With schools closed, sporting events cancelled, and restaurants limited to takeout-only, social distancing means being mainly confined to the house or apartment. Even if you’re working from home, you’re bound to have more free time on your hands. So, we’ve compiled a list of suggestions to help keep your quarantine interesting – and possibly even productive!
- Master a new recipe
- There are plenty of cooking blogs, websites, and YouTube videos to help you master a new recipe. You could also start a Pinterest board to get your creative juices flowing. If you’re new to cooking, it doesn’t have to be fancy – you might surprise yourself!
- Take up journaling
- It’s hard not to feel stressed these days. Journaling can help you process your thoughts and feelings.
- Virtual cheers
- Looking for a way to still celebrate happy hour? Grab your beverage of choice, hop on Facetime, and cheers with a friend you want to reconnect with. This is a great way to celebrate your day and get some socialization in.
- Practice mindfulness
- Mindfulness can be beneficial for your mind and body; however, it can be difficult for people to quiet their minds. Try starting with 5 minutes a day and increase it from there. Allow your thoughts to pass through your mind, but don’t linger on them – for many it can be helpful to visualize a news crawler with your thoughts scrolling by.
- Get outside
- A breath of fresh air can help reset your mind and keep stir craziness at bay. Just be sure to maintain a six feet distance while passing by other people.
- Marie Kondo your house
- If you missed the Tidying Up with Marie Kondo frenzy in 2019, now is a perfect time to catch up and binge-watch the Netflix series. The show takes you through Kondo’s KonMari method of organization and decluttering. The process of organizing your home can not only be therapeutic, but also leave you with a sense of accomplishment.
- Create a self-care routine
- Now is a great time to implement a self-care routine to take care of yourself. This can be whatever relaxes you and “sparks joy” (have you finished #6 yet?). Try a face mask, taking a bath, or making yourself your favorite cup of tea.
- Learn another language
- Expanding your language can be a great way to stimulate your brain. There are several language learning apps, such as Duolingo, or you could go old school and try out a Rosetta Stone subscription.
- Since gyms are closed, online fitness programs are taking off. Many fitness and yoga studios are broadcasting livestreams and Peloton is offering a free 90 day subscription trial for their workout app. Sweat it out and release those endorphins!
- Get creative
- If you haven’t picked up a paintbrush since high school, you’re not alone. This is a great opportunity to express yourself creatively – whether it’s drawing, painting, scrapbooking, or knitting. Order some supplies off Amazon and have fun!
Bonus Idea: Explore a museum virtually! This is a great activity to do with kids and some zoos are even doing a learning hour livestream (e.g. Elmwood Park Zoo). Google Arts and Culture is a great place to start your museum tour.
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