By Dallas Ernst
News of the COVID-19 is everywhere, and many people are doing their best to try to stay healthy and help slow the virus’s spread. Due to high transferability, acts like social distancing, working remotely and self-quarantining are being used as precautionary measures.
If you are going to be stuck inside the house for a while, you might as well make the most of it. Here’s how to stay busy, entertained, productive and healthy at home.
Here’s an idea for how to stay busy when you have to stay in your house: get stuff done! Take the opportunity to do some cleaning and get organized.
Start with home projects you’ve been meaning to get to, like small repairs or organizing a junk drawer, closet, basement, attic or garage. Try going through your fridge, pantry and cabinets, getting rid of anything expired, wiping down the shelves and reorganizing.
Going room by room is a good approach, or you could try focusing on a specific method, like dusting, vacuuming or washing.
So you don’t start to feel cooped up, head outside to clean your home’s exterior. Other outside activities include sweeping your porch and/or walkways and prepping your lawn for the spring by raking your yard.
While you’re staying at home, do some things for yourself too. Taking care of your physical and mental health and knowing how to keep your mind busy is important, especially during stressful times.
Try doing some yoga, exercising or meditating. Treat yourself with a DIY spa day by taking a bath. If you have a porch or lawn, you can go outside for a little fresh air and/or some sunlight.
As always, drink plenty of water and eat a well-balanced diet. Consuming foods with immunity-boosting properties — like berries, greens, garlic and ginger — isn’t a bad idea either.
If you’re staying home for a while, it’s easy to keep yourself entertained with technology.
There are tons of movies and shows available for streaming. You can do a movie marathon by choosing a lengthy series—like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Fast 5, James Bond, etc.—or explore a certain genre, theme or director. Binge-watching a show, like one you know is worth watching but you haven’t previously had time for, is another option.
Playing videogames in an another way to pass the time. Whether you have a game console or like to use apps on your phone, there are a plethora of games for you to play.
You can also stay entertained by listening to podcasts or music. The choices here are practically endless, and another plus is you can do other things while listening too.
Like always, don’t spend too much time in front of screens. Be sure to get up, move around and make sure you’re staying hydrated.
Connect with others
Just because you’re staying home doesn’t mean you have to feel lonely. You can use this time to connect with people. Call or video chat with family or friends, or simply text or instant message someone to check in.
Another option is vlogging or writing a newsletter that you can email to your loved ones to let them know about what’s going on in your world.