Sivaliwe le country – the lockdown is upon us. As of 23:59 tonight, millions of South Africans will self-isolate as instructed by government for the next 21 days. The lockdown is a special protocol that requires South Africans to stay at home and restrict movement against the potential spreading of COVID-19. Authorities will only allow movement of citizens in special circumstances such as the purchasing of groceries and medical supplies as well as funeral services to name a few.

Although staying at home sounds absolutely fun and is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, boredom can easily set in. It’s a scary time for us all. Therefore it’s really important to remain positive and sober amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

Here are productive things to do when you’re stuck at home during the 21 days self-isolation period:

  1. Take a free online short course

Imagine being the holder of a Harvard qualification without actually leaving your room – at absolutely no cost. Coursera has a list of free short courses that you can take online and achieve a new qualification. They offer short courses that include; Computer Sciences, Data Science, Humanities, Business, Science, Art & Design, Engineering, Education and Teaching. Google also has a list of certifications that you could obtain for free, including Google Ad Words, Digital Marketing,  and Google SEO Marketing.

2. Learn a new skill

Now is the perfect time to learn a new skill. There are fewer distractions and you’ll need something to talk about when things are back to normal. Whether you want to learn to sing or improve your photography skills, there’s a YouTube tutorial for it.

3. Read books

Reading is so important because it develops your thoughts, supplies you with endless knowledge and lessons, while keeping your mind active and creative. Reading books helps to improve and develop language skills through diction and grammar

4. Exercise

While self-isolation might imply non-activity, our bodies and minds still need exercise to function well. Exercise obviously assists in weight loss efforts but also helps keep morale up and stress levels down during these challenging times. Exercise can you to boost your immune system – critical if we want to defend ourselves against possible infection of not just Corona virus but other illnesses..

5. Improve your CV

Now’s the time to update and polish that CV and LinkedIN profile. Try CV template apps and websites such as Canva to compile your CV, and have it stand out from the rest with the most creative designs.

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