How to cope with the coronavirus pandemic
HOW TO COPE WITH THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
The global outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has forced most people in Serbia and abroad to stay at their homes. Although necessary at the moment, social distancing can also be challenging. Luckily, there are online resources and recommendations to help you ease this situation and make your #stayathome mission enjoyable! The Study in Serbia team gathered some tips and tricks for you to help you cope with the current pandemic.
EXPERIENCE VIRTUAL HOLIDAYS THROUGH ONLINE TOURS
To satisfy your wanderlust when travelling is not an option, a great number of museums, galleries, zoos, aquariums, national parks and botanical gardens from all over the world have been offering free virtual tours. The digital era has made it possible to visit some of the world’s most famous museums from the comfort of your own home. In Serbia, Belgrade National Museum offers two virtual tours to everyone interested in history and arts. For those willing to explore the Serbian culture, the Gallery of Matica srpska offers a virtual tour of the Serbian national art from the 16th to the 20th century. The National Museum of Pančevo also opened its doors to online visitors. Check their websites to explore great exhibitions and learn more about Serbian heritage and culture.
KEEP YOURSELF ENTERTAINED
Keeping yourself entertained during the pandemic is crucial. Many theatres throughout the world are streaming free ballet and opera. National Theatre in Belgrade has joined the global trend of providing free online plays to the public. If you have never seen The Nutcracker, a famous ballet by Tchaikovsky, now you have a chance. If classical music is your cup of tea, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra offers free concerts online. For all readers out there, local bookstores started providing unique access to free e-books and audiobooks. Use online resources to distract yourself and enjoy your spare time!
IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS
Another great way of keeping yourself occupied during the coronavirus outbreak is learning new skills: start studying a new language or take time to figure out how to use HTML or how to cook. Fortunately, doing so is easier today than ever. A lot of companies and universities have offered their courses for free, and there are online platforms specifically designed for sharing how-to classes and tutorials.
EXPLORE YOUR CREATIVITY
If you always wanted to learn how to draw or paint with watercolors, now is a perfect time. Pull out your watercolors and other equipment and start painting. Check out free classes on modern watercolor techniques and fine-tune your skills or have a look at courses for beginners if you have never done it before. A quick google search will reveal an abundance of online classes, so you should not have any issues finding one that suits you and your interests.
EXERCISE WHEN POSSIBLE
A simple workout will help you boost your immune system and unwind after a busy day of taking online lessons or working from home. There is a plethora of already available free tutorials on how to exercise at home, without fancy gym equipment. Also, fitness classes are becoming available online, such as online yoga or Pilates. Find those classes and set up a goal of exercising when possible.
ORGANIZE AN ONLINE HANGOUT WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
You may be physically distant from other people; however, you can stay socially connected to them. Being confined to your home does not mean that you cannot spend quality time with your family and friends. Find and download online apps that will help you stay in touch with your loved ones. Book a time slot with your friends and family once or couple times a week, make a delicious meal, pull out a few board games, and enjoy a virtual house party!
While you are staying at home, exploring Serbia online and enjoying your free time, Study in Serbia remains available to prospective and current international students via email, Facebook, or Instagram. #Stayathome and be safe!