Fun Home Activities if you’re self-isolating!
18 March 2020
Concerts are canceled. Museums and theatres are closed. And no one’s having a laugh at live comedy shows. The coronavirus — and the social distance it’s warranting — is making it a little tough to plan out weekend activities. Yet that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun.
We’ve put together an array of ideas to help take your mind off of COVID-19… you will find plenty of ways to stay entertained in the comfort of your own home, including some creative ways to remain social.
Take a virtual tour of museums both locally and around the world
Museums across the region and the globe are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus. But thanks to Google Arts & Culture, you can still explore hundreds of them virtually.
From Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum to Seoul’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art to Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology, more than 500 museums and galleries teamed up with Google Arts & Culture to offer a peek inside their doors.
De-stress with an in-home workout
If social isolation has you feeling down, try exercise, a proven mood-booster. With doors closed, local studios are starting to stream classes online, especially Yoga. Most are free or donation-based, with options to contribute through Venmo or other online payment platforms.
Have a fancy picnic in your living room while supporting local restaurants
While now’s not the time to plan a group dinner at your favourite restaurant, that doesn’t mean you can’t browse menus from afar. Delivery services are also offering “no-contact” delivery options. (Drivers will call or text when they arrive and leave orders in a safe place for customers to retrieve.)
If you don’t feel comfortable ordering out, you can still support local businesses by purchasing gift cards. Consider it something to look forward to in the future, and an excuse to scour the Instagram’s of restaurants region-wide.
Host an online dinner party, happy hour, or hangout
Don’t cancel happy hour. Share a drink with your friends, engage in conversation over dinner, or host a group meditation — all without leaving your house. Platforms like Zoom, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and Skype enable you to organise social meet-ups virtually, using video streams or shared screens to connect everyone in the party.
Keep your mind and hands busy by diving into a DIY project. Whether you want to learn how to crochet or build your own wooden pallet coffee table, the Internet offers a wealth of free tutorials for almost everything imaginable.
Try that recipe
A chance to make cooking feel less like a chore and more like a special occasion by picking out some new recipes to try. Why not curate a playlist just for the kitchen, filled with tunes you can jam out to while you cook.
Consider a few recipes that’ll yield meals you can freeze. Soups, enchiladas, lasagna, pasta sauces, chilli, black bean burgers, and casseroles all generally hold up well in the freezer.
Dive into a good book
Even if you don’t have one to hand you can access reading materials online if you have a Free Library card. The virtual library includes ebooks, audiobooks, movies, magazines, and music. Reading is great for relieving stress, learning and improving memory/imagination and also helps you to fall asleep if your mind is busy!
Start spring cleaning
OK, this one may not be fun for everyone. As you pull out the wipes to clean down your mobile phone, consider doing a deep clean of your entire home while you’re at it. You might as well get a start on spring cleaning now that you’re inside for longer periods. Use this time to scrub your floor, raid your bedroom closet, and tackle any other projects that you might’ve been putting off.
Get your shopping fix: Buy local online
You can support local businesses by shopping online. Visit the websites of your favourite neighbourhood spots, and see what options are available. You’ll notice some companies offering discounts at the moment.
Catch up on podcasts
Binging Netflix is an obvious self-quarantine activity. But don’t forget about podcasts, too (check this out for a list we shared: https://glcstudentproperties.com/uncategorized/super-informative-podcasts/), which you can throw on while cooking, doing at-home push-ups, or taking a stroll around the block – which leads us on nicely to our last and very important point..
Do get some fresh air!
The current situation doesn’t mean you can’t get outside! There’s nothing healthy about sitting around for 24 hours a day in your house. If you’re healthy and maintain the six to 10 feet distances from others, there’s no reason you shouldn’t go out and get some exercise.
Stay safe and we look forward to coming back soon with another post!
Look after one another,
The GLC Team