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How to stay sane at home
Time Out Hong Kong

How to stay sane at home (according to Hongkongers)

Social distancing can be tough. Here's how everyone is getting through it

By Jenny Leung

"How did that crack on the ceiling get there?", "Has this chair always been so squeaky?", "That patch of mould definitely did not just grow overnight..." – all these random questions and thoughts may start popping into your head as cabin fever kicks in. But fear not! As we're here to help. Well, you guys are. We took to Instagram and asked all you beautiful people out there what kind of things you're doing to stay (relatively) sane at home, here are the results:

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Ways to stay sane at home

Netflix, YouTube, live streams


By far the most popular answers from everyone, Netflix and YouTube have quickly become our best friends in recent times. Lucky for you, we've got some great recommendations on the best things to watch online every month, and the hottest Korean dramas you should be watching. If that's not enough, check out these hilarious shows that will have you in fits of laughter, or connect with your friends from around the world by hosting a Netflix party! Alternatively, wind down and relax while watching online streams of adorable animals, soothing Northern lights, or even take a virtual tour of the biggest museums around the world.

Shop 'til you drop


For some of us, staying at home isn't so bad because it means we have all the time we need to explore the world of online shopping. Whether you're guilty of being a Taobao-holic, a self-confessed beauty queen (we love the Sephora mobile app), or you just want to stock up the pantry, we guarantee you'll be able to find it on the internet. While you're at it, consider going eco-friendly and visit a few sustainable online shops. Just because you're stuck at home doesn't mean you can't be good to the environment, right?



Porn and sex


Whilst we can't give you folks any solid advice in that department, we do have a great list of the sexiest movies in Hong Kong that may pique your interest. As for the lucky (or unlucky) couples who are stuck at home together, these sex toy recommendations ought to keep things fun in the bedroom. Still not doing it for you? Then you might be interested to know that adult entertainment site Pornhub announced that they will be opening up their premium service completely for free until April 23...

Catching up on some reading


Don't deny it, we all have that one book that's been gathering dust on the bookshelf for way too long. Well, now you've got no excuse. As for those of you who are looking for some new reads, there are some really great bookstores around town. Though, if you're determined not to leave the house, places like Bleak House Books and Kubrick Bookshop Cafe have online stores available. Not sure what kind of book you're looking for? How about picking up a book that's set in Hong Kong?


Working out at home


We get it, getting out of bed is extra hard these days, especially when you know you're just going to be spending the day watching Netflix at home. But as much as we love lounging around in our PJs all day, it's important to get in a bit of exercise whenever we can. And if watching YouTube videos of overly cheerful people Zumba dancing to K-pop music isn't really your things, give these killer home workouts a try. Or, if you are desperate to stretch your legs outdoors, Hong Kong is home to many beautiful hiking trails. Just be mindful of others and don't leave any rubbish behind!


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