The number of people infected with the coronavirus is continuously rising. As of writing, there are 158 countries already affected by the virus and countermeasures were already provided to its citizens to contain the spreading of the virus. If not lockdown, governments are declaring quarantine. Schools are out, gatherings are canceled (even weddings), some businesses are forced to close and workers are advised to work at home. Since we don’t know how long until this pandemic ends, it is important to follow the guidelines given by the authorities.
It has become a reminder to everyone all over the world that if you don’t have anything important to do outside, then stay home. Everyone stock up goods, toilet papers, and whatnots in preparation for the lockdown or quarantine. However, what we forgot to prepare is how we spend 24/7 of our time staying at home. For people who are used to the hustle and bustle, it is such a challenging thing to do. Here are some activities you can do to lessen the boredom of staying at home.
Now that we are told not to go out as much as possible, we lost the excuse of not cleaning our homes because of busy schedules. Make use of your free time by going over the things you no longer use and sort it out. If it’s still in good condition, you can donate it to the charity of your.
If there are still books left unread in your shelf or your kindle (like me), now is the perfect time to go over it without disturbance. If you wanted to go to different places and meet different people without going outside, you can do it by reading. Get away from the stress caused by the virus and immerse yourself into the beauty of the world found in books.
4. Binge-watch series/movies
Are you one of those individuals who are so busy even relaxing is a luxury? Forget about it now. Let yourself loose and catch up on the series you have no idea exist.
5. Be creative
Staying at home 24/7 is probably the hardest for parents. Kids easily get bored and when they get bored, it’s mayhem. Parents need to be extra creative, especially the stay at home period. Design plays that are not only fun but also educational. This is also the perfect time where you can strengthen your bond with your kids. Instead of anticipating the whole quarantine period would be dull and boring, do something that can make it memorable instead.
6. Designate chores
It may be important to make your kids busy with activities that can burn down their energy. However, make this time to train them in doing chores. Assign easy tasks they can do every day and let them continue doing it even after this whole ordeal.
7. Be informed all the time
You might be having fun with your stay at home status but don’t forget to make yourself informed about the latest developments. Watch any news program or read news from your computer. It is always important to be well informed especially in dealing with this pandemic. Always remember, there is power in knowledge.
Old people are more vulnerable to the virus. To prevent the possibility of contagion, make use of technology and do video calling instead of visiting them. Also, it won’t hurt to check on old friends you haven’t been in contact with for some time. Who knows, you probably will be making their day by reconnecting with them.
The mandate to stay at home may last for weeks or months. It doesn’t mean you will be unproductive during that period. Plot your activities right and schedule them properly. At the end of all this, you can’t just say you survive, but that you survive productively.