Are you feeling restless or bored from the social isolation during the Coronavirus Pandemic?
We’re still a week away from the peak of Coronavirus cases in the United States. With almost a month left before May 4th, when the country will start to open back up, people are running out of things to do. Even people’s dogs are getting tired of being walked 10 times a day.
Here are 8 constructive ways to spend your time during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
1) Learn a new skill
Here is a list of some of the best websites to find high-quality tutorials, classes, and lessons on literally anything:
- Udemy – Some of the best tutorials on the internet taught by experts in their respective fields.
- Envato-Tuts – Free tutorials, great classes, popular “how-to” guides.
- Coursera – Very diverse base of subject matter and structured much like how a college online class would be.
- MIT Open Courseware – MIT, one of the most prestigious colleges in the world, puts many of their classes online for free! Find them here.
Youtube is also a great resource if you want to learn the guitar, learn to play chess, learn to meditate, learn life-hacks, learn to cook, etc.
2) Plan out a daily routine
Planning a daily routine that you can follow every day provides structure, promotes discipline, and makes time management easier. Start by deciding what you want to have achieved by the end of this pandemic and how much time you want to spend working on it each day.
Once you figure it out start breaking down your day, from the time you wake until the time you go to bed, into blocks of time. Fill out your blocks with default activities you must do every day like eat breakfast/lunch/dinner, shower, etc. Next, fill out blocks with the time you want to spend on specific tasks, make sure to spread them out throughout your day to break things up a bit. Use the remaining blocks to schedule leisure time, tv time (this is helpful if you glued to the news), reading time, or any other time for activities. Leave a block or two empty each day for things that come up you can’t plan for.
The most important thing is to stick to the same routine every day. You will find that you can more effectively manage your time and stay busier, avoiding the restless anxiety that comes with a pandemic like this.
3) Limit the amount of news you watch
It’s important to stay up to date on the latest news about the state of society, but there should be a limit to how much time you spend watching it. The news is inherently negative and subjectively opinionated. I would suggest limiting yourself to 1-2 hours a day at the absolute max. I would also suggest switching news stations from time to time to see how each news outlet is reporting everything. You will find the content that is reported is framed very differently from station to station. You will also find that they’re all also desperate to keep you watching and will purposely heighten the anxiety of the public so they stay tuned in, and we all know how that turns out…
4) Watch your nutritional intake
Those of you reading this who went to college may remember something called “The freshman 15”. That was a phrase alluding to the students who gained weight after their freshman year as a result of snacking too much. When you shift from a more “structured” lifestyle under your parents’ roof to a more independent one, many students (who were used to having their parents stop them from snacking too much) suddenly found themselves eating more and more junk food during their downtime. Try to be mindful of your nutritional intake and save your appetite for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
5) Read a book
It’s important to remember your brain is a muscle and just like any other muscle it needs to be worked out to stay sharp. Reading a book stimulates much more brain activity than watching television or surfing Facebook all day. How many times have you heard someone say, “the book was way better than the movie”? This is because movies can only show you the actions of the characters while books provide you the details of their thought process which can make the characters more complex and interesting. It also stimulates your creativity because you can’t see what everything looks like so your imagination is relied upon.
Can’t think of what to read? Check out whatshouldireadnext.com. Just type a book you really enjoyed and it creates a list of similar books you would like, you don’t even need an account to sign in.
This cannot be overstated. It’s difficult to comprehend how much more active you are when you aren’t in the middle of a pandemic and stuck inside unless you wear one of those fit-bits that shows how much you walk around and how many calories you burn every day, but I assure you it’s a drastic difference. On top of keeping you in shape and healthy exercise also releases endorphins from your brain that elevate your mood, which will undoubtedly help keep your outlook positive.
Have a look at this significant article from verywellfit.com: How to exercise at home during the Coronavirus Outbreak
7) Clean your living area
This one has probably already been done by everyone, several times in fact. However, do you remember the Carnival cruise line, Triumph, that caught fire at sea stranding six thousand people? In under a week, all the people living in those crowded conditions with nowhere to go began spreading disease. They developed skin rashes, discovered mold growing everywhere, and were forced to live in disgusting conditions with people hoarding resources and acting like animals. It was a real lord of the flies (awesome book) situation.
Obviously they were in a much different situation but the point I wanted to make was that people living together in tight quarters for stretches of time can quickly turn their habitat into bacteria riddled disease nest. Make sure to wipe down common areas with bacteria-killing products.
8) Make time for Family
This one may be more difficult than you think. With family members home 24/7 it can be easy to eventually get on each others’ nerves. Police forces around the country are reporting a spike in domestic violence. To this I say, please remember that there are people who are suffering the loss of friends and family all over the world right now due to the outbreak. By the end of this, they’re estimating 100,000 Americans will die. That’s 100,00 people that are someone’s brother, father, mother, sister, husband, or wife. Thousands of families everywhere are mourning the loss of loved ones whom they would give anything to see one more time, so appreciate your family members because life is fleeting and there is nobody closer.