As you find yourself stuck inside day to day due to the coronavirus pandemic, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed, sad, confused and unmotivated. If you find yourself wandering around aimlessly, you’re not alone. To help you find joy and purpose in the coming days, check out the article below to find a list of things you can do while you’re stuck inside.
With the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in our midst, we find ourselves in a vulnerable and frightening situation. Everyone’s lives have been turned upside down, and people find themselves alone, at home, with a lot more time on their hands. If you’ve been wondering what to do with yourself, how to fill the days and pass the time, check out the list below for some ideas to keep you entertained or motivated as you distance yourself from others.
Just because you can’t meet up with your friends at the movies or for dinner doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected. Check in via text or video chat. If you have certain traditions, like movie or game nights, keep them alive via webcam. It might not be the same, but maintaining your friendships and human connections is important during this time.
Now is the time to tackle your to-be-read list. Choose a challenging book you’ve been putting off because of its size, or pick a lighthearted book to boost your mood. Perhaps you’d enjoy a self-help book to help guide you through this time and help you sort through your thoughts and emotions. No matter what you choose, take the time to relax and enjoy.
If you’ve always wanted to learn to speak another language or have thought about taking online courses to broaden your knowledge, now is the time. Spend your quarantine enriching your mind and bettering yourself. The situation the world finds itself in is certainly a scary one, but in some ways you’ve been given the gift of time. Use it wisely.
While you’re at it, you can also look into learning a new skill. And if you’re looking to supplement your income during this pandemic, check out my post on how to become a virtual assistant. It’s got a lot of information on how you can work from home assisting businesses online, including bloggers like myself. I use several virtual assistants to help the backend maintenance of this blog, so there is definitely a huge demand for this type of business.
Spend Time With Family
If you’re quarantined with your family, make time to create lasting memories. Play board games, read books, roast marshmallows over a fire pit, have family dinners, play catch, or do a puzzle.
It’s important that you keep moving. You don’t have to put on a ton of muscle or tackle a strenuous workout routine, but you should get up and move around. Do yoga, go for a jog if you can do so safely, or participate in an online fitness challenge. There are tons of them on Instagram and Pinterest. Just find something that works best for you and your fitness level.
Give yourself permission to take naps, check social media, enjoy a long shower, or have a self-care day. It’s important to remember that it’s okay to slow down during this time. The entire population is slowing down, taking a collective deep breath and figuring out the next move one step at a time.
Teach Yourself to Cook
If you’ve never been a master chef, advance your skills by preparing a recipe from your favorite cookbook, or simply browse through Pinterest for tons of ideas. Of course, I have tons of delicious recipes here on the blog for you too! If you are experienced in the kitchen, challenge yourself to create something new and exciting. Make a night of it. Sip some wine, listen to music, set the table, wear something besides pajamas, and enjoy yourself.
Continue to support small businesses during this time by ordering takeout, buying gift cards, and shopping online. Without support, some businesses will be forced to close their doors permanently. Support your favorites, buy local, and make sure they get to celebrate the end of quarantine with open doors.
Tap Into Your Creativity
If you’re an artistic type, create something that expresses your emotions (or distracts you from them). Paint, create music, try your hand at homemade bath bombs, write a poem, start a blog or anything else that inspires you and makes you feel alive inside. Ever wanted to to learn how to arrange flowers like a professional? Check out this online flower arranging masterclass with an option to turn your new flower arranging skill into your own business.
Have a Movie Marathon
Several viewing services are having deals right now. G, my first born fourteen year old son was just telling me about movies that were not set to release yet are available on digital now (he loves watching movies!), so finding tons of good movies/tv shows to watch should be easy. Binge your favorites with popcorn or my kids’ favorite chocolate-covered pretzels or your own fave candy or snack, or discover new characters/plots to dive into.
Take Care of Others
Check on those in your life, or in your neighborhood, that might be especially vulnerable right now. Bring them groceries, help financially if you can, or simply lend a listening ear to someone who’s frightened. It’s important that humanity gather together (though not physically) and stand united during moments like these.
Remember, it’s not about being perfect during this trying time. It’s about doing your best, whatever that looks like. Keep yourself entertained, motivated, engaged, and as happy as you can, whether that means binging Netflix, working out, or creating art to express yourself. Best of all, whatever you do, remember that we’re all in this together. Let’s all follow what the CDC has set in place to stop the spread of coronavirus so we can all help flatten the curve and beat this pandemic as soon as possible. It will only work if we all work together. The future is on our hands.
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