What to do during lock down?

Nicolette

Administrator
Staff member
Protea
So South Africa has been put into a Lockdown for 21 days from the end of March and I am sure a lot of people are going stir crazy. Today is day 5 and I am convinced that everyone I see on twitter saying how productive it is to work from home clearly do not have children! Looking after toddlers with no school to keep their growing minds active is no joke!

That said, I am sure there are a lot of you who are looking for things to keep busy and while it is always attractive to lie on the couch and watch tv, you should be looking at this time as an open opportunity that you would otherwise not have had.

The Internet is a wealth of knowledge and is useful for so much more than cat and cucumber videos (its s thing look it up).

So, what is it that you always wished you could do but never had the time? Imagine you could go into a job interview in a years’ time for an International Corporate and say, “Yes I speak French!”.

Below are some of my ideas.
  1. Learn a new language – there are so many free resources available on the internet. I have been learning German for the past few years so I can quickly list the tools I have found useful
    • Podcasts: I listen to one called slow German and you can listen and read the text at the same time on your phone by looking at the notes of the podcast​
    • Duolingo: this app has a free and paid for subscription that makes learning fun and engaging​
    • Games: there are so many free apps available that you can download and play that makes learning effortless​
    • Tandem Language exchange: this app is so cool you choose the language you want to learn and then you connect with people all over the world can have chats with them​
  2. Learn a musical instrument
    • If you are fortunate to have access to a musical instrument there is no better time to start earning. There are so many apps available to teach you – I use Yousician which has paid and a free options​
    • Playing a musical instrument is a full brain workout. You need to have special awareness, keep time, learn how to read sheet music. Very good to keep that bran matter sharp!​
  3. Cook up a storm
    • For some reason my default the last couple of days has been to cook. Maybe its because it brings me comfort as it reminds me of being home when I was little. Either way it still brings me comfort and I have been testing all those recipes I’ve seen but never had the time to try and new ones. Not a confident cook? Try! What’s the worst that can happen? You make something and it is a disaster? Like so many things in life, cooking is about trial and error and practice and not accepting defeat. Be brave. Make that panna cotta 😊 (by the way panna cotta is super easy I will post my recipe in another group)​
  4. Get fit
    • So if I see one more “Influencers” social media post about home workouts I may die of boredom BUT that does mean you can’t say there isn’t inspiration out there​
  5. Grow your own
    • I have been very surprised at how many plants in my garden are edible. Spekboom for example is extremely high in vitamin C and there has never been a better time to get all your vitamin C in!​
    • Below a link for a Spekboom, dandelion and wild garlic pesto I made!​
I would love to hear what all of you are doing to keep busy.

Stay safe
Nicolette xxx
 
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Judith_Seleke

Namaqualand Daisy
Hi Nicollete

Lockdown has been tough but I've been trying to use the time to brush up on my skills. I've been working on my excel and AutoCAD skills using YouTube videos and I've also managed fit in a bit of exercise everyday just to stop myself from going crazy. I love reading so I've found time to do that as well but overall I think I'll survive. I might just take your advice though and learn a new language, it could be interesting.

Best regards
Judith
 

Essie

Namaqualand Daisy
I have not done much to be honest but let me list what I have done so far:
  • Working on assignments ( I have 2 assignments due on Friday 1 for Data Science and the other 1 for Steel).
  • Washing dishes.
  • Learning how to play some songs I have always wanted to play on the piano via YouTube ( I have learnt 2 songs thus far).
  • Trying not to stress about my new horse getting African Horse Sickness as it is AHS season.
  • Trying to gain the courage to ride my new horse (he is very big 16.2 hh).
  • Reading some romance novels which I love doing.
  • Babysitting my niece and nephew.
  • Sneaking out of my yard to go buy chocolates while looking out for police, metro and army, but not seeing anything (Are they even working?).
  • Waking up early to take the cattle to their pasture.
  • Going on worldometers frequently to look at the coronavirus count around the world.
  • Playing Merge Dragons and Fishdom.

I would love to learn a new language, but I get bored halfway through the YouTube videos. I will have to try the tools you have mentioned.
 

Nicolette

Administrator
Staff member
Protea
Hi Nicollete

Lockdown has been tough but I've been trying to use the time to brush up on my skills. I've been working on my excel and AutoCAD skills using YouTube videos and I've also managed fit in a bit of exercise everyday just to stop myself from going crazy. I love reading so I've found time to do that as well but overall I think I'll survive. I might just take your advice though and learn a new language, it could be interesting.

Best regards
Judith
Excel is such a great tool! I use it everyday and can be really powerful if you start using the more advanced functions! Definitely a great skill to pursue!
 

Denise

Administrator
Namaqualand Daisy
One of my biggest challenges during lockdown has been maintaining some sort of routine with my kids. Many schools are setting up and/or already using remote teaching platforms, but there is still a big responsibility on the shoulders of parents to facilitate, especially with younger kids. I'll add some resources I've found really useful in the Babies and Children stream on the forum. Would love to hear how the ladies are coping :)
 
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