Many businesses have asked employees to work from home, and as cities and states across the US shut down to contain the spread of COVID-19, parents and carers may be at a loss of what to do. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of things you can do to keep yourself and the kids entertained for however long it takes until business continues as usual. For many, self-isolation may be a disorientating experience, especially for those of us who are used to spending 80% of our time outside of the house! Nevertheless, it’s important to look on the bright side, whilst channeling our energy into some productive activities.
1. Do It Yourself (DIY)
It’s now apparent that it’s more than just the light bulb that needs fixing… the more time you spend at home, the more you’ll realize how much work there is to be done! With all the spare time on your hands, there’s no better time to start filtering through all those odd jobs that you just never got around to. Whether it’s time to re-paint the skirting boards or to drill a hole in the wall and finally hang the mirror up, see what other DIY tasks you can find whilst you’re self-isolating.
2. Go Green
Grow some potatoes or basil! Not only is this a cost-effective way of getting some sustenance, but it will also give you a project to look after day-by-day. It’s also something fun to get the kids involved in too, and it should definitely take up a significant chunk of your time, especially while the weather is good!
3. Family Time
Right. We know this one might be controversial and probably has a time limit, but what’s more beautiful than coming together as a family? Minus the fighting and constant ‘he said, she said’, of course. But you could dust off the Monopoly or get out the Scrabble, and find you have an amazing time as you re-connect.
4. Take Online Courses
If you need something to keep your brain stimulated, there are an abundance of online courses you could look into. Many universities and colleges have a variety of subjects to feed your mind, and you may even come across a passion you never knew you had. Pick up on something you’ve been meaning to learn about but haven’t had the time for.
5. Cook Up A Storm In The Kitchen
Self-isolating means that unfortunately you can’t eat out at your favorite restaurant, and with talk of more lock downs, you might not be able to get food delivered to you either. This means now is the perfect time to broaden your culinary skills by practicing some recipes! You’ll have plenty of time to perfect your signature dish. Stuck for inspiration? Be sure to check Healthy Food Mag for some great ideas.
It’s important to be mindful of your surroundings as well as your well-being whilst in quarantine, and meditation might help you get a bit of peace of mind in times of uncertainty. Find a quiet space, light some candles and clear your mind with some therapeutic meditation music or relax with a meditation coloring book.
7. Practice A Musical Instrument
As we prepare to spend a significant amount of time at home, it’s important that we focus on doing things that will enhance our skills and improve productivity. Practicing an instrument can be good fun, and it’s also an inventive way to keep yourself entertained, especially when there are slim pickings when it comes to entertainment.