What to do during quarantine
Given the Corona virus contingency, one of the measures is isolation, which is why many ask what to do in quarantine so as not to get bored.
Those who do home office have in their favor that they have things to do, sometimes even more than if they were in the office. However, this is not the case for everyone, and when they hear the word "quarantine" and it hasn't even been 5 days, they want to throw themselves off from the fifth floor.
Quarantine is a term used to refer to a period of 40 days, but also when it comes to isolation, as in this case due to the Corona virus pandemic.
Tips not to get bored in quarantine
It all depends on your lifestyle, if you live alone or accompanied, if there are minors, if you work at home, if you have pets and even the space where you live in.
A department for you alone is not the same as a shared one where you only have your bedroom. Not to mention a house.
If you work, organize your schedules so that you can give yourself the space for breakfast and lunch
You can give yourself a relaxation space, like simply watching television
If exercising was in your routine, don't stop doing it. Buy items that help you with your routines, such as dumbbells, weights, rugs. A simple Zumba video can help you too
Organize meetings via social networks, chats with friends, as if they were going out for coffee, but each one at home
Many do not know or do not want to know about chores at home, but this is the opportunity to organize papers, documents, rubble, throw things that you do not use
It is time to even remodel, paint your house, rearrange spaces
Use your creativity to do all the things you can't because you don't have time like cooking or baking
Play with your pets if you have them, especially if they hardly see you
Netflix offers a large number of series, movies, soap operas, programs, reality shows. It is time for a marathon
Into the tips
As we have already said, you can play different games, whether they are table games with your roommates or family, or conversely you can play video games alone or online. These last days many of the video game platforms have reduced the price of these to make the quarantine more bearable; take a look at them, maybe there are games that you have always wanted to play and you have not had the time or the money.
Series and movies: advance those series that you are behind or start new ones. Many of the entertainment companies are launching these last weeks, new seasons of many series and are lowering their prices or even offering limited free membership for all those who want to be distracted during these tedious days
Study something new: Every time your brain learns something new, it releases more happiness hormones than when you eat chocolate. Take advantage of these days of seclusion necessary to learn something new, such as programming code or resuming your writing habits
Khan Academy is a free course platform focused specifically on math, science, and computing. EdX is another non-profit online learning platform, it offers free courses endorsed by some of the most famous universities in the world. All courses are distance, at your own pace and on video
Exercise: If you're not lucky enough to have a fitness trainer giving fitness classes from the balcony during quarantine, here are some ways to stay in shape these days.
“Down dog” the home fitness app, will be free until April 1st for those who want to practice yoga, barre or HIIT. Ekhart Yoga will also offer online yoga and meditation sessions for all
But if you don't want to download any app, there are many channels with free fitness content such as Blogilates or POP SUGAR, with online sessions of all kinds of sports that you can do at home.
Get cultured: The most recognized museums in Spainhave replicated their content so that it can be visited digitally even with comments on the works of art. So you can visit the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía or the Thyssen Bornemisza from the sofa
Music festivals have also adapted to the times of the Corona virus and several artists have come together to create the Quarantine Fest, a streaming festival for difficult times. The lineup includes daily concerts until March 27th
Plan your next trip: we have time to get better information about many topics and one of them may be the different countries of the world. There are many channels on YouTube that are dedicated to traveling the world and informing us about each country, its strengths, its curiosities and its most charming areas. Get informed and choose the destination that best suits you and your tastes, to start planning your trip once this is over.
Free Apps not to get bored during the quarantine
List of free apps available on the iOS App Store and Playstore. Some of these apps have always offered free content, while others went free because of the COVID-19 outbreak. In any case, here are some free things to do that won't cost you a penny.
We'll be adding to this list and periodically bumping it up to the top of Apple Insider as we authenticate offerings.
Maybe you've found yourself with an abundance of free time and you're not quite ready to dedicate yourself to binge-watching another season of your favorite show. Instead, maybe you're ready to learn something new or take up a new hobby. If that's the case, then this is the place for you.
Swift Playgrounds (macOS and iPad): If you've ever wanted to learn to code Swift, now is your chance. Swift Playgrounds teaches you how to code Swift through fun and intuitive games
Duolingo: Now is as good of a time as ever to start learning another language or brushing up on one you haven't used in a while. Duolingo provides fun, quick lessons in over 94 different language courses in 23 languages
Khan Academy: It never hurts to brush up on the basics, and Khan Academy has thousands of free lectures and practices on everything from grammar to science
Udemy: Udemy is an app with tens of thousands of video lectures on a range of topics, from singing courses to event planning. Most courses aren't free (though they are affordable), but there are still free options available
iTunes: allows anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to learn from a large collection of free education content in public courses from leading schools, universities, museums, and cultural institutions
Archive.org: If you're looking for a large collection of public domain media, your best bet is Archive.org. It has millions of public domain books, songs, TV shows, magazines, and more. If you're feeling particularly bored, you can also use the site's Wayback Machine feature to snoop on what your favorite sites looked like way back in the day
Babbel: Students who are worried about falling behind on language courses can keep up on their studies on their own time. Babbel is offering students enrolled in schools and colleges in the U.S. three months' free access to its app and platform, in any and all of its 14 languages offered: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Indonesian, and English
Fitness and wellness
Taking care of your own health and wellness should never take a backseat, no matter what's going on in the foreground. With that in mind, there are several excellent apps that can help you work out indoors or find some zen in the midst of chaos.
Down Dog: If you're stuck inside, yoga can be a great way to get some exercise while easing anxiety. Yoga app Down Dog has made its premium membership free to all users, across its apps, through April 1st
Headspace: Science has proven that a meditation practice can reduce stress and anxiety, so there's no better time to start than now. Headspace has made several of its meditation collections free due to the ongoing pandemic (Healthcare workers can also get a full subscription for free)
CARROT Fit: If a fitness app with short, "punishing" workouts and plenty of snark sounds up your alley, give CARROT Fit a try. Normally $ 4.99, the app is now a free download for the next two weeks
Peloton: Peloton may be known for pricey fitness equipment, but its app actually offers a slew of different audio and video workouts across that you can use without the fancy bike. The company is offering a free 90 day trial to new users
Active: Popsugar has made their ACTIVE app available for free, aiming to help users keep active during lockdown. Loaded with video workouts, photo tutorials, treadmill workouts and more
There are plenty of free games on the App Store, but we've curated some highly rated ones that have been made free since the outbreak of 2019 Novel Corona virus.
Alto's Odyssey: A popular snowboarding game with fluid physics and serene gameplay, Alto's developers have made the title (and its sequel) free to download with no in-app purchases
Mini Metro: Fans of strategy games will likely appreciate Mini Metro, a hypnotic and satisfying game that challenges players to build the perfect commute
Prune: Described as a "love letter to trees," Prune is a simple puzzle game with striking Japanese graphics and great music that see players use a sword to carefully trim a rapidly growing tree
Kingdom Rush Origins: A classic tower defense series that's hugely popular among fans, this addicting game has hours of gameplay
E-Books, Audio Books, and Graphic Novels
Of course, we haven't forgotten about the bookworms out there, either. Whether you prefer reading an e-book on a tablet or an audio-book through your AirPods, here are some options for you.
Scribd: Scribd is now offering a 30 day free trial with no credit card requirement. They host over a million titles, including e-books, magazines, audio-books and more
Wattpad: If you're a fan of underground literature, it doesn't get much more unknown than Wattpad. Wattpad is a community that allows writers to publish new content across different genres, giving them a platform to have their works read
Comic Chameleon: If you're a webcomic fan, it's high-time you check out Comic Chameleon. It's got a curated selection of some of the top webcomics out there, like Questionable Content, XKCD, Dinosaur Comics, and Girls With Slingshots
JSTOR: University and college students will probably be familiar with JSTOR, the academic resource that contains a plethora of e-books and journals. Now, JSTOR is making its entire library accessible to the public —without academic credentials
Whether you're a career musician or you just want to learn to play a few chords while you're social distancing, here are several free apps that are excellent for any level of music player.
Minimoog Model D Synthesizer: A digital emulation of a legendary analog synthesizer. Normally $ 4.99, it's now free to download. Just make to look up how to pronounce Moog correctly
Korg Kaossilator: This feature-rich app lets any level of user make tracks by layering beats and loops on top of each other. It normally costs $ 20, but it a free download through March 31st
GarageBand: Sure, it may not be a "new discovery," but GarageBand is a free Apple-produced app with plenty of instruments, sounds and loops to play around with
Creative application suites aren't typically free, or even affordable. But we're keeping tabs on any special offers that the major players like Affinity and Adobe have during this time.
Affinity by Serif: Serif is making its suite of creative apps, including Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher, free to use for three months