Introverts rise, this is your time to shine. Your stay-at-home guide when everything is off

Self-isolation. Social distancing. Virus mitigation. Business continuity measures. There's no toilet paper left anywhere in the world!

Phrases that less than three months ago would not have been a part of our daily dialogue, are now dominating conversation, albeit while we are standing a safe 1.5 metres apart and not making any human contact.

As music festivals, book clubs, sporting matches, social gatherings and Bunnings barbecues are shutdown across the country, the extroverts among us are wailing into their wad of pre-booked event tickets and avoiding at all costs making eye contact with the reality of a weekend with absolutely nothing to do.

Introverts rise. This is your time to shine.

Forget the hunger games at Woolies, listen up - we've got you covered. We were made for this.

Crowds, no thanks. Doubled booked - what were you thinking?! A social diary bursting at the seams looks impressive on paper, but so does a good book sitting next to a glass of red while getting cosy under a blanket.

Here's the perfect opportunity to stop and take a breath. Assess what's important and what you can do without. To look up and appreciate what you have, right now. To be grateful.

OK, if a journey of mindful self discovery is too soon and you are just trying not to go stir-crazy within the four walls of your own home, here's a few things to help you out:

Powerhouse performer Minnie Marks is offering up Skype guitar lessons.

Powerhouse performer Minnie Marks is offering up Skype guitar lessons.

Learn an instrument

I have acquired a free, out of tune piano and love a ukulele jam session. I strum like no-one's watching. And they aren't.

Homegrown Crescent Head legend Minnie Marks is a magician on the fretboard and she has offered up a real musical treat via Facebook as a result of all those cancelled gigs across the country.

The show must go on, she says. You can learn guitar via Skype with Minnie who some of you may have seen supporting Hussy Hicks when they last played at Wauchope Arts hall.

She shot to stardom as a winner of the Creso Karaoke Star comp and is now a powerhouse player on the international blues circuit.

Haven't got six strings to strum or the energy to shred 'til your dead, then sit back and enjoy Minnie play live online.

All she asks for her live-streamed set into your living room is a smile and a coin in her virtual tip jar. You can even request a song.

Why wouldn't you?

Haven't got a square to spare? Make your own.

Haven't got a square to spare? Make your own.

Make your own toilet paper

OK, stick with us on this one.

For the record, I still prefer to have a three-ply square to spare, however there is an alternative to the stinky bog wars at your local supermarket.

Here's a story on a rare breed of Australians who don't rely on the soft stuff when visiting the smallest room in the house.

When the s*^t hit the fan and a roll of toilet paper was worth almost as much as gold per gram, the Ulman's continued to wipe without a care.

A white flannel sheet and a friend with an overlocker will have you off the dunny paper grid forever.

"A lot of people start by using them just for wees at first, and if they feel comfortable then they can build up....We have a little bucket that sits next to our toilet ... so when we wipe we put them in the bucket. Then when the bucket fills up we just stick them in the washing machine on the hottest wash."

Read a book

Hours of joy without leaving the house. And if you want to share your quiet solitude with bookworms around the globe, jump on in to the World Book Read event.

From March to May Port Macquarie-Hastings Library is inviting the community to read the same book.

This year the book is "The Lost Man" by Jane Harper.

Multiple copies are available from your local library, council offices and in mystery locations around the area (you probably should have looked before lockdown) or you can borrow it and read it online (along with magazines and movies).

If we are permitted to roam freely and within 1.5m of each other by May 16, you can leave the house and head to the library to discuss the book with a clever panel and tasty treats. Find out more here.

And kids, the Port Macquarie library is bring you storytime live online every Tuesday.

Enjoy his offering by Gail and Kia reading Do Cows Meow by Salina Yoon; I Went Walking by Sue Machin; Possum in the House by Kiersten Jensen; One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller by Kate Read and Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator.

Creative option: Sheila (Sam) Openshaw encourages people to take up knitting or crochet if the coronavirus outbreak means they have to self-isolate, then stockpile the creations before donating them to the homeless or elderly.

Creative option: Sheila (Sam) Openshaw encourages people to take up knitting or crochet if the coronavirus outbreak means they have to self-isolate, then stockpile the creations before donating them to the homeless or elderly.

Knit one, pearl one

Too old school? What if you were doing it for a good cause?

Here's where the self-reflection part comes in. Do you really need all that toilet paper, or could you invest your energy into something more genuine - like helping others.

Nifty knitter Sheila Openshaw formed Sam's Natty Knitters 12 months ago with the group's members since donating hundreds of handmade scarves, beanies and rugs to help the homeless in the Hastings.

The Hastings community and Rotary Club of Port Macquarie have supported Sam's Natty Knitters with donations of wool.

The group has made seven deliveries of scarves, beanies and rugs for the homeless in the past 12 months.

Nice one.

Busy at the beach: A surf carnival at Flynns Beach in the 1960s.

Busy at the beach: A surf carnival at Flynns Beach in the 1960s.

Visit the museum

All the effort this will take is the click of a finger on a mouse.

Our own Port Macquarie Museum has a fantastic online exhibition, Tourists Paradise, featuring some amazing photos of our region from decades gone by.

The exhibition is focused on Port Macquarie's tourism history and features numerous photographs, objects and stories from the museum's large collection.

The museum's volunteer curator Debbie Sommers says Port Macquarie has been a place of happy memories for generations of holiday makers.

"With this exhibition we wanted to create a new and exciting visual experience for our increasing online audiences, and give them an opportunity to share their holiday memories and experiences with us through social media," Debbie said.

"This project is not only about sharing the past but also about collecting for the future."

Chris Martin: Doing his thing - for free on social media. Photo: screen grab.

Chris Martin: Doing his thing - for free on social media. Photo: screen grab.

Rock on - music gigs livestreamed

Dim the lights and turn up the volume.

Our musos who have had the festival red carpet ripped out from under their snare drums will ensure rock n roll does not die by offering up some very cool livestreamed events direct to your living room.

And if you missed ISOL-AID, featuring two days of live streaming from 72 Aussie musicians, you missed out.

The Instagram live-streaming festival promoted unity and community. Playing live from bedrooms, lounge-rooms, studios or wherever they are self-isolating, artists played a 20-minute set streamed live on their Instagram accounts, and then tag-team the next artist to play via split-screen, sending fans down a rabbit-hole of new music discovery.

Follow hashtag #isolaidfestival to watch the whole festival back, artist by artist.

Plant a garden, cook, speak to your kids

Righto, we all know Darwin's "survival of the fittest" theory is about adaptability rather than an actual game of Survivor. But this whole working from home deal with kids is giving that theory a nudge.

Here's a chance to reclaim some time, log off and look up.

While a family movie and electronic games may become an easy 'go to' for both children and parents there are many other options that could be more productive, engaging and healthy.

Here's a few old-school suggestions to help keep the kids entertained without the need to gather in large groups. And who knows, maybe the you will have a little fun as well. Click here.

And if that's not enough we've curated this great list of activities that are sure to keep them busy: 62 things for the kids to do at home

Sexy business: Sex Education, clever and funny, it's perfect binge material.

Sexy business: Sex Education, clever and funny, it's perfect binge material.

Not into any of the above, then watch Netflix

Fill your "me time" over the next two weeks with some of the hottest bingeable series on Netflix. Click here for our Top 10.

You're welcome.

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