In light of recent health concerns, experts have recommended that individuals practice “social distancing” to slow down the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). While this may help protect people from contracting the illness, boredom is sure to strike. The following is a list of activities and suggestions to help pass time while you’re at home:

  1. 1. Tackle Your Home To-Do List

Being stuck at home is the perfect excuse to start your spring cleaning.  Begin with your closet by getting rid of clothing you no longer need or want. Bag these items to take to charity once it is safe to do so.

Take advantage of free time to clean out your refrigerator, organize cabinets, or finally get around to straightening up the garage. Staying productive around the house provides the duel benefit of being active and shortening your to-do-list. This will also ultimately alleviate stress in the future once we are able to socialize regularly again.

  1. 2. Personal Development

Spend some time focusing on yourself while you have downtime. Watch the tutorial that you bookmarked two months ago. Meditate for half an hour or practice yoga. You can even learn a new recipe using the food items you already have at home. Gyms across the country are now also closed. Watch a workout video online or check your gym’s fitness app to continue your weekly fitness routine!

  1. 3. Education

Many states have chosen to close schools (including colleges and universities) for the rest of the month, or even the remainder of the school year. While educators are developing e-learning plans, Scholastic has created lesson plans and activities to keep the learning going! The modules are divided by grade levels K-12 and are separated by subject. Continuing education is a great way to keep your children busy, as well as ensuring they continue to learn while school is out.

  1. 4. Take Time for Yourself

The current state of the world can be overwhelming, and your mental health should be as much of a top priority as your physical well-being. Kick back and relax during this downtime. Spend time with your family, watch your favorite movie, and catch up on some much needed sleep. Stress and anxiety can weaken your immune system. Take a deep breath and relax.

Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t be productive and have fun. Tackling tasks is a great way to reduce anxiety and stress. Remember to take care of yourself and each other.

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