Why hello there.
As you may notice it’s been quite some time since I last posted here or on my Instagram. Well, the spring semester gets busy and yours truly underestimated it. As you may also know, we are currently amidst a global pandemic and the WHO and the CDC recommend that we keep ourselves in social isolation and practice social distancing. These two facts line up very nicely for me.
Since I have all this new free time before online classes start, I decided to get thinking of how I can spend it. Here’s a list of 10 ways to pass the time while #SocialDistancing.
1. Clean your home
In my case, clean the room that I haven’t been living in since January. Along with having to unpack everything, there are some dust bunnies I have to evict and some things I could organize around the place. Since you’re going to be spending so much time at home, it’s in your best interest to make it spotless.
2. Get caught up on work
This goes more for my fellow college kids, but everyone has some work they’ve been putting off for some time. Now with some extra free time, it’s best to get caught up on or get a jumpstart on all the work that will come back in a few weeks. Now’s the time to file that paperwork or do all those missing assignments. This may feel like a break, but the world isn’t going to completely come to a halt. It’s better to keep working to ease that return to school or work in the future.
3. Read a book
Amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life, it can be hard to take some time off to dive into a good book. Now’s your chance! Light a candle, play some calming music, and brush the dust off that bookshelf.
4. Learn a new card game
If you’re like me, you’re probably at home with your family. What better way to pass the time than play card games? Of course, you can fall back on the usual “Go Fish” or Poker, but with Google at your fingertips, it’s so easy to shake up the routine and find something else to play. Plus, it’s a great way to even the playing field when you’re playing with family members who have had 20 more years of experience under their belt.
5. Bake/cook your favorite dish
Take this one with a grain of salt since supplies are low all around the country. But since everyone’s gotta eat, might as well have some fun with it! Blast some of your favorite music and get cracking in the kitchen. Plus, with all this time you can finally perfect that recipe.
6. Pick up a new instrument
This can also be “practice that instrument you haven’t played in years” in my case. Brush off that piano, tune that guitar, or just have some fun belting out your favorite show tunes. Like with all other things, you have all this time at your disposal -- might as well make it productive.
7. Watch some Netflix
Okay, okay, so I just said to be productive but hear me out. You’ve had that long-running list of TV shows and movies to watch for… how long? What better time to knock those out than now? Plus, you can watch some TV while doing some work, have it on in the background while you play that new card game, or have a family movie night.
8. Draw/Paint something
I know you have those canvases set out for the right moment. Now’s your chance! With all this time, you can stare at that blank canvas for hours and hours and not feel bad about it. You could draw the sky, your favorite animal, or whatever you want. Take this time to be reflective and draw something from your heart.
9. Learn a new dance
With gyms being the breeding grounds for germs, you need some way to exercise while at home. Dancing is the perfect way to do that. For me, I know I’m going to be brushing up my Bhangra skills, but a good game of Just Dance will do the trick just as well.
10. Look through old pictures
This one could be titled “spend time with family” but it’s nice to get specific. For me, all my family pictures are at home so I like to spend this time going through them and reflecting on all the good times with my family. We like to laugh at silly baby pictures and look at all our old vacations, but ultimately, it’s just nice to spend time with family and cherish the time you have.
There are countless other things you can do on this list. I know being stuck at home can be disheartening, what with so many plans being canceled and a global pandemic happening as we speak. But look on the bright side and wonder when the next large break like this is going to happen and use it! Above all, make sure to wash your hands and get lots of rest to keep your body healthy. Even if you aren’t the most at risk by this virus, it’s up to all of us to watch out for those who are. Stay happy and healthy!