As businesses reopen throughout the country and restrictions are eased, we now enter the “new normal,” which encourages us to follow social distancing guidelines when we’re out in public and wash or disinfect our hands every so often.
According to many experts however, staying at home and limiting interactions with other people outside of our families is still the most effective way to minimize the risk of getting infected with the COVID-19 virus. But many people are starting to feel the effects of what is known as “quarantine fatigue,” making it harder and harder to simply stay cooped up at home.
We get it. While it may be difficult, spending more time at home as we patiently wait for the end of this global pandemic will be worth it if it means better safety for you and your family.
If you’re looking for new things to do while you’re staying at home, here are a few suggestions for you to consider.
Declutter your home
Cleaning can feel therapeutic, and can help reduce stress and anxiety during these difficult times. Look around your home for things you don’t use on a daily basis, or edit down the number of accessories and décor in some rooms to create a more minimalist feel.
Gather the objects you’ve collected and divide them into two different categories: stuff you’d like to hang on to, and things you can donate to Goodwill or your local shelter. Remember to ask for a receipt, which you can use during next year’s tax season.
Give your home a thorough cleaning
After you’ve decluttered your home, the next step is to give it a thorough cleaning. Vacuum your carpets, scrub your tiles, dust your surfaces, wash your exteriors, and tackle other cleaning chores which you may have been putting off for some time.
In case you or some other members of your household head out from time to time, you may want to consider frequently disinfecting high-touch surfaces in your home such as doorknobs, light switches, cabinet or drawer handles, and so on. You can use alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, diluted bleach solutions, disinfectants, or household cleaners, all of which are recommended by the CDC for eliminating traces of the coronavirus.
Look for new ways to save more money
It’s the perfect time to reevaluate your spending habits, especially since most businesses are closed for the time being, anyway. There’s still online shopping however, which is something you need to avoid, as it’s easy to fall into that trap when you have nothing much to do.
Start by tracking your “no spend” days on a calendar or on your personal organizer or notebook. Count the days each month wherein you spent nothing at all, and try to set a new record for the succeeding month.
This simple activity will give you control over which days you’ll need to spend on something, helping you get into the habit of reevaluating every purchase and determining whether or not it’s really something you need to spend money on.
Stay healthy and fit with a new workout routine
Keep yourself active by trying a new workout. You’ll find plenty of easy-to-follow workout routines on YouTube and fitness websites. Don’t worry if you don’t have any fitness equipment – all you need is space to move around, and maybe a towel for floor exercises. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise everyday or every other day, and take some rest days to allow your muscles to recover.
You can also consider taking short walks around your neighborhood or at the nearest park. Just remember to maintain distance between other people you might encounter.
Keep in touch with family and friends
Now is a great time to reach out to relatives, friends, or former coworkers whom you haven’t connected with recently. Don’t hesitate to reach out! Even a simple “How are you doing?” can offer plenty of comfort, especially during these difficult times.
If you have kids, you can create a fun geography exercise by creating a list of relatives and friends who live outside your state. Offer some fun facts about each state such as historical tidbits, famous attractions, sports teams, and other details. Afterwards, schedule a video chat with your friend or relative so they can answer questions and share stories about living in their state.