9 Skills You Can Learn During Quarantine

During this time of crisis where we’re still trying to grasp the extent of the situation and trying to guesstimate time lines, what exactly are we supposed to do? The general advice these days is to stay at home as much as possible and practice ‘social distancing’. It is our ethical obligation in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19 aka Coronavirus. And while mandated time on the couch was fun when you were a kid, it feels much different when you’re an adult accustomed to a busy schedule and social gatherings. Whether you’re working from home or not, let’s talk about some productive things you can get done, and hopefully the uptick in productivity will help with the inevitable anxiety. Luckily, we have the internet, which is probably the place you’re spending all your free time anyway — and also happens to provide you with tools to learn the basics of pretty much anything for free.

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Here are a few ideas!

Start Your Fitness Journey

Local government has ordered the closure of gyms and workout facilities in the hopes of limiting the spread of the coronavirus in Jersey City.  But don’t worry – a number of gyms in the area have started offering live work outs through their online platforms.

Jane DO

Book a live class at Jane DO, a Jersey City female workout studio.

Maximum Motion Fitness

Join them on Facebook live for a free fitness class.


Join them on Facebook and Instagram live for free 30 minute classes.

Surya Yoga Academy 

Join Surya Yoga for their online yoga classes.

Pilates Haus

Schedule a virtual pilates class with your favorite Pilates Haus instructors.

8 Springs Studio

Enjoy free integrated fitness classes on their Instagram Live.


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Art á la Quarantine! 

Feeling the stress of quarantine? Making art is a great way to reduce stress and embrace your creative side. Local artists and popular YouTubers are here to take you step-by-step in creating your very own masterpieces from home!

DT 234 Gallery 

Purchase a paint & sip kit to-go and then follow along in their virtual classes.

Art Mango

No paint, no problem. This local artist is hosting virtual paint nights where she will only utilize basic pens, markers and paper.

MP Easy Origami

Put your junk mail to use and check out these easy origami tutorials for beginners.

The Kennedy Center

Children’s book author, Mo Willems invites you into his studio everyday for his Lunch Doodles.


Back to the basics, check out these great drawing for beginners tutorials.

Skills You Can Master in Quarantine
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Yes, quarantine can be mundane but thank goodness liquor stores are considered essential! Stock up while you can and have your own isolation party to try out some amazing cocktails you learned to make.

Corgi Spirits

Corgi Spirits is a local distillery in Jersey City that manufactures their own gin, vodka, and whiskey. During this quarantine, they’ve been holding impromptu cocktail classes on their instagram.


Udemy is an online learning platform that offers free or cost effective courses. Check out their free Bartending 101 course.

Steve the Bartender

Watch as Steve the Bartender makes 10 easy cocktails in 10 minutes.


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Bust a Move

Take a dance class! It’s a great way to “shake off” all the stress of being stuck inside and you won’t miss a beat when the studios reopen.

Piel Canela Dancers

Local Jersey City residents Joe and Bianca Burgos, business owners of Piel Canela Dance Company are holding live stream classes for Salsa, Bachata, and Cha Cha.

Jersey City Ballroom

Jersey City Ballroom is holding live streamed classes for different ballroom genres including Rumba, Samba, and Swing!

Karel Flores

Learn salsa specializing in ladies styling from the comfort of your home with Karel Flores.

Brayan Llamoza

Were you inspired by this year’s superbowl performance? If so check out Brayan Llamoza’s latin fusion online course!


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Learn a New Language

There’s no better time than now to purchase those cheap airline tickets to a country you’ve been dying to visit and get a head start on learning their language. Practice with your partner, friends or even chat with native speakers online!


Learn a language by chatting with native speakers around the world. For free!


Download Duolingo, a mobile app and a website where you can learn the basics of any language for free. You can learn Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, German and more!


Have you ever wanted to learn how to say “stay six feet away” in Spanish? Check out how with this Learn Spanish in 10 Minutes tutorial.


While your fantasizing during quarantine about moving to France start to Learn French in 25 Minutes.

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Home Jam Sessions

Guitar Classes:

Do you have dreams of becoming the next Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, or Eric Clapton? Well, baby steps. Check out these two Youtube channels for beginner lessons. Don’t have a guitar? Don’t fret Amazon and Guitar Center are still delivering.

Marty Music


Piano Classes:

Are you a fan of the white stripes and the black keys? If so, check out these beginner piano tutorials. Need some keys? Amazon and Guitar Center has your back.

Piano Lessons On The Web

Ultimate Piano Course


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Learn How to Use Photoshop

Adding Photoshop to your list of skills can make you a more valuable professional. From website design to marketing, Photoshop can play a vital role in many roles.While learning Photoshop can enhance your career opportunities, it can also be a great tool for personal use.

With Photoshop you can retouch images, build funny animated GIF, and have a fun outlet for your creative projects, whether working on a website, volunteering to assist with images for friends or an organization, or adding some fun to images you share on social media.


Adobe Photoshop for Beginners

Udemy Photoshop 101

Ultimate Photoshop Training from Beginning to End


Learn to Crochet

Not only is it a cost effective hobby but fun fact, crochet promotes the development of neural pathways in your brain to keep you sharp when you’re old! Sweaters, socks, purses, and interior decor are all things you can make with crochet. Need the tools? Here’s a crochet start-up kit.

Crochet Guru

Crochet Tools You Need to Get Started – Beginner Course


A Beginner’s Guide to Crocheting


Crochet Courses

Bella Coco

Absolute Beginners Crochet Lessons

Crochet Lovers

How to Crochet a Heart

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Quarantine á la Carte

Cooking can be a hobby or it can be a life skill that can change your health. Famous chefs and online platforms are offering cooking tips and advice for us in quarantine during the pandemic. Learn to cook virtually!

The Brooklyn Kitchen 

In 2006, The Brooklyn Kitchen opened as a go-to space for home cooks. The Brooklyn Kitchen has started hosting their streamed cooking class on youtube.

Antoni Porowski

Antoni Porowski from Netflix’s hit remake show “Queer Eye” is hosting an online series called “Quar Eye” on his Instagram account.

Binging with Babish

Join in on the fun with this YouTube channel that features recipes from featured films, television shows and video games.


The world’s largest food network brings you 43 Easy 3-Ingredient Recipes.

Gordon Ramsay

Follow this high tempered chef on YouTube as he demonstrates his Ultimate Cookery Course.

Antoni Porowski cooking. Photo courtesy of @AntoniPorowski
Shirley Davila
Author: Shirley Davila

Shirley Davila is a freelance writer living in New Jersey originally from Lima, Peru. She is a travel junkie and food aficionado whose always looking for new things to try!