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Social Distancing: How to Stay Busy and Entertained

Social Distancing: How to Stay Busy and Entertained
April 13, 2020

Social distancing is a struggle, to say the least. But we’re all doing our duty and staying home, which means we are all faced with similar challenges! If you’re experiencing the COVID-19 blues, there are tons of ways to keep it together and stay healthy both mentally and physically (not to mention with your relationships intact). Here, we provide some ideas to keep busy and entertained until the outbreak is contained.

Tips to stay busy during quarantine

Take a Break from COVID-19 News

Bad news equals COVID-19 blues. It’s hard not to want to keep up to date on what’s happening out there, but becoming obsessed with the latest news about the outbreak is not going to help. Avoid being stuck to the TV, and instead, give yourself a break by turning off the notifications you might be receiving. Only check-in a few times a day to see if there is anything important you need to know, such as new regulations or business closures. Try to spend as much time as possible chatting with friends via text and doing something you enjoy, even if you’re stuck at home. As well, it’s better to check the news in the morning rather than right before bed as, a) there’s nothing you can do about it right now, and b) it will still be there in the morning!

Move About

Although many are stuck in tiny condos, try to change your view and move about your condo often. Have a change of scenery occasionally, such as soaking in the tub, sitting on your balcony, sitting at your kitchen counter, or moving from bedroom to living room if you have that luxury.

Stay Active

You’re allowed to go outside for walks or runs, so try to do so once a day. Keep your distance from others and avoid parks that tend to be busy. This keeps your body healthy while also providing you with fresh air, new scenery, and some much-needed stress reduction. Nature helps, so choose an area with some greenery if possible. This can be hard since parks are now closed, but even tree-lined side streets in your area will help wit that.

Spring Clean

You know, there’s tons of stuff you could do that you’ve avoided for months. A good example is spring cleaning. Yes, we’re your cleaning heroes, so what else are we going to say? But seriously, this is a great way to keep busy.

Knock Out a To-Do List

Create a to-do list to complete as your days in self-isolation unfold. We’ve got you started with our spring-cleaning idea, but what else can you do?

For inspiration, think of the things you’ve procrastinated on, such as tightening those loose handles on your kitchen cupboards, finishing a paint job, or rearranging the furniture.

Educate Yourself

Instead of opting for endless binge-watching, choose educational videos. What have you always wanted to do?

  • Learn a language
  • Research topics of interest
  • Try a new workout or dance moves
  • Perfect a new cooking technique
  • Learn new recipes
  • Learn how to play a musical instrument
  • Up your chess game

The list is endless and limited only by the interests you have. Your brain gets a healthy dose of challenges, and you also reduce stress.

Start Up Some Group Chats

You’ve probably already done this with friends, but consider doing it with other groups such as co-workers, fellow students, and family. This will keep you interacting, and even start some goofy or educational discussions to keep you thinking and laughing.

Challenge Friends

Come up with fun ideas to keep your group of friends challenged. It can be silly things like who can binge-watch the most episodes of a show, physical challenges like who can do the most push-ups, appearance challenges like who can grow the longest beard, or brainy challenges like who can read Anna Karenina the fastest.

Plan Zoom or Facetime Socials

Technology offers tons of ways to interact with friends and family. Hold some social events via Zoom or Facetime so people can interact, joke around, or even find out ways you can help the more vulnerable people in your circle. Face-to-face communication is crucial to your mental health, and this is the easiest way to avoid feelings of isolation. Make sure to remember phone calls to your elderly family members who might not have access to such technology.

Look Up Old Acquaintances on Social Media

This is the perfect time to get reacquainted with those you’ve lost touch with over the years. Search them up on social media and reach out. No creeping on anyone, though!

Stay Pretty

This might sound silly and shallow, but you’ll feel better if you look like your old self. Don’t give up on your basic personal hygiene by not taking showers, doing your hair and makeup every once in a while, shaving, and so on. This will keep things feeling a little more “normal,” and, also, you’ll look all the better for the selfies and videos you post on social media.

Find Positive Social Accounts to Follow (Or Start One of Your Own)

Look for fun accounts to follow on social media to make things more pleasant and avoid the “Debbie Downers” who will make you feel scared, alone, or even angry. It’s all about staying positive. If you hate all that positivity crap, just find things that make you happy, from cat accounts to travel and awe-inspiring stunts to fitness nuts. If you think you have something to share that will inspire others, now’s the time to give it a shot with all eyes and thumbs glued to phone screens.

At Maid4Condos, we are a responsible community business and want everyone to stay healthy. Avoid feeling isolated and bored so you can make it through this difficult time. Stay healthy, and we look forward to serving you soon.

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