Countries around the world are implementing measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus from national quarantines to school closures.
We can see many cities for the first time without the choking traffic, dirty air and honking horns that have so often made them intolerable. From New York, Washington, San Francisco to Frankfurt, Berlin or London, York, from Dublin to Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City to Sydney, Seoul to Jakarta and many more.
More than a haft of the planet's population is under some form of restriction. People are recommended or required to stay at home and practice social or physical distancing, quarantine or isolation measures. Businesses and restaurants are shuttered and the once bustling streets and tourist havens are silent.
Sure, you’re trapped inside for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean your only options are binge-watching television or sleeping all the long day or FaceTiming relatives for the umpteenth time, only to discover they’re feeling just the same as they were yesterday.
Instead, learn something new! Believe it or not, there’s plenty you don’t know. Here’s a list of top 9 life skills, plus links to free online tutorials from professionals, designed to teach you skills to both while away the indeterminate stretch of time in front of you and improve your quality of life during — and after — quarantine.
How to stretch your lower back.
About 80 percent of Americans have a bad back, and all that time spent on the sofa watching “Tiger King” is only going to add to the legion of the lumbar-impaired. According to Southeast Chiropractic, every year Americans spend $50 billion on back pain.
In just 5 minutes you’ll learn five moves that should elicit a pleasing crack from any ailing back. Roll out the mat, down on your knees and try each position for immediate relief. Checkout the Kelly's free guide "Easy 5-Minute Stretch To Release Lower Back and Hip Pain" for more details.
Kelly is a certified Personal Trainer with NASM, a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, and has her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University. Trust Kelly Collins to show you more how to do.
How to cut your own hair.
Personal hygiene and fitness standards are bound to suffer during quarantine. So, take another shower and reapply makeup and, if you’re honest, it’s time for a haircut. If your hair is straight, you can use these three methods to make sure your DIY cut is nice and even. Patry Jordan's clips will have you looking your best for yet another night at home.
How to make ice cream in 5 minutes
All you need is milk, cream, vanilla, half a cup of sugar, salt, ice and plastic bags. Jerry James Stone of Stone Cooking knows how to make delicious homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker.
How to get followers on social media.
It’s not that you’re so needy that the approbation of strangers motivates you, but who doesn’t want lots of Twitter followers? On Laura Price's channel, she breaks it all down for you here — how to be consistent with your branding, identify your audience and try not to be everything to everyone to get followers on social media.
How to make edible slime.
Because who among us has enough slime to eat? And once you learn that edible slime is essentially heated Sour Patch Kid candy, you might never get enough. There’s a little more to it than heat and candy. Trust Talisa Tossell to show you how with her three simple methods.
How to teach your dog to roll over and play dead.
Isn’t it about time Rover did his part in this crisis? Dog trainer Zak George provides progressive steps toward completing this simple trick that can be taught without ever leaving your chair. In just 4 minutes, he will guide you how to teach your dog to roll over, play dead, sit & lie down.
How to perform the Heimlich Maneuver.
Everyone knows what it is but few know how to do it. What if you’ve gone out of your way to protect loved ones from infection only to have them choke on a chicken bone? Captain Wayne Bennett of Disaster Survival Skills LLC is not about to let that happen. He lays it out for you here in four minutes that could save a life.
In his video, he teaches you how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver steps in a choking emergency for adults and infants. It is all about technique rather than power. Learn when back blows are acceptable and when chest thrusts are needed. Learn to do abdominal thrusts correctly.
How to train your cat to use a toilet.
First they came for the toilet paper, then there was none. Next they’ll come for the kitty litter and leave you with a tray full of reeking cat poop. So, train the puss to use the potty. Watch mild-mannered Sebastian in his training toilet, a litter box placed inside the toilet, and gradually make both your lives virtually cat-poop-free.
How to fix a running toilet
You’ve been putting it off for weeks but that running toilet needs to be fixed. It’s costing you extra on your water bill and it’s wasting something Southern California has precious little of. Home Repair Tutor Steve White lays it out here in easy steps to shares several methods for fixing a toilet that keeps running. Your toilet tank has a fill valve, flush valve, and flapper. And it's these parts that ultimately lead to the toilet running.