7 New Skills To Learn During This Isolation Period

It’s been a week of staying safe at home and doing our part in flattening the curve during this MCO period. While it’s given us a chance to finally catch up on the things we wanted to do before the COVID-19 outbreak, some of us may find ourselves lost once we’ve checked everything off our list. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of things to you can do to keep yourself occupied and learn a skill or two! Read on below to see how you can utilise your time while in isolation.

1. Learn your skincare ingredients

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With so many products out there to aid almost all skin types and concerns, it’s so easy to choose one just by reading the description. But what really matters is the ingredient list behind the package as you may unknowingly apply an ingredient that’s harmful to your skin or the environment. While it may look complicated and intimidating, skincare YouTubers Mixed Makeup, James Welsh and Hyram make it so much easier to understand ‘em. Hyram even has a video dedicated to reading ingredients! Grab your own products and start looking them up!

2. Master a new language in 48 hours

It may seem like a stretch, but if you have nothing planned for the day (or week), then why not? Pick a language you’re most interested in and start practising via YouTube, free smartphone apps like Duolingo and Memrise or even TV series and movies to strengthen your language skills. Keep a notebook with you and jot down the words you’ve learned so that you’ll have a better memory of it.

3. Learn fast and easy recipes


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Kill some time and keep yourself busy by attempting to create fun and unique recipes. During this MCO period, try your hand at mason jar recipes and microwavable desserts like chocolate peanut butter mug cake or bread pudding – they’re super simple and won’t make much of a mess too. And if you’ve not tried the viral Dalgona coffee recipe that’s circulating around Instagram, this is the perfect time to get on the bandwagon and try the other variations like Milo and Matcha Dalgona.

4. Get your creative juices flowing


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Ever wanted to get in touch with your creative side? Now’s your chance. If you have the tools and materials, set aside some time to prep and work on your project. Look up some tutorials on YouTube or Instagram and level-up your art skills whether it’s watercolour painting or fashion illustrating. If you’re in for a fashion challenge, try upcycling your old clothes too.

5. Start a vlog and edit it yourself

When you’ve got a camera or smartphone, the world of vlogging is just a click away (with the help of some video-editing tutorials). There are a bunch of beginner lessons online to teach you how to edit the way the pros do it via the computer or phone. So go ahead and start documenting your day, activities and thoughts and show off your new video skills.

6. Learn DIY home-spa recipes


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For a lot of us, staying home for weeks amidst the COVID-19 outbreak can take a toll on our mental health. So it’s important that we practice some self-care rituals to calm the mind and body. One of our favourite ways is by taking relaxing baths or showers with spa treatments that use simple household products. Beauty and lifestyle YouTuber Rachel Talbott is all about DIY treatments and has some pretty cool recipes to enhance your shower or bath experience.

7. Learn a full dance choreography

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We’re sure by now you’ve seen several TikTok videos on social media and if you know where we’re going with this, hear us out! This is one activity that’ll keep you occupied throughout the week and help you burn some calories while you’re at it. Plus, there’s nothing like the feeling of mastering a full choreography perfectly! Get yourself into it with dances like Doja Cat’s ‘Say So’, the ‘Renegade’ dance and Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Savage’ (shown above). But if you’re not ready to jump on the bandwagon yet, check out other cool moves to Dua Lipa’s ‘Physical’ and Roddy Rich’s ‘The Box’. Happy dancing!

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