Isolation hacks, wherever you are

Isolation Hacks
Last night, I downloaded Houseparty to hang out with my best friends and this morning had an intense dance core session. Dancing in the house counts as a workout, right?
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Right now, many of you might feel like giving up on your usual daily schedule, but all is not lost…

While boredom and anxiety during this period is normal, remember that we are all in this together. The secret is to create and tweak a healthy routine for yourself and try and make the most of these odd times.

CREATIVITY AND FASHION

Those of you in the creative industries who are used to doing practical work must be feeling restless right now. Cooped up in our rooms, opportunities to take photos, craft garments and style shoots are all pretty much off the table right now. It looks like we’ll have to get a little more creative, prolonging the planning process until we’re allowed back out into the real world. But, industry veterans have not forgotten us, and are engaging with online platforms.

  • The National Chamber of Italian Fashion has announced that it is prepping new digital formats to benefit brands and other fashion industry bodies during the originally-scheduled lockdown period, while the French Federation has also revealed that it is working to set up alternative ways to keep fashion going.
  • Sarabande, the foundation established by the late, great Lee Alexander McQueen to help bolster creativity and support visionary talent, is bringing its renowned series of arts lectures, The Sarabande Sessions, online. Now, free of charge, you’ll be invited to access the mindsets of some of the fashion and art world’s most esteemed figures.
  • Dazed is offering free digital copies of its summer issue here.
  • Here is a list of creative ideas to do at home as recommended by everyone from Manolo Blahnik to Harris Reed.

FUN AND GAMES

Games are a great way to distract yourself from negative news and an opportunity to connect and socialise with your  loved ones.

  • It’s finally time to dust off all your board games and finally learn how to play chess! Here are some Games You’ll Actually Want to Play as an Adult to keep you busy until the next digital happy hour.
  • If you don’t own any board games, or maybe you don’t have flatmates around, not to worry! There are plenty of options online, from the classics like Monopoly and Scrabble to newer stuff. Here’s a list with useful links for you to have fun.

ART SEEKERS

Art can be a great escape from the flood of news social media updates. Take the time to indulge yourself in some of the best artsy stuff online.

  • Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room was the centre of a Tate retrospective, slated to open in May this year, although the current climate has put paid to this plan. The exhibit features two of the Japanese artist’s Infinity Rooms and is her largest installation to date, an artwork so popular that a 30-second selfie rule was implemented to stop people from taking so many pictures. Infinity Mirrored Room is now accessible online via a streamed video of the esteemed creative’s celebrated work.
  • The Serpentine’s art goes digital: while the gallery buildings are closed, the Serpentine’s work continues. Collected here are some of the ways you can interact with its programmes through online exhibitions, digital commissions, podcasts and special broadcasts.
  • MoMA PS1 is throwing an all-day streaming festival, Come Together (Apart), starting at noon. It will include DJ sets, workshops, filmmaker talks, and a documentary screening.
  • The International Center of Photography is hosting its March Community Day online. RSVP on the website and to access the tour, along with workshops and audio guides.

WORK, AND UNSTOPPABLE WORKAHOLICS

Working from home (WFH) has been a growing trend in recent years that is very likely to be more broadly adopted by companies even after this isolation period is over. Remote working gives you and your colleagues freedom to manage your time, prioritise, and respect individual productivity rhythms, all while exercising discipline and good communication.

  • Even if you’re not normally a fan of remote working, now is the opportunity to get up to speed with new technologies such as Zoom video conferencing and online workspaces like Slack. Reach out to WFH veterans and ask for their tips.
  • You can still do effective work: this is the time to turn technology to your advantage. Set a good routine for yourself, even if you’re staying at home all day. Methods like the Pomodoro timer can help with time management.
  • Adapt yourself to new needs and market opportunities: here are six businesses that are booming during the outbreak
  • Stay updated on news and the economy. What is happening around us will substantially impact our lives and shape our new habits.

GYM BUDDIES

We all know by now that working out is important for our health, so closed gyms do not mean cancelled workouts.

  • Run or walk in the park (observing social distancing, of course), take a cycle, dance, or tune into online classes.
  • Stretching is a must. Discover Heartcore online classes that allow you to train from home. No equipment required except your body.
  • It’s normal to feel anxious and overwhelmed during a period like this, so there’s never been a better time to start or pick up your yoga practice. Apart from the physical benefits, meditation helps you to manage your emotions better, ground yourself and be mindful.

GET YOUR READING FIX

Do you have a stack of books that you’ve bought but never had the time to actually read? You’re not alone, and this is the perfect opportunity to get stuck into them.

  • Between Two Books club is offering weekly author inspirations and essays on their official account during these tough days.
  • There are plenty of free e-books on Amazon, virtual libraries and other platforms.
  • Authors have picked some of their favourite books for you to read during the quarantine, from classic novels to essay collections.

MOVIES AND CHILL

Cinemas are closed for the time being, but we are not short of online options for binge-watching movies and series.

  • Check out the many opportunities to enjoy amazing movies and series on Netflix, Prime Video and HBO Go.
  • Movie Director Wes Anderson has shared a self-isolation movie watchlist. Your daily dose of pastel references.
  • 5 queer short films to watch at home during self-quarantine

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