Written by Brooke Thompson
Right now, most of us are contemplating whether we should continue to be on our phones or take a nap. These are the two daily pleasures that are filling up our lives as we have been on a break from school or work. The coronavirus has caused an immense change in our schedules, keeping us from attending school for eight hours a day. This has provided us with free time in which we have never received before. We have longed to have hours of time to ourselves, but now that we have them, we have no clue what to do. Below are several activities you could participate in while you are looking for new things to do.
Cook- Now is the perfect time to start learning new recipes and diving into books filled with family recipes that have been used for many generations. I would advise you to be careful when you go to the grocery store looking for your ingredients. It is also very important to wash your hands as you get home and before you start making any food.
Take Walks- Even though social distancing is currently in effect, this does not mean you cannot leave your house. You are definitely permitted to spend time in the fresh air. Taking a walk or run will not only give you the exercise you need during this time, but it also never fails to make you feel better overall.
Find a new hobby- Finding a new hobby is beneficial in many ways. It takes up the many hours of free time you have, and it gives you the opportunity to acquire a new skill. There are so many hobbies one could participate in such as biking, painting, reading and knitting. These activities give you something to do now, and can lead you to a lifetime of having a special hobby.
Clean- This is a great time to thoroughly clean your room, house, closet and anything that needs reorganizing or a complete makeover. Cleaning out your closet and getting rid of the clothes you never wear is always a good feeling.
Have a spa day- Having an at home spa day can be incredibly important in terms of relaxing over this break. Face masks, manicures and more can help ward off toxins, release tension and give you a better night’s sleep: a perfect combination of all things one is typically looking for during this extended period of time.
Write- Last but not least, writing can help you release the negative feelings building up in your system over the following weeks. Writing letters to family or friends is also a good way to catch up with them in an old-fashioned way.
Hopefully these activities will inspire you to get up and do something rather than lay in your bed or play on your phone all day. Staying active and moving around helps improve your mood and reduce any feelings of isolation, which is extremely significant right now. These simple ventures provide the chance for one to get out in the world without taking unnecessary risks, something that is critical during this time.