The pandemic didn’t come alone – it brought along with it lockdowns, anxieties, worries, frustrations and mental breakdowns.
As everything in the outside world was coming to a stop, commotion started in the inside world of our homes, which became the new location for all our operations, And going online for every small thing, became the new trend. Our home- sweet- home turned into a work station for professionals; schools and coaching institutes for students; hangout places for friends; yoga and gym centers for the fitness freaks.
After some time, even animals and birds started thinking, “Where are the humans?”
Well, The humans were busy figuring out how to bring their life back on track by staying-in. They were brainstorming with double, triple the usual speed to normalize the new normal and within a span of 3-4 months, the world had gone from offline to online.
Things that we thought were impossible to happen on smartphones or laptops were made possible. Children who were earlier asked to stay away from their gadgets, were now forced to attend classes on those same deviceslaptops, elderly of the house were handed tabs to play games, meet their friends, listen to bhajans and enjoy themselves, and laptops turned into offices.
And while eventually we’ll probably get used to this new norm where everything is happening online, surely there has to be more to it than just that? Surely there’s some way to venture into this digital world while still maintaining our past values right?
With that in mind, here is a list of 3 common, and 2 unique ways to impart life in a virtual world, and bring back the joy that has been missing since all this began. These are ways to have unbelievable fun – and without blowing a hole in your pocket! Let’s jump right in.
Common, Fun Ways to a Good Time
1. ONLINE READING SESSIONS –
Imagine you are in the comfort of your balcony or garden and you get a chance to attend a live reading session by your favorite author? Sounds like heaven right?
Or else if you love reading and believe that you can read a novel in your own way and make it all the more interesting, you yourself can organize a virtual reading session and keep the floor open for all.
2. ONLINE HANGOUTS –
Online hangouts with friends and family through the plethora of video conference applications is a great idea. Interacting with loved ones, though online, can make you forget the distances between yourselves, and you’ll all spend a nice trip down memory lane, and in engaging whole heartedly in fun, witty conversations.
Virtual DJ nights and late night parties’ are also great fun. There are multiple pubs and lounges who are all trying to put their innovative foot forward by organizing live parties, so that your weekends can still be full of fun and you don’t lose track of what day it is.
3. ONLINE FITNESS –
Yoga is a great way to keep your mind and body fit in these times. Let’s make the most of it by especially doing breathing exercises and keeping ourselves healthy.
From Dyrp, to Zen Yoga, to Zoga, there are so many choices to choose from for your online sessions and that too for free. Go burn that lockdown fat that you have accumulated over the days of home-cooking.
Now let’s look at some Unique (and Inexpensive) Ways to Have a Great Time
1. ONLINE SPIRITUALITY –
As per, World Health Organization, health is defined as “a state of complete mental, physical and social well-being; and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
The need of the hour is not only physical health but also mental health. With uncertainties about what future holds, lack of your own space at home, no way to let the steam out, it is very important that we pay heed to our mental health by indulging into various spiritual activities like meditation, chanting, listening to motivational gurus and stay mentally uplifted.
2. ONLINE ESCAPE ROOMS –
One of the best ways of enjoying the real on reel . The Online escape rooms are the perfect source for me to escape the real world and help me relive the adrenaline rush moments. There are various options to choose from, so if you love crime scenes or mysteries or ghosts, they have everything in store for you.
Choose the genre you like, keep on solving clues after clues and escape the room before the time ends. And one game is certainly not enough. You will keep asking for more.
In these tough times, be a source of joy and hope for all the people in your immediate environment, be it your family, friends, someone you couldn’t talk to earlier because of our hectic schedule; every single individual matters.
Let’s do our bit to make the virtual world the new normal. And as they say “the going gets tough, the tough get going”, let’s gear up and keep ourselves uplifted and as the unlock phase is going on.,
stay home, stay safe, stay in high spirits.