How to Make the Best of
As we are all going through a rough time at the moment, we thought about sharing some tips with you on how to be responsible during crisis time, while finding new ways to enjoy your self-distancing time.
By Marie-Ève Venne
Develop some cooking skills
Listen, we don’t expect you to turn into a super chef overnight, but having to restrain your outings might be the best occasion to work on your cooking skills. The New York Times offers online cooking school with video lessons, while BBC has a great selection of cooking videos for people with a variety of skill levels. If Youtube is more your jam, you can also find plenty of great videos, such as Basics with Babish by Andrew Rea, a cooking show that reinforces crucial foundational aspects of cooking that you might need.
Discover new bands
Nothing is more soothing for your soul (and nerves) than escaping the world for a few hours while getting lost into the perfect playlist. Even though you might not be able to see your favourite artists on tour this spring, it’s the perfect time to dig a little deeper into your favourite albums or discover a few new songs that may not have been your radar otherwise. We strongly suggest that you take a look at Bonsound and Heavytrip websites, featuring Canadian artists that will amaze your ears and take your stress away for a moment.
Order from a local restaurant
Following the temporary closure of many restaurants, after Prime Minister François Legault has asked restaurants to limit their capacity to 50 per cent, many of your favourite eateries have come up with the option of creating a special menu for takeout service. While we don’t want to encourage you to splurge like the world was about to end (cause no, it won’t), it might be the best option to show some love to local businesses. You can find here a list (frequently updated) of Montreal restaurants now offering the option.
Shop online from Canadian designers
It is important, now more than ever to keep on supporting our Canadian designers, especially with many of them having to close their physical stores. You can continue to shop from local businesses, by going online and picking your ultimate “but I still want to look good while staying home” outfit. Not sure where to start? Take a look at the extensive list on The Metropolitan Fashion Cluster.
Learn a new language
With a little bit more time on your hands, you can use mobile apps to improve your language skills, such as Duolingo. It addresses reading, writing, and pronunciation by challenging you with a wide range of activities. You can quickly pick up the basics without even realizing it. Another great thing about the app is that you don’t even have to speak English to use it. The app also works for French speakers who want to learn German, for example.
Practice safe sex
It has been scientifically proven that when you orgasm, your body releases the hormone oxytocin into the bloodstream. Oxytocin, typically known as the ‘love’ hormone, can decrease stress. This is why LELO is encouraging us to use their new toys in the safety of our bedroom, while practicing some self-distancing with our partner. Give each other (or yourself) some well-deserved pleasure with LYLA™ 2, a remote-controlled bullet vibrator offered with a wireless remote.
Don’t forget to laugh
Let it all out thanks to Netflix’s comedy specials. These days, you don’t have to buy tickets or DVDs to see good comedy: You can stream it straight to your brain from your internet pipeline. Netflix boasts an impressive collection of stand-up specials, such as Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis, Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial and Marc Maron: Ends Time Fun. You can also watch the best sketches from SNL and Comedy Central directly on Youtube.
Treat your skin
Now more than ever is the best time to try all those moisturizers and serums you’ve been hoarding at home. Don’t forget you don’t just eat your vitamins; you can also put them on your skin. Topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin, repair it from sun damage and they also have natural sunscreen properties. The best time to apply them is right after cleansing, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.