Fun Things to do During Social Isolation
It’s getting really hard to keep current on COVID-19, a new form of coronavirus. It seems like the information is changing by the minute but there are a few sensible precautions that you should take.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or with an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Sanitize surfaces that you regularly touch.
- Don’t touch your face (those nasty little bugs can crawl in through your eyes, nose, or mouth).
If, because of inhospitable weather or some other reason, you do have to stay inside, there are still some entertaining things you can do. Of course, if you work from home, you already know that filling up the day is no problem at all! But for those of us out there who suddenly find themselves with a feeling of being cut off from it all:
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- This might be just the time to deep-clean the house or apartment. Sort out those closets, vacuum behind the furniture, clean the kitchen cupboards (groan), wash the windows, clean the window blinds, scrub down those shower walls, move the furniture around to give a room a new look. And the best part is, there’s no cost (except maybe for some cleansers).
- Distancing oneself can lead to feelings of, well, isolation. Shake off “the lonleys” and facetime or skype someone you haven’t talked to in a long time. It’s always good to connect up with old friends (and if they’re feeling lonely and bored from distancing themselves, they might really appreciate it).
- If you have a hobby or craft that you love like sewing or knitting, there’s no need to suggest that! Go through your scrap fabric stash and think of some cool new things to make – doggie bowties, mug cozies, a glasses case, or sew the bits together to make blankets and cushions for the local animal shelter. You’ll find a ton of ideas on the net and on YouTube.
- Don’t forget to exercise! Grab a yoga mat (or not) and do some stretches, some jumping jacks, some push-ups, some sit-ups, jog in place, or run up and down the stairs a few times.
- Stay in touch with friends and family. Check-in and see how they’re doing, whether they need anything.
- Learn a new skill like indoor gardening. You could start your own kitchen herb garden and enjoy fresh lettuce, scallions, and many other vegetable and herbs. You can order seeds online for mail delivery.
- Write cards or letters to people in hospitals and nursing homes, especially those to whom visitor access has been restricted.
- Read some books you’ve been meaning to get around to (or re-read the old favorites).
- Offer virtual lessons. Teach someone how to paint, or sew, or cook, or play a musical instrument, or whatever your special skill is. Others (who may also be house-bound) might welcome the opportunity for skype lessons.
- Pick a subject that interests you and read up on it. In the wise words of Dorothy Parker, “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”
These are certainly “interesting times”, days of uncertainty and apprehension. Stay calm, do your best to protect yourself and others from this virus and if you do show symptoms of having caught it, be sure to get medical care.
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