If there’s one thing we can all relate to as a result of the coronavirus stay at home order, it’s boredom. Even as stay-at-home orders around the country begin to relax slightly, we can still expect to spend a lot of time in our homes in the coming weeks.
But life while sheltering in place doesn't have to mean twiddling your thumbs or wandering around the house with nothing to do. Whether you want to try and remain productive, beat boredom, or just need some new ideas to stay busy while in staying safe at home, here are 7 great ideas you can do today.
1. Start a journal
Most of us have never faced a global pandemic before, which is understandably stressful. One way to beat boredom and stress is by starting a journal. Journaling has actually been shown to help reduce stress and boost your overall emotional well-being.
All it takes to start a journal is a pen and notebook or a computer. If you’re not sure what to write about, here are a few journal prompts to get you started:
- What are you grateful for, and why? You can even begin a daily gratitude journal, writing an event or thing you are grateful for each day.
- What is your happiest memory?
- What is something you’re proud of?
- Describe in detail what you want your life to be like in the next 10 years.
There are no rules with journaling — just start writing!
2. Find a new show to watch
Streaming service traffic has reached an all-time high since people started staying at home due to COVID-19. (Is anyone really surprised by this?) One great boredom buster is to find a new show or movie to watch online. This is a fun way to spend time together as a family while staying entertained. And if you’re feeling guilty about binge-watching, don’t worry — research has found that occasional escapes like binge-watching a favorite show can provide a much-needed psychological escape from reality.
If you need some ideas but aren’t sure what you’re in the mood for, check out this list of 100 movies to watch.