40 Things to Do While You're Stuck at Home Because of COVID-19
As someone with bipolar disorder, routine is essential in keeping me stable. I love waking up at the same time every day, I love going to work and I love doing the same thing over and over and over again.
Except, I work in a school, so because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) — the new viral strain in the coronavirus family that affects the lungs and respiratory system — I’m now out of my routine for three weeks.
So, what now?
Well, it’s only day one of my journey with social distancing, and I’ll admit I’m already going a little “crazy,” but here are 40 ways to occupy your time:
- Learn a new hobby using YouTube Tutorials. For me, it’ll probably be drawing.
- Text your friends. Stay in contact.
- Go for a drive, even if you have no destination.
- Schedule a therapy appointment!
- If you have a dog like I do, teach them some new tricks.
- Limit your social media time. You might be bored, but social media is not your only cure. Trust me.
- Play a game with friends or family — even if it’s digital. For example, me and my partner sometimes play Boggle together on our phones. We each have a username and get a notification when it’s our turn.
- Start journaling.
- Get dressed and ready for the day every day, even if you aren’t going anywhere.
- Write a list of things that make you happy.
- Go out of your way to look for positive news stories. There are always some out there!
- Write a story, poem or novel. Even if you aren’t a good writer, just give it a try. There are plenty of idea generators out there too, if you don’t have one in mind.
- Write an article for The Mighty. Share your story. I promise it’s empowering and will probably help others. Submit your story here.
- Volunteer online. I currently volunteer with the ACLU and it’s entirely online. It was easy to sign up and I got started the next day.
- If you have money, buy an item you’ve been wanting off Amazon.
- Do your laundry.
- If you’re in school, get some schoolwork done.
- Learn how to dance. To get you started, there are plenty of TikTok tutorials floating around right now — as silly as that may seem.
- Create a PowerPoint of why you should stay alive, including quotes, pictures and sources.
- Create a playlist of your favorite music.
- Find a good podcast. My current favorites are “Snacks Daily” and “Mythology.”
- Learn a new language.
- Take a bath or shower.
- Do the dishes.
- Learn how to do stand-up. I hear it’s hard, but everyone loves a good comedian.
- If you have an instrument lying around, practice it. (Or in my case, finally learn how to play it.)
- Write a list of things you love about yourself — and make it long. There are plenty of remarkable things about everyone I’ve ever met, so there are about you too.
- Do sensory grounding activities. Sometimes for me that’s as simple as running my hands under hot water.
- Learn how to meditate. I won’t be doing that, because meditation isn’t for me, but I know it really helps others.
- Take a walk around the block.
- Reorganize or redecorate a room in your house.
- Reach out to loved ones when you need support. And if that’s not enough, call a crisis hotline.
- Go on Instagram and search “dogstagram.” You’ll find a lot of pictures of cute dogs. You’re welcome.
- Go through old photos on your phone and find those ones that make you super happy. We all have that one picture that makes us burst into a smile. Find it.
- Learn how to cook. Or if you already know how, try making something new!
- Watch your favorite TV show on Netflix.
- Learn how to do something you’ve always wanted to do, but have never had the time. Apparently, the world is your oyster right now.
- Make a to-do list every day and complete it.
- Don’t dwell on darkness. Find the brightness in the world too. Even during pandemics, there’s still light at the end of the tunnel.
- Write your own list of activities because I’m sure I’m missing a lot.
If you have time, share your favorite activities with me in the comments below. I have three weeks off to read them. And as always, you can find my social media on my Mighty profile if you need a friend.
Hang in there Mighties.
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