Coronavirus 2020: 5 things to do during quarantine. Fun and productive things to do when you’re bored at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I don’t know about you, but we are almost a full 30 days into self-quarantining and it’s getting more difficult each day to stave off how stir-crazy my family is getting. It’s critical that we continue to honor federal, state and local stay-at-home and self-sheltering orders as cases of the Coronavirus in the U.S. soar past 500,000 and more than 20,000 people have died, but like everyone, I wish we could go back to our normal lives.
Coronavirus 2020: 5 Things to Do During Quarantine
That’s why we’re sharing some of the fun and productive things our team (and other people we know) are doing when we’re bored at home to keep our minds and bodies busy:
1. Clean and Organize Your Home
Spring cleaning isn’t fun but now is the perfect time to do it. Are there any seasonal cleaning tasks you’ve been putting off? Deep cleaning the windows, clearing out the junk drawer in the kitchen, shaking out rugs, fertilizing your yard, and washing the blinds will take up some time and it will all make you feel so much better.
The Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, inspired Americans all over the country to clean out their closets and only keep what sparks joy when it went live last year. I’ve noticed a lot of friends picking the KonMari Method back up during quarantine, clearing out old seldom worn clothes, shoes and handbags to better organize their closets.
And, if you’re a homeowner, these 10 home maintenance tips for Spring will help you repair any cold-weather damage and get your home ready for the warmer months.
2. Focus on Your Finances
“The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused financial stress to go through the roof, with all signs pointing to the start of a deep, prolonged global recession,” noted Ilyce Glink, publisher of ThinkGlink.com and CEO of award-winning financial wellness technology company Best Money Moves. “This is going to be a difficult recession for almost everyone, but you can weather the storm by anticipating challenges early and getting out in front of it.”
Take some of this time at home to review your finances with Glink’s 4 ways to prepare for a recession, and know that there’s help on the way from the federal government
3. Get Crafty
There are a ton of ways to get creative at home. A quick search will turn up dozens of projects you can do with supplies you already have on hand, but if that’s not your style look up your local craft store and see if they’re doing curbside pickup. Or, the next time you need to restock groceries, head to one of the larger retailers like Walmart or Target which offer entire sections dedicated to home crafting. I’ve personally gotten really into acrylic pouring and bullet journaling during my self-sheltering.
4. Improve Your Health and Fitness
Why not use this time at home to learn how to cook something new? There are numerous recipes for every ingredient you could possibly imagine online or pick up one of the recipe books collecting dust on your bookshelf.
Similarly, there are a lot of free fitness resources available online and YouTube is a great place to start. There are plenty of options out there for cardio, dance, strength training and so on. A lot of them don’t require the use of any equipment, and those that do are minimal, meaning you might need a set of weights or a yoga mat. I enjoy Yoga With Adriene, a series with hundreds of videos and practices as short as 5 minutes or as long as an hour.
If you’re used to exercising in a studio, see if they’re doing anything online. Many fitness studios are doing live workouts online to stay in business and give members value during quarantine.
5. Reconnect with Loved Ones and Old Friends
Let’s face it, we all get busy and distracted with our lives and we tell ourselves that we’d reach out to friends and loved ones more if only we had more time. Well, now we have that time to reconnect, catch up and laugh about the good old days.
I’ll admit that when I was first given this advice I rolled my eyes, however, since then an old middle school friend reached out to me. She found old notes we passed in school as she cleaned out her attic and suddenly I found myself video chatting with two women I haven’t seen in almost two decades. It was thrilling, light-hearted fun and a great distraction from everything going on.