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Self-Development During Quarantine

Staying at home was our dream before the global quarantine in 2020. Sometimes it is so relaxing to be at home for three days, but a month or even two of self-isolation can make life miserable and lonely. It depends to which extent you are extraverted or introverted. Extraverts cannot live without communication with relatives, friends, and colleagues. One-week numbness can make them go crazy. Introverts, on the contrary, feel comfortable when they do not talk to their fellows and acquaintances. So, it may be said that quarantine is some kind of a disaster for people with an active life. But how can we struggle boredom, loss of motivation, and depression during these hard times? What to do during quarantine after watching dozens of movies on Netflix, talking to all your family members, and doing a big cleanup? 

Quarantine is an opportunity to learn new material and become professional in the field you have always dreamed of. You just need a laptop or iPhone, and a reliable Internet connection. Here we have checked five best resources to get online education:

The knowledge you get on Edutopia works in education.It is devoted to improving the K-12 system.Teachers learn here some useful classroom tips and recommendations.

Coursera is a related website where you can study courses from top schools, institutions, and academies for free. They have courses from the National Geographic Society, Google, IBM, Amazon, Intel, and Stanford, Duke, Nanjing universities. It may suit you if you are looking for courses from different companies and business schools. Coursera gives in-depth knowledge and understanding of the material. 

edX is also a decent online educational platform for studying. It offers courses from prominent world universities like The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Princeton and McGill Universities, Berkley College of Music, and etc. Students can become experts in all fields, starting from Business and Management, and finishing with Social Sciences. The information is high-quality and goes with the times.

Alison is an online platform that has certificate and diploma courses. Disciples can learn business, technology, foreign languages, marketing, humanities, lifestyle, etc. If users urgently need a certificate, they can easily pass the modules and get it here.

Codecademy is another platform for learning to code. The uniqueness of this site is in its live practice window.The courses are structured into modules, and you do not have to switch the next one manually. Moreover, the site shows your progress.

Socializing

Prolonged self-isolation is why people get less socially adapted because they lack intimate talks, are exposed to pressure connected with the coronavirus. Contemporary technologies do not give us a chance to transform into a Robinson Crusoe. You may get in touch with your relatives and friends 24/7 via video chats on Instagram and video calls on Facebook. Send an unlimited amount of voice messages and talk to your dearest people. Post your daily activities on TikTok and Snapchat. FaceTime your acquaintances from all over the world. Quarantine demonstrates to us that a career is not the most important thing in life, but support and daily communication with those who love us is precious.

Art

Art is a healing therapy. It stimulates creativity and relaxes. So, isolate yourself and become the next Van Gogh. For example, you can do these activities:

Start a YouTube channel. You are talented, and you sing or dance professionally? You did not have time because you went headlong to work? It is about time to upload videos and hone your audience!

Sew some clothes for yourself. Have you been dreaming about a luxurious evening gown or a trendy tuxedo that cost an arm and a leg in the store? It is high time to sew it by yourself or with the help of a fashion designer. 

Make repairs. Your room does not inspire you and seems dull? Add colors and decorate your apartment. Hang a painting on the wall; buy roses or orchids, and put them in every room of your home. Your life will play with new colors.

Keep fit

The digital era helps people keep fit even at home. In the 21st century, you can download hundreds of applications to be in good shape. The App Store and Google Play Store offer exercises to improve your body. Also, you can learn kickboxing or martial arts using different applications. You do not even need dumbbells, just a motivated mood, and free space. If you feel the influx of bad thoughts, start a workout, and turn your favorite songs.

Mental health

Being adequate and calm is complicated at this uncertain time. The best advice would be to stay away from toxic people who undermine your confidence. It would be great to ignore fake and negative news. Talk only to positive individuals and even create a group of friends to give daily support to each other. Spend less time on social media and better do these activities:

  • Do yoga
  • Meditate
  • Speak to people who love you
  • Dream on
  • Spend time on your hobby

Cook food

During the quarantine, many of us might overheat and get the excessive weight that may spoil our self-esteem. We have to work on our eating habits and include plenty of fruits and vegetables into our diet. Avoid ordering junk. Everyone should take advantage of self-isolation. Study new intricate recipes and post them on Instagram if they raise the desire to eat.

Develop useful habits

If you overeat chocolate, go to sleep at 2 a.m., and drink five cups of coffee a day, then change your bad habits. It seems so difficult for the first time. Correct your lifestyle by rooting good habits. For example, when you get up, make your bed immediately. When you want to drink a cup of coffee with sugar, substitute it with a bottle of fresh water. Read this list of habits you can have:

  • Meditate
  • Take meals in the time
  • Exercise every day
  • Drink 2 liters of water
  • Learn a new language
  • Plan your finances

Films

You are a workaholic and do not like to waste your time on unnecessary stuff? The quarantine can teach you to relax and watch a movie with a glass of wine. We selected the list of the best and modern films from the Cannes festival 2019.

  • Atlantic
  • Bacurau
  • The Climb
  • Beanpole
  • Frankie
  • A Hidden Life
  • Young Ahmed
  • Les Miserables
  • The Lighthouse
  • Light Joe
  • Once upon a time in Hollywood
  • Parasite
  • Portray of a Lady on Fire
  • The Dead don`t Die
  • Sorry We Missed You

Music

If you want to be on a cloud nine, do not forget to turn on popular music or just some hits you like. Music that we like gives us good vibes and charge of powerful energy for the whole day. Listen to these songs:

  • Dua Lipa – Physical
  • Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – Rain On Me 
  • Post Malone – Circles
  • Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
  • Harry Styles – Adore You
  • The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
  • Sub Urban – Freak
  • Megan Thee Stallion – Savage
  • Tyla Yaweh – Tommy Lee
  • NLE Choppa – Walk Em Down feat. Roddy Ricch
  • Roddy Ricch – The Box
  • Young Doc – Intro
  • Drake – Toosie Slide
  • Marshmello & Halsey – Be Kind 
  • Jonas Brothers ft. KAROL G – X 
  • Sam Smith, Demi Lovato – I’m Ready
  • TONES AND I – DANCE MONKEY 
  • Jack Harlow – WHAT’S POPPIN
  • Rod Wave – Heart On Ice
  • Trevor Daniel – Falling

Reading

It ought to be your habit if you accomplish to be successful and smart. Reading makes us interesting interlocutors. We can make friends easier if we read a lot of the right books. Good books make us better and sophisticated. We prepared a list of books that will make you a smarter person:

Fiction

  • ‘The Paying Guests’ by Sarah Waters
  • ‘A Town Like Alice’ by Nevil Shute
  • ‘The Vegetarian’ by Han Kang
  • ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho
  • ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley

Non-fiction

  • ‘H is For Hawk’ by Helen Mcdonald
  • ‘Hiroshima’ by John Hersey
  • ‘Out of Africa’ by Isak Dinesen
  • ‘The Beauty Myth’ by Naomi Wolf
  • ‘Fever Pitch’ by Nick Hornby

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