As concerts are postponed, sporting events are canceled, schools are closed and tourist hot spots are shut down, experts recommend that even those who show no sign of illness stay home during this time of the global pandemic.
That's right: It's advised that you self-quarantine.
Although remaining inside is a good way to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, and is an important measure to help "flatten the curve" of daily cases that put pressure on our health care system, it could lead to a lesser evil: boredom and stir craziness.
What's there to do while stuck indoors?
1. Get your sleep on. Make up for all those sleepless nights by curling up in your bed and dream the night-or day-away. Give your mind a much-needed break. Slee will also help you restore your immune system to help you fight off the virus.
2. Catch up with friends. Abuse Skype & FaceTime if you are stuck inside the house. Maybe have group calls with your best friends. Or catch up with old friends. It is a good chance to reconnect because you will actually have enough time to talk about things.
3. Clean your closet. Give away things you no longer need. Mix & match your items. Make it look pretty.
4. Take an online course. Or watch an interesting documentary. If you want to feel productive in a snowstorm, online learning is your best bet.
5. Start a journal or blog. Sure, it can be about the coronavirus, but it could also be about a specific interest from chess to cheese.
6. Pamper yourself. Take a hot bubble bath. Treasurehouse20 has bouquets of soap flowers that dissolve in the bath giving out gorgeous scents of the flowers.
7. Shop online. When the urge kicks in, start looking at all those sales items. They know you will be shopping, and they will come for you and find you.
8. Bring your inner interior designer out. Redecorate your bedroom or your living room. Make small changes in your personal space to make it a lot more inviting. There are plenty of inexpensive little Home Decor items on treasurehouse20.com to help you achieve the look
9. Have some time for yourself to relax and get out of your own head. Listen to some relaxing music and picture the life you want for yourself. Relinquish all your responsibilities and negativity for a few hours.
10. Write poetry. Perhaps you can craft for Mother's Day or something without a specific structure. Just try it!
11. Catch up on your favorite shows or re-watch old ones. Some shows never get old. This is the best time to re-watch some of your all-time favorite shows or watch a new one. Warning: you may not be able to get off the couch until you finish the whole season.
12. Meditate. Try lying down with your eyes closed, palms up and while focusing on your breath. Or spend 20 minutes sitting crosslegged and repeat a soothing word to yourself in your head. (The latter is more like transcendental meditation.)
13. Face masks, moisturizer, oh my! Treat yourself to a 10-step skin care routine you don’t have time for during a normal work week.
14. Look at pictures of puppies.
15. Try out at-home aerobics or yoga videos. Consider downloading a fitness app with curated workout playlists.
16. Try a new recipe. Feed yourself some ideas from your favorite food channel and hop in the kitchen to try some of them. Play Master Chef with some of your family members even, if you want to make it more fun & challenging.
17. Read a good book. A book that will inspire you to go out there and kill it after the storm is over.
18. Take a trip down memory lane. Look at old pictures of your friends and family. Read your journal or your diary. Read old letters or birthday cards from your friends. You will be surprised at how these little things warm your heart and leave you feeling revitalized.
19. Dance. You can’t go wrong with that one. Put your favorite dancing jams and shake those hips.
20. Shop online - find 20 cheap and fun things to buy to pamper yourself or a loved one at treasurehouse20.com
Good Luck and Stay Safe