As we spend more and more time indoors this month, we wanted to share a few ways you can take advantage of being home. So whether you’re catching up on sleep, learning a new skill, or planning your next well-deserved vacation, make the most of it! Here are some things you can do while you practice “social distancing.”
1. Start Spring Cleaning Early
There’s no time like the present to get ahead on spring cleaning. With many of us working from home these days, it’s important to show your space a little love by deep cleaning the bathrooms, kitchen, and common areas. Be sure to clean less obvious places such as light switches, doorknobs, remote controls, and phones. This is also a great time to tidy up à la Marie Kondo.
While most gyms and group fitness classes are closed for the time being, there are still ways to stick to your New Year’s resolution of staying healthy. YouTube has a great selection of free workout videos, with everything from yoga to Pilates to HIIT exercises. The following local and national fitness studios are also hosting online workout classes that you can do right in your living room without any equipment:
- CorePower (Free)
- Pilates + Coffee ($10 for 55-minute class on website)
- Studio Three (Free on Instagram Live)
- YogaSix (Free on Facebook Live)
- Nike Training Club (Free with in-app purchases)
3. Learn a New Recipe
Now that you’ve got some extra time on your hands, treat yourself to some delicious new recipes. Don’t know where to start? New York Times is offering a free trial to a 30-day guide of at-home lunches. And for some dinner ideas, check out these easy, pantry-friendly recipes from HuffPost.
4. Have a Game Night
Tap into your competitive side and whip out the board games and deck of cards. Classics like Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit will keep you occupied, and then there are the even more involved games such as Catan and Dungeons & Dragons, which can have you playing for hours, maybe days, on end. Both are available for purchase and delivery on Amazon Prime.
5. Host a Virtual Book Club
Technology is on your side when it comes to starting a new book during social distancing. Amazon’s Kindle app makes it even easier, so all you need is your computer, phone, or tablet. Pick a book with your crew and reconvene via video chat to discuss.
6. Start Planning Your Next Vacation
With travel plans likely postponed for the next several weeks, give yourself something to look forward to. Start planning the trip of your dreams. It may be a little while before you can take it but, having something exciting planned for the future will brighten your outlook. Not sure where to go? Let this random destination generator choose for you. You can narrow your destination options down to a specific continent and see in-depth facts about the location, flights, and hotel accommodations.
7. Just Dance
You no longer need a video game console to experience the fun of Just Dance. Routines from the popular dance video game are available through Just Dance Now, and will quickly turn your living room into a dance floor. All you need is an internet-connected screen and a smartphone. Depending on what routine and difficulty level you select, you may even count this as your workout for the day.
8. Catch Up On Popular TV Series and Movies
Did you miss out on the Game of Thrones craze? Perhaps you never got a chance to watch every episode of The Office or you’ve only seen one Harry Potter movie. Luckily, there are plenty of streaming platforms available for you to binge-watch pop culture favorites or any other movies and shows that have fallen by the wayside.
No matter how you plan to spend your time social distancing, stay safe and let’s remember to look out for each other.