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Self-isolating in a Digital World

As of 15th April, the hashtag #stayhome had been used over 18.9 million times on Instagram. It’s what we’re constantly being told and reinforced to do to save the lives of many, and as it turns out, it’s never been easier to still feel like you’re ‘living’ while self-isolating in your own home.

The world as we know it has changed, but the digital landscape is what's really come to life during this current period. It’s a world we’ve become increasingly more familiar with. The powers of the internet, streaming and social media have probably never been more utilised or appreciated than they are now.

While we are unable to enjoy new experiences, create new memories or develop new skills outside of our homes, it doesn’t mean we aren’t able to do it indoors - and more often than not for free! At the touch of a button we can now enjoy National Theatre performances, cookery lessons courtesy of celebrity chefs, host virtual get-togethers with friends and family, participate in-home workouts with top personal trainers or immerse ourselves in a myriad of virtual sports.

After much research (and to avoid just sitting and watching Netflix) below are a selection of activities team IC have added to their ‘to-do while isolating’ lists:

Learn to cook - Various vendors at Borough Market are sharing delicious recipes, articles, videos and also to our delight, streaming online cookery classes on Instagram Live! One of our favourites is Bread Ahead who have so far gone live with tutorials to make sourdough loaves, hot cross buns and Bakewell tarts. Delicious.

Get fit - There are too many programmes to mention for getting fit at home! You can do PE with Joe Wicks and your children at 9 am each morning, download the Gymshark app and have free access to a whole range of workouts, tips and advice, or just head to YouTube for endless workout videos that can be enjoyed/endured from your living room. Whatever your preferred option, the excuse of ‘we couldn’t make it to the gym’ sadly can’t be used - so as long as you’re healthy, get moving!

Learn a new skill - In the essence of learning new skills or just honing our design talents, Adobe offers multiple short videos to get you started with their Creative Suite apps. Alternatively, if you’re a budding photographer then take a look at Nikon who are offering a range of inspiring presentations from the world’s best photographers.

Explore - Google Earth allows you to take a trip around the world from the comfort of your own sofa. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, countries and cities you’ve always longed to visit (but haven’t made it to yet) or discover the beauty of national parks around the world. Or simply take a moment to experience all the wonders the world has to offer.

In addition, for something out of this world, NASA’s free Space Center Houston app allows you to explore virtual reality experiences, take astronaut selfies, and follow an audio tour of its educational space centre.

Play music - Fender Play is offering three months of free virtual guitar lessons. The programme comes with short lessons, a variety of songs and tools that help you track your progress - you'll have to provide your own guitar though.

Enjoy live performances - The National Theatre is broadcasting some of its most popular productions for free. Showing during the lockdown every Thursday night at 7 pm and available online to view for seven days afterwards.

Watch sports - Now that the 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed until 2021 and with no live sports, Ticketmaster is allowing you the opportunity to relive the magic of the 2012 Olympic Games in London by compiling an incredible combination of footage for people to enjoy.

Alternatively, if you want to enjoy sports such as motorsport and others virtually then keep an eye out for our forthcoming post on virtual sporting events.

Learn to dance - Step by Step Dance provides even those with two-left feel the opportunity to learn to salsa, cha cha cha or waltz! The dance school streams nightly virtual dance classes and posts them on their Facebook page for everyone to try.

Catch up with friends - There are multiple video messaging platforms to keep up with friends. Houseparty is our preferred app to use for get-togethers such as pub quizzes, dinner parties or to enjoy a happy hour as it allows up to 8 people to video call at once.

Do something cultured - While many of the world's finest theatres and museums are temporarily closed, you can visit the Golden Age of cinema or marvel at an architecturally stunning opera house in Europe by taking a digital tour of performing arts centres around the world with Google Arts & Culture.

In addition, The British Museum has a free interactive timeline that allows users to explore artefacts from ancient civilizations around the world. Their virtual exhibits let people focus on different topics and themes, such as "living and dying," "power and identity," and "trade and conflict," all from different continents and eras.

What do you think of the list above? Will you be joining us in enjoying some of the activities, or maybe you feel like we’ve missed some out? Let us know. We’re all in this together, so let's make it as enjoyable as possible!

*Accurate at time (15th April 2020)