I decided to start this series as a way to keep us all connected during this pandemic, as it’s such a tumultuous time. It’s so very important to stay home as much as we possibly can while COVID-19 is raging around us. That being said, even with most of you being in college and having [online] classes starting up again this week and next week, we’re gonna have a lot more time on our hands than we’re used to. Even though staying home is vitally important to keeping ourselves and others safe and keeping the pandemic at bay, it can get pretty boring sitting in the same building for days (or weeks) at a time.
I’ve been self-quarantined (not out of sickness but to protect others) for 14 days now, and I’ve learned quite a bit about some good (and productive) boredom busters to help you get through! Here are a couple of tips for you guys:
→ Get outside
Just because we need to practice social distancing doesn’t mean we need to practice sunlight distancing! Walking your dog, lounging in the sun (for my Nashville people!), or just walking around your neighborhood or local park is a great way to fit in exercise, get some fresh air, and feel less locked-in.
→ Listen to a new podcast or new music
Since the beginning of the self-quarantining process, I’ve gone out of my comfort zone of Bad Suns, Smallpools, and Fly By Midnight to enjoy some great new artists and albums that I’ve been meaning to check out. I’ve also started listening to a couple more podcasts, which is another great way to switch things up, especially if you’re used to working in an ambient-sound space like coffee shops (I feel you!!). Having something on in the background can make things feel less closed-in and also teach you some new perspectives and ideas!
→ Get creative
I will say that in the past two weeks, I’ve gotten more in touch with my creative side because I’ve had more time to just sit down and, well, create! Drawing, creating an infographic (like the one I posted the other day), doing puzzles with my mom, sketching new products, and tinkering in the kitchen have all been things that I’ve been able to do more of, and spending a little time being creative every day can help stretch that rubber band and keep you moving. It’s also a great way to release the emotions that we’re all feeling regarding COVID-19.
→ Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude
I’m a little late to the party- this is the first time I’ve started a gratitude journal, but I’m so glad I did! Every day or two, I fill up a page in my journal with things that I’m grateful for. It helps to put things into perspective and make you more aware of the triumphs amidst the trials.
→ Put your kitchen to use!
Ever look at that Pinterest board you have of meals you want to try? Yeah, me either… until now! The extra time we have in the evenings offer a great opportunity to cook (and freeze/refrigerate the leftovers!). Cooking versatile meals with a protein, veggie, and starch is a great way to keep yourself healthy and balanced throughout the quarantine.
→ Support small businesses
This one is so important- I CANNOT stress it enough!! Treat yourself to a new cute piece of loungewear from a local boutique’s online site, get a fun new notepad or notebook to write down your Coronavirus thoughts and keep yourself organized, or call in an order for a gift card to use at a local restaurant once the bans are lowered. Small businesses all over the world are really hurting right now, so PLEASE support us and keep us running while we have to close our physical doors.
→ Write letters
This is a fun older-style way to keep in touch with your loved ones. Getting something special in your mailbox from a person you love feels so nice, and it’s a good way to stay creatively connected to those you care about. If you’ve been around for a while, you know that this is something that I’m a firm believer in, and it takes 5-10 minutes per letter!
I hope this little list inspires you with a couple of fun activities to do during the outbreaks. When all else fails, we can lean on the people we love to help support us through this confusing and difficult time.