During this time when staying at home is a must, our daily activities may look different but they can still be fulfilling! Now it is more important to stay busy (especially mentally), but also to not feel pressured to be productive all the time or feel guilty about how you choose to cope with the current situation. Rather, it is time for us to do our best to tune into where we are and adjust our activities at home accordingly. This could look different from day to day or hour by hour, from relaxing time watching Netflix to diving into our new hobby.
Here are 5 at-home activities to help keep your mind occupied during this lockdown:
Read about new and interesting topics and learn something new
To stay mentally stimulated, take the time to find a topic you are interested in and learn something new. For example, do you know why dams are built and have you ever wondered why they are so important? This may be a random topic that you probably don’t think about on just any day, but it can be a fun and productive way to spend time at home and educate yourself. Plus, with all of the free information available on the internet, it will cost you zero!
Learn new recipes and experiment with cooking
It takes time to try out new recipes and experiment with cooking, and many people find that they simply don’t have the bandwidth to do so amidst busy ‘normal’ life. So take advantage of the time that you do have now to have some fun in the kitchen. Try out some new recipes that make you happy and that are fun to cook, and even try out some meals that are great to meal prep (you’ll be thankful for this later!)
Finding an outlet for your creativity is a way you can spend time doing something that makes you happy and that really gets you focused in. Some ideas are: do crafts, try painting or sketching, print some coloring books, and get in the flow with creative writing.
Purge your wardrobe and donate
Now is the time to stay true to your annual spring-cleaning and purge your wardrobe. Go through everything you own and consider the following: when the last time you wore an item was, how often you plan on wearing it in the future, and the current shape of the item. Anything that you don’t plan on keeping and is in good shape, set aside to donate.
Donation processes look a bit different due to current health safety precautions and measures, but you can still safely store your donations in one place of your home so that they are ready to donate when possible. If an item is too worn, you can look into what shops in your area recycle items.
This may be a process to do, but having an organized and decluttered closet is well worth it!
Do some gardening
If you have a private garden, get outside and do some gardening! Get to know your landscaping and plant some new flowers, etc. Spring is the time your garden is starting to flourish again and being outside in nature is good for body and mind.
While COVID-19 is requiring us to stay at home, it is up to us to choose how we spend this time! What have you been doing during the lockdown?