July 1: 7 Activities to do While Under Quarantine
For most people around the world, being self-quarantined isn’t exactly a bucket-list item any of us were eager to check off. Nevertheless, here we are, experiencing the reality of this new way of isolated living firsthand. So, now what do we do now to pass the time—not to mention keep from going stir crazy?
Whether you are in quarantine or self-isolation, here are a few activities to consider trying as a way to stay mentally engaged, physically active, and even socially connected in your new shelter-at-home environment.
On many popular reality game shows, contestants are often given the opportunity to “phone a friend” when they find themselves facing a question or situation they can’t handle on their own. Nowadays, that lifeline seems more relatable—and more important—than ever. Just because we may be separated by social distancing guidelines doesn’t mean our ability to socially connect with one another has ended. From phone calls, to text messages, to FaceTime, to Zoom gatherings, there are plenty of innovative ways to stay connected to family and friends, even if it is only virtually.
Exercise at home
With many community gyms and fitness centers temporarily closed, we’ve had to find new, creative ways to work-in a little workout time into our stay-at-home lives. Fortunately, there are countless exercises and activities for all skill and ability levels, such as: calf raises on the steps, pushups and planks in the living room, home or yard walks, standing on one foot, stretching, and yoga—to name a few. Like any fitness goal, the hardest part is most often our determination to stick with it and make it part of our daily routine.
Read the books you’ve been meaning to read
Now that you have a little time on your hands, as well as fewer distractions, what better opportunity than now to finally get around to some of those books you’ve been meaning to read? If you happen to be caught up on your book list, this is a great chance to start a new one. And don’t hesitate to (safely) contact friends or family for recommendations. You could even start your own virtual book club. See “Virtual Gatherings” above.
Catch up on your shows
In no way is this a recommendation to become a couch potato. However, finding ways to stay entertained is the name of the game. And streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime, HBO, etc. make it easier than ever to tune in to an expansive library of movies, shows, documentaries, and other programs—all from the comfort of your own home or mobile device. Muck like the books, if you need some recommendations to add to your watchlist, there is no shortage of opinions out there. Check out some suggestions here.
Write a poem or a novel
Maybe writing is a long-buried talent, or maybe you’ve never even considered trying it. Either way, uninterrupted home time is a writer’s best friend. And now that we have plenty of contemplative time to spare, putting the pen to paper for a little creative exploration is a perfectly fitting way to spend your day. If you need some inspiration or a few tips, check out this helpful writing resource to get started.
Connect with the great outdoors
Where and when possible, taking in some sun is the refresh many of us need. Not only is a little outdoors time a much-needed way to counter some of the inevitable cabin fever we might be experiencing cooped up in our homes but reconnecting with our world and nature brings peace to the mind and soul. Just remember to keep a healthy distance from others. For those unable to leave the house, simply open a window and take a few deep breaths. It might not be quite the same, but something is better than nothing. And right now, we could all use something.
They don’t call them “comfort foods” for nothing. Food has an amazing ability to bring psychological comfort. Oftentimes, different types of food or specific dishes remind us of fond memories or occasions we’ve experienced, or they just simply give us feelings of happiness—and fullness. In times of home confinement, putting on the apron and creating a little culinary magic is a great way to feed your creative needs, your mental needs, and your stomach. Just remember to keep it healthy. Here are a few simple dishes to try.
Regardless of what you choose to do, or how you choose to spend your time, it’s important to find something that will bring you comfort and help you constructively pass the time. Difficult times come and go—and this, too, shall pass. We just need to stay busy until it does.
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