These past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. We went from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives to staying at home and slowing down. It’s such a testament to the love and care we share for our communities that people are following the guidelines to stay home so everyone keeps healthy. It was difficult for me at first (in fact, it still is) because I’m one of those people who can never sit still and likes to stay busy. However, I realized that being home doesn’t mean I can’t be busy! Besides finally getting around to a lot of things on my to-do list, I also got a lot of new ideas from friends. Here’s a list of some fun and productive things to do while you’re staying at home:
Watch new TV shows and movies – Now is the time to finally watch all the “must see” TV shows and movies that have been on your list. I’m know that I’m late to the party, but I watched ALL 3 seasons of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” I LOVED the show – as everyone had been telling me I would. From the costumes to the writing to the acting and most of all, the humor! So, if you’re one of the few who hasn’t seen it, it is well worth the time!
2. Play Mahjong and other games – As some of you may know, Mahjong has been one of my favorite games for many years. My weekly game with friends is on hold but I found several online games you can play alone or with friends. Plus, there are several online courses that teach you how to play if you never have. There are lots of other online games you can play with friends, like UNO, Trivia Crack, Words with Friends and more. You can even schedule a weekly virtual game night so you and your friends can enjoy your games while staying safely at home.
3. Take a virtual museum tour – Sure, it might not be the same as seeing it firsthand, but I promise there is always something new to learn and beautiful to admire. Check on the museum’s websites or social media to find any livestreams or virtual tours. There is even a virtual tour of the White House that is really fascinating.
4. Jigsaw Puzzles – It’s a good time to pull out your jigsaw puzzles. I had to dig deep in the closet but I am happy I found a few. It’s a fun and challenging way to pass some time where you are alone or with your family. I also love the fact that you can go back to it when you find the time so it might take a few days to finish!
5. Attend a virtual concert – Many musicians like John Legend and Coldplay have been putting on virtual concerts on Instagram and YouTube, and places like the Metropolitan Opera are streaming their operas so people can tune in and enjoy their amazing talent from the comfort of the living room. Check them out!
6. Tackle that difficult recipe you’re always wanted to try – I’ve been eyeing a recipe for a multilayer crepe cake and think it’s time to give it a try. Now’s the perfect time to learn to bake bread or make that recipe you never had time to before. Or make something you love – I made my favorite popovers because all you need is flour, eggs, milk and sugar. Here’s the recipe if you want to make them. I promise, everyone in your home will enjoy them.
7. Meditate, write or journal – Spend your time reflecting on yourself and everything you’re feeling. Where do you want to improve? What are your goals for the months coming up? Think. Write it down. Take a moment to breathe.
8. Clean & declutter – Now is a great time to tackle all those spaces in your home that need a little attention. First, clean out your closet. Do you have a sweater you haven’t worn in 3 seasons? Get rid of it! Go through all your clothes and figure out what you love and what you can part with. What you don’t end up keeping, donate to the local Goodwill. After that, clean out your makeup, get rid of old makeup and wash your makeup brushes. Even try to clean out that junk drawer (everyone has one)!
9. Read a book – Remember that book you brought months ago and never got around to reading? Well now is the time! Once you’ve read it, pass the book onto a friend. Spread some joy.
10. write a letter to family and friends – Getting a letter in the mail feels like Christmas. Give your loved ones a nice surprise with a heartfelt letter to keep you all feeling connected.
11. Have a virtual hang out – Just because you can’t go out, doesn’t mean you can’t see friends. Use Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangouts to catch up or even have a virtual happy hour. You can also have a Netflix watch party where everyone watches the same movie and talks to each other at the same time.
12. Try an at-home workout –YouTube has all kinds of workout videos – from high-intensity cardio classes to relaxing yoga.
13. If you have kids, create an indoor scavenger hunt – Nothing is as fun as a scavenger hunt (plus it’ll keep the kids busy). Afterward, you can make a pillow fort!
14. Plan your next vacation – It’s always good to have something to look forward to. Take advantage of this time to plan where you want to go and what you want to do. Once you have it figured out, start a count down.
15. If you are able, donate money or food to your local food bank – Now it’s more important than ever to help those who need it.
16. Relax, sleep and take care of yourself – These are stressful, uncertain times and it’s important to find ways to relax. Take a bath with a lavender bath bomb and candles, meditate with the help of an app, and get some sleep. Most importantly, take care and be kind to yourself. We’ll get through this together.
I hope something on this list might help you get through the long days at home. Sending everyone love and good wishes to stay safe and healthy!