It’s no secret that each and every one of us is struggling in our own way due to the effects of the Coronavirus. I’m not going to lie, this is a frightening time, especially for those of us who have never experienced anything like this before. Everywhere you look, it’s COVID-19. Every media outlet is flooded with bad news, there are literal lockdowns taking place all over the globe and thousands of people are putting their lives on the line to help others. It’s overwhelming and scary, I totally get it.
But as challenging as this time may be, it’s important that we stop focusing on the negatives and begin to look for the silver lining. Right now, nature is getting a much needed breath of fresh air as the pollution levels decrease, families are being united, businesses are focusing on the wellbeing of their employees (for the most part) and our usually chaotic lives are coming to a halt as we are forced to slow down.
While this period of self-isolation is extremely important for flattening the curve, it can get a little frustrating coming up with ways to fill your day. If you’re in the “working-from-home” population, it can be challenging to stay motivated. Check out The Blissful Mind for some helpful tips on how to stay productive while working from home. If you’re not so lucky to have work that fills your day, you may be feeling a little like Jack Torrance from The Shining (definitely a movie I recommend watching once self-isolation is over).
If you’re feeling agitated, frustrated, bored, depressed, fearful or anxious, know that you have every right to feel that way. Your feelings during this time of uncertainty are totally and completely valid. But, we have to stay positive. I know it’s hard but we must find the good in this situation and remember that we’re all in this together (I knew High School Musical would come back to teach me something). Although we can’t control what’s going on around us, we can control how we react to it.
Here are 10 ways to kick self-isolation boredom’s butt and make the most of your time at home.
1. Go outside
Something that I look forward to every day is going for a walk with my family. We’ve made it a habit to get in at least a 2k walk every night. There have been mixed feelings about whether or not we’re allowed to go outside during this time but I’ve read many articles that have stated that going for walks is actually good for us – as long as we are 2 meters from others who don’t live with us. If you’re up for some fresh air and exercise, get on those runners and get outside.
2. Get on that workout grind
Speaking of exercise; while most gyms have shut down, that doesn’t mean you can’t get in your cardio somewhere else. Block off some space in your house where you can stretch and workout safely without knocking over a lamp. If you’re someone who prefers the gym machines and are completely lost without them (ahem, me), look up at-home workouts on YouTube for some inspiration. Even if it’s just for a little bit, something is better than nothing.
3. Break out the board games
Let’s go back to the days where the only technology we had was a landline and family game nights consisted mainly of yelling and crying and just a little bit of actually playing games. Keeping in mind that we’re adults now, let’s break out the board games – old and new – and start playing! This is a great way to put the screens aside and get your brain working.
If you’re tired of coming up with “Scrabble-worthy” words and just need a break, good ol’ Netflix is at your service. Get comfy, grab some popcorn and binge to your hearts desire!!
5. Quality time with your family/roommates
Whether you live with family members or roommates, it can get pretty suffocating when you’re surrounded by the same few people for an extended period of time. Take breaks to be by yourself when necessary, but try and make the most of it. We’re all experiencing the same thing and nobody wants to be stuck in a hostile environment.
6. Get in touch with your spirituality
This is a very difficult time and it’s easy to get lost in thoughts of negativity. In order to combat those dark feelings, we must find a way of coping that works for us. For some, their spirituality is what keeps them afloat; whether it be speaking to God, visiting your sacred place of prayer or practising meditation.
7. Experiment in the kitchen
What better way to spend your time than by trying different recipes!! You’ll actually be able to have your cake and eat it too! This is a great way to get creative, learn a new skill or enhance an old one all while having fun (plus you get treats out of it). Since we’ve been off, my mom has already made 3 cakes and a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Let me just say, it’s a good thing we’ve been doing all that walking.
8. Clean + Organize
Remember when you said you would clean out the laundry room, reorganize your closet and tackle the garage and it never actually got done? Now’s your chance! Blast the music, put on some old clothes and get cracking! You’ll feel such accomplishment when you’re done.
9. Learn something new
Just because we’re confined to our homes, doesn’t mean we don’t have access to the outside world. We have the whole internet in the palms of our hands – use it to your advantage. Want to learn a new language? There’s an app for it. Want to learn how to braid your hair? There’s tons of YouTuber’s who’ll show you. There are endless possibilities. Use your time wisely and learn something new!
10. Pick up an old hobby
This is the perfect time to do some soul searching and revisit some of the things you used to love to do. There are tons of activities that get thrown to the side because we never have the time. I’ve gotten back into reading novels and writing blog posts, and let me just tell you, I’m feeling great! I encourage you to do some thinking and get back into whatever it is that sets your soul on fire.