As educational institutions are closed, concerts are postponed, tourist destinations are shut down, and sporting events are cancelled, health experts advise that even those without any symptoms of the coronavirus stay isolated at home during the pandemic.
This is to prevent exposure to the highly contagious virus and not inadvertently pass it on to someone else while you’re a carrier but completely asymptomatic. Because the virus itself is potentially lethal to some, the best thing you can do is quarantine yourself at home.
Social distancing is a good way to keep yourself and others safe from the respiratory illness. It’s also the most effective measure (at least for now) to contain the spread of COVID-19. However, let’s face it – limiting social interactions can inevitably lead to boredom and even depression.
So, what should you do while you’re stuck indoors? To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of suggestions below to help you make your time in quarantine as interesting, comfortable, and productive as possible:
1. Work on Your Fitness Goals
Sure, you can’t exactly hit the gym or yoga studio, but there’s still plenty that you can do from home to keep yourself fit and healthy. In fact, you’ll find countless fitness or workout apps out there which not only make your exercise sessions easier but also more fun.
Our top recommendations are:
- Nike Trainer Club: Nike Trainer Club offers 185+ free workouts across mobility, strength, yoga, and endurance from world-class Nike Master Trainers.
- 7 Minute Workout: 7 Minute Workout features 7-minute, equipment-free exercise routines designed to deliver the maximum benefit in the shortest time possible.
- Aaptiv: Aaptiv gives you access to 2,500+ audio-based workouts in different categories led by certified professional trainers.
2. Adopt a Fuzzy Quarantine Companion
As the name implies, self-isolation is, well, very isolating and lonely. You’re better off having some company while in quarantine (and some laughter and snuggles too). So, why not consider adopting a cat or dog? This is the perfect time especially as shelters may also be less-staffed during these challenging times, and these animals would love to have a family.
3. Work From Home
Chances are, your employer has directed you and other employees to work from home in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Making the transaction isn’t always a walk in the park, especially for first-timers. However, we’ve got your back. Follow these guidelines to stay productive and on track while working from home.
4. Order in When You’re in the Mood
Whether you want pizza or are craving BBQ, you can get any type of food delivered to your doorstep through apps like Uber Eats or Grubhub. Many local restaurants that have been forced to shut down are offering delivery services as well. They need your support in these trying times!
5. Meditate. Meditate. Meditate
This seems to be a great time to clear your head or reflect on your life. And what better way to do that than using guided meditations to tackle specific issues such as sleeplessness, stress, anger, and anxiety. There are many apps that you can use for this purpose, such as Headspace, Insight Timer, and Calm.
6. Binge-Watch Netflix
Stream the TV shows on Netflix that you’ve been wanting to watch for weeks. Our top picks? Try You, Sex Education, Stranger Things, Altered Carbon, and Narcos Mexico, to name a few.
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7. Get Reading
Though libraries and bookstores are closed, there are many websites such as Project Gutenberg and Open Library that let you read books free of cost. Check them out to see what collections are available and dive into any books that interest you.
8. Socialize, But Virtually
Self-quarantine doesn’t mean having no contact with the outside world. While you cannot connect with people in the physical sense, we’re lucky that we live in an age where we’re all connected on relatively fast internet connections to keep in sync with our friends who are also doing the same exact thing at home. Socializing is critical for your mental health, and you can easily stay in touch with your friends and family using services like Google Hangouts and Zoom.
9. Start your own DIY project
Getting involved in a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project is a great way to keep your hands and mind busy. Whether you want to personalize your pillows, make an RC plane, or build a coffee table, you can find tutorials on YouTube for just about anything.
10. Grab some fresh air
All parks and outdoor public spaces are closed to the public, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go outside for some fresh air if you’re not completely in isolation. After all, sitting around all in your house isn’t exactly healthy. But make sure to maintain a safe distance from other people.