Updated: Jun 9
I don’t think God punishes us through this Coronavirus pandemic. Upon checking, almost every century has a pandemic disease. Do you also feel that we are like in an Apocalyptic movie? It’s almost impossible, but this is happening.
Everybody stops doing their “normal” or routine life. This is a great opportunity to answer any what-ifs in your life. What if I practice it before? What if I said it to him/her? What if I can do it today? Remember, you have one great thing in your hands — TIME.
May you be an introvert who loves solitude or an extrovert who likes to party, here are some things you can do while at home:
Individual quiet activities
The delight of a staycation
1. Read. This will take your mind and soul to a different time, place, and tale. Imagine yourself traveling without getting tired. As you flip the page, with whatever genre or reading material you have, your heart will skip a beat as you are excited for the next thing that will happen. Pick any dusted book on your shelf or search a random e-book on the internet and start your full of surprise journey.
2. Write. If you feel depressed about not being able to go out, why not express it through writing, literally? Pour out your negative feelings in a journal or notebook. Put all your cares through written words and slowly your heart will feel light. But if you’re the optimistic kind, try to write what made you happy or any blessings you received during the day. One thing I love about writing is that it contains so much freedom expressing my ideas and experiences without being judged or complained. Feeling more creative? Start scribbling a short story or a novel, whichever you prefer.
3. Take photos. Challenge your limitations. Be imaginative as you can be. Instead of the usual selfie, why not have some twist on it by having a unique border on your picture. You’ll be the one to decide what will it be.
4. Look for old printed photos and forgotten stuff. Imagine yourself back down to your memory lane. Do you recall what do you look like when you were a baby or a preschooler? Do you remember the dress or suit you wore during your prom? You’ll discover various memories by looking at your own stuff. Savoring that warm old feeling makes you feel happier and less lonely.
5. Pray. As written in my favorite bible verse Matthew 19:26, “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For human beings this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” You can lay all your problems to Him, including finding the cure to Corona virus. He will always listen to you with no judgment.
6. Self check-up. When is the last time you listen to your body? Physically, check your external and internal body parts. See if you got no wound or rash and you are feeling okay doing ordinary activities (e.g. walking, sitting, running, etc.). Mentally reflect and discern. Is something bothering you? It is your conscience telling you what you wronged. Or if not, remember how you treat the surrounding people. Do you think you are treating them with kindness, especially when they did something wrong with you? Process and your heart will know what to do next.
7. Meditate or do yoga. Sit down in a quiet part of your house, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing by exhaling and inhaling slowly for 10 minutes. Meditation allows you to be still and relax. It is also very easy. Yoga involves not only meditation (dhyana) but also physical movements (asana), breathing (pranayama), and relaxation (savasana). All contribute to a whole new level of mind and body wellness. Watch first how to do a basic yoga pose.
8. Sleep. The time for sleeping varies per person. No matter what, recover the hours you lost of not sleeping enough. Your body will not only feel healthier but also lightens the mood of your soul. There’s something treasurable in having a refreshed feeling.
9. Sew. Check all your clothing items for any holes. Sew any small holes before it gets too big, it might be late.
10. First aid. Review how to do first aid. You’ll never know whom you can save with using this skill. Prepare a first aid kit in your home where everyone knows where it is and how to use it.
11. Do a forgotten hobby.
12. Research and be amused by something unusual, crazy, mysterious or anything random on the Internet.
13. Sunbathe. I will never forget the day when I stand on our ground and catch the warmness of the sun early in the morning. This happened while the community quarantine is just starting. As I stand to chat with my sister, I noticed that the sun’s rays are not hurting my skin but massaging it through its warmth. I always thought the sun just hurts my skin, but it just happens when I’m out in the afternoon. Besides, it was very relaxing.
Sole with sounds activities
14. Sing. Do not stop expressing yourself. Heightened your feelings by vocalizing your favorite good old songs accompanied by the original singer and its music. Sing each song as if doing your own MTV.
15. Dance. You can dance to the beat of any music. Losen up. Also, move your body greatly to sweat a lot. This will help you lose weight.
16. Musical instrument or improvise. Whether you know one, just play. Life gets dull with no beautiful music, so do not be afraid to share your unique sound.
17. Create art with junk or mixed media. Do you have a lot of old stuff and you can’t decide on what to do with those, why not create a masterpiece? Just find an inspiration that will kick on your artistic side. Take your time because like any great artworks, the more time you spend making it, the more it will probably be awesome. One of the most creative artworks I’ve seen was a stool made of entirely steel spoons.
18. Exercise, aerobics, or Zumba. Maintain a healthy body by doing any exercise you like and just have fun.
19. Learn basic self-defense. Who will save you in times of danger? For now, watch how to do the basics, then learn from a pro later.
20. Learn new house chores. Try cooking creative recipes, learn first the basic recipes, and then start experimenting. You can also learn to fix broken chairs or make a new one. Never stop learning because life never stops teaching, as they say.
21. Clean. It will surprise you to find lost things when you clean. This is one activity I do at home, which is very satisfying because I get to see something neat and unharmful.
22. Wash. Wash something that can be from your clothes, rubber shoes, dishes, and pots. Challenge your self to do all these by hand.
23. Connect with someone. Have you ever missed a college buddy, a neighbor, or a relative? You can list all of them and give them a text, call or chat. Tell them you care for them. Relive happy memories. Having time in talking to others helps them to feel loved and together you can cope with these cold days.
Feeling a little bold? Call your enemy or any people you have wronged and ask for their forgiveness. It takes humility and love to do this, and as you slowly achieve reconnecting you are making a world a better place to live in.
For all the diffident guys out there, express your care to “her” by dropping a sincere message in her inbox. You’ll never know “her” reply unless you try.
Traditional board game with family
You and other family members or housemates
24. Play games. Awaken everyone’s inner child by playing any games. You may play charades, 7 up, hide and seek, etc. Have a prize like chocolates or 1 free house chore (e.g. not washing plates after dinner) to the winners.
25. Fast talk. Ask random 2-choices questions to anyone who’s up. Examples are beaches or mountains, music or movie, single or in a relationship, someday or now, flowers or chocolate.
26. Chat. Reminisce, patch-up, forgive, laugh, and talk more with the people you lived with. Even if it’s hard, it is definitely rewarding. There are times before we have brownouts. My dad used to tell about his childhood days and it was entertaining because he had animated hand gestures, varying tones, and a great storyteller.
27. Watch anything with everybody. Anything funny I recommend may it be movies or internet videos (YouTube or Sunnyskyz.com). Supposed that you or your family/housemates got tired watching online or on tv, why not watch the surroundings outside like the romantic sunset or gaze upon a starry night?
28. Have a crazy/themed photoshoot with them. Pull any costumes, old clothes, or any strange clothing you have and pose in character. Imagine being in a stage play in a frozen scene. Match it up with wacky facial expression or anything you can think of. Just be sure there’s a tripod or someone who will take your photos.
29. Do something everyone likes. Play music like a band, brainstorm about a business venture, make a short film, or have a picnic outside (if you have space) are some things you can all choose from.
30. Plant. Choose which fruit and/or vegetable you would like to eat like one. Plant its seeds or stalks in your backyard or better yet, try hydroponic farming if you want your plants in any space. In hydroponics, you only need water, a small transparent container, netpot (which allows the roots to grow), and seeds. It makes the plant grow faster even indoors. The next time you will need food, your family just needs to harvest it right beside you — fresh, fast, and free.
31. Plan your menu for the week.
32. Redesign your home. They say if you look good, you will feel also good. It’s also the same for your home. Your family can repaint, add a home decor or anything that will make all of you happy (e.g. indoor hammock, swing, aquarium) or move furniture. Be resourceful.
33. Mingle with your pet/s. Dawdle with your lovable pet/s by bathing, feeding, playing, teaching new tricks, and cuddling them. I am sure they missed you having by their side.
34. Donate extra supplies to your neighbors. Share your extras may it be food, hygiene, or anything you and your family/housemates want.
35. Plan your next travel destination. As a piece of famous advice says, “This too shall pass.” Look forward to your next group travel adventure and have fun choosing where will it be and your itinerary.
Who says fun is not an option these days? Just let your fantasies set free. Think of the people and things you care for and share yourself with them. Coronavirus will just become a memory someday.
I hope this will help you fight boredom. (Originally posted from Medium.)