In an effort to flatten the curve with the Coronavirus, we have all been advised to stay home as much as possible. Hopefully this has given you the opportunity to relax and recharge. Chances are, however, you've been somewhat anxious and experiencing cabin fever. I know I have been. So how should we all keep busy and prevent boredom and stress from getting the better of us? We might have to get a bit creative…
Lucky for you, I've done my research, and I've found some great ways to pass the time at home! Here are some interesting things you can do while you shelter in place!
Learn to Cook Something New
Grocery shopping feels strange, these days. As you walk down the aisles, everyone is distant. Entire shelves are empty. There is absolutely no toilet paper anywhere. People line up outside before the store even opens, and they're stockpiling necessities like it's doomsday (please do not do this).
Experts are hopeful that supply will catch up with the increased demand soon. For now, though, your pantry might be looking a little sparse. Perhaps you've been buying items you normally wouldn't, simply because options are limited?
It's a tricky situation, but it's definitely given us the perfect excuse to get creative in the kitchen! The time has come to experiment. Try making something you've never made before. Make the most of those odd finds from the supermarket. Play with the ingredients you keep in the cabinet but somehow never end up using. There are even apps that will help you make the most of the ingredients you have at your disposal.
Maybe turn this into a game with the kids or your significant other? I have personally always wanted to try something similar to Chopped on the Food Network. If the food doesn't turn out, it's a great excuse to support local restaurants by ordering takeout, which experts say is still a safe option.
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Visit a Museum, Zoo, or Aquarium (VIRTUALLY)
You can't go see the lions at the zoo right now, and you don't have the option to stroll through your local museum.
You do have the option to tour these places virtually, however, and enjoy a little culture from the comfort of your couch.
The Cincinnati Zoo hosts a daily home safari on Facebook Live every day at 3 p.m.
The famous National Aquarium in Baltimore offers a floor-by-floor tour on their website.
So many great institutions around the world are now offering virtual experiences like this. These activities are entertaining, educational, and especially wonderful if you have kids or grandkids at home.
Start a New Fitness Routine
A lot of people say they don't work out because they don't have the time.
So why not take this time to work a new exercise into your daily routine? Get in the habit now, so you're more likely to maintain your fitness regimen when things return to normal.
I've been taking my dog on daily runs around the neighborhood, but there are plenty of other workouts you can do from home. If you want to venture outside, you can take walks, ride your bike, or go for hikes in secluded areas. Some additional options include…
- Follow along with YouTube workout videos
- Try some at-home workouts that require no equipment
- Use household objects in place of standard weights for a great lifting workout
- Try different fitness apps
- Take an online yoga class
There are plenty of safe, stress-reducing workouts you can try at this time. If none of the options I've mentioned sound right for you, then hit the web and find something that works!
Watch a movie with friends (ONLINE)
Because we are all currently cooped up at home, people have undoubtedly been binging Netflix and Hulu like there's no tomorrow. I myself have watched three seasons of Scrubs in the last two weeks.
But it can get boring sitting in front of a screen by yourself for hours on end. It's definitely not the same as going out to the movies with friends. If only we could somehow recreate that experience, without ever leaving the house…
Oh wait, we can!
You can actually watch shows and movies with other people from the safety of your own homes. You can be in different houses, or even different states, and still enjoy watching things together!
To do this, you can use the Netflix Party extension for Google Chrome. It syncs up your viewing experience and allows you and your friends to play, pause, rewind, and fast forward at the same time from different locations.
Plus there's a chat feature, so everyone watching can react together like you would at the theater!
Enjoy a Play or Concert at Home
If you've burned through all the good content on Netflix and Hulu, you can always try watching a Broadway play! All you need is an account with Broadway HD.
You can also kick up your feet, relax, and enjoy some fine music by streaming live concerts right in your living room!
Read a Book
As an avid reader and a writer myself, this is a pastime I highly recommend.
Don't have any books at home? Don't worry!
Many local libraries have vast Ebook collections, and you can find free Ebook and Audiobook resources online.
However you choose to pass the time these days, we at SAS hope you're staying safe and doing well. We are so thankful to have you as a part of our SAS Family, and we wish you and yours nothing but the best.