You might be one of the many people right now practicing social and physical distancing to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The world has received recommendations from leading health officials and governments to stay at home to help flatten the curve of the virus.
It’s a challenging and unpredictable time, and you might find yourself feeling anxious, depressed, and alone. No one should feel obligated to be the most productive human being right now, but staying active does help to distract yourself from those feelings and makes the time go by much faster. Being inside 24-7 away from friends and loved ones isn’t easy, mainly because no one knows when this quarantining period will end. However, what many people forget is that staying indoors can be fun!
If you’re feeling worried about what’s happening, or if you’re on the verge of tears because of boredom, read on to discover activities that will keep you entertained during your self-isolation period.
Learn How to Crochet
This is the perfect time to learn a new hobby — and why not start with the relaxing practice of crochet? Crocheting allows you to focus on something simple, repetitive, and soothing. And because of those reasons, it’s been known to ease anxiety, insomnia, depression, and stress.
To get started, find an online store that sells the best yarn and knitting tools. Purchase several different types of yarn to see which one you like best (worsted or bulky, for example), and a good set of needles.
You can find online tutorials and patterns, and the best part about crochet is that you can do it anywhere! So if you’re watching TV, listening to a podcast, or on a Zoom call, get those needles out and next thing you know you’ll have made a pair of quarantine slippers for all of your friends!
Go Through Your Closet
What better time than now to sort out your old clothes? With all this time, you can finally go through your closet and compile bags of old clothes to donate when the time is right. As all the old stuff comes out, you can also organize what’s left for a clean and tidy closet. If you dig far back enough, you might even find that dress you thought you lost years ago!
You may have already heard friends talk about their quarantine bread baking adventures, and that’s because it’s an engaging and rewarding activity to do at home! Similar to crocheting, baking bread is a great distraction, and the act of doing so is soothing and calming.
A more accessible type of bread to make is sourdough. It doesn’t require yeast, but it does require a little bit of patience. All you need is flour, water, and homemade sourdough starter (which is super simple to make).
It’s an incredibly fulfilling process to make homemade bread, and it’s one thing you won’t have to worry about purchasing at the grocery store. Also, homemade bread is much better for you because there are no added preservatives or chemicals.
Staying inside doesn’t have to be boring. Keep yourself busy by crocheting, organizing, and baking!