We’ve been asked to stay home for a couple of weeks now because of the coronavirus, and it’s certainly been a strange time. People are working from home or being laid off, schools have closed for the year, and the grocery stores seem to be the only thing open. What can you do during this time? Keep reading for some fun suggestions.
Yes, we’ve been given the stay-at-home mandate from Gov. Tom Wolf. That means we shouldn’t be going out and hanging with friends or shopping for things that aren’t essential to life. That does not mean we are trapped indoors. Take advantage of the beautiful spring days we’ve been experiencing and go for a walk or just sit outside and listen to nature.
This might be a good time to start gardening or maybe just walk every day. Get your heart rate up and soak up some Vitamin D when you can.
TV & Movies
Chances are you have more free time than you did before. That means it’s time to catch up on all the shows you’ve been putting off because you didn’t have time for them. So go ahead, go catch up on Tiger King and learn what all those memes about Carole Baskin are about. You could also do that cinematic universe binge you’ve been dreaming of. If you have Disney+, complete the MCU marathon and finally get all the references in Endgame, or finish the Star Wars cinematic universe (well, all but RoS).
This is also a good time to spend time with your family and watch a nice, feelgood movie together. Pop some popcorn, curl up on the couch and sing along to your favorite musical movies with the whole family.
Games. We’re surrounded by them, whether it’s gaming on your phone or other mobile devices like tablets, classic board games like Clue or Scattergories, or video games like Minecraft and DOOM. There are endless games to play during this time, and it’s a more enjoyable way to feel like you’ve accomplished something. Completing a level, earning an achievement or finally winning against your family is bound to be a great feeling, and it’s times like these when we need that kind of completionist motivation. You can try those new games you’ve been looking at for so long, or finally finish the one you started forever ago. The possibilities are endless, and why not do it while you can.
As mentioned above, it’s a great time to try something new. Take up a new hobby, especially if it doesn’t require going shopping for supplies. If it does, see if you can order online. Grab some crochet needles and yarn and stitch up a cute oven mitt. Start that scrapbook you’ve been dying to put stuff in. Go online and take some free courses in photography. Write that book you’ve been dreaming of. It’s another way to feel a sense of accomplishment in this new normal.
Yes, it’s a strange time, but there are endless things to keep your mind off of everything crazy going on. Take advantage of this time you have and spend it with those around you — literally — or take a moment to better yourself. Or just take the time to relax; there’s a good chance you haven’t done much of that in a long time. While it’s a fantastic time to be accomplishing things and developing new hobbies and habits, it’s also a good time for self-care and relaxation. Don’t feel like you need to come out of this a better person with three new hobbies and a list of things you completed. If you so choose, you can just take it easy and not really do anything, if that’s what you feel you need.
And if you don’t have any free time right now, like if you’re one of those brave and necessary essential workers, take what free time you do have and relax. Take some breaths and care for yourself. You’re doing great things to keep the world going, and you are so appreciated. Take time to yourself whenever you get the chance because you deserve it.