- Meditation is good for the mind and can be a healthy distraction from what is going on today.
- Exercising is beneficial to both the mind and body, and often does not require any equipment.
- Watching movies is now easier than ever with all the streaming services available.
With the COVID-19 pandemic on our doorsteps, the most responsible thing to do is stay home in quarantine. While that may sound easy, it is difficult to stay entertained at times. Here is a list of things you can do to get your mind off of COVID-19.
10. Read a Book
Reading is something many of us do not do often anymore. We barely have time to unwind after our long work days then making dinner, cleaning up, showering, and getting ready for the following day. It is relaxing and can serve so many purposes; it can teach you new things, provide some tips or take you on an adventure in a different world. There are so many genres you can flip through, so reading truly is for everyone! For ideas, click here to see the best selling books of all time!
9. Watch Movies
While many movie productions are being delayed due to COVID-19, nothing says you cannot enjoy a nice classic! With streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, Crave, Amazon Prime and Tubi (free) at our fingertips, it has never been easier to watch movies. Here is a list of the top 100 movies of all time. Let's see how many you can watch and if you agree with the list!
Exercising is healthy for the mind and body, and let's face it, we can sure use it right now! There are many free workout videos or programs available online for you to use during this quarantine period. You can choose to do jumping jacks, squats, planks, pushups, yoga, etc. The list goes on and on! Check out this site and select "free" in the membership area. Interactive and easy to use, there is no excuse to put your 2020 summer bod' on hold.
7. Learn a New Skill
Have you always wanted to try something new but never have the time to do it? There is no better time to learn a new skill. You can learn a new language, learn how to knit, learn to play an instrument, or even just learn how to braid hair. No goal is too simple or silly. There are many informative YouTube videos available for every topic imaginable. You have the time, now you just need the motivation!
6. Do Housework
This has to be the most accessible activity available: housework. You can do some spring cleaning, decluttering, organizing and minor renovations. All of these are especially rewarding, because you will get to enjoy the results right away. Tackle small projects if the tasks seem overwhelming at first.
5. Practice Meditation
Give your mind a break and practice the art of meditation! All you really need is 5 minutes to let your brain relax, unwind and maybe even forget what is going on for a short while. This pandemic is scary and stressful, it is therefore important to reset from time to time. Close your eyes, focus on your breathing and try to rid your mind of any thoughts. It is not easy to do at first, but like with anything, practice helps a lot.
4. Go for a Walk
As spring weather is finally upon us, it is becoming easier to go outside and get some fresh air. The fresh air and sunshine are sure to brighten up your day and improve mental health. Make sure to practice social distancing though, even outdoors and do not forget to apply sunscreen!
3. Play Video Games
Playing video games has been a household favorite for years, and it is especially entertaining in times like these! You can plug in your retro Nintendo, your latest Playstation, your PC or even play games on your phone or tablet if you do not have any gaming consoles. Sit back and watch time fly by!
2. Play Board Games
Board games are a family classic, and what better time to take out games you may not have played in years? From classics like Monopoly, Connect Four and Jenga, to newer trendy games like Exploding Kittens and Cards Against Humanity, you are sure to share some laughs and good competitive fun (or table flipping for the sore losers).
1. Call Friends and Family
Take this opportunity to talk to your friends and family. Chances are, they are just as bored as you are and would enjoy hearing your voice. There might not be much to talk about, but you can share the details of your adventure to the grocery store and how you nearly got trampled in the toilet paper aisle!