It’s week three (or more) for most of us in quarantine, and life is starting to get (dare I say) a little boring. Even if you’re still up to your eyeballs in things to do and little ones to care for, after three weeks of staying inside, it’s easy to just go through the motions day after day. But one great way to get out of that rut is to make it a priority for yourself and your family to learn something new!
There are so many companies and organizations that are teaming up right now to provide some great, free classes and tutorials for anyone and everyone to try! And what better time to learn something new than when you can’t go anywhere?
If you’re a parent, challenge your whole family to pick one thing to learn in the next couple of weeks! Have older kids with their own interests? Have every person pick one new thing to dive into. There are many great ways to stimulate your mind, push yourself to grow, and challenge yourself and your loved ones right now. Here are just a few ideas to get you started!
Free Online Classes
- The Science of Well-Being – Yale University has created a free, online version of their most popular course.
- CS50’s Introduction to Computer Science – Harvard University’s introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming.
- DuoLingo’s Free Language Classes – Learn a new language for free through the DuoLingo’s website and app.
- Yoga with Adriene – From yoga to beginners to yoga for reducing anxiety, Adriene will lead you through simple stretches to get you moving.
- Art Classes With Khan Academy – Although the program is aimed to school students, their Fine Art classes can be great for any age.
- Cooking Classes & Tips with Massimo Bottura – As the Chef patron of Osteria Francescana, this skilled chef walks you through some great cooking lessons on his Instagram page.
- Discover with TEDEd – Pick a new topic to learn about every day! Most videos are under 20 minutes and cover a wide variety of topics.
- Dust off that old guitar (or another musical instrument) and teach yourself via YouTube videos!
- Ask your spouse, your child, or a friend (over FaceTime of course) to show you all about their favorite hobby, then give it a try yourself!
- Make a plan for learning a new skill or hobby. Even if you don’t quite have all the tools or equipment necessary to start a hobby, you can still learn about it! Spend time creating a list of all the things you’ll need to start your hobby and then dive into some research, books, and/or tutorials about that hobby.
Learning something new is not a necessity, but it could give you that boost of energy you’ve been craving. When life becomes mundane and you’re getting antsy about staying inside, you can try one of these ideas to connect with yourself, your family, and the world around you. Don’t let this quarantine keep you from living and learning! Try something new today.