Happy Easter Apr 12, 2020
Six activities to keep you entertained at home this Easter weekend
We wish a safe and happy Easter to all our members and their families. In these times, it may seem challenging to celebrate anything, but it’s probably even more important to find reasons to celebrate. We thought we’d help everyone enjoy themselves this long weekend with six things to keep you entertained in isolation (chocolate Easter eggs optional).
- Develop your culinary skills
When our daily routines have been disrupted by something as dramatic as self-isolation, it’s easy for healthy eating habits to fall by the wayside. On the flip side, self-isolation could mean you have extra time to kill. Remember that collection of cookbooks that have been gathering dust, or those bookmarked websites, or food videos you watched on YouTube that you never got around to trying? It could be worth spending some time honing your cooking skills this weekend. Try that recipe, prepare a fancy dinner for yourself, your family or your housemates, or spend time meal prepping a few healthy lunches and dinners for the rest of the week.
Do something creative
A good way to give your mind a break from the negativity is to spend time on something creative. Consider colouring, drawing, sewing, painting, writing stories, poems, songs or dusting off a musical instrument you haven’t touched in years. These are all simple ways to explore your creative side, even if it’s just for a few minutes. If you’ve never done them before, now’s a great time to try!
Have you noticed that a lot of childcare centres, pubs and restaurants are currently renovating? It seems some businesses are taking advantage of the forced shutdown by spending the closed time doing renovations. Why not do the same to your home?
Learn something new
COVID-19 has had an impact on our jobs, our economy and our super, and you might be feeling worried about your financial future. Why not spend some time learning more about your superannuation? Intrust Super has free online education modules on our website to help our members learn about superannuation, investment options and much more. We also offer members a free online financial advice service, Super Blueprint, to help members with their insurance requirements, investment risk profile and their retirement savings. You can access Super Blueprint by logging in to MemberAccess and navigating to the financial advice tab. If upskilling in super isn’t your thing, you could look at the free online learning currently on offer through Universities – even Harvard and Yale have free short courses available!
Some of our favourite hospitality venues are still open for business and many are offering contactless delivery methods. For most restaurants and pubs, overhauling their business to find new, safer ways to deliver food to their customers has been a massive undertaking. Ordering in from a local venue is a great way to show your support and help them keep operating in these tough times. What’s more, it’ll be a great way to add a little more joy to your long weekend and diversify away from just chocolate!
Explore the museums and art galleries of the world
We might not be able to get out and visit in real life, but many galleries, museums and even aquariums have set up live feeds and video tours for people to enjoy while the physical buildings are closed. Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the Tate Galleries in the UK, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington and even the Berlin Philharmonic (plus many more) are all offering online performances, exhibits or virtual tours. You could spend a whole day ticking each one off your bucket list – all from the safety of your couch at home.
For those of you who would normally attend a church service, many services are being streamed online this year, so there’s no need to miss out. Challenging times like this are a great opportunity to focus on what is important to you.
This Easter, let’s all work together to flatten that curve and #stayhome. We all want to see Australia’s businesses back up and running sooner than expected!
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