By Elesha Nicholls (@e_glomez)
Just because you have to stay in the house doesn’t mean it has to feel like you are. Here are some ways you can make the most out of your home-cation.
1. Create A Schedule
As many of us were asked to work from home, creating a schedule will help you stay focused on the tasks. Whether you’re doing school work or office work, it’s important that you incorporate the things you originally did into this schedule. Start with waking up, getting fresh and eating breakfast. Maybe you can incorporate getting some fresh air by taking a walk around the neighborhood by yourself or with your pet. Divide the rest of your day into getting work done, having much needed breaks in between and keeping busy!
2. Bust a Sweat
Now that you have your schedule in order it’s time to have some fun. Well, sort of.
Do you recollect your New Year resolution on keeping fit? Even though COVID-19 has shut down gyms, and your membership has probably been collecting dust for the past few weeks, it doesn’t mean you can't bust a sweat at home! There are many interactive ways of keeping up with your fitness goals such as interactive apps on your phone and tutorials on YouTube. By the time quarantine is over, your summer body will be ready!
3. Spring Cleaning
If you were busy leading up to the start of spring, then you probably didn’t get your spring cleaning done. Now that you’ll be indoors for a while you definitely need to declutter your space and open up some of those blinds. Right now more than ever, there is a demand for canned goods, toiletries, and cleaning products at many homeless shelters and food banks. Doing some spring cleaning will not only allow you to clean up your space, but help those less fortunate during this COVID-19 pandemic.
4. Find a Hobby
Maybe you already have a hobby or have been meaning to find one. With a lot of free time at home you can now put your mind to finding out what interests you and what you’d like to expertise in. Hobbies are vast and can be really anything such as singing, collecting stuff, dancing, or making podcasts. Many apps and websites such as TikTok, and Reddit allow you to showcase these hobbies, and find people with the same interests as you. Finding a hobby will help pass time and form new friendships all while keeping social distance!
5. Hit Your Friends Up
By now you’re bored and miss your friends, dearly. Due to quarantine and social distancing you can’t go out for drinks, hit the mall, or go to the movies with them. Luckily, you can still keep up with your friends and loved ones by using apps such as FaceTime and Skype. There are many interactive apps that will allow you to play games, talk and mingle with the ones you love most. You can also call and text them for hours on end and make plans for the day you finally get to be with them again.
6. Quarantine and Chill
You’re already used to binging your favourite shows on Netflix and now is no different. In times like these, it’s best to fill yourself with laughter and entertainment. Catch up on comedy specials from comedy royalty like Dave Chappelle and Amy Schumer that will have you laughing your troubles away.
7. Chef it Up
Remember that avocado toast you had at brunch a couple months ago? Or that spinach dip you had during happy hour weeks back? Most restaurants are closed for eat in’s, and though many are offering delivery during COVID-19, why don’t you cut costs by cheffing up some of your own good eats? Grocery stores throughout the city have been categorized as essential businesses allowing them to be open. Grab fresh ingredients to incorporate into your meals and check out new recipes online that you could try your hand at during lockdown.
8. Check up on Those Around You
9. Spa Vibes
Pamper yourself! Since spas and other beauty services will probably be closed for many more weeks to come, why not have a spa day at home? Wear your favorite robe while applying facemasks and give yourself a much-needed pedicure! Here are more DIY ideas for a quarantine spa day.
10. Have Some Much Needed Family Time
These are unfamiliar times with a rapidly changing society trying to adapt to the pandemic. No matter what you end up doing, take care of yourself and others around you. Stay healthy, and don’t let the next few weeks get you down.
You got this!