If you’re not already in self-isolation, you’ll be practising some pretty strict social distancing during the Coronavirus outbreak. We understand it’s a really hard time to be an Uber driver and whether or not to continue working is not a straightforward decision like it is for many other industries but if you have decided to take a step away from driving or simply have more time, we’ve created this blog post to share some good ideas about how you can spend your self-isolation.
This is the spring clean you always wished you had time for, and we think you’ll even make some money from it.
- Your surroundings – if you haven’t used something for one year, you should probably get rid of it. Try and sell it or give it to charity (use the outdoor charity boxes around your local town or city) rather than recycling it or throwing it straight in the bin.
- Your car – we’re sure you’re used to doing this anyway, but see here for our top tips in keeping your car coronavirus-free.
- Your bills and payments – you’ll likely know that you can save money simply by switching your energy and other suppliers. We believe a visit to the Money Saving Expert or a price comparison site will be well worth your time. This company will also contact all of your household service and energy suppliers for free asking for payment relief on your behalf.
- Your day structure – during this time, it’s still important to wake up early and get your day started, although we expect that if you have kids, this isn’t a problem and you’ll have homeschooling to keep you busy.
We won’t pretend like you’re going to be super productive and have a really wholesome break, sometimes a good show or film is exactly what you need. We’ve rounded some binge-worthy series and films and where to enjoy them. (Note: some of these might be UK specific.)
- Ozark (Netflix) – a financial adviser moves with his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks and gets quite caught up in the local drug cartel
- Tiger King (Netflix) – currently all the rage, this docuseries follows a rivalry between big car eccentrics across the USA
- Drive to Survive (Netflix) – a docuseries that follows the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship
- After Life (Netflix) – a heartwarming comedy/drama by Ricky Gervais… and Series 2 is coming out soon!
- Lion (Amazon Prime) – based a true story, this is the drama of a young boy who goes missing on the trains in India and finds himself lost and homeless until he’s adopted (we haven’t just given away the ending, we promise!
- Man Friday (https://youtu.be/7rPXjCy83zg) recommended by a fellow driver – during the 17th century, a shipwrecked seaman spots natives on his deserted Pacific island after years of solitude and befriends one who he names Friday
- The entire Marvel franchise (Disney+) recommended by a fellow driver – includes films such as Avengers, Iron Man, and Ant-Man
- Code 8 (Netflix) – a sci-fi action about a construction worker with superpowers who falls into a group of criminals as he tries to raise money to help his ill mother
- Exercise – Running or walking is a great way to get you out of the house and something you don’t need any equipment for (except for a good pair of trainers). It can be really rewarding to see your progress each time you do it so track your workouts on an app like Strava or your phone’s own health app.
- Meditation or yoga – Yoga can be a real source of calm and gratitude, as well as it’s physical benefits of lessening chronic pain such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Beyond that, you can also benefit from increased flexibility, muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, energy and vitality, maintaining a balanced metabolism, weight loss, and more.
- If you want to follow it on YouTube, we like Yoga with Adriene
- Or, if you’d prefer an app, we’ve been impressed by Yoga | Down Dog which has taken away their subscription costs until May 1st, so it’s completely free until then!
- If you’re interested in meditation, you’ve most likely heard of popular apps Headspace and Calm.
- Or, some of the INSHUR team have been using videos like this 18-minute one that will gently ease you into a state of blissfully deep relaxation or this 14-minute one to help with anxious feelings.
- Cooking and baking – we know baking supplies are in high demand at the moment so can be tricky to get your hands on sometimes but if you do get lucky, here are some recipes that the INSHUR team have been loving recently
- John from our Product team has been baking this sourdough bread recipe and we must say, the pictures are looking good.
- Ella from our Marketing team has this vegan sweet potato & white bean chilli as her regular go-to and highly recommends
- Charlotte from our Marketing team is a very big soup fan and this Thai squash soup recipe has been her favourite so far
- Reading – take some time away from a screen and get reading! Perfect for the recent warmer, sunny days.
- Brush up on your language skills – we’ve heard a lot of good things about Duolingo and it’s free! Let us know if you do do this, we’re keen to know how you find it.