The end of the pandemic feels like a real possibility these days with vaccines becoming approved. But even so, some of us are still stuck at home most of the time, trying to figure out how to fill our days.
I’m here to help. I was working from home 90% of the time before the pandemic hit, so I feel your pain when it comes to feeling limited in how you can spend your time when you can’t or don’t really want to go out in public. I’ve put together a quick list of some of my favourite stay-at-home activities to help get you through this next bit of the year.
Yup. Classic. But it certainly passes the time! The only downside is that you have to do something with the baked goods afterwards and, while I have a major sweet-tooth, eating a dozen cupcakes in one sitting just isn’t that healthy. Work that freezer!
Another classic. But streaming services continue to come out with new shows (how do they do that during a pandemic??), and there’s plenty to check out from the back catalogue!
Solitaire and podcasts.
If you have a spare minute and are alone, one of my favourite things to do these days is to play solitaire and catch up on podcasts. The time passes so quickly and I’m getting really good!
To all the folks that have ever-growing to-be-read piles, now is your time! Read your to-be-reads! Finish the piles! Eliminate that guilt of buying new books! I believe in you!
My morning workouts are such an important part of maintaining my sanity and well-being throughout this time! Some of the stuff I’ve been doing: tabata, pilates, kick-boxing, strength training (as much as I can without access to a gym), Zumba, etc. YouTube is my friend here.
As a writer, using a journal to work through my thoughts and feelings is really effective. Sometimes I have an urge to just open up the journal and word-vomit onto the page all my deepest fears and craziest dreams. And then I can rationalize my way through that craziness to make my dreams reality and make my fears less scary!
Make holidays special.
The first cultural event that affected me during this pandemic was St. Patrick’s Day 2020. Now, I’m not really the type to go to the bar for St. Patty’s, but because there was an air of sorrow around having to stay home, I decided to make the day special. That meant lunch time consisted of “shamrock” bell peppers (egg-filled bell peppers) and potato soup, and supper was shepherd’s pie and Guinness truffles (the truffles were a huge disaster, by the way, because I used baker’s chocolate instead of real chocolate. Add that to my massive list of cooking struggles.) But coming up with ways to make holidays special, even from home, is a great way for me to get creative and add a little spice to life.
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What are your favourite stay-at-home activities?
Enjoy the journey. We’ve gotta stay home, so make the most of it!