As the world continues to battle the rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus, more and more people are under orders to stay at home in an effort to stop the virus from infecting others. While it is not ideal to be in quarantine at home, you can make the most out of this time by finding fun ways to spend the time with your loved ones. Here are five ideas to consider to pass the time while at home.
Foster a Pet:
Many animal shelters are struggling to home their residents during this time. With limited staffing and resources, some shelters are being forced to cut their services, leaving many animals in peril. You can do your part to help by volunteering to foster a pet during this ongoing crisis. Not only will a new animal in your home bring joy to your family, but it will also make you feel good about how you are helping your community. A pet is a good boost for your mental and emotional well-being and will help you to deal with possible feelings of loneliness and isolation during a quarantine.
Binge Watch a Series or Catch a Flick:
Now is the perfect time to binge-watch that popular television series that you never had the chance to watch. You can now binge these shows without any guilt of having other things to do. Streaming services are aware that more people are using their services, prompting them to release some shows at a faster rate. In addition to watching television programs, some movie studios are rushing their latest productions to streaming services, foregoing the theater route. This allows you to watch first-run flicks without having to leave the safety and comfort of your home.
Add a Fun Feature to Your Home:
If you have been on the fence about buying a new piece of entertainment for your home, this should be the push that you need to take the leap. If you have kids, a trampoline is a fun way to keep them entertained while also providing the opportunity for much-needed exercise. Another useful addition to your home is a hot tub. This will provide an escape from the realities of this new normal while giving you the chance to relax and unwind. If you do not want to invest in a permanent new addition, you can even consider looking at pool tables for rent. Either way, any kind of new game will bring endless amounts of fun to your house during a boring time.
At this point, all of the shelter in place orders allow for people to get outside and enjoy being in the great outdoors. If you do not have a yard to enjoy, simply taking a walk around the block can deliver a host of physical and mental health benefits. Soaking up the sun will instantly boost your mood. If you live in an area with access to trails, it may be easy to find a space where you do not have to come into contact with other people. You will be amazed at how good it feels to get some fresh air. Bonus point if you are able to get in a workout while outside. This is especially important for children who may be struggling with having to stay indoors all of the time.
Learn Some New Recipes:
Many people who are under quarantine are enjoying the opportunity to hone their cooking and baking skills. Consider a different theme for each night to make it more fun and to guide your recipe selection. Spend some time scouring the internet for recipes that appeal to you and then get to work. You can also have fun by experimenting with the ingredients that you already have on hand to see what you can create. You just may find some new family favorites once you get in the kitchen to see what you can come up with.
Do a Puzzle:
This is an often-forgotten hobby, appropriate for all generations. A 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle can be satisfying project for the whole family to complete, taking a few hours or more, over multiple days. For something more complicated, 3-D, educational, or "WASJIG" puzzles are some of the common puzzle variants. The educational benefits of improved problem-solving skills, memory, and spatial-reasoning are just additional bonuses. The end product can even be framed for a memory of the this unusual time in history.
Create a Home Video:
In the age of social media and cell phones, this isn't exactly original, but it would be a fun at-home solo, sibling, or family project. Through experimentation, video tutorials, and basic software, you can learn all kinds of video editing hacks to share with your friends and family. For inspiration, look no further than TikTok, or YouTube!
Concern for budget-conscious and eco-friendly world is making gardening is an ideal hobby to pursue, especially this time of year. It may not be the most instantly-rewarding of activities, but the long-term results are worthy of the experience. For kids, easy-to-grow crops like sunflowers, carrots, and tomatoes are good ones to start with.
Board Game Video Conference:
Possibly the hardest part of quarantine, is missing face-to face contact with friends. With the aid of video conferencing, this can be eased a bit, and a virtual games night is a good way to do that. Board games like charades, trivial pursuit can be managed easily with no extra software involved. Of course, with online games and a second monitor, the game options are that much better.
Timeless activities like mazes, dot-to-dots, coloring, and word searches are fun and proven learning tools, particularly for younger children. For slightly older kids, brain-teasers and math riddles like Mind Trap cards, Sudoku or Where's Waldo books fun time-passers as well, that don't involve turning on a laptop.
Although this is understandably a challenging time for many, you can leverage these extra hours in your day to create lasting and meaningful memories with your family. Having a plan each day will help you to avoid boredom and boost your morale.
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