Are you tired of watching the news? Have you exhausted the collection of books you have in your personal library? It’s time to try something new.
We are not used to having so much time on our hands, and yes, it can be tiring and frustrating. But the stay at home order can open up new opportunities to do things you haven’t done recently or you have been planning to do. Look around you - there are endless possibilities.
Declutter and Organize:
If you are working from home start with your desk. Are there little pieces of paper in a pile, business cards and other papers you don’t need anymore? Toss them in the recycling bin. How about your closet? Have you been meaning to put some order to that mess and get rid of clothes you don’t like or use anymore? Get a large trash bag and fill it up. Put it aside and donate it to a local charity when things go back to normal. Do you need shelves or an organizing system? Check online and place your order so that when it arrives you can get to work. How about your garage? Do you have old paint buckets and other useless items we tend to collect? Make two piles - one for donations and the other for trash. Impress your spouse with your organizing skills.
Connect With Family, Friends And Neighbors:
What I mean by that is not to send a text, but actually pick up the phone and let them hear your voice. Let them know you care about them. During this time everyone is worried and wants to feel someone cares for them. Reach out and make someone feel better and you will feel better too. Do you know a neighbor that may need help with grocery shopping? Are you going to order take out? Order extra and give it to a family you know that would appreciate it.
If you have extra fabric and elastic lying around make masks to donate to others. If you have ingredients to make hand sanitizer do so, and give it to neighbors.
Organize Photo Albums:
You know what I’m talking about. All the photos lying around or in a box waiting to be placed in an album. This is the time to order or buy some photo albums and get to work. Ask your family to help. Kids will love looking through old photos of themselves.
There are many online classes. Try You Tube or may be your regular fitness class is still being taught via a platform like zoom. If you feel like getting fresh air go for a walk as long as you maintain a 6-ft distance from others and wear a mask. A number of Yoga classes by local instructors are also being taught online. Give one a try.
Try a New Recipe:
Look through your recipe books or online for a new recipe to try. Involve your kids and make it fun.
The two dreaded words. But why not? Clean the windows that need some attention. Reach to the top of your kitchen cabinets, refrigerator, armoire or chandeliers that need your attention.
Play board games or do a puzzle:
Everyone has a few of those gathering dust on a shelf. Pull them out make it fun with your family and have some laughs together.
Check out online library books:
Libraries now closed are offering a slew of digital choices with books and magazines that can be read on kindle, phones, tablets and other devices as well as audio books. Children and teens choices are also available. Check out your local library’s website.
Google Arts and Culture has partnered with over 2,000 museums around the world. Collections, 360 videos, and tours are available. Locally you can visit coronadohistory.org, check out google arts and culture. You can visit the Great Wall of China or the Sistine Chapel. Even local choices are available like the Timken Museum and San Diego Museum of Art. The San Diego Zoo, the Monterey Bay Aquarium have web cams that you can livestream.
Learn to play an instrument like the guitar:
There are many tutorials out available or contact a music teacher to start online classes.
Create a time capsule of this time:
What kind of items would you place inside? Brainstorm with your family. Apart from the obvious ones like hand sanitizer and a mask, what other items would your family members like to place in it?
Coloring books are not just for kids. There are many adult coloring books out there. They are fun to color and relaxing. They also give you a sense of accomplishment when you are done. You can also do one with a family member and share coloring duties.