We can all agree that the latest coronavirus COVID-19 has made an impact. Many of us are working from home, drastically changing our routines and worrying about the health of our communities and our loved ones. With the effort to contain the virus resulting in more and more restrictions on our daily lives (and for good reason), many people are wondering how to stay positive.
In challenging times like these, it is more important than ever to keep our spirits up. A good attitude can mean the difference between going stir-crazy and having a productive period of self-isolation. Even though we may not be able to physically spend time together, there are still plenty of ways to connect and prepare ourselves for when things return to normal.
Are you wondering how you can stay sane and productive over the next few weeks? Here is a list of activities that you can try to make this period as positive as possible.
Making the Best Out of Self-Isolation
Connect Using Technology
With a Wi-Fi connection, you never have to be completely alone. Apps such as FaceTime, Skype and Google Hangouts can be used to spend a little QT with your friends and family. Have a friend you’ve lost touch with or haven’t connected with in a while? Schedule a video call! There’s no better time than now to spend time on the phone.
Read A Book or Article
Have you read every book on your bookshelf? Chances are there are quite a few that you’ve meant to read, but just never got the chance. Now is the perfect time to enjoy some self-care by quietly reading something new. And it doesn’t have to be a book either. Pick a topic of interest such as health, pets, cooking or meditation and search the web for lengthier, more intensive articles on the topic. Now is the time to do a deep dive!
Organize Your Closet
With spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to go through your closets and drawers and take stock of the things you have. Warmer weather means that you can pack away many of your sweaters and other cold weather gear, or create a pile to donate to a local organization in need. With more time to sort the items, you can even try everything on and make a pile of clothing to donate or trade with friends at a later date. Hey, you can even do a Zoom fashion show with those interested in shopping each others’ closets!
Explore Your Creative Side
Too often, we have an interest in learning to paint, draw or create in some way but life gets in the way. With more free time on your hands, what better time to explore a creative pursuit. Order the supplies you need online and have them delivered straight to your door. Dedicate some time each day to your new creative endeavor. After a few weeks, you will have built a new habit and drastically improved your skills.
Host a Film Screening
Sure, we can’t go to the movies right now but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the cinema. Choose a movie, and ask friends and family members to join you in watching it from their own homes. After the film, get together on the phone or video chat to discuss the movie and share thoughts and opinions. Don’t forget the popcorn!
Keep a Journal
The current pandemic is scary for all of us. Likely there are plenty of emotions running through your head, many of which may be hard to process. Consider starting a journal to get these feelings down onto paper. Not only can this be a therapeutic process, it can also be an interesting document to revisit after the crisis is over.
YouTube Workout Videos
Many gyms have been closed in order to protect the health of their members. With social distancing and the still chilly weather throughout the country, it may not be possible to get outside as often to exercise. Luckily, there are plenty of resources online that provide a variety of free workouts that you can do from the comfort of your own home. YouTube has a wide range of options, from hip-hop dance and HIIT to yoga and pilates.
Take a Class
With some free time on your hands, why don’t you take a class online? There are many platforms out there that offer free (or almost free) courses on a wide-range of topics including languages, history, web design, marketing and everything in between. Rather than thinking about all of the things you will be missing during this time, focus on all the new skills and knowledge you can gain.
Go Through Your Junk Drawer
We saved this one for last because we know it doesn’t sound very fun! Productivity can take many forms, and one of the best ways to be and feel productive is to accomplish a task that you’ve been avoiding. Rather than letting your junk drawer continue to get out-of-hand, take some time to sort through it. Trash the things that you don’t need or no longer work. Rehome the things that should be somewhere else. Use bins and rubber bands to organize the remaining items. Trust us, it will feel great!
How are you staying positive and productive in the face of coronavirus COVID-19?