In less than two weeks, it will officially be a full year since the world went into quarantine and the term Coronavirus became part of our everyday vocabulary. As many places have headed back into its second, and for some, even third lockdown, COVID fatigue has hit hard for many. After a while, there's only so many shows to watch on Netflix and places to walk to in your city. So, we decided to take it in our hands to do some research (tried and tested!) and curate a list of unique ways to shake up your quarantine life.
TAKE A DANCE CLASS
Nothing is more endorphin-inducing than moving your body and what's a better way to shake things up and brighten up your mood than having a dance party in the comfort of your living room. If the online workouts aren't doing it for you, try staying active with a virtual dance class instead. Dance company Run the Flex is currently offering their hip-hop workshop starting this March. No dance background needed. Their workshops, taught by founders Aaron Aquino and Nicole Rosove, are designed for beginner dancers as well as intermediate. The workshop, which will run for six weeks, include warm ups and conditioning, groove and drill sequences to help step up your dance skills, new weekly combos with song requests accepted and the opportunity for personalized feedback.
CHANNEL YOUR INNER PICASSO
If you have always wanted to get in touch with your creative side, what's a better way to do it than to channel your inner artist. The Studio Paint Bar is currently offering virtual painting classes via Zoom where you can learn how to paint from the comfort of your own home. The sessions, which take place every weekend, are guided by a professional artist to walk you through the process step-by-step. No art supplies? No problem. The studio also offers readily packaged paint kits that can be delivered right to your door.
HONE A HOBBY AND LEARN NEW SKILLS
If you're looking to hone new skills or pick up a hobby during quarantine, multifaceted Canadian lifestyle and well-being brand Embiria has curated unique experience kits which range from DIY scented candles to dried flower arrangements. Additionally, their signature workshops, which include Intro to Calligraphy, Bullet Journaling, Watercolour Painting and Macramé Plant Hangers, can now be brought to you with the option of having an expert Facilitator guide you in-person or virtually from the comfort of your home.
UPGRADE YOUR WELLNESS ROUTINE TO A NEW LEVEL
After a certain point, there's only so many face masks and bubble baths you can take before your wellness routine becomes monotonous. If you're looking to switch up your daily self-care practice, modern meditation and mindfulness studio Hoame offers a variety of virtual events which include meditation classes, soundbaths, crystal workshops and tarot card readings. The events are made for groups of up to 25 people depending on which session you are interested in.
HYGGE IT UP AND TAKE UP KNITTING
With so much time spent at home, why not up your cozy game and take up the most hygge of all activities - knitting. we are knitters offers knitting kits that can help get you started. You simply pick the best kit for you, depending on the level of difficulty, and a package is sent to your home which include the pattern, needles and all the yarn you need in order to knit your garment. Besides their knitting kits, they also offer crochet kits and petit point kits adapted to all difficulty levels, so you can make your most special projects.