Whether we like it or not, a lot of us are going to be spending a lot more time at home for a while. Whether that is because of an actual quarantine, or are just at home because of social distancing and social events being put on hold. The truth is we may all need to find things to do to keep us from going totally crazy or bored.
For some people even the mere thought of entering into isolation is daunting, while for others, it can be an opportunity to take a break from life’s constant calling. Believe it or not, it’s probably not as bad as you think.
Agreed that this is a difficult time for many of us. But it’s not the end of the world(or at least I hope!), it also doesn’t mean we can’t make the best of an otherwise ugh situation. This is an opportunity to grow by experiencing, trying, learning, and creating new things. While the entire world might be halted right now, your mind doesn’t have to be! Here are 8 social distancing activities for you to feel productive.
Productive Social Distancing Activities
Have you ever thought of growing your own produce but never had enough time? Yeah, me too. Even if you believe you don’t have a green thumb, this is something worth trying out. Specially if you always question if your produce has been grown sustainably.
Now that we are home a lot, imagine how great would it be to pluck fresh produce from your own vegetable garden instead of resorting to canned stuff.
No patio? No problem. Read my guide to indoor gardening here.
Start a side hustle
Whether you are self-employed or not, chances are you are working from home for who knows how long. For most people that would save at least 1-2 hours every day that we would spend on commute otherwise. Make use of that time. Been thinking of a side project? Now is the time!
Plus you will need some kind of distraction to avoid feeling burnt out. Don’t know what to do? Read: How to start a blog in 5 easy steps.
Invest in yourself
Since most schools have switched to online learning, why not bring out your inner student and learn something new. Learning has no age, after all.
Enrolling in an online course or learning a new skill is one of the best way to make productive use of your time. Alternatively, if you are passionate about teaching, you can also try teaching online.
VIPKID is a great teaching platform if you are looking for one.
Brush up on your cooking skills
While we all aspire to become Martha Stewart someday, very few get the time to actually cook. In our case, Shams and I always stick to the same recipes because who has the time to cook, and that gets boring very quickly.
But things have changed with quarantine in play. We have completely stopped ordering take out and that forced us to try new recipes every single day to keep things exciting. Don’t know where to begin? There are plenty of cooking tutorials online to follow and satisfy your chef’s soul.
Remember that drawer you’ve been wanting to organize for the last decade? What about that closet door that never seems to shut because of clothes being shoved in the wrong way?
Now that you have all the time in the world, a great social distancing activity is to get organized and get back on track right away.
Get involved in home chores
It’s high time to practice maximum hygiene during this period, and it does not only mean personal hygiene.
From cleaning your bathrooms to disinfecting surfaces, and mowing the lawn to simply dusting off the furniture, lend your loved ones a helping hand during this time of need because a little helping hand goes a long way.
Catch up on much needed sleep
Having a hectic lifestyle you’re lucky if you ever get a chance to take a breather. Quarantine is giving you the perfect opportunity to do so. Where all the health advisory for social distancing is asking you to get enough sleep during this period, it’s the best time to snooze and rest more often.
No one will blame you for getting some extra hours of sleep, so why not take advantage of this golden opportunity.
Say yes to indoor workouts
Was working out your 2019 resolution? and then 2020? I hear ya! You no longer have an excuse to not workout due to time constraints. You might not have access to your neighbourhood gym or any equipment, but there’s lots of online workout tutorials with easy access.
If you are feeling the need to support a small business owner you can always hire a personal trainer for virtual sessions too.
Quarantine and social distancing is undoubtedly a difficult period for many of us. But that’s exactly the motivation you need to rise up to the challenge.
Get productive, stay healthy and practice hygiene while you stay indoors. If you won’t do it for yourself, no one else will.