Last week was our first full week of COVID-19 social distancing and self quarantine. I cannot stress how boring it was. To my assumption, everyone else is just as bored as I am and starting to go a bit stir-crazy. On another note, no one was truly prepared to be stuck inside their homes for an undetermined amount of time. At this point, we do not have the luxury of doing the things we would typically do on a day to day basis. For me, it has been a real struggle to not be able to run to the barber shop for a cut and clean shave.
The biggest thing to note in our self absorbing brains is that we are all quarantined. All of us are being deprived of what our normal lives consist of. In fact, there are hundreds of people who have it worse and are losing their lives to the coronavirus around the globe. If you are reading this, take moment and remember how grateful you are for good health.
To lighten the mood, I have constructed a handful of things that you can do during your quarantine. If we are going to stuck inside, bored, and lonely we might as well find ways to enjoy it! In fact, from here on out, let us call it coronacation since this is our opportunity to take time and treat ourselves… just like a vacation.
come one, come all to coronacation
If you are someone like me, it is so hard to find time throughout the week to exercise. About four years ago I was in the best shape of my life. I worked out five of seven days in the week, ate clean, and kept active. I have a passion for running, core strengthening, and yoga which has dwindled throughout the years.
Sometimes life gets busy and we forget to prioritize the things that matter. Physical and mental health are extremely important in living a fulfilled life. During your coronacation remember what types of physical activities keep you fit and focused! Here are some great and easy options during this time:
- At Home Workouts
- Core Strength Training
- Yoga & Meditation
- Arms (use soup cans, textbooks, or other resisting items)
Be With Family
Family is family, we don’t get to choose them! Whether your family is biological or not, now is a perfect time to spend time with them. When I say “family” I don’t necessarily mean Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother. For sure, your family could consist of that group of people if you still live at home. But, for many, family is a very broad term.
As of right now, my immediate family lives nearly 1,000 miles away from my current location. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a family where I am right now. What I call my “South Carolina Family” consists of a very different group of people than my immediate family. Here I have my roommates, college friends, girl friend, and dog.
There are some days where I think to myself, “Whoa, everyone is really busy. I haven’t seen my roommates in weeks.” During this coronacation none of us are doing anything and it is really nice having time to spend with everyone. Be sure to appreciate the time you are able to spend with whatever version of family you have available to you!
Take a trip back in time. What was your favorite thing to do during your childhood? Make believe, playing house, easy bake oven, or catch with your old man? Well not all of these are feasible in our circumstances; However, some things are more attainable than you think.
Crack out some of those old, dusty board games that still have most of those pieces. If you are looking for a time consuming game, don’t forget about monopoly. There are an endless amount of games that you can play with a deck of cards; Solitaire, rummy, poker, go-fish, and so on.
We all have one. That one book you purchased in 2017 because your best friend told you to. Best friend Betty said “it gave me a whole new outlook on life, you really need to read it!” You buy the book and then what happened? You read somewhere between the first 5 to 15 pages, get distracted, and put it on a shelf. Soon after, you piled a mess on top it and lost it in the clutter-land.
Now is the moment! Pick up that book and read it. Even if you know it won’t be as life changing as Betty said it would be, considering she forgot about the meaning of the novel in two weeks, maybe it will bring you on a temporary brain journey. Travel through the words and story line. It might be the only journey you go on for some time.
Depending on who you are, art might be a passion of yours. I know that art is not one of my big passions, but I do certainly enjoy the idea of it. I have a precise, visual eye, however, I do struggle with the control of my hands when creating a piece of art work.
You may want to consider tuning into your creative side and get a coloring book, paint and canvas, or sculpting clay! Art is truly limitless, so let your imagination run free!
It is time to think about you! After weeks, months, years of running around nonstop for others, you can finally take a moment and do something for yourself. Taking care of yourself is the first step in a happy and healthy life. Don’t be that hypocrite telling someone else that they need to care about themselves when you are not practicing what you preach. Cleanse that face with masks, whiten those teeth, do moisturizing treatments, shave that unwanted hair, and give yourself a much needed at home spa day. I know it’s not a mud bath in a dim-lit spa room that smells like lavender, but it might just do the trick for some self love and relaxation.
Hobbies & Pastimes
Everyone has something that they enjoy or enjoyed doing in their pastime. For me, and one of my weirdest quirks since I was eight, I like making string bracelets. It is something that I learned at summer camp with all the kids and I continued doing it when I had time as an adult. I don’t have as much time to do it anymore, but when I do have time it relaxes me, makes me focus on only the bracelet, and I get to make them for people I really want to have it.
If there is something you enjoy doing but there isn’t much time in your life to do on a day to day or week to week basis, now is your chance!
Side note: all my readers are my friends. If you would like me to make, send you a handmade friendship bracelet, and make our friendship permanent, then email me at email@example.com. I don’t have a lot of colors and the stores are not open, but we are working with what we got!
Learn A New Language
Language has always been something that interested me. I have a lot of friends across the world who do speak English fluently as a secondary language. The interesting thing to me is that they start to learn second, third, and fourth languages as young as five years old. In the United States, students typically start learning a secondary language in middle school. Once they begin learning the language the education system does not make it a priority that students take it seriously.
Since I was fourteen, I have been learning the language of Italian hoping it would come in handy when I traveled to Italy. I am very hesitant to travel to Italy for the sole reason of me not being confident in my speaking habits of their language. There has always been this idea in my head that I would hope off the plane and I would know exactly how to verbally communicate, fluently. Unfortunately, just like the United States public school education system, I have not prioritized aggressively learning Italian.
If you are like me and would like to learn a foreign language you have been working on for years, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be your support system if you will be mine. We are in this together, through quarantine and beyond. Maybe becoming more in tune with a new language and culture will be beneficial for a future trip!
Cook & Bake
I know that grocery stores are not ideal during the Coronavirus pandemic, but now is the time to expand your horizons on what you use in the kitchen. Heading to the market is like a whole new world. Simple ingredients that you typically use to make a soup are not available. But guess what, everything is replaceable.
Hop on the internet; whether it be Google, Pinterest, or other cooking and baking websites. Find some recipes that suit you and your family. In my opinion, with the way the grocery stores are stocked, potentially plan food for only a few days at a time. Typically, I would plan a food shopping trip for the entire week, but it is unrealistic at this point to find what I need in one go to the store. With this tactic, you also have something to do throughout the week; going to the grocery store aka the only thing to do aka the only thing that is open.
Watch A New TV Series
Watch some great new shows with your family and friends. Whether you are with people or alone, you can watch shows together and catch up after each episode. It’s the newest version of book chat groups! If you have Netflix or Hulu, they are both great for binge watching. In my opinion, Netflix is better for binge watching TV series and Hulu is better for some great throwback movies. You might as well be entertained-bored at home. Here is a list of my favorite shows and movies at this time:
- Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix)
- Love Island Australia (Hulu)
- Lost (Netflix)
- Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)
- Dexter (Netflix)
- Lucifer (Netflix)
- Friends (Hulu)
- The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)
- Netflix Documentaries
- Dumplin’ (Netflix)
- Gone (Hulu)
- Silver Linings Playbook (Netflix)
- A Simple Favor (Hulu)
- Murder Mystery (Netflix)
- Leap Year (Hulu)
- What Happened To Monday (Netflix)
- Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
- Close (Netflix)
This may be your only chance. Take the generous amount of time to rest. I know that it is stressful to not know when the pandemic will be over, how long you will be out of your job, and worrying about how you will pay the bills. But, like I said before, we are all dealing with it and it will all work out; I hope.
There is nothing we can do about it right now. Therefore, take time from your stress induced life and lay down, take naps, sit in a hammock, sleep in later, and go to bed earlier. Seize the day and rejuvenate you body, mind, and soul. We are all busy people and now we have the opportunity to become better versions of ourselves.
I hope you got something out of this post in the chance of being less bored at home during your quarantine. I wish you the best of luck getting yourself through this pandemic and the undetermined amount of time for self quarantining and social distancing. Remember to use your time wisely and take full advantage of this coronacation.