Here’s the deal – things are getting a little crazy here with coronavirus spreading. We’ve seen what’s been happening in other parts of the world and how drastically it can spread and right now one of the best things that we can do is practice social distancing, stay home as much as possible and keep ourselves and our spaces clean and sanitized. I’m not going to share any information on COVID-19 here because I don’t want to spread any incorrect information or make you lovely people panic, but please be aware and informed and keep your distance to help prevent a higher spread of the virus.
Anyways, if this is your first time working from home or you’re just stuck at home and unable to work, I thought that it would help to share some things you can do to keep yourself busy while social distancing. I get it, it’s easy to get a little stir crazy while you’re stuck at home, and I want to do what I can to make this period a little easier for everyone. Just because you’re hanging out in your home doesn’t mean you have to be bored (unless you want to be, and there’s nothing wrong with that either!).
So, here ya go – some things you can do to keep yourself busy while social distancing. These are just a few suggestions and there are so many more great ideas; I would love to hear yours! Feel free to share them in the comments below.
Things you can do to keep yourself busy while social distancing:
- Facetime your friends and family. Social isolation doesn’t have to mean cutting yourself off socially! Check-in, catch up and see how everyone is doing.
- Learn a new skill! There are endless resources (both free and paid) online that will help you to learn or work on a skill. Learn an instrument. Pick up your camera. I could go on and on, but if you have time to kill, this is a great opportunity to learn something. Skillshare is offering 2 free months of premium as a trial right now and they have tons of great courses to check out!
- Get through that book you’ve been meaning to read for years. Reading is such a great way to escape everything going on around us, if only for a little while. Pick a book off your shelf or download an ebook to read. Goodreads is a great place to find some recommendations as well! Feel free to connect with me on there as well.
- Get active – it’s a great way to work on your well-being. YouTube is full of great workout gurus with free videos you can follow along with at home without a ton of equipment. I love Yoga with Adriene and PopSugar Fitness for their great videos. Check out your local fitness spots – many of them are doing classes you can try at home through things like Instagram live.
- Clean your mess. If you’re home, you might as well get productive. Start that spring cleaning early and make it a good one. Organize your stuff, declutter, clean all the things that usually get overlooked.
- Act like a kid again. Seriously, have a little fun and try to take your mind off of things for a little bit. Build a pillow fort, have a “sleepover” and watch your fave movies. Have a picnic.
- Unleash your inner artist. Get crafty! Pull out some supplies, find a fun craft to do on Pinterest, or paint along to Bob Ross.
- Make a schedule. Set up your plan for the day and work through it. Keeping a schedule will hold you more accountable to your work and will help you to get into more of a routine.
- Watch a movie with friends. You don’t even have to be together to watch it together! The Netflix Party extension for Google Chrome allows you to watch movies or show with pals from your couch (it can sync playback) and has a group chat feature so you can dish on what you’re watching.
- Take care of yourself. Don’t forget about your well-being! Doing little self-care things, like using a face mask, taking a bath or painting your nails, can help to keep you in a healthy mindset.
This is just a start but hopefully, you can get some ideas that will help to keep you from getting too stir crazy while you stay home and wait to get through all of this.