Quarantining and self isolation has become the new normal if you have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19, and it is set to be something we may have to deal with for many more months, if not years to come.
While it is a necessity to protect society and try to stop the spread of this horrible illness, it can also be very dull, especially if you are feeling fine. We all hate looking out of the window, watching the world go about their business while we are all forced to stay in our home, especially after the long periods of lockdowns that we have all had to go through. Here, we look at some of the things that you can do to make it a little more fun, or at the very least productive for you.
Stay connected to family and friends
Just because you can’t physically see your friends and family doesn’t mean that you can’t keep up to date with them. As we know from the lockdowns, Skype Facetime and Zoom are great ways to keep in touch. Relationships’ are vital for keeping our mental health intact.
Read Books. Magazines. Whether digitally or in print. This is an excellent time to reread classics, catch up on new releases, or partake in your favorite genre fiction. Reading broadens your mind and sets a good example for your children, putting them on the path to becoming lifetime readers as well.
Meditation reduces inflammation and improves our immune functions; it also helps us focus our attention and feel less controlled by difficult thoughts or feelings. Begin slowly – just a few minutes per day – and consider apps that can help guide meditation at first.
Play some games
Not everything you do needs to be productive and educational. Sometimes, wiling away a few hours playing car games online or something else that you like to play is a great use of a few hours.
Those little jobs that you are always putting off because of a lack of time can be done now – you have no excuse! Sort through your junk drawer, organize your kitchen cupboards, reorder your spices, untangle and label that mess of electronic cords, and clean the garage. Do whatever you have been putting off that will make your life easier once this is over.
Learn a new skill
What about typography or drawing? Embroidering? Poetry? Origami? This is an excellent time to try something new. Aside from having fun, consider learning a new language or another skill that will help you in your career. Online resources are nearly limitless, whether through a virtual class, online forum, YouTube videos, or other means.
You can’t hit the gym or go out for a run, but there are plenty of things that you can do in your home or garden to keep yourself fit if you feel up to it. On YouTube there are a whole plethora of home workout videos you can follow.
How have you been keeping yourself entertained during a period of quarantine? Let me know in the comments below!