Chances are, the coronavirus pandemic has caused some changes in your day-to-day life. You might be spending more time indoors than out, and you’re almost certainly not out in stores shopping. That said, there are many ways to enjoy your time indoors! With the availability of technology to help, here are 6 indoor activities for you, your friends, and your family to enjoy!
Screenings with Your Friends
Many new TV shows have paused filming in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, but you can still stream plenty of content online! Facebook has a new “Watch with Friends” feature that you can use to watch the same video with your friends in the exact same time. Plus, you’ll be able to chat directly on site. It’s not quite the same as sharing a couch, but it’ll definitely feel like you’re as close as you can get!
If social streaming isn’t an option, set up a video chat and push “play” on your favorite show at the same time. You can see and chat with your friends while watching the latest Netflix, Hulu, or HBO series.
Break Out the Baking
While you might not be able to find toilet paper, hopefully you have plenty of flour, sugar, and butter on hand. Preheat the oven and let your sweet tooth go wild! Challenge your friends to a cake baking competition and schedule a time to display your masterpieces.
With the extra time we are all spending at home, preheat your oven, break out your mixer and get to baking!
Challenge your mind with a brand-new puzzle! When’s the last time you cleared the dining room table to make room for a puzzle? Not only is this a mind-stimulating activity, but a large enough puzzle is guaranteed to keep you and the family busy for days!
One of the highlights of this particular indoor activity is that you don’t have to leave the house to get one! There are plenty on online order options for puzzles, so hop online and have it shipped! Plus, everyone could use a screen break right now.
Settle in with a Good Book
Especially if the weather is still cool for you, it’s the perfect opportunity to cuddle up with a good book and hot cup of tea. Audio books are great alternatives to your traditional paperback if you need a chance to close your eyes and relax.
The New York Times and even Amazon have weekly reading recommendations. That said, if trendy isn’t usually your first choice, opt for a classic!
Engage in Online Classes
With most indoor gyms shut down, you’ll still the opportunity for some physical and mental stimulation. Get you daily dose of both by exploring the variety of online classes available! Not only are you able to find free workout videos like yoga and barre, you can also find various online courses for all your current or future interests.
While they might not be led by your usual instructor, you can find just about any kind of fitness class on YouTube. It’s a great way to get a work out in with family and friends too! Or, challenge your friends and family to a mental challenge by getting some sort of certification online!
Utilize Your Stationary
Your older relatives or family friends might also be feeling lonely while social distancing. Brighten their day by sending them a hand-written card or note. If you have the materials and the time, consider adding a personal touch by using or creating some custom stationary.
If you don’t have custom stationary on hand, break out your colored pencils and get creative! Your loved ones will certainly appreciate the thoughtful gesture, and who knows, you might end up with a new pen pal!
Dust Off Your Old School Games
The classics, like Scrabble and Monopoly, are all great time-passing games. While they might be buried in your closet, now is a great time to dust them off and bring them out for a brain-stimulating activity. Also, if your children are out of school, games like these give them the opportunity to practice reading and counting. Start a game tournament and keep a tally of the winners on a nightly or weekly basis! There’s never been a better time for some friendly competition.
While you might be spending more time than usual at home, there’s no reason you can’t make the most of your space and time. With technology allowing you to connect with distant friends and family, you can gather your group to spend time together like you’re in the same room! Plus, it’s a great time to start that scrapbooking project you swore you’d get to. Stay in and stay healthy!