An unprecedented worldwide lockdown is a history in the making. Extremely rare events such as this are witnessed only once in a lifetime or two. Although this is a very difficult time, with the Indian lockdown being extended once already to 3rd May 2020 and on the verge of being extended again, it is time we adapted to this environment. By adapting, I mean we must stop worrying about when this will all come to an end and start thinking about ways to get through this period better and unaffected as much as possible. 

There could be no better time for some personal development and growth than this. While many do realize this, some are confused as to what to do. Besides spending quality time with your family, completing household chores and just unwinding from the stress of work, here are some of the things you could do during the lockdown to improve yourself as a whole:

E-Learning

One of the most affected sectors due to the COVID-19 pandemic is the education sector with millions of students worldwide losing valuable school time and missing out on lessons. But, there are numerous ways to access their lessons online.

If you are a student or have kids who have missed lessons due to the lockdown, this is a great time to catch up and maybe even do some extra learning. Some great online learning platforms like Extramarks, Toppr, and Pearson offer amazing online classes for a multitude of competitive exams and grades. Online platforms like edX, Coursera, and Udemy offer online courses from top universities from all over the world for free. Utilizing these platforms to develop your skills and learning new things is a great way to reinvent yourself for the post-pandemic world. Shakira recently completed a philosophy course from the University of Pennsylvania during this lockdown. 

Other platforms like Skillshare, Brilliant, and Lynda offer you, online classes, to improve or learn new skills like design, art, photography, and filmmaking among many others. 

Reading

A fairly often repeated suggestion, but hear us out. Reading is exceedingly one of the most underrated activities nowadays as most remain hooked to TVs, phones, and computers binge-watching TV shows one after the other. This was our number one way to kill time even before the coronavirus and lockdowns. Reading is a great way to broaden perspectives and writing skills, while also learning a myriad of things you probably otherwise would not have. You could call it the indoor equivalent of traveling. Once you develop a reading habit, it will be one of the most enjoyable activities on any given day. Reading is also a great way to unwind and relieve stress. If you find reading through a book difficult, apps like Audible provide you a wide range of audiobooks to sit back and listen to while sipping on your evening coffee. 

Network digitally

If this is not the best time to utilize social media, there will never be any other. Using the internet and the plethora of social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and WhatsApp to socialize and keep in touch with your friends and family is a good utilization of your lockdown time. This is also a great way to start and develop relationships with acquaintances and new people and get to know them before you can meet them in person post the lockdown! Seeking out mutual friends and starting up a conversation with them could most definitely lead to new friendships. Catching up with old friends through social media is another great way to spend your time during the lockdown.

Personal Growth

Another great way to network digitally with friends or to make new friends is through the Houseparty app. This app lets you play several fun mobile games on your phone with your friends while also being on a video call with them simultaneously. The app also lets you join other random people and interact with them through video calling and games. This is as close as you can get to hanging out with your buddies in these troubled times! 

Popular online multiplayer games like PlayerUknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile(PUBGM), Catan, and Ludo King are fun ways to spend some time with friends and family. 

While some see this as a painful period to get through as quickly as possible, others consider this a great opportunity for self-development and personal growth. We have to realize that this is probably the most amount of time we could get to spend by ourselves in our lifetime. Making the most of it like a true opportunist would certainly help us in the long run in tremendous ways. 

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