by SOPHIE GORECKI - Tips on how to keep occupied while at home during shelter in place.
We’re all feeling it. The feelings of seething boredom, sadness, anger, fear or loneliness from being quarantined with only the internet and our families to entertain us amidst a global pandemic. Sometimes it can be a bit maddening, but no need to fear. I’ve got some tips on how not to lose your mind while in quarantine.
Try exercising: I know exercise is probably the last thing on your mind during a possibly two month long break from school, but exercise is actually one of the best ways to keep sane while in quarantine. Exercising can be a great way to release some stress, which we certainly are all experiencing right now.
Get outside: Granted, Indiana weather doesn’t make this option very comfortable all the time, but while the weather is warm, going for a walk around the block can be helpful for everyone. Getting some fresh air--whether it’s walking your dog, kicking a soccer ball or even just going to get the mail--can help lift your spirits after being cooped up in the house for weeks at a time.
Create something: Personally, my favorite thing to do while in quarantine is to paint and draw. It doesn’t have to be art in a traditional way either; creating or crafting anything is a good way to keep busy and keep your brain occupied. As author Ray Bradbury said, "You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you."
Stay productive: While staying at home, it’s easy to get stuck lying in bed all day, but it can actually be really nice to finish things you’ve been putting off for a while, like that overflowing closet or messy room. There’s no better time to finish those things you’ve been dreading than when you have a whole month of free time.
Try to keep in contact: While social distancing is crucial to keep everyone as safe as possible, you can still stay close to your friends through the internet. Whether it’s FaceTime, Zoom or text, the Internet is a great tool to keep from going crazy from loneliness while still in the comfort and safety of your own home.
While staying cooped up in our homes for two months is no easy task, hopefully these tips can help you stay sane during this difficult time. Ultimately, try to make the most of this time off, and most of all, please stay inside.