I hope you are coping well with this crazy time of lockdowns, self-isolations and keeping your distance with social distancing.
I’ve been enjoying myself with so much less noise and busy-ness and I have been very creatively productive. Some of you have been asking for suggestions on activities you can do while you’re at home. Here are 7 No Money Fun as Mike Myers used to call it, that’s actually doable and fun. A fuel for our curiosity and good vibes producing.
1. After listening to Audible.com for years, I am so happy to hear they’re giving away Free audible books of stories, classics such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and fairy tales from different parts of the world. There is enough free audio books to last weeks and weeks of isolations. There are even books in French, Spanish and Japanese. Is it time to re-up on my Spanish comprehension? Maybe https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
2. Brooklyn Art Library #thesketchbookproject is offering this 28 days challenge with a prompt sent to your email daily. It’s a challenge and great for artists who’s really want to get their critical image thinking going. https://brooklynartlibrary.org/28daychallenge
3. Do you own a house plant? Here’s a list of hard to kill houseplants that you might already have but don’t know much about. I’ve started this new hobby when we moved into our new house, it gives me a nice morning rituals while the kettle is boiling, to water the plants and then see little baby shoots coming up, is such a fulfilling experience. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/gardening/advice/g1285/hard-to-kill-plants/
4. If you’re like me, I’ve got a pile of ‘to be mend’ things including shoes, and Jewelry that is waiting for me to have time to take care of them. When I’ve done a mend to my clothes, it felt like new again, and if you like, you can even try visible mending, I wrote all about it here. If you’re into fixing electronics, hey, that has the same kind of satisfaction. https://www.google.com.sg/amp/s/www.refinery29.com/amp/en-gb/clothing-repair-alteration-sustainability
5. Mindfulness meditation with Mark Williams on Spotify.
Mindfulness meditation is a big trend and apps such as Calm or Headspace has been helpful to maintain a mindfulness meditation rituals. I’ve used Headspace for many years, and now on the daily, I listed to Mark Williams guided mindfulness meditation as part of my morning ritual. So being at home, gives you the opportunity to try this too. I’ve felt the benefit when I’m anxious and impatient in my day. It’s more beneficial ofcourse if you can do it every day.
6. Learn to cook a new recipe or two. Recently I’ve found this YouTube channel called The Avant Garde Vegan, even though I am not vegan nor vegetarian, I like to eat plant-based meals a few times a week. Gaz is very cute to look at, and says the word ‘Nutricious’ multiple times in every video. A few recipe that he has inspired that I make is the Moroccan recipes with chick peas and I end up making my own Harissa paste from watching his videos. Making a big batch of really ‘nutricious’ meals, that you can freeze, makes life so much easier and eating out unnecessary. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF-ACPYNN0oXD4ihS5mbbmw
7. Instead of Pandemic focus, lets “Pandemake” and focus on being creative. The idea began on the day Singapore announced a travel restrictions and countries such as the UK and USA are all slowly panicking and locking down their borders and European cities all doing similar things. It’s a highly unsettling time and all I could see online was all content only about this pandemic. It becomes unhealthy as my anxiety and panic starts to rise just from reading the news. All other news not related to Corona Virus seems trivial and uninteresting, so I thought this is what I’ll do to help myself cope. You can join me as I am drawing daily objects, from pantry essentials to fresh produce, as long as the items is in your house, and you’re drawing it life, it’s an be anything. Have a look at the video process I post on my IG stories. https://www.instagram.com/olijstudio_travels/
Enjoy what you can, Stay healthy, and may new healthy beginnings come soon.