Coronavirus: How to Avoid Boredom While Social Distancing
Coronavirus: How to avoid boredom while social distancing. It’s been about a week now that we’ve had to socially distance ourselves from everyone else due to the Coronavirus. Restaurants are closed, schools, concerts, and sporting events are cancelled. What is there to do? I’m a homebody by nature and I love being able to work at home, but even I am getting bored at this point.
Nathan and I went to the grocery store yesterday afternoon, and it was just a weird experience. The first store we attempted to go to was just busy. The parking lot looked like Black Friday kind of busy. The second one wasn’t nearly that bad, and we went in. It is so strange to me to be that worried about being near people. Store shelves were fairly well stocked, making that the least of my worries.
After my experience with the grocery store, I began to appreciate the whole social distancing thing and staying at home. But I have still been searching for ways to keep the boredom at bay, because it definitely happens to even the biggest homebody out there.
Go for a walk
Going for a walk to get some exercise is just good common sense. Fresh air and exercise does wonders for all of us. I find when I get restless or fidgety, it is time to go outside. Don’t go out in a group, obviously. But even a quick circle around the block once or twice will help. Luckily for me, the weather has been pretty nice most of the week and it has been fairly easy to go out for a bit.
Take some time for self-care
It’s not like we have places to be, right? Take some time for yourself. Read that book sitting on the nightstand, enjoy a hobby that you don’t normally make time for. Or binge watch some reality tv show. Streaming services like Disney Plus have been releasing new movies to that platform instead of prolonging them for the theater. That way fans can still enjoy them. To read about my favorite books, click here.
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Indulge in a hobby
I mentioned this as part of our self care, but I think it deserves its own category too. Too many times we ignore our passions and hobbies because we don’t have time. Well, now there is a surplus of time. I’ve been crocheting a baby blanket for a friend while I watch tv during the day. What is something you enjoy but don’t make enough time for under normal circumstances?
Learn a new skill
Find something you’ve always wanted to try, or that relates to prepping that you can use in the future. Do you know how to make candles? If you have kids, that is an excellent project to teach them about prepping! Or make your own hand sanitizer. YouTube is a great place to find how-to videos as well.
Check in with friends and family
Just because we are all being forced to be house hermits doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected to friends and family. We have FaceTime, Skype, text, calls, and even social media. The connection options are endless. You can even use your phone to make phone calls. Weird, right? But seriously, even though it feels like we are alone right now, we aren’t alone. Just don’t ignore the opportunities to connect with the people you care about.
If you are healthy and it is safe to go out, check in on those around you who should be staying in. This is a perfect opportunity to step up and help someone who is immune-compromised. Help those who need to stay at home to do exactly that. When I go to the grocery store, I check in with several people to see if they need anything while I’m out. This is an excellent way to show we care about people in such a crazy time.
Go old school
If you have kids at home, play a board game. Have a night without streaming services or electronics. Play board games, build a blanket fort on the couch, go camping in the backyard. While kids are stuck at home, it is an amazing opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime. This social distancing can turn into a very positive memory if we use the opportunities given to us.
Enjoy screen time together
This one was Nathan’s idea, to be perfectly honest. We were talking about him being home more and things he could and could not do when I need to work. I’m not normally very tolerant of my work time being disrupted, especially by what I deem useless noise. Which his video games qualify as useless noise in my opinion. Marriage is a balancing act, and this conversation is a perfect example of that and working together while being tolerant of each other.
As Nathan and I were having this conversation, he asked me if I would want to play any of his video games with him when I’m not working and we are looking for something to do together. This question surprised me, because I’m not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination. But he picked a game he thought I would enjoy and we will be giving this a try later in the week.
If we’re going to indulge in some extra screen time, why not do it together? It’s an opportunity to learn a new skill on my part and try something new. I see this as an excellent opportunity if you have kids too. Let them teach you something that they enjoy doing.
Make new recipes
I love cooking, that isn’t exactly a secret. Since being stuck at home and having a surplus of time on my hands, I’ve been developing new recipes and it is fun. You can read about my recipes here. Trying a brand new recipe will make things seem fresh and exciting because it is a positive break from the normal.
This is such a strange time in our lives for everyone. It is easy to get bored, have anxiety because the future is very uncertain at this point, and be very negative. We can’t control what happens to us in life. What we can control is how we react to it though. Why not try to make the best out of a bad experience?
I’ve found it is easy to get caught up in the negative and the unknown over the last week. I had a day where I spent the entire day in bed, alternating between sleeping and working. I literally had no idea what day it was because my routine was thrown so far off. Tigger never went far from me because he thought there was something wrong with me.
I was able to pull myself out of that funk by doing the things I talked about above and really focusing on the simple, inexpensive, yet positive things I could enjoy and accomplish while still socially distancing myself from everyone else.
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