4 tips on what to stream when you’re under quarantine

Beef up your watch list or sharpen your skills while you’re forced to stay home.

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Whether you’re self-isolating or on lockdown because of COVID-19, you’re not alone. Take this time to connect and catch up with shows you’ve been wanting to check out. Set up a queue and set out to enjoy this time to be lazy.

Start making your way through your watch list

It’s time to check out those shows you’ve been saving for a rainy day— the ones you’ve added to your watch list or your mental list. Finally catch up on Game of Thrones on HBO Go or Fleabag on Amazon Prime Video. With Netflix or Hulu fill your days with Bob’s Burgers or Shameless.

Figure out a plan of attack that fits your new schedule and your preferred streaming service.

Explore new movies

With social distancing and movie theaters temporarily shutting their doors, the film industry is adjusting accordingly. Disney+ added Frozen II to its library three-months early, and Pixar’s Onward is premiering on Disney+ on April 3rd, despite hitting theaters on March 6th.

Major movie studios like NBCUniversal are actually giving the public online access to movies on the same day as their theatrical release dates. DreamWorks’ Trolls World Tour and Universal titles like The Invisible Man and Emma are a few movies that’ll be available for a 48-hour rental. For most movies You pay a premium rental price of $19.99, but it’s a small price to pay to turn your TV into your own home theater.

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Watch comforting old favorites to relieve anxiety

Fight the urge to panic by adding some comfort shows and movies to your queue.

Find your happy place with Dorothy, Rose and Blanche in Golden Girls, a black-and-white feel-good like I Love Lucy or The Andy Griffith Show. Or snuggle up with some recent favorites like The Office or Parks and Recreation. Watch whatever keeps you calm and laughing.

Fall in love with new habits

Find other ways to fill your days when you’re not consuming an endless montage of movies and TV series. Some streaming services provide access to skill-building videos, art classes, yoga flows and meditation guides. Some even offer services at a discount while they have the world’s attention, with articles and packages aimed at specific niches — the healthcare community, parents and educators.

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Bottom line

With COVID-19 on your mind, quarantine could leave you restless and anxious, reaching out to online resources can help ease those feelings.

Now is a great time to finally read that book that’s been collecting dust, create that workout plan you never had time to come up with and find some reflection time. Take a step back, breathe and appreciate life.

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