The time spent during lockdown can get excruciatingly dull and monotonous — there’s little room for variation when we’re confined to our homes. But on the bright side, being under lockdown is giving us a ton of downtime to be productive. Other than focusing on our family or careers, we can also pursue new skills and knowledge during our lockdown free time.
If you don’t know how to start your lockdown learning journey, we’ve rounded up some life skills that you can master during these distressing times.
There’s never been a better time to focus your gaze on the heavens and learn astronomy. As light and smoke pollution lessens due to travel limitations, the skies have been significantly clearer — giving you an unobstructed view of the heavenly bodies during nighttime. Spend your nights outside to stargaze and map out where constellations and planets lie. To further deepen your astronomy study, you can download astronomy apps like the official NASA App or Skyview where you can find star maps and more information on celestial objects.
If you want something a little more challenging, you can try to learn a new language during lockdown. More than just something that you can flex during parties, learning a foreign language will look good on your resume, can become handy during your travels, and keep your memory sharp. If you want to take it easy, languages that are close to English like Spanish or French are a good place to start.
Or, if you’d really like to challenge yourself, why not learn Chinese or even Thai? The former has more native speakers in the world than any other language, while the latter is a country where the majority of people do not speak English at all, and it would be fun to learn to communicate with them in their own language. Expat Bets’ guide to learning Thai points out how the language is highly phonetic, which means that learning it can be a good gateway into other phonetic languages like Vietnamese and other Asian languages. Though it can be a bit difficult at first, a little practice and dedication can go a long way. So, download a language-learning app like Duolingo or Babbel to give you a head start on your foreign language study.
Whether you’ve got a green thumb or not, gardening is a great way to pass time during lockdown. What’s more, gardening can help you find a sense of fulfillment during these uncertain times as you can closely watch your plants grow. There’s a huge variety of ornamental and edible plants to choose from — and most are low-maintenance and need only minimal supervision. If your home doesn’t allow for an outside garden, The Independent’s guide to lockdown gardening notes that you can always get tiny to medium-sized plants that you can put on your balcony or window sill.
Furthermore, gardening has some other benefits, too. There’s a lot of life lessons to be learned when you take a deep dive into gardening. Psychology Today highlights how patience and acceptance are some virtues that you can develop once you start tending to your own garden. It can take a while to see any growth with your plants and not all of your plants will grow and survive. With gardening, you can better support your mental health and keep yourself grounded during lockdown.