So much is going on in the world. More states are starting to have a forced quarantine, while others are just coming out of quarantine. Over the past few months, I have learned a lot and want to help those who are struggling being in the house for such an extended period of time.
I am quite familiar with staying in the house for prolonged periods of time, because while I was recovering from my concussion, I spent most of 5 years in my house (because noise and light triggered my painful migraines). Yes, you read that right: 5 years. Let’s hope that this quarantine doesn’t last that long.
Here are some tips and suggestions that I have for making quarantine as comfortable as possible. As usual, wear a mask and stay at home, as much as possible. But, here are some things that I do, so I can stay productive and happy, while also staying safe and healthy in the house!
1. Go outside (safely & wear a mask).
At the start of quarantine, I spent a lot of my time indoors on my computer, and not in the sun and feeling the wind in my hair. Quickly, I started to see the negative effects of this. Not going outside, coupled with not seeing my friends and family, made me feel horrible and empty.
I noticed this feeling, and started doing my work outside in my yard, instead of inside the dark house. Within the first day of doing this, I felt a lot better about my day, and I also felt less isolated. I highly recommend spending more time outside, if you feel like your house’s walls are closing in. It may sound like a simple tip, but this one decision has greatly improved my happiness, while stuck at home.
2. Read a book.
So many people have probably recommended you to read a book, and you probably just shook your head and walked away. I know that you might not normally read, but now you have some extra time, and disappearing into a story for a little while might make you feel like you just went on an adventure with a character.
Reading is something that some people love and others hate, but I think it is worth giving it a try during quarantine because you might find that at this specific time, reading about a character’s funny life, might bring you immense joy and comfort. I have been reading the Harry Potter books, and recently reread The Great Gatsby, which I hated in high school, but I love now. Let me know your book recommendations! DM them to my on Instagram!
3. Find a new hobby.
Instead of sitting in your house worrying about the news 24/7, and trying to predict the unpredictable future, you could spend some of your time honing your skills on a new hobby.
A hobby can be anything from sowing, to growing your own garden, or drawing cartoons. Find something that makes you smile and gets you excited every day. It may take some time to find a hobby that you thoroughly enjoy, but once you find something you love, you will be glad that you went through the dud hobbies to get to the great one! Plus, it will likely have a largely positive effect on your well-being.
4. Watch the clouds.
This might sound extremely stupid, but I have found such comfort in laying outside and looking up at the clouds. Sometimes it can be too bright to look up at the clouds, but right around sunset is my favorite time to cloud-watch.
The colors in the sky are gorgeous and the clouds make an excellent natural television. This is a perfect time to relax and meditate, think about the things that you are grateful for, or just think about the simple beauty of the clouds. It is a time to slow down and just watch.
5. Make your chores into a game.
When I was a child, I would make cleaning my room fun by playing basketball with my toys and my toy box. Now, you may not have toys or a playroom, but I think during this time, it is especially fun and helpful to make ordinary tasks, extraordinary.
Make a fun game out of watering your garden, washing your clothes, or washing the dishes. Create a mini golf course in your backyard while mowing the grass! Be create and embrace your imagination! Find the fun in the simple things. It is very possible to make cleaning the house fun if you try hard enough and have an open mind.
6. Water Balloons.
Water and being outside: what a great combo? Create a made-at-home slip and slide, or buy one online! Fill up water balloons and toss them at your fence to get your anger out. Throw a balloon up in the air and try to catch it before it smashes and splashes you with water! Spend time in a pool, if you are lucky enough to have one.
Have a great summer, even if you can’t head to the beach or waterpark. You can still have fun at home!
7. Foster an animal or take your dog for a walk.
At the start of quarantine, many people had the great idea of fostering animals from shelters. I think that this is brilliant because humans are gaining important company and the animals are benefiting as well. Obviously, only foster if you are able to properly take care and feed the animal, and if you are responsible enough to be reliable.
If you already have a dog, take your dog on a walk around your yard, or wear a mask if you are walking your dog in public. Stay far away from other dog-walkers and bring water for your dog in case they need a drink. Stay hydrated and in the shade on a hot-summer day. Also, make sure that your dog’s paws are not hurting from the hot concrete beneath their feet, before embarking on a very long walk.
8. Start a blog/youtube/instagram for your hobby.
This is very helpful when you are looking for something to put your time into that provides fulfillment to your life. If you love something so much, why not write/talk/photograph it? Share your passion with others and meet other people who share the same hobby as you!
The important part is to make sure that you are having fun. If something feels like a job, or like something that you have to do, the process can be less fun. I think that it is important to focus on what makes you happy, and make sure that what you are doing aligns with your values.
9. Learn a new subject.
Delve into astronomy or learn a new language! This is a time to explore facts and ideas that you have always wanted to research or learn about. Knowledge is so helpful and valuable, so spending your time learning is something that you will likely appreciate in the future.
Find a topic that genuinely interests you, and makes you want to search the Internet for hours searching for answers. For me, this is movie facts and learning about the planets. I love watching the Science Channel and discovering new films and directors. Let me know what new facts you have learned during quarantine! I am interested to hear what you have been learning about. Use your time wisely!
10. Talk to people on the phone.
Spend some time each day calling people that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Reach out to the people that you have been meaning to call, but have not had the chance because of work and your busy social schedule. Reconnect with a family member that had called you three months ago, and you forgot to call back. Call a friend from high school that you heard just got married!
Just because you cannot see someone in person, doesn’t mean you can’t call them, text them or FaceTime them! Technology is at our fingertips (literally), so let’s use it to our advantage during this very hard time. A friend is just a phone call away. 🙂
Thank you for reading! I hope that my thoughts helped you in some way. I also hope that I led you to think of ideas that can make your quarantine more enjoyable for you and your family.
If you want another post like this, let me know and I will be happy to write one. I know that I usually post about movies, but I think that this post was something that I had to write. I want to be as helpful as possible, especially in this scary time.
It is important to keep your mind happy and healthy while staying safe in your house, and I wish you strength in this situation.