Introverts are thriving.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to put daily routines on pause and practice social-distancing. If you’re not swamped with online classes or have the privilege to work from home, this isolation might leave you twiddling your thumbs aimlessly.

Kyle from South Park twiddling his thumbs

Aside from the physical effects of COVID-19, isolation can also cause major damage to your mental health. Sitting around doing nothing for days can often lead your mind into some dark places filled with uncertainty and fear. From loneliness to anxiety, many (especially students) have experienced the unspoken effects COVID-19 has had.

On the flip side, all this time has given many innovators the chance to produce some amazing technology to keep all of us connected and out of those dark places. From online nightclubs to virtual tourism, there are many ways we can stay busy and safe during a pandemic.

Here are 5 ways to keep busy the safe way:


1. Party with Club Quarantine 

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In an effort to help flatten the curve, the Ontario provincial government ordered bars and clubs to temporarily close. As safe spaces for the queer community began to shrink, creators Mingus NewBrad AllenAndrés Sierra, and Casey MQ established Club Quarantine as a way to re-connect.

Via Zoomvirtual party-goers can log in with the club meeting’s custom ID, which is posted on their Instagram bio at 9 p.m. daily. As long as you’re following party-etiquette, such as putting yourself on mute, limiting song requests, and allowing space for queer individuals, you’re free to hang out, dance along to guest DJ’s, and support local drag.

There are many other apps you can use to connect with your friends from afar, including Houseparty, which allows for groups up to 8 to video-chat. Check out more ways to keep your social life intact while social distancing!


2. Pick up a hobby via LinkedIn Learning

Bob Ross painting and saying "everyday is a good day when you paint"

Did you know that as a student of Humber or Guelph-Humber, you have a free membership with LinkedIn Learning? This is the perfect time to brush up on some workplace skills or hobbies you’ve been putting off learning.

LinkedIn Learning takes skills you’ve listed on your LinkedIn profile and recommends online courses to help you master those skills and apply them in your career. Better yet, any courses you complete will be added onto your LinkedIn profile for potential employers to view. From software tutorials, like Adobe and Microsoft, to more creative skills, like painting or photography, you are sure to be busy once you get started on a LinkedIn Learning course.

Get started by clicking either Humber’s LinkedIn Learning login portal, or Guelph-Humber’s LinkedIn Learning login instructions. From here, you’ll be able to unlock loads of education to kill some time in between those Love is Blind episodes.


3. Become a virtual tourist

Dogs barking at art in gallery

Missing the sculptures at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)? Had a date planned at Casa Loma? Wanting to shoot some pucks with the greats at the Hockey Hall of Fame? You can tour major attractions in Toronto and abroad right from your bed (and without pants).

With over 13 million pieces of artwork, The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) allows you to view these objects with their online catalogue. The AGO also has its collections available for viewing online. If you’re wanting a first-person experience, Casa Loma, the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the Legislative Assembly of Ontario provide 3-D virtual walking tours.

Need something to watch in-between Shark Tank episodes? The Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has a live shark feed for you to toss on while working on assignments.

Looking for attractions that are more global? Google Maps is always fun to explore! Some interesting sights to see include the Airplane Boneyard in Arizona, The Great Pyramids of Egypt, The island of Aoshima, (aka Cat Island) in Japan, and the ancient city of Myra in Turkey.


4. Take a virtual fitness class

As more businesses begin to temporarily close to promote social-distancing, Toronto gyms are starting to bring the gym to you! Using Instagram’s live story feature, you can break out a sweat with free fitness classes from some of your favourite gyms. Now’s a great time to explore some studios you’ve been wanting to try out.

Yoga meets pilates meets dance at Misfit Studio; this music-centred fitness studio is hosting modified versions of their most popular classes on their Instagram live daily. You can keep up to date on their next class by following Misfit’s Instagram account.

If you have booty bands and a mat, you can take part in 6ix Cycle’s new classes. Hosted on their Instagram, you can tag 6ix Cycle in your post-sweat selfie and become apart of their growing community of cyclists.

When you finish up your workout, take part in Hoame’s daily meditation. You can practice meditation right in your living room by following along with their Instagram Live.

For more Toronto gym’s going virtual, check out BlogTO’s extensive list. Not into fitness classes but want to stay active? Check out these tips on staying active while on isolation.


5. Attend a virtual concert 

Little girl from Mean Girls dancing in front of tv

Transform your bedroom into the Scotiabank Arena by tuning into your favourite artist’s free online concert. Belt out shamelessly in the comfort of your own home and connect with your favourite celeb more intimately.

You can always count on Miley Cyrus to pull something together during a crisis. Cyrus hosts a daily live stream on her Instagram, interviewing special guests on “how to stay LIT during dark times.” Tune in at 2:30 p.m. (EST) to catch Cyrus on her new series #BrightMinds.

Diplo has been hosting a DJ set live through his Instagram for viewers to tune in and party. You can catch his sets at 9:00 p.m. (EST).

Keep up to date on Billboard’s Facebook page to tune in for the latest Billboard Live At-Home performances. Previous live streams included (one of my fave artists) Kiana Ledé and X Ambassadors.

Between learning a new skill, visiting the Seven Wonders of the World, and attending a concert, your time spent in isolation will fly-by! 

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