and travel abroad in order to see some of the world’s renowned art galleries and museums. With the advancements in technology, you can view these remarkable places from the comfort of your own home. Think along the lines of the Natural History Museum in London; the Vatican Museums in Rome; the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in South Korea; and The Met Gallery in New York. Here are other ways to support the arts while you’re in self-isolation.

Johannesburg Art Gallery JAG

Start Bullet Journaling

There’s a new craze that has taken the world by storm – bullet journaling! Now, this isn’t just a bunch of squiggles and scribbles, it’s actually quite therapeutic. And it comes along with a number of benefits, such as helping you stay organised, inspiring fresh ideas, boosting your creativity, encouraging you to reach your goals, and most importantly, it gives you a little escape from all the negativity to give you some peace of mind.

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Listen To Podcasts

Whether you need a little inspiration, motivation or a spot of happiness, there’s definitely a podcast that’ll lift your spirits or pique your interest during isolation. There are many topics and genres to choose from, all you have to do is explore the world of podcasts. But, if you’re just looking for something to lighten the mood, check out these inspiring podcasts that we handpicked ourselves.

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Attend A Lockdown Livestream Concert

In case you missed it, Global Citizen and the World Health Organization have teamed up to bring the world Together, At Home. This is a virtual music experience to bring people around the world together as everyone practices self-isolation and social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Keep an eye on Global Citizen’s FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages to keep in the loop with the schedule of artists who will be streaming and when. Concerts are performed in Pacific Time, so add nine hours to the scheduled time to convert it to SA time.

Learn A Language During Isolation

Since you’ll have some free time on your hands, why not be productive and learn a language? There are many tutorial videos on YouTube as well as language apps that you can try. And if you want to make learning more entertaining, why not try Duolingo.com? This site is free to use and offers more than 100 languages for you to choose from. What makes this site fun is the fact that you’ll learn while playing an online game. Lose a ‘life’ for every incorrect answer and score points and progress for correct answers. This is the perfect opportunity to teach yourself how to read, write, understand and speak a brand-new taal. Try it!

learning a new language from colourful books

Workout With YouTube

Gyms are closing their doors during #LockdownSA, so why not keep yourself active with these workouts from fitness enthusiasts on YouTube? There’s no excuse to not get our butts off the couch and break a sweat. If we’re going to be snacking and binge watching series for 21 days, we need to counteract the laziness with a great workout.

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Create The Ultimate Zen Zone For Mental Well-being

With all the stress and uncertainty going on, surely you need a space where you can meditate, calm down and zen out to ensure mental well-being during the lockdown. Click here for inspiration to create your own zen zone at home, in your car and at work (for when you return after the 21-day self-isolation period). It’s important to keep calm, in good spirits and focused during this time.

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