Instagram is no stranger to an internet trend – over the years we’ve seen people posting #ThrowbackThursday pictures, videos of the mannequin challenge and the ice bucket challenge and many more.
The latest trend likely taking over your feed is the Until Tomorrow challenge – this is everything you need to know about it.
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The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to people being confined indoors. In most places, schools and universities have closed, concerts and sporting events have been canceled or postponed, and several venues, from theaters and museums to tourist attractions and restaurants, have temporarily shut down. As you settle into spending much more time at home, quarantining yourself and your family, here are a few things that you could do to keep yourself busy.
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Binge-watch movies/TV shows
Take this time to catch up on the movies and TV shows you had long been putting off due to lack of time. It could be either a classic that you had been wanting to revisit or something new that you had always meant to watch.
Listen to music/podcasts
Do crosswords or puzzles
Keep your mind active and busy by trying your hand at crosswords, sudoku, puzzles and word games.
Utilize this time to tackle that book you had tucked away in a corner and forgotten about or choose from a wide variety of popular fiction or classic reads. You can also pick children’s books and read them to the little members of your family.
Meditation and yoga are known to help with anxiety and stress. Some ways to go about it would be to lie down with your eyes closed and focus on your breathing, or sit cross-legged and chant a soothing mantra in your head.
Indulge in some much-needed self-care by taking a relaxing bubble bath, complete with scented candles, salts and oils.
Cook and bake
Whether you are an avid home cook or not, this can be a great time to get into the kitchen and create some healthy meals. You could also bake cakes and cookies or rustle up comfort foods such as pasta and soup. Feeling experimental? Raid the cupboards and get creative!
Take care of your green friends
Gardening is without doubt one of the most relaxing and productive activities. Spend your time trimming and watering the plants that you already have and increase their number by planting new saplings.
Declutter and clean
Give your home a makeover by reorganizing your wardrobe, clearing out the clutter in cupboards and cleaning every nook and corner.
Rearrange the furniture
Art and craft
If you are an art lover, take this time to paint or sculpt or just indulge is basic craft projects. You could try painting a wall in your favorite pattern and colors or learn a few do-it-yourself projects and craft ideas on the internet. Alternatively, gather canvasses, paints and brushes and host a painting night for your family.
Work on your health
Though gyms are temporarily closed in several places, you can still follow your fitness regimen by chalking out a workout plan and exercising at home. If you are in need of some motivation, go online and browse through aerobics and exercise videos. Curate a workout playlist and have fun while you try to shed the extra calories at home.
Learn a new dance style
From belly dance to breakdance to hip-hop, there are a number of dance forms that you could choose to perfect. Learn the steps online and dance your blues away.
Playing an instrument
You could also try your hand at learning a new instrument or improve your guitar or piano skills through online music classes.
Start a journal
Keeping a daily journal or blogging is a good way to write about specific interests, ranging from food to films, or simply record your feelings. You could also note down the things you are grateful for in your day-to-day life.
Play board games
Looking for a fun activity to entertain yourself and your family? Go for board games like chess, Scrabble, Ludo and Pictionary.
Learn a foreign language
Another way to utilize your time at home is to increase your knowledge on various subjects. Join an online course to learn a new language and upgrade your skills.
Calligraphy is something that you can embrace as a hobby. And since there is no dearth of calligraphy videos on the internet, you can pick the art of hand-lettering easily.
Learn how to knit
Like calligraphy, there is an entire universe of knitting videos out there that you can refer to if you are planning to take up this activity. If there’s someone at your home who already knows how to knit, you can spend some time in each other’s company and learn this wonderful craft.
Do you remember the last time you sent a handwritten letter to a family member or a friend? If you haven’t, now is a good time to start to write a letter to your loved ones or a thank you note to those who went out of their way to help you.
Relive old memories
Go through your old pictures, pick your favorite photographs and make a photo book. Each time you open this album, it will remind you of the good old days and the people with whom you share these memories.
Catch up on sleep
Some days, taking out the time to get some shut-eye can be a task in itself. As you spend your days indoors, catch up on all the lost sleep by allowing yourself the luxury of the recommended eight-hour sleep as well as quick naps during daytime.
Connect with long-distance friends
Try and reconnect with your long-distance relatives and friends via video chat. You may not be able to hang out in person, but with these apps you can always catch up with your loved ones.
And lastly, spend time with your family
For most of us, our work and other responsibilities keep us so busy that we sometimes miss out on spending time with our family. As you restrict yourselves indoors during this quarantine period, reconnect with your immediate family, sit and talk, eat meals together and, most importantly, cherish each other’s company.
What is the challenge?
The Until Tomorrow challenge sees users post a silly photo of themselves on their Instagram page, with the caption ‘Until Tomorrow’.
The photo has to stay up on their feed for the whole day before it can be deleted.
How do you get tagged in the challenge?
If you like one of the ‘Until Tomorrow’ pictures on your feed, you should expect to get a direct message from that person challenging you to post your own embarrassing picture.
An example message you would receive, which was posted on Twitter, would say something like: “So…. you liked my post, so you have to post an embarrassing picture of yourself, for the caption you’re ONLY allowed to write “until tomorrow” and you can only tag me.”
Alternatively, if you’re desperate to get in on the fun, but haven’t liked any photos, you can simply go ahead and post your own picture with the caption and wait for any likes to roll in.
Once your picture has been liked, you’ll need to direct message those people with the rules for the challenge.
What happens if you don’t do the challenge?
With these kinds of internet trends, if you get challenged to take part and you don’t want to do it, nothing will happen.
Early internet chain letters and challenges usually came with a warning of “seven years of bad luck”, or something similar, but modern internet challenges usually don’t.
What are other Instagram challenges?
With more people staying inside and likely getting bored, Instagram has seen an increase in challenges – these are some trends going around at the moment, and over the past few years as well:
#bottlecapchallenge #challengeaccepted @erlsn.acr This thing landed on my head from @johnmayer but will quickly go to a couple of fellas we’ve seen do push ups badly. All yours @guyritchie and @jmoontasri
A post shared by Jason Statham (@jasonstatham) on Jul 1, 2019 at 9:09am PDT
The push up challenge: you have to take a video of yourself doing 10 push ups in a row, then tag three people to do the same The toilet paper keep up challenge: you need to post a video of you successfully doing keep ups like you would with a football – but with a roll of toilet paper. Once you’ve done that, you can tag three friends to do the same Bottle Cap challenge: the bottle cap challenge saw people posting videos of themselves kicking off the cap on a bottle without knocking it over The Dolly Parton challenge: Dolly Parton started the LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Tinder challenge, posting a variety of photos of herself – and people quickly caught on Throwback Thursday: the hashtag #ThrowbackThursday see’s people posting old, more nostalgic pictures of themselves onto the social media platform.