I never thought I’d start a blog with, “Things to do at home when you’re under quarantine.”
Strange times indeed.
But now that you’re stuck in your house with no end in sight, you may be wondering, “What should I do?”
No one can go to restaurants or museums or the theater. Senior centers have cancelled gatherings and classes. In some communities, even the public parks are closed.
That doesn’t mean you can’t interact with your friends and loved ones, keep your mind engaged, or even have a little fun!
Here are some creative ways to pass the time and remain social:
- Phone a friend. In today’s day and age, it seems like no one talks on the phone anymore. They text or email or chat online. But when you’re missing that daily face-to-face interaction with others, nothing beats hearing a loved one’s voice. Think about all those old friends you haven’t heard from in ages – wouldn’t it be nice to take this time to catch up?
- Start a workout routine. Exercise has a slew of benefits for older adults, from increased muscular strength to improved mental health. In fact, several studies show that exercise can increase life span. Why not use this time to start a home workout routine? There are plenty of workouts you can do at home – just be sure to check with your physician first to find out what’s safe for you.
- Read a book. Almost everyone I know has a “to-read” pile of books at home. Use your time at home to read all those novels you’ve been buying over the years but haven’t had a chance to pick up. Have a difficult time reading for extended periods? Try an audio book instead!
- Binge a new television show. It’s difficult to justify spending hours in front of the television when there are more important things to do. But being under quarantine is a special circumstance, and many people are using the time to catch up on television programs and movies. Reach out to friends and loved ones to see what they recommend, then spend a few days binging a new show.
- Commune with nature. Even under lockdown, most communities still allow citizens to take a walk around the neighborhood. Walking around outdoors is a great way to soak up some sunshine and enjoy the fresh air. Even better? Experts say that going outside can help improve memory, reduce stress, and lower blood pressure. Just remember to stay at least six feet away from your fellow walkers!
- Cook something new. If you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, now is the perfect time to perfect some old favorites or to try something new. YouTube is full of cooking videos geared toward home chefs. Because the classes are online, you can pause, rewind, and go over each step as many times as necessary until you get it right. Need an ingredient that’s not already in your pantry? Use home grocery delivery instead of venturing out to the store on your own. Delivery greatly reduces touch points and, therefore, your risk exposure to illness.
- Take a virtual tour of your favorite museum or zoo. Now that COVID19 has the world locked up in their homes, hundreds of museums and zoos are making their exhibits available online – FOR FREE! Check out Google Arts & Culture for some ideas. Local options include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Valley Forge National Historic Park, and the Philadelphia Zoo.
Tell us: What are you doing to keep your mind occupied during this difficult time? Have you come up with any creative ideas not listed here?