Feeling sad because you’re going to be stuck at home this Holy Week? Don’t be! Be proud that you’re part of #TeamBahay and keep boredom away with these activities:
Start a cleanup!
You don’t have to start by emptying your house of the junk that you’ve accumulated over the past year. You can start small, by just cleaning up the unnecessary files from your smartphone or your laptop.
Learn new stuff using your smartphone.
As long as you have an Internet connection at home, you can learn everything from a new recipe to a new language. For starters, you can watch cooking videos on YouTube or just search for recipes online and experiment in the kitchen. Or you can download apps such as Duolingo and Memrise to help you learn a few phrases from a foreign language during the break.
Better yet, you can check out Coursera. This website and app allows you to take up classes on various topics, from arts and sciences to business, from top universities around the world. And it’s all for free!
Try a workout.
Since you have all the time in the world during the break, don’t just spend it all on lounging on the couch. The Holy Week break is the perfect time to start on a workout regime, even if your gym is closed. Just go on YouTube and search among the thousands of free exercise videos on the site, from yoga and Pilates to HIIT routines and Zumba. We even have a list of quick, 5-minute exercise videos on the site to get you started.
Create an at-home spa treatment.
You don’t need to go out for a spa experience—you just need to prepare what you need beforehand. Before you go on break, start stocking up on items such as face masks, body scrubs, scented candles, incense sticks. Then clear a space in your bedroom for your DIY spa treatment. Once that’s done, you can now start your pampering sessions using all those items you’ve gotten. If that’s too taxing, you may also try calling one of those home spa services for an at-home massage.
While relaxing, you can read that book you’ve always wanted to read, whether it’s a paper copy or on the Kindle app on your smartphone or tablet.
Go DIY and get busy creating.
Bust out the knitting needles, the coloring materials, and the craft scissors. The long break is the best time to start on a craft project. And if you have no idea where to start, again just hop on YouTube and watch all the videos on that site regarding crafts.
Invite friends over instead.
If you can’t go to the party, then let the party come to you. When you have a bunch of other friends who are also stuck in the metro, just call them up to invite them over. You don’t need to spend much for food and drinks, too. Either say that it’s potluck and ask people to bring food over; or just have food delivered to the house and split the bill when everyone’s arrived already.
Explore your neighborhood.
Hop on your bike or lace up your running shoes, then head out your front door for an adventure that’s not too far away from home. With everyone out of the metro, there’s less traffic out on the road—both in human and vehicular terms. That makes it the perfect time to go around in your community and check out spots that you would otherwise miss on a busy weekday. You can even strap on your GoPro and film all your escapades.
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