Stuck at home? We know how you feel. Here’s a list of ways to beat the quarantine blues while staying productive, fit, and entertained.
Those who have the ability to work from home should try to make remote employment a priority. If possible, make a designated space free of clutter and distractions, and use headphones in order to block out sound. Keeping a routine will help your daily life feel more normal. Just be sure to take little breaks!
The Center for Disease Control has lots of information on how to keep you and your family safe, recommending that frequently touched surfaces (think doorknobs, keyboards, toilet handles, and light switches) be cleaned and disinfected daily. Check their website for a detailed disinfection guide.
Bookworms now have extra free time to read something new. Check out the New York Times Best Seller list to see what your friends are talking about, or for lovers of local literature, click through to this amazing list of the best books about South Carolina (including several selections by beloved author Pat Conroy).
Don’t let being at home stop you from being active! If possible, try to get out and take walks to get fresh air, whether on trails or simply around your neighborhood. If you want to stay indoors there are plenty of at-home workouts you can do to keep you feeling fit, no equipment necessary.
With the ingredients you have at home, it’s important to try and eat healthy and creatively. Don’t make the same thing every day and don’t be afraid to get creative with what’s in the fridge. Try your hand at baking bread, cooking a new recipe, or making comfort food.
When all else fails, being stuck at home is one of the best excuses to watch a new series (or rewatch a beloved show for the millionth time). Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu have plenty of movies and shows to keep you busy, and USA Today has them all ranked for the ultimate binge-list. Popcorn not included.
Those who are looking for ways to help others while at home have many options. Look for blood donation centers nearby to help local community members in need. Check to see which restaurants in your area have moved to take-out or curbside pickup to help their business. Together, we can all get through this safely.