Such is the hustle and bustle of life, that we are often left with no time to express our passion. Apart from the work that we do in the office, a considerable amount of time is wasted in traveling to and from work. As millennials, we have been a part of this culture for far too long to even realize the harm that it is doing to us.
Perhaps for the first time in our lives, we are free from pressure. The pressure of excelling in extra-curricular activities while ensuring that our academics are not hampered. The pressure of doing well in competitive exams to land the best college seats. The rat race of landing oneself a dream job and excelling in it.
Today, in the midst of quarantine, we find ourselves with a lot of time to retrospect on our lives. This also leaves us with ample time to work on something that we have always wanted. Here is how you can productively use this time.
Art & Craft
As a generation, we are people who like to show off our skills in social media. While the older generation may look down upon it as something narcissistic, I feel that competition brings out the best in an individual. So, make the most of this free time to indulge in artistic activities.
Now, there are two sets of people. The first are those who are good painters, sketchers, and artists. For them, this is a golden opportunity to create something beautiful and show them off to the world. The second lot is those who haven’t given much of a thought to art in the past but want to explore their creative side during these quarantine days.
Videos like this will give you a headstart into this field and, who knows? By the time you come out of the quarantine, you may well have found your true calling.
This may sound like something from ‘Baba Adam ka Zamana’, the fact is that this hobby has evolved with the times (only we haven’t paid much heed to it). During this quarantine, Amazon is giving several of its bestsellers for free on Kindle. The best part? You do not even have to own a Kindle for this! Download the Kindle app from PlayStore or AppStore and login with your Amazon credentials.
What are you waiting for? Log on and usher in a good habit.
Another primitive skill that is of particular importance to people of this generation. In the hustle and bustle of life, we get so wrapped up in the heart of things that our body and mind often give up. This is the reason for the alarming rise in the cases of anxiety and depression among millennials.
One of the best ways to prepare our body for the stressful post-quarantine days would be by learning the art of meditation.
These virtually guided meditation sessions will help you make it a regular habit. Not only will this calm your mind, but it will also lead you to a more productive version of yourself.
Take up a new hobby
I am sure there is some hobby that you would have secretly dreamt of pursuing. For some, this may be calligraphy whereas for others it may be knitting. If you feel that you are locked up alone in your room with no one to support you in these ventures, think again!
If you want to treat your taste-buds while in quarantine, there is no better way than taking to cooking or baking. With home delivery of essential commodities in most Indian towns and cities, procuring the raw materials will be an easy task. Post that, YouTube is a good teacher. You know that right?
Unlike the past generations, we do not get anything easy. From competing to get a job, we are on a constant journey of outdoing our peers and getting promotions. In such a scenario, the quarantine may be the best time to master all those professional skills that you always wanted to but fell short of time. Multiple platforms like Coursera, Udemy, and Upgrad offer professional certifications that can be taken from the comfort of your homes.
Thus, as you see, the quarantine is more than just a few days of sitting back and relaxing. If utilized properly, this will help you rediscover yourself and break free from the monotonicity of everyday life. For as they say, sometimes you need to disconnect from the world to reconnect with yourself.
Here’s wishing you the very best in this journey and a happy and fruitful quarantine.