As social distancing and self-quarantining continue, some of us may be going crazy not able to go and do the things we’re used to.
Now is the time to relax, but when you’ve been cooped up for weeks, and still can’t hit the shops or movie theaters, how can you spend your time?
There are a lot of options out there:
Connect with friends virtually
We use virtual meeting apps for work all the time, but why not use platforms like Zoom and Skype to hold a virtual party or a virtual happy hour?
Learn to draw
Just like every other activity, your skills will be improved as you learn basic principles and get some practice. The key to learning to draw, just like learning to write, is working until you own it. No one said it would be easy, nothing worth doing is. Yet just because it is challenging does not mean that, with time and hard work, you will be excellent.
Participate in a scavenger hunt in the house
Scavenger hunts are fun! They're easy to create and can be tailored to any theme, any age, any place. Scavenger hunts are usually thought of for parties or other large groups, but they're just as fun for small families or even individual children
Train your dog
You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. Every dog needs to learn how to live successfully in a home environment. Domestic dogs might seem to have an easy life compared to their wild counterparts, but living in a human world comes with certain unique pressures. Teaching your dog basic manner skills and providing her with enough mental enrichment and physical exercise will prevent her from developing anxiety and other stress related behaviors such as destructive chewing, barking and aggressive displays.
Meditate, Do Yoga
It’s time to roll out your yoga mat and discover the combination of physical and mental exercises that for thousands of years have hooked yoga practitioners around the globe. The beauty of yoga is that you don’t have to be a yogi or yogini to reap the benefits. Whether you are young or old, overweight or fit, yoga has the power to calm the mind and strengthen the body. Don’t be intimidated by yoga terminology, fancy yoga studios and complicated poses. Yoga is for everyone.
Learn a new craft, hobby
From knitting and crocheting, through paper and clay craft, to soap and candle making, ideas for craft hobbies projects are endless.
If you are good at drawing or painting, choose something that involves decorating, like making cards or charcoal drawings. If you find that working in three dimensions and modelling things in your hands is what makes you tick, then go for clay, candle, or soap projects.
Finally, if you are patient, and find repetition soothing and relaxing, then there is nothing better than crochet or needlework. Some projects may take hours, others weeks, but all of them can be done for pennies if you engage your creativity.
Build a Lego
If you have kids, and they have a bin of Legos, dump them out and build. See what you can come up with by free-building.
Play board, card games
Turn off the Switch, XBox, PS4, iPads and dig out one of the board games that are stashed in the hall closet. See if you can beat your family at Trivial Pursuit, or how about an epic game of Monopoly or Risk. There’s no need to play the short versions since we all have hours to kill.
Binge-watch a series
Want to find out why everyone’s talking about Baby Yoda, but you haven’t sat down to watch “The Mandalorian?" Now is your chance.
There’s a bunch of shows that are perfect for binge-watching while you’re still home.
Maybe you’ll want to start new shows like “Jack Ryan” or catch up on those classic “Seinfeld” episodes.
Get some culture
Many Opera, Ballet and Theaters are placing their shows on YouTube, is streaming nightly. You can also visit a many Museums and Galleries without leaving the comfort of your home on a virtual Tour.
Go on a safari
Some Zoos are putting up their animal cameras and live streaming, or perhaps you could take the kids on a Safari using Google Searches for Animals etc.
Read a book
Surely you have some books on the shelf that you have you have always wanted to read but never had the time, well now is the time.
We are living in an unprecedented time. Write about it; Or if you always wanted to write a book, start writing,
Listen to podcasts
Find your favorite topic and listen to a podcast on it.
See what you have in your pantry and whip up a new meal !!!
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