2020 has felt like a whirlwind for all of us. Even with reopenings happening across the country, we are encouraged to continue to social distance, wear masks, stay home and generally reduce our outings to necessities only. It’s been months and we’re still not sure when things will be fully open or when day to day activities will resume. Naturally, a lot of people are stir crazy. In order to help keep you entertained, we have compiled a list of free resources and activities. We hope that some of these can help keep you entertained and make your time at home a little easier.

 

 

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Learn to be a better cook

Cooking and sharing food has been one of the oldest and best ways to connect with each other as human beings. And what better time is there to up your cooking game than when you’re stuck in your home with nothing to do? If you, like us, have been relying on ramen noodles for too long, we have some good resources for you. This website has a series of 10 simple and essential recipes to learn that will help you be a better cook. All the lessons include step-by-step instructions complete with video demonstrations. Best of all, it’s completely free. Learning to become a better home cook will help you save money in this time of financial uncertainty. Also, nothing beats the satisfaction of mastering a recipe you never thought you could.

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Up your sexting game

Social distancing can be really difficult, especially if you live alone. If you have a partner,  now is a great time to work on your sexting and phone sex game. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out our post on how to take the best booty pic. Of course, there are always platforms you can use to video chat with your lover, and that can be fun on it’s own.  You can also make up games to play together via text or FaceTime, or if you want some ideas check out this list. Being creative about maintaining intimacy with your partner can actually help strengthen your relationship. And the anticipation you build while away will lead up to some explosive play when you are together again.

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Self love

Lots of folks have made memes about masturbation during quarantine, but to us self-pleasure is no joke! Taking the time to get to know your body and make yourself feel good can do wonders for your mental health and well-being. First of all, it feels great, duh! And second, it releases chemicals like dopamine which makes you feel good and accesses the pleasure reward system in your brain. Orgasm also releases oxytocin (the “love” hormone) which lowers cortisol in your body, meaning it’s a natural stress reliever. In times like these, we could use all the stress relief we can get.

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Visit a virtual museum

If there’s a museum you’ve wanted to visit but never had the chance to, now might be a good time to do so. Luckily, you can do this from the comfort of your own home thanks to Google Arts and Culture! That’s right, Google offers a bunch of virtual tours from the Guggenheim in New York to the Smithsonian in D.C. Aside from whole museums, you can also search specific artists and view a vast catalog of their works.

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Check out a streaming show

Though all public events seem to be canceled for the foreseeable future, there are many groups working on bringing entertainment to the world online. Living Room Concerts is a partnership between Broadway performers and broadwayworld.com where they are broadcasting daily performances. There are also quite a few musicians who have taken up live streaming to make up for their now canceled tours. Search up your favorite artist and see if they plan to do so, or check out Neil Young’s upcoming stream Fireside Sessions.

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Teach yourself a new skill

Many people will want to relax during this time of uncertainty, and that’s okay! Taking time for self care is important, especially with stress being so high. But others might feel motivated to pick up some new skills, and that’s awesome too. Since everyone and everything is moving online, now is a great time to learn the very marketable skill of coding, and you can do it for free at freecodecamp.org. Another good site to try is LinkedIn Learning, which offers over 15,000 courses in a wide range of topics. You can sign up and get a month for free and learn anything from drawing and design to business management.

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Exercise

Gyms are mostly closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative! There are quite a few personal trainers who are making their programs available online and free. Even our favorite hunk Matt has committed to updating a daily workout sheet on his Instagram. Working out can be a great way to reduce stress and help you sleep better, but remember not to beat yourself up if your routine slips. Doing what feels best for you and your body is what’s most important.

No matter how you choose to spend  your time during quarantine, we hope that you stay healthy and positive. Times may be tough and scary, but it has also made way for a a real wave of human kindness. We at Male Power will continue to do our best to make you smile, and hope that you can do the same for your fellow man.

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