Coronapocalypse is upon us. Schools are canceled, sports have been removed from our lives, and we’re stuck working from home. It’s a nightmare for some, a relief to others, and a ‘deer-in-headlights’ experience for most.
For anyone who isn’t used to social distancing — cough, cough *extroverts* — this can be a really weird time. While the introverts of the world are thankful for the chance to work away from humans, extroverts and parents are struggling to find out how to balance their working lives with energy-filled children and no social interaction with their coworkers and friends.
The quarantine is forcing people to be creative with their time. No longer can we go out for drinks with our friends after work, attend social gatherings like church and school, or touch our faces. We’re discovering all this free time that we never knew existed and it’s killing us.
If you’re at a loss for how to stay entertained during the quarantine, here are some creative things you can do — no public travel or store visits required.
Write a book
No, not everyone is an author, but if you’ve had a story running around your head for some time or want to write a novella (or full novel), look into NaNoWriMo. In April, they are starting Camp NaNoWriMo where they do a smaller version of their November challenge. You decide the length of your novel and try to get that word count during the month.
If you’ve never done it before, the NaNo website offers some amazing resources to help you out. They give you tools to help plan and prep your brain to get your novel out on paper.
The best part is that they also have resources for young kids. Their Young Writer Program is great for any age and can help get your kids interested in writing! Maybe your family can write some short stories and you can create your own family anthology!
Create DIY crafts
Have a family challenge to use supplies around the house to make DIY crafts. Maybe you work together to do some DIY upgrades to your home or you have a craft night around certain themes. Use leftover supplies around the house, find all your old art supplies, or repurpose objects to be part of the fun.
Make up a game
All card and board games started as an idea. Put your heads together and create a brand new board game. You can use your DIY crafts from before as game pieces, make new ones, or combine a bunch of pieces from the games you already have to make a new one.
Warning: If you start playing Monopoly, make sure you have sub-quarantine rooms for when you inevitably fight and need to separate yourselves.
Start a podcast or blog
If you’ve always wanted to dabble in the podcasting or blogging world, now is the chance! You might have some great things to talk about (such as sharing the rules to the new game you’ve created) or you can blog about how your family is handling the quarantine.
Look for free platforms to start hosting your blog or podcast until you get the hang of it. If you enjoy it enough, look into doing it full time. With all the time on your hands, you can record a bunch of episodes and have a full backlog of content for when you are finally released from your home.
Find online games
A bunch of platforms are probably going to be bogged down right about now but look into finding an online game you can play. While you don’t want to spend all of your time staring at a computer, there are still great MMORPG games you can join. Look for any online platforms that host Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars, or other hosting games.
If you’re going to be stuck inside you might as well enjoy the space. Look into minimalism and see how much stuff you can get rid of. Now is the time to look at your closet and think about donating all those old clothes you no longer wear. You can drop stuff off at a Goodwill or Salvation Army, take old towels and blankets to your local animal shelter, or wait until the quarantine is up and have a garage sale!
Just because we’re all quarantined doesn’t mean we have to become couch potatoes. If you have a Wii or Xbox Kinect, bust out those old and cheesy dance games that you bought with terrible music and have a movement party. You’ll work up a sweat, have some fun and laughs, and get some exercise.
And if you’re really missing sports, break out the games and have yourself a Wii baseball tournament or Kinect bowling round. It will get the whole family moving and having fun.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with finding a local trail or just heading outside to walk. If you’re like me and live in a place of constant rain for the last two weeks, you’ll take advantage of any time you can get outside. Fresh air is still good for you!
It’s not the end of the world. We still need to be careful and respectful to those who might not be able to fight against coronavirus, but we can also keep ourselves sane in the process. Find places that could use your help, offer to get groceries for immunocompromised individuals, and stop touching your face.
Oh, and if you have recently purchased a three year supply of toilet paper? You’re an ass.