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Stay home and stop the spread of Coronavirus 13 tips to switch off

You are stranded at home because of the coronavirus. The situation is unprecedented and, naturally, you wonder how to spend your time and how to keep your children motivated for the foreseeable future.

Daytime television can be very boring and watching the news 24 hours a day would be a disaster for your mental health. Here are 20 ways to keep yourself busy at home during the health crisis. In fact, there are 21 but "20 things" has a better ring to it.
 1. Ask your family and close friends how they are

Experts have been telling us over the past 4 years that social media is the worst thing in the world. Ok, let them send pigeons to their family during the crisis, but we will continue to contact our friends and relatives on social networks. Nothing beats a real moment with family or friends, but Skype, Whatsapp or Insta connect you so quickly that you can all be reassured and show them how much you care about them.

2. Wear your very worst clothes or sort your closet

You're home and are happy not to meet your overdressed friend; your boss is not going to point at the tiny tomato sauce stain on your sweater and your wardrobe is full of old-fashioned or stained clothes …You have two options: either get rid of them or wear them.

3. Cook your old cans

Your aunt who loves baked beans to excess (!) left them in your kitchen when she last visited? The promotion on canned soups was irresistible and you have had them for over 6 months now?
Take a wise decision: open your little culinary treasures and enjoy your meal.

4. Make your Coronavirus playlist

Your physical health is not that bad but, let’s be honest, you are worried about your mental health. You are all by yourself and feel lonely. The good thing is that no one will criticise your singing or unique dancing techniques.
Sing to your heart’s content and make a thematic playlist that will cheer you up. "I will survive" by Gloria Gaynor is a must, so are "I Want to Break Free" by Queen, and "Stayin Alive" by the Bee Gees. Go on, try it!

5. Do Spring cleaning

You are trapped within 4 walls? Turn your home into a pleasant cocoon for yourself and hopefully soon, for your friends and family. Sort your items, empty your drawers, find some money in your armchairs and save it for your next holiday.

6. Get back in touch with your survivalist friend

We all have a friend who has lived in conspiracy theories for a few years and who is taking survivalism courses. You've made fun of him in the past, but he knows how to make a fire or grow his own carrots. Get back in touch with him in case you need his skills!

7. Wash your hands like Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor ‘s video on how to wash one’s hands to survive the coronavirus went viral on the Internet. Do you think your own hands are clean? What about the hands of this guy who has just got out of the toilets without washing his hands and paid for his coffee with the coin that is in your pocket now? Yeah, washing your hands is always a good idea, even once the Coronavirus has gone.

8. Learn a language before you go on your next holiday

Do not say "Gracias" in Portugal, "Grazie" in Croatia or just nod and smile in Greece, learn a few words before your next trip to Europe!
“I love France” in French: “J'adore la France”
“It's good to be back” in Italian: "E bello essere tornati"
“Spain is my favourite destination” in Spanish: “España es mi destino favorito”
“Thank you very much” in Croatian: "Hvala ti puno"
“A cocktail in the largest of your glasses” in Greek: "Ένα κοκτέιλ στο μεγαλύτερο από τα γυαλιά σας"

9. Learn to meditate

Have you been listening to the news all day and could do with a giant Xanax to help you sleep and wake up when it's all over? Take a mat or sit on a chair, download a mindfulness meditation app. Close your eyes, breathe, relax…
Stress can lower our immune defences dramatically. Reduce your daily stress and control your emotions and thoughts.

10. Follow destinations on Facebook and Instagram for your next holidays

Follow the destinations of your travel wishlist on Facebook and Instagram. Follow Colmar for lovers of magical places, Cavtat and Visit Algarve for summer holidays, Zagreb, Budapest and Strasbourg for the Christmas markets. Stay connected and plan your next holiday by discovering what to do in each of your dream destinations.

11. Build yourself a dream body for the summer holiday (who knows?)

Spring is coming now and you realize that you have been wasting your time moping around the TV or your smartphone and eating take away meals? Why not take advantage of this period at home and download a fitness app.

12. Spend time with your children

If you're lucky enough to be able to take care of them, make the most of the situation. Children grow up fast and they need you at these times. Are you short of ideas? Try making origami or print mandalas. It is also an opportunity to realize how important teachers are who take care of them throughout the year.

13. Plan your next holidays in sustainable tourism destinations

"We must change our behaviour!". For the past few years you have been aware of your impact on the environment. The next step will probably be to choose a closer destination for a holiday: your region for example or a neighbouring country, to taste local, regional products, to support artisans, restaurateurs, bed and breakfasts.
We invite you to discover one of the sustainable tourism destinations labelled "EDEN" by the European Commission for their commitment to respecting the environment. Nearly 90 exceptional destinations await you for a sustainable holiday and unforgettable experiences in incredible landscapes.

Source: European Best Destinations

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