Things To Do During Quarantine

April 1, 2020

These may seem basic, but if you’re anything like me it’s impossible to remember some of these ideas when you actually need them. Right now there are so many other things on our minds than brainstorming activities (i.e. staying safe, maintaining sanity amidst social distancing, figuring out how to do virtual classes, and moving home). Here are a few ideas to keep cabin fever away (and maybe even keep the kids busy).

  1. Craft. This could include sharpies, construction paper, yarn, premade kits or do it yourself tutorials. 
  2. Bake (some of you are already stress baking).
  3. Pick up a new hobby. Ever want to learn how to knit? Crochet? Play guitar? Now is the time.
  4. Read. All good seminarians have a stack or books they’ve never touched and a “to read” list that only gets longer.
  5. Nap. (No need for explanation)
  6. Journal. There are so many benefits to getting your thoughts on paper. Most importantly, it can help you process this wild experience we’re living through.
  7. Make a fort (even if you don’t have kids)
  8. Take a virtual museum tour or watch an opera! (Thank you Metropolitan Opera)

These are just to name a few of my favorites from the many websites linked below. (Don’t forget to do homework sometimes). Most importantly, take this time to keep your stress low and spend time connecting with loved ones whether virtual or IRL.

Yale’s most popular course is being offered for free online. In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change.

Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home. By Andrea Roman on Travel + Leisure

Take the time to catch up on all the things you never get around to, whether binge-watching TV, making shakshuka or soothing your cracked heels. By Naama Barak

If social distancing has you stuck inside going stir crazy, there are several activities you can do to pass the time and keep yourself grounded, and many of those activities can be done with the help of local businesses. By Olivia Harrison on Refinery29

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents unexpectedly find themselves inside their homes with their kids. We have some ideas to help keep everyone busy. By Jay Wallis

What to do in D.C., Maryland and Virginia during a global pandemic. By Sophia Barnes and Sydney Coplin

During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.

Witness the world of puppies and kittens as never before with unprecedented footage and never-before-seen clips of the early lives of dogs and cats. This series contains material that is just too cute! It is a world where cuddly knows no bounds and a place where fluffy reigns supreme.

Free music lessons for the kids! Hey there, parents and caregivers: you’ve suddenly all become deputy music teachers! For those hours when “home school” is in session, here are some helpful resources.

Broadway has released a list of 15 Broadway shows that you can watch from home! Now, of course, your experience can’t be quite as interactive as my first time but things like live musical performances, Broadway shows and plays are a great way to get yourself out of this coronavirus bubble we find ourselves in these days.

Cabin fever is real, you guys. 

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