Seeing as most of us will either be working from home or self-isolating for the next 21 days, we may as well embrace the #StayHomeChallenge. There are a number of fun viral internet challenges doing the rounds at the moment, in a bid to spread positivity, encourage social distancing and lessen the stress and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are our top picks for you to recreate at home during lockdown. 

challengeWash Your Hands! 

Aside from social distancing, frequently washing your hands for 20 seconds or longer is one of the best preventative measures against contracting COVID-19. As such, videos teaching people the correct way to wash their hands are dominating social media platforms. From the hand washing dance challenge in Vietnam, to an array of celebrities doing their part to educate the world about good hygiene, hand washing is the viral trick of the moment. Why not create your own #SafeHands video to share with family and friends?

Toilet Roll Footie

Sporting events have been cancelled world over and while avid fans are disappointed, most understand the need to promote social distancing to flatten the curve and hopefully eradicate COVID-19. In response, many football fans have taken to the web to showcase their own fine foot skills using toilet paper rolls, plastic cups and other household items. The aim of the game is to see how long you can keep the makeshift ball off the floor, how many toe taps you can do in 20 seconds or how many cups you can dunk into a trash bin in a minute. Join in on the fun when isolation boredom starts to kick in (no pun intended).

At-Home Workouts

Missing your daily gym workout? No sweat. There are tons of ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine at home, whether you stream an at-home HIIT video or practice some calming yoga out in your garden. You can also make chores a whole lot more exciting by turning your cleaning routine into a workout challenge. You won’t need any extra equipment for these kinds of exercises either, as the idea is to use your own body weight and strength to build and tone muscle.

Get The Pets Involved

Your pets are bound to love having you home for 21 days straight. Now is the time to adorn them with extra love and spoils, especially since we can’t show much physical affection to our human loved ones at the moment. Cuddling your pet has been proven to reduce anxiety and is a great way to keep calm while under quarantine. You can also get your pets involved in making fun videos. Looking for inspiration? Check out HamStarz on TikTok for pure unadulterated cuteness and sound advice on ways to prevent spreading COVID-19, or follow Doug The Pug on Instagram for daily content.

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What’s In Your Fridge?

Being under lockdown is the perfect excuse to work on your cooking skills. Now is also a time when no one will really judge you for posting daily pictures of your food. Join the #What’sInYourFridge challenge with chef David Higgs and his crew of food experts to come up with delicious meals using whatever it is you have left in store. Alternatively, you can join our very own challenge at Joburg.co.za by using the very last of your pantry staples to make one of three tasty dishes. Don’t know your toaster from your waffle iron? Join Yuppie Chef’s online cooking tutorials presented by some of SA’s most well known celebrity chefs, including Sarah Graham and Pete Goffe-Wood.

Quarantine Book Club

Minister of Sport and Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa reached out to South Africans on 22 March 2020, encouraging them to join the #QuarantineBookClub challenge. All you have to do is post a picture of the book you are reading while under lockdown with the hashtag #QuarantineBookClub. The purpose of this challenge is to get people reading for entertainment, inspiration and knowledge during this difficult period. You may want to start your own online book club with friends too until you are able to meet up for coffee and a quick chat again. Not sure where to begin? Check out our list of must-read classic books to dive into over the next 21 days.

Please stay home, stay safe and keep positive!