13 Things You've Been Meaning To Do But Never Had The Time...Until Now
Redecorate your home
Turn your space into a sanctuary, because if anything's going to make this temporary period of isolation enjoyable, it's having a home you want to spend all of your time in. Buy those artworks or prints you've always admired (a great way to support artists during this time), invest in some beautiful furniture and adorn your home with lush, oxygen-giving plants. Maybe even consult a Feng Shui master like Thierry Chow.
Check out our Homes section for inspiration.
Curate your home bar
Elevate your home bar game with everything from natural, biodynamic wines to premium sake, artisanal spirits and even pre-bottled cocktails from one of our favourite bars—all of which can be delivered to your door.
Experiment in the kitchen
Always wanted to perfect a new dish but never had the time? Keen to join the growing cult of home chefs baking loaves of sourdough? Break away from your routine of quick-and-convenient meals and really sink your claws (and teeth) into a new recipe—whether it's slow-cooking a comforting stew or ragout while working from home, or baking something special for a birthday or anniversary spent in quarantine. Home cooking will never be the same.
See also: 7 Best Online Organic Grocery Stores In Hong Kong
Support local restaurants
We and Tatler Dining Hong Kong recently introduced #UnitedWeDine, a new initiative from March 16 to April 30 to support restaurants around the city—from Michelin star awardees to independently owned eateries. Rediscover Hong Kong’s incredible dining scene by making a booking or ordering delivery or takeaway from a restaurant you've been meaning to try, and win some very special prizes while you're at it.
Find out more at unitedwedine.hk
Try a new workout
With online classes and fitness apps that put everything from HIIT to weights, yoga to pilates and more at your fingertips, there's no better time to switch up your fitness routine and try something new. If you've always worried you might look silly in a dance class, now's the time to try it out in the safety of your living room.
See also: 7 Online Workouts And Fitness Apps To Try At Home
Invest in better self care
Without the need to rush out of the house in the morning or run around to different meetings and events, you've been given the rare and wonderful gift of being able to take your time. Instead of hurried showers, take a long bath with essential oils. Instead of rushing through your skincare routine, enjoy it for the daily ritual of self love that it is. Instead of filling your head with the doom and gloom of daily news, pick up books that uplift and inspire.
See also: 7 Meditation Apps To Calm And Guide Your Mind
Clean out your closet
Need to make space for all of that online shopping you've been doing? Declutter your wardrobe and check out our list of where to donate unwanted clothing in Hong Kong to find out how you can give old clothes a second life, while supporting sustainable fashion initiatives or providing basic needs to the city's less fortunate.
See also: Eco-Friendly Style: 8 Sustainable Fashion Brands To Shop Now
Make your own coffee
It's one of those resolutions that many people make but very few keep: making your own coffee so you're not spending money on it daily, while adding to the shocking amount of waste that comes from coffee cups and lids. Invest in some quality beans, a sturdy machine and enjoy.
See also: The Trending Dalgona Coffee That Everyone Is Making During Coronavirus Quarantine
Foster a rescue dog or cat
Now that we're spending most—if not all—of our time at home, it's the perfect opportunity to reach out to a local rescue centre and volunteer as a foster. Animal shelters can only provide for so many animals, and they rely greatly on fosters to care for rescue cats and dogs that are waiting to find their forever homes.
Check out charities like Paws United Charity, LAP, and Hong Kong Dog Rescue.
Take up photography
Perhaps you've always wanted to experiment with film photography, or maybe you've got a DSLR collecting dust in your closet. With plenty of online workshops available and time to spare, now's the time to brush up on your skills. When it's time to go on your next adventure, you can look forward to having more than just iPhone photos—but something truly tangible and meaningful—to show for it. Which brings us to our next point...
See also: 20 Hong Kong Photographers On Instagram Who Capture The Soul Of The City
Plan your next trip
It's important to have something to look forward to once all of this is over. Start researching for that epic vacation you've always dreamt of but never had the time to plan, whether it's watching the Northern Lights from a hot tub, healing mind, body and soul at a wellness retreat or spotting wildlife on safari in Africa.
Check out our Travel section for inspiration.
Gratitude journaling, the daily practice of writing down the things you're grateful for, bullet journaling and other forms of day-to-day documenting are a soothing, meditative practice that encourages us to slow down and reflect. It's easy to feel overwhelmed in uncertain times like these, and getting it out on paper can help lighten the load and put things in perspective. Treat yourself to a beautiful notebook (I'm personally partial to a Moleskine) and get busy.
Call your mom
...and your dad, and your grandparents, and whoever it is that you've unintentionally drifted from because life got in the way. Social distancing and quarantining can get lonely, but thanks to apps like WhatsApp, House Party and FaceTime, you never have to feel like you're going through it alone.
See also: How To Keep In Touch In A Time Of Social Distancing