With COVID-19 going on, many stay at home orders have been put in place. People are under quarantine. The school has been canceled, as well as public events and sports. In some states, there are 10 people limit for bars, while in some states all bars and restaurants are closed with the exception of pickup and delivery. Grocery store shelves are bare as people stock up on essentials.
But what about at home?
Being stuck at home can be really difficult. At first, it can feel like a mini-vacation – but after day 3 or 4, you start running out of things to do. Maybe you spent those few days binge-watching your favorite tv shows or movies, but now you desperately want to leave your house. We’ve got you covered.
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Here Are 10 Things You Can Do to Pass The Time When You Are Stuck at Home:
Try out a new recipe
Whether it be cooking an entire meal or finally getting your hands on trying out that baking recipe you’ve had pinned for years, now is the time to try it. Not sure where to start? Head on over to Pinterest and just start browsing through the collection of recipes.
I am personally one of those people who really thrive off going to spin class and trying out new studio workouts. Being able to leave my house and do my studio workout with a group of people is really motivating for me, so while I have a treadmill at home – it’s just not the same. Luckily, there are tons of at-home workout videos available, some of them being live streams so you can do them in real-time with an instructor.
Declutter and clean
I mean, now is a good time to finally clean out that one closet. You know, that one closet you haven’t been able to see the floor for the longest time? Reorganizing your pantry or dedicating one room a day is a good way to feel productive. Need some motivation? Just type in “clean with me power hour” on Youtube and you’ll find tons of motivational cleaning videos. Declutter and get rid of everything you do not need and divide it into a donation and throw away piles.
Connect with friends and family
It can be hard when you aren’t able to hang out with your friends or see relatives. Thankfully, we have Facetime, so video call your loved ones instead of just sending a simple text. There is something more personal about seeing the person’s face you are talking to. This is also a great time to reconnect with people you have not talked to in a while. I called an old friend I hadn’t seen in a few months and we were on the phone catching up for close to an hour.
Try a new hobby
I always seem to have a never-ending list of things I want to try out. On my list are learn how to crochet, learn how to put on contour powder properly ( I know, right), or create a social media presence of some sort. Now is the time to do so. Why? Because you’ve got all this time on your hands.
Go for a walk / get some fresh air
Social distancing can be very mentally strenuous. Luckily, you can still take a walk around your neighborhood so take advantage of that. National parks are still open so going out for a breath of fresh air will do wonders for you. Trust me on this one.
Think of a startup business
Okay, let’s be real here. We are not sure where our economy is going after all of this. But if you’ve ever had any ideas floating around in your head then now is the time to take these ideas and make them into something more concrete. If you’re thinking of vlogging, creating a product, use this time to get your ideas down. You never know where this will lead to.
Take time for yourself. It is important that during this time you practice self-care. Meditating is a great way to destress, as well as journaling your thoughts. There are many apps that feature meditation music, as well as Youtube videos that have hour-long nature or gentle piano playing.
Listen to a podcast
There are hundreds of great podcasts out there that cover a variety of topics from relationships, music, politics – you name it. I personally love listening to actress Sophia Bush’s podcast “Work in Progress”. The actress engages in funny, intelligent, and heartwarming conversations with people who talk about how they have gotten to where they are. Notable guests are actor Henry Wrinkler, poet Atticus, and journalist Gretchen Carlson.
Read a book.
Yes, I said it. Let’s be real. People just do not pick up a physical book as often as they used to. Find a book that sparks your interest and curl up on the sofa with it. You can escape to a different world and time for hours once you are engrossed in a book. If listening to a story is more your thing, Audible has hundreds of books you can choose to listen to.
So there is a quick rundown of what you can do to keep yourself busy while you are stuck at home. Some of them are productive and some are more relaxing, but the idea is to keep you busy and feeling good about yourself.
Take this as a time to improve and learn more about yourself. It is a scary time in the world. Nothing is for sure, so you can’t take anything for granted. Things such as going to the grocery store, going to work and school, meeting up with friends and family at restaurants and going out and about will seem like luxuries after this passes.
The important thing to remember and keep in mind is that it will pass and that we can only hope for the best and try to spend our time at home wisely as we wait.