With recent events, governments are taking historically extreme measures to provide public safety; closing schools, closing borders and prohibiting social gatherings of more than 10 people and so forth. People are encouraged to stay home if possible.
While most of us are lucky enough to have work or studies to conduct at home, we are going to have more free time on our hands than normal, and there are bound to be moments when we’re thinking “what now?”
One of the most uncomfortable things for a healthy human being is to stay cooped up at home between four walls. So it’s important to take care of your mental health and keep busy. Here are my tips on activities to do.
Find a quiet spot at home, sit down, close your eyes and breathe. It’s the perfect time to slow down, listen to the silence, to breathe all worries and confusion away. Listen to yourself. Maybe do some meditation. The society is slowing down for a while, so should you.
2 Have a long video call with a friend or a loved one
Now, we should be doing this anyway, but now really is the time. With being forced to stay at home, it’s harder to have those social contacts. So call your friends or your grandparents. I have a couple of video calls scheduled with long-distance friends, that I’m really looking forward to. And since visiting our elderly is not advised to keep them safe and healthy, your grandparents are sure to be pleased to see your face in a video call, instead of just hearing your voice. This has been the source of some entertainment in my family, as we’re teaching my grandparents to use the WhatsApp video call feature.
3 Keep your mind active
Be creative, do some painting, crafting, music, whatever is your go-to creative activity. Or learn a new skill. We are so lucky to live in the modern world where there are so many online learning possibilities, so why not learn some photography, or a new language. Most hobbies, gyms, yoga studios are moving their classes online. Museums have virtual tours. And if you have kids, make sure they don’t jump all over the walls. Now’s the time to make use of all those board-games you have tucked up somewhere and spend some time together as a family.
Read your favorite book for the umpteenth time, or catch up with your reading list. Read together with your s.o., your pet, your kids. Set up an online reading circle with your friends. Even if libraries are closing down, they might have some e-books you can borrow via the internet, so you don’t necessarily need to make do with just your own bookshelf.
Why not take the opportunity to clean one of those inconspicuous places that never gets cleaned. Re-organize and/or declutter one of a few cupboards, clean behind the washing machine, wipe your floorboards, clear your bathroom cupboards and so forth. What’s the spot you haven’t cleaned recently?
6 Support your local entrepreneurs
Just because we’re not allowed to spend time in town, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy things we like. If we can’t enjoy time in restaurants they might still have the option to take-away or to deliver to your home. A lot of shops have online stores. If you couldn’t make it to a cultural event, such as a music or theater performance, think about the option of not asking for your money back. These next few weeks is giving the biggest hit under the belt to entrepreneurs who are dependent on their customers, so take care that they’re still there when things go back to normal. But consume only as much as you normally would, there is no need to go overboard.
7 Enjoy the outdoors
I know in some countries, leaving your house is not even possible. But if you have the chance, go outside and enjoy some fresh air. Go take you dog on a long walk, or take a walk with your s.o. You don’t need to be in contact with anyone else. In the Nordic countries, spring is clearly here (even if it is snowing right now) so that means more sunlight every day. And if you can’t go out, at least open a window to let some fresh air in.
How are you planning on spending your time in the next few weeks?
Hope everyone is staying safe and staying healthy! Take care of yourselves and your loved ones! If you don’t have the possibility to stay at home, and are working hard to ease the situation, I hope you still take care of yourself. You are important and the rest of us are truly grateful!We’ll get through this!