We’ve all been there – stuck inside for days on end. Maybe it was caused by a snowstorm, or maybe it was caused by something else. But rest assured, there remain many activities you can do inside that can provide fun for yourself and your whole family.
There are many streaming services to keep adults and children occupied for hours. And to somewhat compensate for schools being out of session, there are a lot of documentaries that can teach historical facts to all ages in a fun way.
Another fun staycation activity is cooking. Gather the kids and try to make something entirely from scratch. Whether cookies or pasta, there is a way to get everyone in the family involved. Wash your hands, have fun, and learn something new.
SOCIAL DISTANCING DOESN’T MEAN RADIO SILENCE
While in many states you can’t go out to dinner with your friends right now, you can still see each other. Use FaceTime or other technology to have video calls with your friends. Schedule regular times to check in on family members, especially those who may be more at risk.
If you have elderly parents or grandparents that might be at higher risk, you can help them stay safe. Pick-up their favorite meals from local restaurants and deliver it to their house. You can leave it on the porch if you are afraid to have physical contact, but the gesture will go a long way to making both parties feel connected and cared for.
GO OUTDOORS AND BE ACTIVE
Thankfully across the country, the weather is starting to warm up. While your gym may be closed, there are still many ways to stay active. The CDC states that some physical activity is better than none and that it “can make people feel better, function better, and sleep better.” Some physical activity options include doing a spring clean-up on your property, picking up leaves and washing patio furniture, or getting your beds ready for planting this spring. You can also run or bike outside or take a walk. All of these activities should be possible to do while staying a distance away from your neighbors.
BE ACTIVE INDOORS
If it happens to still be snowing in your city, there are many indoor activities you can do. Instead of heading to a group fitness class, search the streaming services for classes that you can do in your living room. Whether stretching, yoga, or a bodyweight circuit, there are many options to stay active indoors. You can also clean out junk drawers and purge your closet, preparing bags of clothes and other items to donate once the COVID-19 crisis is over.
ENGAGE YOUR BRAIN
Whether brain games on your iPhone or iPad or board games with your family, staying mentally engaged is essential. Even if your library has closed, you can buy or rent audiobooks online from Amazon or your local library, respectively.