10 Things You Can Do While Social Distancing!
April 2, 2020
“I don’t have time for that.”
“I’ll do that when I have more time on my hands.”
“I’m just too busy all the time!”
These are all very common phases I’m sure we have all said before in our lives. The busier we are, the more productive we think we are being. Nobody wants to be considered lazy, and if you’re busy all the time, nobody will think that, right? But what happens when you’re forced to sit at home and do nothing? Well, that’s the situation we are all in right now. With the COVID-19 hitting the US in mid-March, schools, stores and work places are now all closing down so everyone can practice social distancing. With having to stay at home, we all have so much more time on our hands, more time than we will ever have again! This time doesn’t have to be boring either, but if you are feeling stuck, here are ten things you can do while social distancing:
1) Go for a walk
It’s easy to just want to sit inside in your pjs all day long but this is a great way to get up and feel refreshed for the day. It will get your endorphins pumping, preparing you for a nice productive day at home. You can even take the family dog (or the family) with you if you would like some company!
2) Play a board game
Are you and your family sitting around wanting something to do? Well, bust out the board games from the back of the closet! With classics such as The Game of Life, Monopoly, Clue and more, the fun is endless. Even if you don’t have a board game, you can pull out a deck of cards and have hours of family fun. Heck, you might even win!
3) Try a new hobby
Always wanted to be a writer? Has juggling always intreguided you? Want to learn how to cook pasta from scratch? Well what’s a better time to do that than right now? Without having the excuse, “I’m too busy,”what’s holding you back from learning a new hobby now? Get out there and try something new today!
4) Send a letter to a friend
Now, I know this might sound old school or weird, but trust me it can be fun! The letter can be about whatever you want, just saying “hey” or sharing your favorite memory to them. You can even include a picture of you two if you want. Not only will you have fun writing it, but I know they will get a kick out of reading it.
5) Arts and crafts
Doing arts and crafts is not just for kids, they’re for every age group and a great way of passing the time. There are plenty of little things you can do at home such as coloring, painting rocks or even doing chalk art in the driveway. You can even get competitive with it by having blindfolded drawing competitions with your family! There is plenty to do, so get out there and start creating!
6) Call a relative
Haven’t talked to Grandma since your last birthday? Give her a call! Or any relative you haven’t talked to in a while. It’s a great time to reconnect with family you may not see very often. Just like you, they are also practicing social distancing and are probably bored. It will make their day talking to you even for a few minutes.
7) Clean out your closet
This has probably been on the back burner for a lot of people; Something that might not seem intriguing when there are so many other things you can be doing. But now since we are all on pause it’s a perfect time to bust out those cleaning supplies and get going. Put on your favorites tunes and jam out, you’ll feel so much better when you know exactly where your favorite shirt is!
8) Start journaling
Go and get one of those unused notebooks that you have had sitting in your house for years and a pen and get writing! This journal is all for you so you can write about how your day went or how you are feeling. It can be a little oasis away from everything that is currently stressing you out and a time for you just to reflect. Keep it by your bedside or on your desk so it’s always there to prompt you to write!
9) Have themed family dinners
Sick and tired of typical family dinners? Well this is your time to branch out and be creative! Get a calendar and write down your themed days. For example, Tuesday can be “Tacky Tourist Day” and Friday can be ‘Everyone dress like mom’ day! It’s a sure way to spice up dinner time, and keep the whole family on their toes!
10) Take some time to be with yourself
When are we ever going to have this much time to ourselves again? Probably never, so take it while you can get it! It is the perfect time to sit back and reflect on yourself on what you would like to accomplish. Sit down and write out a goals list on things you would like to achieve for yourself. Make sure you are taking time to breath and just calm down for a bit!