As COVID-19 social distancing and self quarantining continue, some of us may be going stir crazy not able to go and do the things we’re used to.
Now is the time to relax, but when you’ve been cooped up for weeks, and still can’t hit the malls or movie theaters, how can you spend your time?
There are a lot of options out there.
We use virtual meeting apps for work all the time, but why not use platforms like Zoom and Skype to hold a virtual party or a virtual happy hour?
Mo Willems, the author of the Pigeon and Elephant and Piggy children’s books hosts a daily lunch doodle. While you may not be able to take the time at 1 p.m. every weekday, catch up on the weekends. The classes are all on YouTube.
People are putting a heart, bear or a rainbow in a window to allow kids to go on a hunt.
The bears were, according to KSAT, a book and song called “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.”
You can not only put the requested item in a window if you’re allowed to leave the confines of your home, but you can also try to see if anyone in your neighborhood is participating, as long as you are doing it by practicing social distancing.
Got one of those high tech paper crafting machines collecting dust on the shelf, then learn how to use the Silhouette or Cricut. You can use them not only scrapbooking (even though it would be a great time to go through all those photos both in boxes and on your phone) but also to make shirts, jewelry and wall art.
Try knitting. You just need some yarn, not even needles are required if you finger-knit, according to Martha Stewart.
Or you can try painting. There are a lot of options, Stewart says.
HGTV has a quiz to help you find the right craft or hobby for you.
The Rube Goldberg Twitter account has challenges if you can’t think of an idea.
Turn off the Switch, XBox, PS4, iPads and dig out one of the board games that are stashed in the hall closet. See if you can beat your family at Trivial Pursuit, or how about an epic game of Monopoly or Risk. There’s no need to play the short versions since we all have hours to kill.
Play some poker or Uno too.
Want to find out why everyone’s talking about Baby Yoda, but you haven’t sat down to watch “The Mandalorian?" Now is your chance.
There’s a bunch of shows that are perfect for binge-watching while you’re still home.
Maybe you’ll want to start new shows like “Picard” or catch up on those classic “Seinfeld” episodes.
The Metropolitan Opera is streaming nightly. Click here for the schedule.
The Kennedy Center is uploading new shows to YouTube every day. You can see Sara Bareilles, Gladys Knight and Queen Latifah from the comfort of your couch.
You can also visit a museum without leaving the comfort of your home. Click here for a list.
Zoos are putting up their animal cameras. The Cincinnati Zoo has a “Home Safari Facebook Live”
Psychology Today suggests reading five books you have always wanted to read but never had the time.
Don’t let social distancing keep you from interacting. Psychology Today says call someone, text them, use FaceTime.
The COVID-19 pandemic has a lot of people saying we’re living in an unprecedented time. Write about it. Or if you always wanted to write a book, start writing, Psychology Today suggested.
Find your favorite topic and listen to a podcast on it, The New York Times suggested.
You can leave your homes in most cases, just practice social distancing. if you’re not under curfew or shelter-in-place orders. Doctors say fresh air and exercise are good for not only your physical health but also mental health, USA Today reported. You can walk around your neighborhood if you live in the suburbs, go to a park, go hiking or go jogging.
One place you should avoid is a playground. If you do end up on a playground, make sure you wash your hands and don’t touch your face, USA Today reported.
See what you have in your pantry and whip up a new meal, Psychology Today recommends.