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30 March 2020

A “how to” guide to staying at home!

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“There’s no place like home.” Everyone knows this saying and it’s now being put to the test in a big way during the corona pandemic. Our top priority is to stay at home and avoid social contact. #stayathome

Not leaving the house and making yourself comfortable within your own four walls – for some, this may sound like the perfect weekend, while others will be asking themselves how to use the time.

There’s no magic formula for this – but there are plenty of ideas. Try something new that you wouldn’t normally have the time for – on your own, in an online exchange or in the “nuclear family”.

Hand lettering – learning how to write beautifully

This awakens memories of primary school days: way back when letters were copied as blockletters and later joined-up. But this can also be learned in its most beautiful version – at the same time, it’s good practice for your next birthday card. Warm-up exercises and hand lettering alphabets are available on the lettering and graphic design website Papier-Liebe.

Brushes and brush pens are particularly suitable for hand lettering. However, you can use other pens if these are not available. It is important to make the downward lines wider.

Hand of a woman is doing a sketch.
Hand lettering: easier than you think. First, you practice the letters, then words and sentences. (Photo © natalialeb / adobe)

More than painting

Not everyone has a natural gift for drawing – and yet (almost) everyone can learn to draw. Three points are especially important for this: practice, practice and even more practice.

Equipped with pen and paper, you will find plenty of subjects in your own home that are just waiting to be drawn. Hobbeasy has step-by-step instructions if you have the motivation and just need to know the basics. 

Hand with a pen is doing a sketch.
It doesn’t take much – just pen and paper – and you’re ready to go. (Photo © Syda Productions / adobe)

Feel-good factor: cleanliness

Ever heard of the term “cocooning”? It comes from the word cocoon and it means withdrawing from the world into your own four walls – the perfect word for the current situation.

The right basis is important here: cleaning and tidying up doesn’t sound like fun at first. But it’s worth investing the time to do it since you’re now spending a lot of time in your own home. Household games, such as matching up socks on a countdown, make it easier to find the necessary motivation. Tips for spring cleaning and sustainable DIY cleaners are available here

Woman is sitting in a chair and relaxes.
Tidiness and cleanliness are the basis for lovely days at home. (Photo © BestForYou / adobe)

Making memories: this time will pass – everything will be fine 

So, you’ve spruced up your home and this should be commended: by drawing attention to your home and, of course, its occupants, through home photography.

Simply let your creativity run wild and take pictures of what comes in front of the lens – your home, your family and, thanks to the self-timer, the photographer. Just one small tip: we often look our best in natural light. 

Mother, Father and son are doing a selfi e in a bed.
Taking pictures isn’t just for holidays – you can also capture everyday life and a new way of spending time together. (Photo © Jacob Lund / adobe)

Don’t forget to keep fit

You shouldn’t neglect your fitness schedule even though gyms and sports clubs are currently closed. Lack of exercise can quickly become a problem as most of us are spending the majority of our time at home. A walk during your lunch break can work wonders here.

And you can even go beyond a walk and work on your dream figure. With the help of the 5 Tibetan Rites, a beneficial sequence of yoga exercises, or with high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which quickly gets your pulse racing. You can find a variety of workouts online to keep you fit this spring.

Woman is doing sport in front of a notebook.
There are a whole range of online sports sessions – now the only thing left to do is to overcome your inner couch potato. (Photo © Jacob Lund / adobe)

Food makes you happy

Continue the creativity in the kitchen! Trying out new recipes is fun and is also great for your palate. You don’t necessarily need many ingredients for this. Simply use what you find in your cupboards.

An ingredient-based recipe search is helpful for this: There’s a possible use for every type of food thanks to Restgourmet, Chefkoch and many more. Simply enter food into the query form and find out what you can conjure up from it. This is a good way to dare to try out new recipes. And by the way: you’re allowed to improvise!

An applepie on a table.
Flour, butter, sugar, fruit – most of the time you don’t need many ingredients. (Photo © petrrgoskov / adobe)

Other countries, other languages

Those seized by wanderlust can take the time to prepare for their next trip – linguistically. If you can communicate with locals on holiday using more than just gestures, you will get to know the country and its people better.

Online language courses, such as Babbel and many more, for beginners and advanced learners make it possible to learn a language using just your smartphone. And for those who are lacking someone to talk to, tandem platforms provide the opportunity to find partners with whom to practice what you’ve learned. The exchange then takes place online – via video chat or telephone.

Woman is consulting a doctor on a tablet.
Getting to know new people – without leaving your home. (Photo © rh2010 / adobe)

Keeping your mind in shape

Lots of school pupils and students are slowly becoming familiar with the situation: learning without even setting foot in school or university. However, the internet offers many personal development opportunities for those who no longer have to take exams.

There are online offerings for every area of interest. Whether programming via programming courses and tutorials from the search engine Edukatico, playing the guitar with tutorial videos byJustin Guitar or tying fishing knots with the Fishing Knots app: you can use this at home to focus on yourself and your own goals.

Man is playing a guitarre in front of notebook.
The Internet makes it possible – many courses and coaching sessions can also be taken online. (Photo © astrosystem / adobe)

Book club 4.0

Read more – a classic New Year’s resolution. It often goes out of the window after a few months and you have to constantly remind yourself to do it. If you’re lacking the motivation to do it alone, you can set up a digital book club – a good opportunity for a regular exchange with the loved ones you’re unable to see at the moment.

Of course, not all of our friends have the same books on hand. But delivery services make it possible. For example, the Berlin book shop Uslar & Rai offers a bicycle delivery service.  

Woman sits on a bed and reads a book.
Pre-programmed relaxation: a cup of tea and a good book – the content can later be discussed online. (Photo © petrrunjela / adobe)

Quality screen time

Game evenings, cooking evenings or dinners together – due to the current isolation, many arrangements can’t be carried out. But this doesn’t mean plans have to be cancelled: spending time with your loved ones using a screen is also an option.

Video calls make it possible to continue to get together. A screen for all participants is the only requirement.

Woman cooks in a kitchen in front of a notebook.
The advantage of a digital cooking evening: everyone can cook their own favourite dish. (Photo © vadosloginov / adobe)

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