Remember all those times you said, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day…”? Well, thanks to the current global pandemic, you’ve finally got some newfound free time. But maybe those extra hours aren’t living up to your expectations. You’ve probably broken out the jigsaw puzzles and watched more Netflix than you’d like to admit, but don’t say you’re bored just yet! Here are five ideas to keep yourself from going stir crazy while in quarantine.
5. Choose a virtual adventure.
Social media and streaming services are the obvious first choices to cure boredom, but it’s called the World Wide Web for a reason. From virtual adventures around aquariums and zoos to art galleries and museums to live-streamed concerts and Disneyland parades, the possibilities are endless with the power of the Internet. If your recent travel plans have been cancelled, take a virtual museum tour and “walk” around the city on Google Earth. If you’re bummed that your gym is closed, join a live-stream workout or take a virtual yoga class. Physical buildings may be closed right now, but you have the world at your fingertips!
4. Stay connected.
Feeling a bit lonely? Reach out to friends and family members. Chances are… they feel the same way. FaceTime your sister. Send your mom some snail mail. Set up a video chat with your friends. Call your grandparents. They’re socially distant, but still only a call away.
3. Go outside.
Governor Ivey recently issued a stay-at-home order for the state of Alabama, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get some fresh air (as long as you are following social distancing guidelines, of course). Whether you choose to spend the day hiking at Red Mountain, picnicking in Railroad Park, or just going for a walk around the block, a beautiful spring day in nature is sure to brighten your mood.
2. Listen up.
Between working from home on your laptop, watching the new TV shows everyone is talking about, and scrolling on social media, you are probably starting to get tired of starting at a screen. Take a break from straining your eyes, and pay more attention to what you’re listening to. Listen to your favorite podcast while having your morning coffee. Take a drive and listen to a chapter of an audiobook. Shuffle your favorite playlist and have a dance party, even if it’s a party of one. Close your eyes and listen to a guided meditation on those particularly stressful days. What you’re listening to is just as important as what you’re seeing, so make sure to turn off the news every once in a while and listen to something happy.
1. Get creative.
Want to learn a new hobby? Go for it. Want to spray paint your old desk? Buy some spray paint through Amazon, and get to work. Teach yourself to play the guitar. Figure out how to bake the perfect cinnamon rolls. Start writing a book. Tie-dye an old t-shirt. Deep clean your kitchen. Take up knitting. Try to make that Pinterest recipe you pinned two years ago. Learn how to paint with watercolors. Anything. Now’s the perfect time to finally do all the things that you’ll “get around to someday.”