Here’s a list of free online resources you can get while in lock down
If you'd like to learn something new or just want to be entertained, then this list is for you. From cooking classes to exercise and education, you'll find something to fill your time.
Last updated 11 April 2020
As we head into 21 days of lockdown, some of us will have extra time on our hands. While there is nothing wrong with binge-watching Netflix until your eyes bleed, it may be worth checking out some of these online courses or goodies you can access for FREE. And if you’re working throughout (I am able to work remotely), you’ll still have weekends and evenings and these all look awesome. I’ve divided it up into the following categories:
Field trips (travel, virtual tours & live animal webcams)
I’m going to be updating this list, so please check back often or bookmark it for future reference.
A few weeks back, I wrote about MasterClass– which is not free, but if you’re into learning new things from the pros, then check it out.
You will still be able to go to the supermarket, so getting basic ingredients is not a problem. Just make sure that when a recipe calls for a cup of flour, that you don’t go and buy five 10kg bags.
Marvel has made some its comics free. Usually, the service would cost US$9.99 (which as of today is R190 per month), but you can get some of your favourites on the website or apps (available on Android and iOS).
It is a good time to taste a few things and see what you like. Who knows your next career might be waiting for you? Or at the very least you would have realised that perhaps Data Science isn’t for you.
A course I started recently, is one of Yale’s most popular courses ever called The Science of Well-Being. It has always been free but now seems like a good time to focus on well being and happiness. I am only on week 3 but already it has made such a difference. I decided to start it a few weeks ago after I burst into tears for seemingly no reason and my sister recommended it. It uses science to show you that the things you think will make you happy don’t necessarily and it shows you how to be happier.
HeadSpace, the meditation app, is offering aseries of free meditationsto help us deal with the pandemic. There’s one for relieving stress (10 min) and another, which I’ll definitely be using, for when you’re feeling overwhelmed (3 min).
While travel is off the table, for the time being, it doesn’t mean you can’t go on virtual tours. So sit on the couch in your PJs and get ready to travel for the price of data. A great resource to check out is Google Arts & Culture. It contains virtual tours, fun facts and is in my opinion just awesome.
You know a few weeks ago some people were coining it by live-streaming themselves sleeping? Well, these are nothing like that. Check out Explore.org/livecams for more. They have an excellent selection of live cams.
Apparently habits are formed in 21 days. Here are some online classes that will get you moving. Although you may go for walks alone during the lockdown, keep a safe distance from people while doing so.
Habits are built in 21 days. I can’t be a lazy piece of shit for 21 days
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