Many of us find ourselves confined to our homes due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. While this situation is challenging, there are lots of things we can do to occupy out time from the comfort of our homes. Take this time to accomplish things you usually don’t have time for. Here are some ideas for things you can do while you’re at home.
1. Stay in Contact with Family and Friends
Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t find other ways to interact with loved ones. There’s always video chatting or even good old phone calls. Reach out to people you haven’t spoken with in a long time as well.
2. Write Them Letters, Too!
With all this time at home you suddenly have, it’s a great chance to practice the sacred art of handwritten letters. A thoughtful card would brighten your friends’ and family’s day while they’re stuck at home.
Now is finally your chance to do all the self-care you’ve been saying you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had time for. Meditation helps reduce stress and anxiety, increase self-awareness, and promote emotional health. Look up some videos, podcasts, or apps to help you get started.
4. Read the Books You’ve Been Meaning to Read
Do you have a pile of books somewhere, waiting to be read? Well, now’s the time to finally crack those open. Dedicate some time to curl up with books you’ve been wanting to read.
5. Start a Journal
Set aside a specific time each day to write a journal entry. Jotting down a few thoughts can help reduce stress and organize your thoughts. Journaling is also known to help inspire creativity which is something you’ll need to make the most of this time.
6. Clean Out Your Inbox
Is your email inbox overflowing with old emails? What better time to devote to cleaning that out than now when you’re stuck at home? Devote a half an hour to deleting emails that are just causing inbox clutter. You’ll feel so much better once it’s done.
7. Use Coloring Books
Coloring books aren’t just for kids. It’s a great tool for relieving stress and anxiety for everyone. Plus, if you have little ones at home with you, this is a great activity you can all do together.
8. Learn a New Skill
There are plenty of new skills you can learn without having to buy any supplies. From learning a new language or improving your handwriting to becoming a better dancer, learning to code, or teaching your cat tricks, the internet is ripe with helpful content for learning something new.
9. Enjoy Music
Speaking of playing an instrument, this is a good opportunity to enjoy some music. If there’s a new album that came out that you haven’t had the chance to listen to yet or there’s that one artist you love that never gets old, turn on some music and relax.
No matter what you do, try to develop a routine. Routine and structure will help keep you from going completely stir-crazy. Keep in touch with loved ones and keep washing those hands. For more information on how to stay safe during this crisis, visit CDC.gov.