As of March 30, 2020, President Trump announced that social distancing has been extended in the United States until April 30, 2020. If you feel as though you’ve already exhausted the things you can do at home, here are ten things you can do while social distancing to keep you busy.
Start a weekly e-newsletter with your closest companions
We’re already on our phones and computers so much during this social distancing period. Why not utilize them to stay connected with friends and loved ones? You can start a simple and doable weekly e-newsletter by sending things you’ve read, new songs you’ve listened to, watched, ate, something funny your pet or child did, a new recipe or so much more! Keeping it simple with a bulleted list will encourage your loved ones to participate more.
Participate in a challenge
People all over are challenging one another during social distancing. Whether it’s a fitness challenge, DIY challenge, art challenge or other, participating in a challenge will help you stay motivated during what could be very un-motivational times.
Start a good ol’ fashioned book club
With so much extra time on our hands, why not start a book club? It will be something to keep you busy and a way to engage with others. If not a book club, maybe opt to start an article club, podcast or documentary club.
Plan something you can look forward to
If you’ve been meaning to plan a big family or friend trip, now is a great time to do all the research you’ve been putting off. While it’s not wise to book anything officially quite yet, you can begin making a list of the things you want to see and do so it will be easier to solidify your plans once this has cleared.
Explore the nation’s national parks virtually
Google Earth has virtual tours of 31 national parks in the United States. If it’s on your bucket list to go to Yellow Stone, you can scope out the area like never before and pick points of interest for your future trip.
“Tour” a museum
The National Portrait Museum is “opening” its doors and allowing people to tour it virtually. This is a great way to stay busy and try something new while you’re social distancing.
Plan virtual hang outs with friends
Just because you’re social distancing does not mean you shouldn’t stay connected with your friends. Virtually hanging out with friends is a great way to combat boredom. You can plan a regular group video chat, play games together online, watch a movie together, have a virtual happy hour and so much more. Whatever you typically do when you get together, try to do this via video chat so it’s like you’ve never left!
Support local businesses
Local businesses are being hit harder than ever. You can continue to support them by ordering take out or delivery, scheduling a much-needed haircut months in advance or buying a gift card online to your favorite local store.
Coronavirus can affect you even if you do not have it. The stress of the current situation may weigh heavily on you, without you even knowing it. Try meditation to clear your head for a moment and remain grounded. The app/website Headspace is excellent for this.
Stay away from the media
As mentioned above, the stress of the pandemic can weigh heavily on us. By reading the constant updates on a number of deaths and cases, you are bound to only stress yourself out further. A great rule of thumb to follow is to only allow yourself to check the news three times a day. Any more can lead to excess and unnecessary stress.
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