Given the mass outbreak of Covid-19, it’s important for us to practice social distancing and self-quarantine ourselves, if possible. However, this doesn’t have to mean cutting yourself off from the world and resigning to a life bound to your sofa or bed, having nothing to do. Life on this side of the world moves fast too, and given the chance to look on the brighter side of things, this can be the time for a lot of us to do what we otherwise would be too busy to do.
To keep yourself from going stir-crazy, we have put together a list of things which will not only help you bide the time but also entertain, and educate.
Tour museums on your phone
Google Arts & Culture has partnered with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to allow users to tour the museums through their electronic devices. The list includes: British Museum in London, The State Tretyakov Gallery in Russia, Guggenheim Museum in New York, as well as the Museé d’Orsay in Paris.
Get into yoga
With the closure of all gyms in the UAE, a lot of us are left without our professional fitness equipment and workout schedule. Although plenty of exercises can be done from the comfort of our homes, this might also be the time to get into yoga. Not only will it aid in easing any panic and anxiety caused by the global pandemic, but it will also help you stay in shape — all you need is a floor and a mat. Free to download Android and iOS applications like Yoga with Gotta Joya, Daily Yoga, and Yoga-Go are great for beginners looking to familiarize themselves with yoga. The made-to-measure settings can be customized to create personalized programs based on the time of the day, duration of the classes, meditation mantras, and much more.
Slow down by reading a book
Four decades of Peter Lindbergh‘s sartorial storytelling are brought to life with more than 400 of his monochromatic photos in a touching tribute featuring commentaries from many of the industry’s greats, including Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, that reveals the unforgettable legacy of the late legendary photographer.
From Hollywood star to European royalty, Grace Kelly lived an anything but ordinary life. Lauded as a style icon and a longtime muse for the house of Dior, Kelly had a wardrobe that embodied the elegant retro glamor that fails to ever go out of fashion. This illustrated book explores her relationship with the French label through archival footage and an interview with former artistic director Marc Bohan.
Dive into Vogue fashion director Tonne Goodman’s illustrious career with anecdotes from over 20 years of expertise styling the rich and famous and behind-the-scenes snaps from some of the most famous shoots of our time.
Travel and fashion often go hand-in-hand, so what better way to journey into the world than through the eyes of some of America’s most acclaimed designers. Packing tips, destination recommendations, and must-visit retail spots from Tory Burch, Donna Karan, and more fill the pages of this unique travel guide.
This New York Times bestseller sparks a much-needed conversation between hundreds of women from various backgrounds on the way clothing shapes our individual lives and how the sartorial decisions we make connect our values with our appearance.
The feeling of buying ample books and not picking up to read even one is not a stranger to a lot of people. As well as holding the power of taking you to an entirely different world, books can also help you step back and reevaluate your goals and aspirations, depending on the book you choose.
Catch up on your favorite shows, or start a new one
While we don’t recommend staying glued to your screens for the entirety of your quarantine period, catching up on series can be an effective way of taking your mind off of things for some time. From thrillers like Narcos, and La Casa de Papel (Money Heist), and documentaries like Broken, and Explained, to shows brimming with positivity like The Good Place and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, there’s something for everyone on Netflix.
Strengthen your bond with your loved ones
Even though some of us may not be physically present with our friends and family, getting in touch with them through a text or a phone call has never been easier. There are many ways of connecting with those who live across the world but this is also a time when we should check up on those who are close by and strengthen our relationships with them which are otherwise ignored. Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner (March 21), here’s a guide to gifts anyone would love to give and receive.