Stay home! This is the instructions given by the French authorities until at least April 15 in order to limit the Covid-19 epidemic. In France or abroad, a large part of the population has to stay at home. This is admittedly disrupting our daily lives, but we keep our energy! Now is a good time to take advantage of this opportunity to do what we never do for lack of time. To give you a few ideas, we have thought of ten things to do during confinement.

  1. Learning French with IS Aix-en-Provence

IS Aix-en-Provence offers online French courses suited to your needs, your wishes and adapted to your level of French. Our students continue to learn French in an interactive and intensive way thanks to our online courses. What if you were to benefit from being at home to learn the language or to deepen your language skills as well? For more information, contact us at info@is-aix.com.

  1. Tidy, sort and redecorate your home

Confinement is the perfect opportunity to take care of your home. Take advantage of this opportunity to sort through your belongings and maybe donate some to an association, to your loved ones, to sell them or to entrust them to a sales depot. Bring back your old decorations or move your furniture. By reviving your apartment or house, you will appreciate spending time there all the more.

  1. Engage in sports

In this period of confinement, many gyms or private individuals are offering online courses. For example, find sports coach Christophe Ruelle on his Facebook page every other day or follow the short but intense workouts of Punch Boxing Studio on Instagram. Create a sports course with accessories found at home. Or simply put on the music and dance alone, as a couple or with your family to your favourite tunes. Anything goes, we’re having fun!

  1. Enjoy the activities offered by IS Aix-en-Provence

Every week, we publish a 100% online program of activities on our social networks. Our team invites you by videoconference to discuss a theme, play with the words of the French language or discuss a book that you will have read before the meeting. Also discover our activities to do online, games, challenges and French expressions on our Instagram stories and our Twitter account.

  1. Prepare new recipes

Here is a creative activity that will satisfy your sweet tooth! Many sites, such as Marmiton, offer a “special cuisine confinement” section and some chefs share their recipes. For those on a special diet, we recommend this blog, which offers vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free recipes that are simply delicious. Enjoy your meal and don’t hesitate to make our mouth water by sending us the results of your recipes in pictures!

    1. Organize videoconferences with your family and friends

Whether or not you live far away from your loved ones, the sanitary situation prevents you from visiting them. But fortunately there are many ways to keep in touch – in virtuel form, but regularly. Get together with friends and family using mobile applications or video conferencing software and organize virtual book clubs or drinks on Friday.

    1. Find a new passion

It’s time to pick back up your long last passion! Your brushes and palettes have been in the closet for a while? An old sewing machine that you haven’t used in a long time? Old furniture that needs to be rebuilt? Start drawing, writing songs or even a novel. Start DIY decorations to make yourself, inspired by these ideas.

    1. Take advantage of online activities

In these times, many things can be done online. Consult the complete list of books to download for free during the confinement, watch the films offered by the media library of the Franco-German channel Arte or the website Archive. A little virtual visit to New York? Radio stations from all over the world? We’ll let you go hunting for other goodies!

    1. Taking care of yourself

Take advantage of the confinement to refocus on yourself and do yourself some good. Prepare homemade cosmetics to pamper your skin or hair, try new manicures to boost your creativity or practice yoga to relax.

    1. Think about your future projects

There’s nothing wrong with a little escape. Write a list of things you’ll want to do when you’re deconfining. Lunch at your favourite restaurant, have a drink at a cafe terrace? Or maybe even parachute jumping? Also take some time to think about your long-term plans. And in the meantime, don’t forget that you’re confining yourself for your beloved ones and for everyone !