Just because you’re stuck inside doesn’t mean you have to be bored. There’s plenty to do. Keep reading to find out all of the fun (and safe) activities you can engage in during the current pandemic.
10. Go for a Walk or Run
Just because your state has a mandatory stay-at-home order doesn’t mean you can’t leave your house at all. There’s plenty for you to do right there on your front lawn, in your backyard or the neighborhood — as long as you practice social distancing. That being said, you can always go for a walk or run. Not only will you get in exercise, but you’ll also take in plenty of fresh air and sunshine. All of those things do wonders for boosting your mood — especially at a time like this. Your immune system will get a boost, as well.
TIP: Don’t just go for a walk or run. Take some time to commune with nature while you’re out there. In other words, stop to enjoy the sunlight and the flowers that are in bloom.
9. Travel the World
Now, I know what you’re thinking. ‘The world is on lockdown. We’re not supposed to be traveling.’ Well, that’s true. And, while you may not be able to get on an airplane or a cruise ship, you can always take a virtual world tour right from the comfort of your own home. You can use andBeyond.com to visit Africa or take a virtual tour of the Grand Canyon, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Mud Volcano via Yellowstone National Park, or you can view over 380,000 pieces of art, including Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, via the Louvre, which offers virtual tours. As you can see, the possibilities are endless!
8. Take a Bath
There’s nothing more relaxing and stress-relieving than a bubble bath. And, with all that’s going on in the world right now, we can use all the stress relievers we can get. Plus, making sure you stay clean will help you fight against the coronavirus. That being said, now that you’re stuck in the house, this is the perfect time to take a long, luxurious bath. To make it more enjoyable, bring along your favorite book and a glass of wine.
Or, if you don’t want to take a bubble bath, you can pamper yourself in other ways, like giving yourself a homemade facial with a face mask or indulging in a soothing foot soak to get your feet sandal-ready for the summer.
Meditation is another way to relieve stress. In fact, it’s considered one of the best things you can do to relieve stress and improve your well-being. Here’s one way to approach meditation: lie down with your eyes closed and palms up, and focus on your breathing. Another approach is to sit cross-legged and repeat a soothing word to yourself in your head for 20 minutes.
If you feel you won’t know how to do it just right, you can always download an app that will walk you through meditation and mindfulness. Aura, for example, is offering a free three-month subscription, which includes unlimited access to their mindfulness meditations, life coaching, music, and inspiring stories.
6. Throw a Party
Believe it or not, it’s possible to throw a party with your friends during this pandemic. You can do so using video chatting platforms like Zoom or Google Hangouts. People have even been using TikTok and other social media platforms to throw birthday parties, including setting up “pub crawls” to celebrate a 21st birthday. Families are even using TikTok to host dinner parties. Not only that, but many people are turning to services like QuarantineChat to meet people and strike up a potential romance during this time of social distancing.
5. Attend a Concert
Many artists have been forced to cancel their tours due to the pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped them from playing live concerts from their homes for their fans to view online. For example, musicians like Keith Urban, James Blake, JoJo, and FINNEAS have live-streamed acoustic sets on social media. Meanwhile, Spanish-language TV network Telemundo recently hosted a virtual event called Concierto en Casa, or Concert at Home, in which more than 30 Latin music artists performed from their own homes or studios.
If you’re interested in attending a virtual concert, you can catch performances via Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, iHeart Radio, video chat, etc.
4. Go to the Movies
Did you know that you can still go to the movies during this pandemic? Yep, it’s true. And, no we’re not talking about watching a flick on Netflix or YouTube. You can actually leave the house to view a movie! But, it won’t be inside a traditional movie theater, though. It’ll have to be at a drive-in instead. Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re saying to yourself that drive-in movie theaters don’t exist anymore. Well, that may have been true once upon a time, but drive-ins are actually making a comeback due to the coronavirus pandemic. Just do a quick check online to see if there’s one near you, and if it is, check any of your city’s or town’s ordinances and updated policies and recommendations before heading out.
3. Pick Up Some New Kitchen Skills
Have you been wanting to perfect your grandmother’s pound cake recipe? Have you always wanted to learn to bake homemade bread? Now is the perfect time to get in the kitchen and pick up some new skills! And, if by chance you don’t have your grandmother’s recipes on hand, you can always check out some tips online from celebrity chefs. Or, you can learn from passionate amateur bakers on “The Great British Baking Show,” which you can catch on PBS or Netflix.
2. Surf the Internet
If all else fails and you can’t think of anything else to do to pass the time during this pandemic, you can always surf the internet. You probably already do that, but just think about the thousands of websites you’re missing out on because you don’t even know they exist. That’s where Bored Button comes in. According to its website, if you’re bored, be it at work, school or wherever, all you have to do is visit BoredButton.com, click the red Bored Button, and instantly be taken to one of the hundreds of interactive websites they’ve specially selected to alleviate boredom and keep you entertained for hours.
1. Get Some Sleep
Whether you’re bored, have been overworked these past few years, or are suffering from insomnia due to worrying about the impact of the coronavirus (yes, that’s a thing), you can use this time to catch up on some much-needed rest.
If you’re one of the many suffering from insomnia, psychologist Dr. Kevin Gilliland recommends changing your nightly routine. “Start by making sure your room is at a good temperature, block out light from the outside, don’t get in bed until it’s time to sleep, and limit caffeine before bed,” Gilliland told PEOPLE magazine. “If you’ve done all that and still struggle, try some relaxing things before bed. Take a warm, relaxing shower or bath, listen to some soothing and quiet music, light a candle that has a scent you enjoy, and put on something clean and comfortable to sleep in. There are a lot of apps that have soothing sounds or meditations that help with sleep. Just keep trying new things until you find what works for you.”
Your turn! What fun things are you doing to pass the time? Leave a comment below.