No need to feel stressed or bored. Here are some fun ideas to help you stay happy, healthy and productive.
With all the uncertainty in the world, we are all feeling a bit stressed and out of sorts. One of the best ways to combat negative feelings is to follow a regular daily schedule (get up & go to bed at the same time each day) and to CREATE a LIST of all the things you need and want to do. Staying active and busy is the best way to stay healthy.
Sections highlighted in red are ideas for your journal. And now that it's finally spring and nicer weather let's get outside more.
Here are some idea of things you can do during quarantine:
Read or listen to some books. Here's a list of places where you can find FREE e-books (yes, free e-books!):
Google eBookstore, Project Gutenberg, Open Library, Internet Archive, BookBoon, ManyBooks.net, Free eBooks, LibriVox
De-stress with an in-home (or backyard) workout. Take a walk or ride your bike.
Clean your BEDROOM. Collect toys you no longer play with, books & clothing you haven't used and make a DONATION box. Donate to a local church or charity group.
Exercise your BRAIN by uploading the Scrabble app and other fun games like "Words With Friends" Check it out here.
Get healthy: Plan a healthy meal using only what you have in your kitchen. Make a smoothie with fruits & yogurt, or make a healthy pasta salad that includes vegetables
Take a virtual tour of hundreds of museums around the world using Google Arts & Culture. From Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum to exhibits at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or explore the sinister halls of the Eastern State Penitentiary, and view Revolutionary War weapons from Valley Forge National Historical Park. If you’re not sure where to start, Google compiled a top 10 list.
Make your own body scrub and face masks at home. Recipes are here.
Write poetry. Poetry is a great way to express yourself. Write about how you are feeling about the current situation, or craft a haiku for Mother's Day, or something without a specific structure. Just try it! Add any poems you write to your journal!
Download Duolingo, or a similar app, and teach yourself a foreign language.
Check on an elderly neighbor. Offer to take out their trash or to walk their dog.
Collect and paint rocks. Find some nice rocks in your yard or neighborhood and paint them. Here are some ideas for inspiration.
Play board games and card games. Read the rules to those long and intense board games you've never played with the family. Encourage siblings and family to play.
Do a puzzle or COLOR. My daughter has been coloring with colored pencils this week! Be sure to include any drawings in your journal!
Do a craft. Click here for some DIY project ideas from Good Housekeeping.
Put on a play or make your own music video. Write your own script.
Write letters: Yes, actual letters (on paper!) to family and friends. Write thank-you notes to people who have helped you (teachers, a neighbor, or the FedEx person).
Meditate. Try lying down with your eyes closed, palms up and while focusing on your breath. Or spend 20 minutes sitting cross-legged and repeat a soothing word to yourself in your head. (The latter is more like transcendental meditation.)
Face masks, moisturizer, oh my! Treat yourself to a 10-step skin care routine you don’t have time for during a normal work week.
Make your favorite snack or try a new recipe, but you can only use foods you already have in your fridge and cupboard. Be creative! Post your NEW recipe in your journal!
Take note from "Tangled" star Rapunzel, who has an entire song about how she's spent her days alone in a castle. Activities included in her ditty: Ventriloquy, candle-making, papier-mâché and adding a new painting to her gallery.
Learn calligraphy, how to knit or crotchet. YouTube and Pinterest can help.
Go outside. Invent a new game or plant a garden. Create a TIME CAPSULE (include a newspaper or a hand written note) and bury it in the backyard.
Try out at-home aerobics or yoga videos. Download a fitness app with curated workout playlists. Or create your own workout, de-stress play list. Add it to your journal.
Use Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts or Marco Polo to video chat with your long-distance friends.
Create a new playlist on Spotify. Here is a list of 100 songs to help lift your spirits during a pandemic
Look at yourself in the mirror. Attempt a self portrait with pencil and paper.
Take time to reflect: What have you accomplished in the last year? What goals are you setting for yourself in the next year? Include this list in your JOURNAL!
Write a short story or get started on that novel. Include this in your journal.
Try to create something you see on Pinterest. If you fail, you have time to try again.
Go camping indoors with blankets, microwave popcorn and scary movies.
Here are 100 movies to watch for every cinematic yearning
Fun idea: fold a square piece of paper into a fortune teller (the ones where you put your thumbs and pointer fingers into). Proceed to tell fortunes
Interview your grandparents (over the phone, of course) and save the audio. Can you create an audio story or book with that file? Add this to your journal!
Instagram: Go through your phone camera roll, pick your favorite pics from the past year and make a photo book or Instagram them online. Use cool filters!
Make a Spring Resolution: it doesn't have to be New Years to make a resolution. Go on a health kick, or learn how to cook something new, or make a resolution to work out each day. Add these resolutions to your journal!
Rate and Review Movies: Create a Google document of shows or movies you’re watching, review and rate them from 1 - 5 stars, and share it among family and friends.
Make a list of things for which you are grateful. Include in your journal!
Open a restaurant in your house: Create a hand-written menu, complete with recipes and dishes YOU created yourself. Invite siblings and family members to dine & order off the menu. You, of course are both the waiter/waitress AND the chef.
Indoor scavenger hunt. Create a list of things to find and get your siblings involved!
Book & movie: Alternate reading the Harry Potter series and cap each one off with the movie.
Try a new hair style. Dye your hair a new color. Don't like it? No one else will see it!
Make a fun TikTok: Go viral in the good way by making a quarantine-themed TikTok.
Rearrange your bedroom furniture, clean out your closet and your sock drawer. Really.
Break out the Legos or building blocks. Play with a younger sibling.
Make lists of all the places, sporting events and concerts you want to visit when they finally reopen. Don't forget to add this list to your journal!
Make slime. Find the recipe here.
Make a list of things you are saving your money for. Work on your financial planning, like how will you pay for all of these things (by doing chores, babysitting, etc.) and explore new ways to save more money (by mowing a neighbor's lawn, etc.)
Help with chores. Surprise Mom, Dad or Grandma by helping out around the house. Do dishes, do laundry, fold clothes, pick up the living room or vacuum.
Make a pillow fort. Come up with a new dance. Give your friend a make-over. Take before and after photos. Clean out a junk drawer. Learn how to sew.
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Make your OWN "Things To Do During a Quarantine" List & post it in your journal!