As the summer comes to a close and we enter the sixth month of the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be easy to become lethargic around the house in search of an activity. It is perfectly acceptable to take the day to yourself and do nothing, as everyone handles situations differently; but, some people prefer to stay busy during times like these to keep their minds and bodies actively engaged, or at the very least, distracted. Some activities to consider around the house include playing a game, tackling a project, learning something new, reaching out to friends and family, or creating a new dish!
Games at Home
Playing games can be a great way to bond with family members who live with you, or electronically stay in touch with those who might live further away. Monopoly, card games, Sorry, and Cranium are all interactive games that are easy to play and require limited set-up. Cranium is especially engaging as it requires the users to draw, communicate verbally, act things out, and even mold clay for other players to decipher. Video games such as JackBox, an interactive game requiring only a monitor and smartphones, or online gaming systems are also options. They may be a bit more expensive but are equally engaging and can help you connect with friends who live far away. Games in general are a great way to exercise your mind, and potentially laugh a bit with your friends!
Tackle a Project
That cluttered room won’t clean itself, and this could be the first time in a while you have the time to devote to doing something about the mess! Because we are encouraged to spend so much more time in our homes now, it has become clearer than ever all the things we may want to improve around the house. Take this as your push to clean out that wardrobe and repurpose the clothes, deal with the papers sitting on the counter, or complete the home craft you always wanted to finish. A study by Harvard University found that students working in a clutter-free workspace were able to work continuously for 7.5 minutes longer than those in cluttered workspaces. The evidence is there, now all you need to do is make it happen.
Learn Something New
It can never hurt to add to your repertoire of skills, and in your down time it could only take 30 mins a day to learn something new. This could be a great time to learn a new language using a book or an app or pick up a new hobby such as journaling or blogging. There are a multitude of ways to express yourself if you look hard enough, and to do so you don’t need to be artistic. The process only requires some effort on your part including a positive attitude, a willingness to fail, and the resilience to keep trying.
As humans, we tend to get busy and forget to check in on our loved ones now and again. Connections with others are important to maintain, especially in trying times such as these where we are naturally isolated from others. When you think of those people, send them a text or give them a call so they know you’re thinking of them. It is never too soon to call and catch up, and it may brighten their day as well as yours.
Create a Dish
With restaurants being under capacity restrictions, it is hard to go out to eat often, and we are forced to take out food or create something at home. Take advantage of this time to plan a meal for yourself and create something delicious to enjoy! You can even challenge yourself to create a treat using only what you already have in your home, and see what type of confection you can make. There are endless amounts of recipes to find online, or you can resort to a family favorite to create; anything will suffice, provided you enjoy yourself making the dish and consuming it!
While staying home is tough as the months go on, it’s important to take your mental health into serious consideration as it matters just as much as your physical well-being. Staying busy if you’re a busy-body or taking time to relax if you aren’t is important, provided that you are making yourself and your happiness a priority.