If you don't work from home, or you're not used to staying home for extended periods of time, it's easy to catch cabin fever. To stay as happy as possible, here are ten ways to cure boredom while social distancing.
Take A Social Media BreakAs much fun as it is to share memes and see how people are supporting each other, social media is filled with more superficial trends and false news than ever before. Even before the coronavirus crises, experts recommended taking a break from social media as a way to ease feeling overwhelmed, self-critical, and fear of missing out, and it's still a good idea. Staying connected to social media makes us feel a little less alone. But disconnecting from social media, even for a few hours, can help us take it slow, improve your rest, and become more mindful of the real world around us.
Practice YogaExercising can be difficult if you can't use the usual equipment at a gym or fitness equipment. (And depending on the weather, sweltering in heat without a swimming pool isn't fun either). To stay healthy, there are plenty of free programs online. From thirty day challenges to short exercises under twenty minutes, Yoga With Adrienne is one of my favorite ways to reduce stress and stay in semi-decent shape. It's also safe to take a walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, etc. if you need a change of pace from staying inside.
Attend an Event (From Your Living Room)For those in the U.S., a monthly donation of $5 (or $60 annual donation) to PBS' passport service Thirteen includes access to Broadway's biggest shows like The Sound of Music and Kinky Boots. And even more services like BroadwayHD offers shows available to stream too. Full concerts of your favorite artists from Bruno Mars to Billie Eilish are also available on YouTube. Who says you have to leave the house to have fun?
Take A Virtual TourSince the coronavirus outbreak, more and more public locations have been temporarily closed. But virtual tours are now available from museums from around the world and Google Arts and Culture. A simple Google search of local sites in your area might expand your horizons of your own backyard even more. Zoos and aquariums are also offering virtual tours. While it's not the same as actually leaving the house, you can see still see another part of the world and maybe inspire planning a trip in the future.
For families who are schooling from home, Ripley's Believe It Or Not's Aquariums and Outside the Odditorium are featuring a variety of educational materials and access to set up Facebook live events.
If you're getting the itch to visit a theme park like Disney World or the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you can now eat and drink from the comfort of your couch or bed while riding some of your favorite attractions.
Just a reminder that when Shakespeare was quarantined because of the plague, he wrote King Lear.— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) March 14, 2020