7 new things to learn and master while under quarantine
Stop counting the days until this is over and start counting the ways you can better yourself during quarantine.
With social distancing still in effect across most of the United States, people have more time on their hands than ever before. While this time can be difficult and confusing for some, for others, it has become a catalyst for productivity and self-improvement. DriveTribe has even launched a 'How-To' Guides tribe for our wonderful community of DIY-ers to share their talents, and learn a few new ones along the way. Here are some of our favorites!
1. Learn to work on your car
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We are a car site after all, so of course we're going to tell you to put some of that time to good use under the hood of your pride and joy. Whether you're doing maintenance or even cleaning your engine bay, it will leave you feeling better about your ride, and it the result is something you can be proud of, and any excuse to work on your car, is a good one.
2. Learn to play an instrument
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There is no time like the present to find a way to express your creativity. In many cases, learning an instrument can help unlock new thought patterns which can improve productivity, plus you get to show off your skills to people. My Dad recently picked up his father's guitar and has been practicing every day since the quarantine began. He can play Margaritaville now, which makes sitting out on my back porch with him all the more enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing. With websites like Justin Guitar's and Fender Play, now's is the time to get a guitar and "learn how to make it talk" to quote The Boss.
3. Learn how to cook
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Let's face it, microwavable meals can only get us so far in life. As a recent college grad, I know that there is no better feeling than devouring a full plate of Pizza Rolls, but learning the basics of the culinary arts could help you make meals that are as enjoyable to make as they are to eat. Luckily, DriveTribe's sister site, FoodTribe is chock full of recipes to satisfy every palete out there. There are also plenty of YouTubers out there that make for a friendly face to help you learn how to cook. Some of my personal favorites are Mythical Kitchen, Binging With Babish, and FoodTribe's (and DriveTribe's) very own, James May.
4. Learn a New Language
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Just because we can't travel as freely as we could before the quarantine does not mean that we need to starve ourselves of the languages of the world. While you sit at your desk looking at cheap airfare to your favorite international destination, perhaps you could use that time to pick up a few courses on Duolingo and learn how to speak in the native language of that region. You've already thought about what you were going to wear when you got there, you might as well learn a few important sentences.
5. Try Getting In Shape
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There are plenty of things that we can distract ourselves with in our houses, but one of the things I've chosen to focus on recently, is myself. I found myself a pair of sneakers and started walking in my neighborhood, and with a healthier diet (thanks to learning a few new recipes) I lost 15 pounds. I was able to start working out and take better care of myself with the time I got my back into my day from not having a commute, you can do it to. That way we can all look incredible, just in time for a socially distant summer!
6. Learn how to meditate and relax
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Given the current climate, we all need to learn how to look inward at how we can emerge from this quarantine as better people. I struggle a lot with my new daily cycle, and all I want to do is get in my car and drive for hours on end. Having a healthy way to release that stress and tension is important, which is why I started using guided mediation as a means of relaxation. Meditation is hugely important and can help you unpack your thoughts and bring balance to your body and soul. With our busy lives coming a screeching halt, we have more time than ever before for our minds to catch up with our bodies, and with a seemingly endless list of guided meditations on YouTube, you owe it to yourself to take a moment to reflect and breathe.
7. Learn a new art form
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Art is one of the best outlets for those sudden bursts of brain activity. If you have the time, and the energy, start with a piece of paper and see where it goes. Maybe your art is more physical, and you decide that puzzles are your more your thing. Maybe you take time out of your day to sketch with your eyes closed. Art and Creativity go hand in hand, and can be great stress relievers as well.
However you spend your newfound time, don't let it go to waste. If you spend your time binge-watching something, make it something you haven't seen before, I know I've picked up a few TV shows in the past few weeks that I've been meaning to get around to, but I've also had plenty of time to focus on other things I've wanted to do, but haven't had the time to do them. If we all walk out of this with a newfound talent, then we will be THAT much more useful when everything starts back up again.
What's something you've learned to do during Quarantine? Comment Below!