Like the rest of the world, you are tired of being stuck at home and miss the days when you could go out without caution, right? Unfortunately, as of now, staying in is the only way to contain the Coronavirus pandemic.
But this ‘house arrest’ situation is having a negative impact on our minds. Social distancing and 24×7 news coverage are causing many people to feel anxious and depressed. This is why it is more important now than ever to spend time doing things that make you happy and keep you engaged.
If you don’t get creative, quarantine boredom is going to take your mind to dark places. So instead of boring yourself by binge-watching Netflix *again*, try out these quirky activities instead. Psst, some of them will even help you earn some good money while fulfilling your creative side.
Make sure you keep an open mind because you might have never explored these activities before. Remember, trying out new things is the best way to keep life interesting. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the activities that will definitely break your cycle of boredom.
1. Visit An Online Casino
Honestly, with all the shit that’s going on in the world today, this is the perfect time to try out something wild and unconventional. While casinos in the physical world are far more exciting because of the high energy and ample booze, it is impossible to enter one for at least a few months.
Luckily, we have online casinos that are just as exciting and can be accessed from the comfort of your home. The addition of live dealer casino games on many platforms has made the experience even more fun. Rest assured, you will have access to a wide range of games – minus the crowd and noise. But the cherry on top is that you will be able to play for free until you are ready to play for real money. The excitement that comes with waiting for the perfect match on the slots, or the intrigue and suspense that a good game of poker can bring is unmatched by any other. Come to think of it, if you make wise choices, gambling is a lot like a stock market investment, isn’t it? However, if you have a gambling problem, please refrain from this activity.
2. Listen To An Audiobook Or Podcast
While reading a book is an amazingly immersive experience, the truth is that most of us do not like to read. A lot of people avoid reading because they think of it as work. This attitude probably stems from having to study subjects in school and college that weren’t to our liking. Due to reading study material that we loathed, our brain learned to associate that hatred and boredom we felt with reading in general.
Once again, the Internet comes to the rescue. There are tons of audiobooks that you can access at low costs or even for free. It’s not just limited to non-fiction. Today, even Harry Potter is available in the form of an audiobook, voiced by the legendary Stephen Fry. And it’s free! All you need is an Audible account. Podcasts are just as entertaining, diverse, and easily accessible as audiobooks. To avoid trial and experiment for newbies, Wired recently came out with a list of the best podcasts to listen to. Go check it out already!
3. Play Video Games
No, I’m not kidding. Video games are good for you in our new normal. The World Health Organization is recommending video games as an effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19. Who knew it would take a global pandemic for this “addictive behavior” to be approved by the very people who condemned it as a disorder? Dark humor aside, the WHO’s recommendation makes perfect sense because multiplayer games allow players to stay socially connected while maintaining a safe physical distance.
It is unlikely that video games will be recommended by anyone in the medical community once this pandemic is behind us, so go defeat loneliness and anxiety by playing the game of your choice. There are a ton of options out there, so you are sure to find something that interests you. If you don’t know where to begin, this player recommends Twitch and Call of Duty: Warzone.
4. Start Freelancing Online
Let’s get real: given the fragile state of the economy, many of us are worried about our jobs. If we are lucky enough to still have them, that is. Employees across industries have been fired without any notice period or benefits. The ones that are still hired are definitely going to see serious pay cuts in the future. Now is the best time to adapt to the gig life known as freelancing.
With more and more people from all over the world signing up to freelance everyday, it’s no easy task to secure a steady stream of well-paying clients. But the good thing is, if something exists, someone out there needs it. The global nature of the Internet makes it all the more easy for buyers to find takers and vice versa. So if you have a particular skill or talent that you think might be of use to someone out there, go ahead and give it a shot. Gigs are a dime a dozen on platforms like Reddit, Upwork, Facebook groups, etc. You can find jobs in various categories – from coding and graphic design to writing and voice acting. If you establish a good relationship with a client, you might even land some stable contractual or full-time work.