The COVID-19 pandemic has forced most of us to stay at home. Suddenly our homes are playing multiple roles with them being a place to work, have fun and relax.
How can we combine the three,and how long can we do this without getting bored or worse…claustrophobic?
Luckily, we have technology, TV series’, books and well…Instagram! Being ‘entertained’ depends very much on the individual. Some people find excitement in reading a lot of books, others prefer binge-watching a series or movies on Netflix.
Sports are also an option. There’s been an increase in people exercising in front of their mobiles and joining others all over the world who are doing the same. Just follow Joe Wicks (@thebodycoach) on Instagram to see what I’m talking about! In the end, it’s up to people’s definition of entertainment.
I like a mix of everything; binge-watching is one of my favourites. I have subscriptions to Netflix and Now TV and I’m even considering Disney+ (it’s only £5.99 per month… I guess the ‘only’ is how they get you). Books are also a favourite when watching a TV series or movies gets repetitive. Hanging out virtually with friends can also be equally as good as the old pub night thanks to apps like Zoom and Houseparty. Who would have thought? Maybe everything is better with a glass of wine. Or two…
I’ve also started a volunteering job with LeanIn.org in London (this is part of the movement started by Sherryl Sandberg – Facebook’s COO), in addition to my main full-time job, to help our community of girl bosses remain connected during these turbulent times. In the past, we organised face-to-face events to discuss relevant topics relating to female empowerment and leadership but due to COVID-19, we have swiftly moved these events online.
Our first online event took place on Wednesday 22 April and was a great turnout. The team and I virtually meet at least once a week after work hours and keep each other up to date via WhatsApp and Trello. Getting involved in not-for-profit projects or charity work outside your normal day job also helps to keep you entertained and occupied – especially when you’re in lockdown. The fact that you’re investing your time in something that’s going to help other people is a very rewarding feeling too. For me, it’s a win-win.
About the author
Denisse Diaz works as a Marketing Director for London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) and London Academy of Trading (LAT). She has over 11 years’ experience in marketing specialising in Digital Marketing & Strategy. She has a track record of effective leadership, having managed and coached teams of 10+ world-wide, from junior to management levels.
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