Are you searching for free things to do at home during COVID-19?
We have you covered.
There’s no doubt COVID-19 has turned everyone’s life in an unexpected direction.
Social distancing and self-quarantine are encouraging each of us to reassess our lives.
And when we say each of us, we quite literally mean every single person on the planet. Together, apart, we are all learning to navigate life with the coronavirus — and there are no exceptions.
Fight COVID-19 Boredom with These At-Home Activities
Staying home for extended periods of time is now the new normal — and we get it — as many of us are incredibly social human beings, it’s not easy to adjust to life without social contact or even the simple privilege of being outdoors.
As the recommendations to self-quarantine extend to April 30th, the reality of our current situation sets in.
Thankfully, there’s more to life indoors than the news that can feel downright stressful.
In fact, we must consider the obligation we have to take care of ourselves during such a sensitive time. We need to regulate our emotions, feed our minds with the good stuff to ultimately combat the bad stuff until it all dies down.
Today, we take you through things to do at home during self-quarantine and all the incredible freebies that the internet has made possible.
Yes, FREE stuff — because if there was ever a time that “free” sounded really good, it’d be now.
Free music concerts from the comfort of your home: #TogetherAtHome
First thing’s first, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the beauty of today’s world: live performances of Chris Martin from Coldplay are now available thanks to Instagram Live.
For his fans, he performed an acoustic version of “A Sky Full of Stars” along with a few other piano renditions. It was exactly what we all needed to simmer down into the moment and really appreciate the healing gift of music.
Afraid you missed it?
Luckily, you didn’t! Click here to rewatch the live stream.
Big props to Billboard for putting together an incredible list, with dates and times, of past and upcoming live streams and virtual concerts that we can tune into from our — dare we say — couches? ?
Here are some of our favorite upcoming forms of entertainment:
- Don’t miss Miley Cyrus’ “Bright Minded” Daily Instagram Lives as she features special names in the entertainment industry.
To name a few, think Alicia Keys, Millie Bobby Brown, Zelma Blair, Zion Clark, and many more. Tune in at 11:30 AM PT Mon-Fri via Instagram.
- Need a reason to dance? Tune into Diplo’s live set of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) as he performs across Instagram Live, Twitch, and Youtube starting at 10 PM ET on April 2.
- For our readers that appreciate a little bit of blues and indie rock, tune into Hozier via Facebook starting at 5 PM ET on April 3.
Free E-Learning Courses and Programs:
Need productive ways to get yourself through these uncertain times?
Try working towards a future goal you care about, brushing up on material you could benefit from revisiting or even learn something new.
Above all, this is an opportunity to redirect the energy we have been giving to the external world and channel it into our projects and/or learning experience.
This course takes you through methods to increase your own happiness and the how-to’s of building more productive habits.
With a 4.9-star rating, it’s not a bad option during our self-quarantine.
Furthermore, starting on March 30, it’s FREE!
To learn “happiness”, click here.
If you’ve ever envisioned yourself learning the art of photography or building on what you already know, take advantage of Dan Armendariz’s course titled “Exposing Digital Photography” via the Harvard Extension School.
The description of this course notes, “Upon successful completion of the course, students can expect to take photographs with an intuition of the camera’s behavior, and its limitations, and an ability to think critically about light and the resulting appearance of a photograph.”
The instructor details that this course is suitable for absolute beginners with no prior experience in photography.
Also, it’s free!
To learn about digital photography, click here.
Clever Girl Finance’s 262k Instagram following speaks to the quality of content they provide.
Most importantly, it speaks to the strong community that they’ve built.
Voted as one of the top personal finance websites for women, @clevergirlfinance is now offering all of their online finance courses for FREE!
Recommended Clever Girl Courses:
- What to Do if You Can’t Pay Your Bills on Time: Discover ways to alleviate the financial stress of paying bills during COVID-19.
- Budgeting: Learn how to create a budget that actually works. The best budget is the one that works for YOU!
- Destroy Your Debt: Create a debt repayment plan that works and pay off your debt faster so you can focus on pursuing your financial goals.
- Build Good Credit: Learn what you need to do step-by-step to build, improve and maintain your credit.
So, are you ready to learn finance? If so, click here.
As businesses suffer due to the pandemic, the income that many freelancers rely on has been impacted.
Adobe took notice.
Now available is a 2-month creative cloud subscription for the creative freelancers of the world who are looking to minimize costs.
Per T2’s recent article, this deal is offered to pre-existing users but they’re still unsure whether or not it’s offered to new users.
So, the moment we heard that Adobe was offering a free 2-month creative cloud subscription, there was only one thing left to do: head over to manage our current subscription. Consequently, we found that once our subscription was canceled, we were automatically offered the two-months free deal.
Interested in design?
Visit adobe.com to see if your account can qualify for the two months freebie!
A few days ago, Fender offered a 3-month free course for guitar, bass, and ukulele lessons to the first 100,000 people who signed up.
Due to the offer’s massive response, Fender has extended it to the first 500,000 who sign up for Fender Play.
Fender writes, “There’s no cost. No Catch. Just Music. We’re all going to be spending more time inside — so we might as well make some noise.”
To sign up for this offer, click here.
Are you a student looking to begin a new language or further your education in one that you’ve already started?
Babbel, a popular subscription-based language learning app and e-learning platform is now offering three months of free language learning to U.S. students through mid-June 2020 in any of its languages.
Babbel’s website says, “Whether you’re in kindergarten or college, you can take 3 months* of Babbel lessons — no purchase necessary.”
The languages for this program include Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Indonesian, and English.
To register as a student and begin, click here.
Free Mystical and Wellness Resources:
Tarot card readings are known to be an amazing tool when we seek guidance.
During these uncertain times, guidance can be a great thing. Thus, if interested, you can request a free tarot reading from Biddy Tarot.
Here’s what the Tarot reading via Biddy Tarot looks like:
- Complete the form listed on this page to request a Tarot reading
- You will be matched with the next available reader
- Your reader will be in touch via email with your free Tarot reading within seven days of your original request
- After your reading, you’ll be given instructions on how to submit your feedback
To request a tarot reading from Biddy Tarot, click here.
Yoga 8, the Melbourne based yoga studio, is currently offering free online yoga classes.
Due to Yoga 8’s extensive class selection, you’ll easily find a class best fit to your liking:
- Hatha Flow
To start your free yoga class with Yoga 8, click here.
The scientifically proven effects of meditation are astounding:
- Improved control of emotions
- Decreased blood pressure
- Drops in blood cholesterol
- Decreased insomnia
- Addiction cures
- Improved digestion
- Decrease of aging
The list really does go on.
With that in mind, why not take advantage of free online guided-meditation classes?
For anyone interested in free daily meditation sessions, check out @_aspace’s Instagram Live Streams at 8 am AEDT.
Also, A—Space saves their live streams for 24 hours!
As a result, no matter what timezone you’re in, you’ll never miss a class.
To participate in a meditation session offered by A–Space, click here.
It seems like we all share a valid reason as to why we can’t make it into the gym. ?
For that reason, it’s easy to skip a workout in its entirety.
But for those that have the motivation to workout from home, Orangetheory is offering a new workout every day to keep you strong.
These 30-minute workouts are led by some of your favorite coaches from around the world.
Most noteworthy is that there’s no special equipment necessary, though they advise that they “may ask you to scrounge around the house for some objects”.
Ready to create some positive momentum to start your day? Click here.
Keeping Busy Every Day at Home
We’re with you when you say this isn’t easy.
We weren’t prepared to spend all day, every day at home at such short notice. But before you say there’s nothing to do when you have access to WiFi — think twice.
With live music, other free online offerings and a little bit of dedication to learn and try new activities, you’ll soon find that this (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay home with the entire human population isn’t all so bad when you take out the “why we have to”.
Let us know in the comments how you’re spending your day at your residence!
Stay safe and inside everyone. #TogetherApart
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