As COVID-19 social distancing continue, the new norm—spending more time inside, working from home or learning from home — has forced us to slow down. Being home is not bad once you realize all the fulfilling and productive things you can do.
What can you do to pass the time while self-quarantined? With your usual means of entertainment off the menu, here are 7 fun things to do while quarantined:
Learn a new craft, hobby
Curious about a specific topic, interested in developing a new skill, or really anything at all? Now’s the time to educate yourself. Find your favorite topic and listen to a podcast on it. Doing something detail-oriented or creating something beautiful can be rewarding.
Turn off the electronics and dust off one of those board games stashed away in the hall closet. With extra time to kill, see if you can beat your family in Monopoly or and old-fashioned card game. If you live alone, pass time with puzzles, crosswords or video games and check out online gaming communities.
Performers are trying to find ways to share their art with the world. With more virtual options for social gatherings, including free online concerts and digital museum tours, you can create your own sense of community.
Fresh air and exercise are good for your physical health and mental health. You can walk around your neighborhood if you live in the suburbs, go to a park, go hiking or go jogging. You can leave your home in most cases, just practice social distancing (if you’re not under curfew or a shelter-in-place order).
There are lots of communities to support right now, and although we can’t necessarily provide relief or comfort with our physical presence, you can certainly contribute in other fun and creative ways. Find local charities in need of your support online.
Now’s the time to start living your best domestic life. See what you have in your pantry and whip up a new meal. Make it a virtual competition with friends and family, like one of your favorite TV competition shows.