here will always be multiple things to do in quarantine, regardless of your situation during the pandemic. As we approach the end of the year, many of us have been through multiple unforeseen challenges, including losing loved ones to Covid-19, testing positive to the virus yourself or living with family members or roommates who have Covid-19.
If a member of your household has fallen sick from the virus, it would be best to limit contact with them as much as possible. But there are a variety of activities you can do while taking care of your loved ones in quarantine or to relieve the stress already caused by the pandemic.
Have you ever turned your back on cooking tedious meals or baking cakes and pastries just because you don’t have time in between going to work, running errands and spending time with friends and family? Well, take this moment as an opportunity to focus on activities you don't usually get to do and see how that turns out. Cooking foods you cannot buy anywhere else or you’d want to put your own spin into is definitely a great way to start.
If you miss the energy of your friends or all those late night social gatherings you enjoyed before the pandemic, then meet up with your friends online. Whether it’s on Facebook Messenger, Zoom, Skype or FaceTime, this does not have to be a bad time to connect with friends and family. We just need to improvise.
Some of us may be working from home while others may be in between jobs right now. The wonderful thing about working remotely, however, is that you can easily transition from work to binge watching your favourite shows or movies over dinner to relieve the stress of a busy day. To give you ideas, we compiled a list of some of our staffers favourite movies and shows to binge-watch:
Stepping back from the traditional idea of game night that consists of friends and family huddled around a board game in a main living space, quarantine has given prominence to virtual games. One of which has caught the attention of 100 million people around the world. Among Us has become one of the most popular games this year with 60 million people playing the game every day by the end of September 2020.
But if you want to take it a step up, virtual reality (VR) is another way to go. Oculus provides a range of experiences all in one device. With a VR headset, you can play games, exercise or even watch Netflix in a virtual reality setting of your choice.
As much as some of us need to socially interact with others, others may be more comfortable in the peace and comfort of a solitary space. If that’s you, now may be the best time to expand your horizon over concepts you are curious about but never had the time to look into. Sometimes that means going down a rabbit hole of online resources, or keeping it simple and reading a book instead. Whether it’s feeding your curiosity about life, learning how to manage your anxiety, building motivation or just entering a world of fiction to entertain yourself, reading is a hobby anyone can get into. Here are some of the books our staffers love to read:
We hope these tips will help ease your time in quarantine. For more ideas on how to take care of your mental health during these shorter and darker days indoors, review our five tips to beating the winter blues this season.