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Last updated on Jul 7th, 2020 at 01:59 pm

While it might feel like the outside world is completely out of reach right now, there are many online tools and platforms that can be effectively used to replicate a sense of normalcy.

From virtual tours of some of the world’s most renowned museums to comprehensive online workout programmes, there are plenty of ways to keep you entertained and stimulated without ever needing to leave home. In fact, you might even learn a thing or two while you are at it!

While these are undoubtedly different times, this extra time does afford each and every one of us a unique and unprecedented opportunity to pursue our passions, stimulate our brains and realign our priorities. Make the most of the time indoors, and you will be sure to walk out feeling stronger, smarter, more fulfilled and ready to live your way again.

Here are a few simple solutions to keep you occupied during the lockdown:

Study a language

Always wanted to learn a new language but never had the time to get around to it? Now you do!

Thanks to countless apps and online tutorials, learning is now easier than ever before. YouTube offers a wide range of free language tutorials, whilst a host of language learning apps can connect you to a qualified contingent of various native speakers, who in turn can expose you to an exciting new world of possibilities.

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That way, once you are able to travel again, you will be able to talk the talk and enjoy an even more enriching experience.

Virtual tours

Looking for a way to explore the wonders of the world without leaving the house?

Many of the world’s most famous destinations, including the Louvre and the Vatican, now offer virtual tours, which you can enjoy at your leisure, without having to shell out for a plane ticket. This is also a great activity for kids if you are looking for new and interesting ways to keep them stimulated at home.

Here’s how you & the kids can take a virtual tour of the UK’s most fascinating museums

Online fitness

With gyms and other non-essential services shutting down for the foreseeable future, you might be concerned about the impact this will have on your fitness goals. But rather than trading sit-ups for snacks, why not consider tuning in to the countless available online fitness tutorials or downloading apps that offer you easy tips for at-home workouts.

During this period, many celebrities are also sharing their workout tips and hosting live sessions via social media, so tune in and keep your body and mind healthy throughout the lockdown period.

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Retail therapy

Yes, the shops might be closed, but that does not mean you cannot engage in a bit of retail therapy from time to time. Although window shopping is probably off the table, online outlets are still taking orders, offering you the opportunity to buy now and get it delivered post-lockdown, without having to contend with any crowds.


Since the COVID-19 outbreak, many suppliers have opted to provide audiobooks free of charge – both for adults and children. Audiobooks offer an excellent outlet for relaxation and can provide hours of entertainment for the little ones whilst confined at home.

Broaden your skill set

Ever wanted to take up tango? Brush up on your cooking skills? Or master the art of photography? Now is your chance to do so.

Thanks to the abundance of free YouTube tutorials covering almost any imaginable subject, you can put your extra free time to good use, pursuing new passions you might never have previously considered.

Reconsider your insurance

Now that you have some free time on your hands, you might want to think about relooking your insurance policies. For instance, if you are now working from home and previously had business travel included in your cover, you might be eligible for a discount or lower premium. Remember, should something go wrong during this period, you can also easily log a claim with your insurer online.

By Nthabiseng Moloi, Head of Marketing and Brand at MiWay Insurance. MiWay is a licensed insurer & FSP 33970. Ts & Cs apply.