7 ways to ‘upskill’ at home during the coronavirus lockdown

From learning a language to becoming a makeup pro, make the most of your time in self-isolation by learning one (or a few) of these new skills.

So you’re playing your part in helping curb the spread of the coronavirus by following the government’s rules and practising self-isolation at home. Go, you!

But what you would’ve discovered already is the fact that life is going to get very boring over the next few months.

All that time you spent at the gym, commuting to and from work, at dinners and drinks with friends and family, or at beauty appointments are long gone. You suddenly have all this free time on your hands and TBH, are a little lost as to how to use it.

It’s only a matter of time till you get bored of Netflix and Stan, and there are only so many books you can read. So, why not upskill in something that’s always been on that New Year reso list year after year – without having to spend a cent?

Here are 7 things to master at home during the coronavirus lockdown…

1. Cook a signature dish

Get in the kitchen, throw an apron on and put on your chef’s hat. It’s time to learn how to cook a signature dish, or two.

Whether it’s perfecting the classics like a juicy roasted chicken or a perfect medium-rare steak, learning how to make a scotch egg or making and wrapping dumplings, or getting your baking hat on with macarons, croissants or soufflés, now is your chance to cook up a storm – and eat it after. It’s win-win situation.

YouTube has plenty of cooking tutorials, but our top picks are Bon Appetit, Binging With Babbish and Tasty.

Plus, did you know cooking is one of the best things you can do for your mental health?

2. Master your makeup skills

Hands up if you’ve attempted to try that chic smokey eye look, only to end up looking like someone’s just punched you in both eyes.

Unless you’re an actual makeup pro (props to you if you are), it takes several tries to replicate a makeup tutorial. Now, you fortunately have all the time to try again and again… and again…

Unsure of which tutorials to follow? Here are 6 of the best.

3. Learn a language

So your mid-year Italy trip has unfortunately been cancelled thanks to ‘rona, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel post-pandemic – and be fluent in Italian.

DuoLingo is the most well-known free language learning app available, offering over 30 languages and more than 100 different courses. Most of the app’s courses are created by native speakers to ensure accuracy. It’s completely free with no hidden fees and is available on iOS and Android.

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4. *actually* learn how to use Photoshop

Jobseekers love when Adobe programs make it to someone’s resume, so now is that time to become that person recruiters L-O-V-E with Adobe’s 7-day free trial.

Learn how to (finally) use Photoshop, edit videos using Premiere Pro and create cinematic visual effects in After Effects.

5. Master a handstand

Ask any handstand-master and they’ll tell you the handstand is one of the most enjoyable gymnastics moves to learn, and the most fulfilling to execute. There’s something about holding your bodyweight upside down that no other move can replicate.

Mastering the move safely comes with patience and concentration, but a little practice every day while in iso will get you there in a few short weeks.

There are plenty of guides online, but again, YouTube is your friend if you’re a visual learner.

6. Become a singer

Inspired by the Italians who sang their hearts out from their balconies whilst in lockdown? Yeah, us too.

Whether you’re curious to see if you have hidden opera singing skills or just want to belt it out like Cardi B, YouTube has a selection of great singing tutorials, otherwise SkillScouter have curated a list of the best free online singing courses and classes.

7. Get a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy degree

This is not a drill: you can now take virtual Hogwarts classes.

The fan-built website Hogwarts is Here, offers Harry Potter fans the chance to enrol in different courses – Astronomy, Charms, Herbology, History of Magic, Potions, Transfiguration and Defense Against the Dark Arts. After choosing your house, you simply enrol in the classes of your choice, compete to be appointed Head Boy or Girl, and work your way through all seven years of the Hogwarts curriculum.

More essential coronavirus reading:

Read up on what the government lockdown means for you, understand why Aussie doctors are up arms, be aware of the ‘hidden symptom’ of COVID-19 carriers, prepare yourself for the long-term mental health effects of the pandemic, get your sweat on at home with these free online workouts before reviving your over-washed hands with this DIY balm, and then console yourself with these unexpected joys.