It’s Covid-19 quarantine, and you’ve run out of ideas on what to do at home. Are you struggling with ideas of things to do when you’re staying at home? To prevent the spread of covid-19, social distancing is essential. That means, we have to limit our contact with people and avoid places of gathering. But social distancing doesn’t mean that your nights and weekends are boring.
Most people are realising that staying at home 24/7 takes a huge adjustment. It’s a kind of lifestyle change. For how long this will take? We never know. It may seem harsh to develop this sudden habit. No morning jogs in the park, you can’t meet your bestie for a cup of coffee in a café after your yoga session, and you can’t go for the hot date that you’ve planned over a month. But let’s use this to our advantage.
If you’re trying to successfully work from home and entertaining your kids at the same time here are some ideas. But first, what exactly is social distancing? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social distancing is essential at this period of time. This involves staying at least 1 meter away from other people. Especially if you must leave your home for daily essentials to prevent further spread of covid-19 (coronavirus).
Insane Trying to Stay Sane
We’re stuck inside just like everybody else around the world. We get it. You’re going insane…
It’s hard to focus on uncertainty and heartache. Worried about what will happen to your career and business. Speaking from experience, we had to shut down our swimming school until further notice. This may last for 2, 3 or even 6 months. So, yes, we are all going insane. Especially when you have children and having to juggle work at the same time. So, parents that are facing difficulty managing that, keep calm and don’t yell at your children. Sometimes, it’s just their way of asking for attention. Make them sit down and have a conversation with them about our current situation.
During these tough times, many are facing a loss of income, jobs, and sanity. At one point, we are too, so we’ve decided to do some research and share with you some fun and creative activities. For support during these tough times, let’s take our focus off all that we can’t, during this covid-19 (coronavirus) quarantine period.
Here are some ideas of what to do when you’re staying at home.
For The Food Enthusiast
Isn’t this the best time to experiment with different types of food? Maybe you’re someone who likes healthy meals and snacks. Or maybe, you’ll go for whatever that looks and taste yummy. Look at some of these mouthwatering snacks with the lowest to almost no fat and cholesterol.
- Homemade Baked Banana Chips
- Peanut Butter Protein Balls
- Sweet-n-Spicy Nuts
- Two-Ingredient Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Bites
- Gluten-Free Apple Muffin
It’s tough when you’re running out of ideas on what to do at home. So, during your covid-19 quarantine period, try out some of these crazy easy snacks with your loved ones. For some people, cooking brings a sense of pleasure, and for some, they find pleasure simply by eating delicious meals. Whether it’s cooking or eating, Have fun whipping up some chocolate, dough and sweet bananas.
Keep Learning and Challenge Your Brain
Since the closure of school during this movement control order (MCO), many parents are worried about their child’s learning progress. So, what are some of the tips or activities you can do to improve your memory? Whether you’re looking to sharpen your mind, enhancing your mental performance, here are some ways and things to do to keep learning during this period.
- Jigsaw Puzzle
- Card Games
- Take a Dance Lesson Online
- Learn a New Skill
- Learn a New Language Online
- Word Search Puzzle
- Crossword Puzzles
- Picture Puzzles
- Board Games
- Pick up Reading
- Write a Journal
- Build a Scrap Book of Memories
- Pick up Drawing
- Learn Knitting
- Physical Workout
All-Time Favourite Hobbies
Since going swimming, fishing, hiking or watching a game with your friends at the bar is not advisable right now, there are many indoor hobbies you can turn to. As of today, the number of confirmed covid-19 (coronavirus) cases around the world surpassed one million and deaths topped 50,000. So, refrain from leaving the house until the lockdown period is uplifted.
Now, take a look at this list of all-time favourite hobbies. Maybe you’ll find a brand new talent you never knew you had.
Gardening. During our covid-19 movement control order (MCO), this can be one of the best time to teach the young ones a little about gardening, growing seedlings from vegetables we eat. That’ll give them a sense of responsibility. On top of that, it’s a great family bonding time. Click here to find what are the easiest vegetables to grow in your beautiful garden.
Sewing. Are you still trying to complete a project you started months ago? Well, it’s time to finish them up, but once it’s completed, what’s next? Maybe you have a book by your side, flipping through new projects that you could get into right away or maybe you don’t. Fret not… Click here to see 55 easy sewing projects for beginners.
Family Fitness Activities. If you’ve been working out by yourself, you may want to take a step back, create some space for a small family workout session. These can be hard to digest at first but with covid-19 MCO restrictions. Staying at home preventing further spread of the virus is of utmost importance right now. We can guarantee these few family fitness activities are the most fun sport you could do together.
- Hula hoops are a famous toy invented in 1958 by Arthur K. It is a hoop that twirled around the waist, limbs or neck. Children and adults played with hoops throughout history and are still a lot of fun for families. According to Livestrong, this form of exercise is a viable alternative to dancing and other cardio workouts. A woman could burn 165 calories if they perform hula hooping for 30 minutes a day. Whereas, a man could shed 200 calories. [Available at Shopee, Amazon]
- Jumping rope is another fun activity you could do together with your loved ones. When everyone is bored or fighting over the TV remote controller, take your family time to a higher level. No doubt, covid-19 lockdown makes you feel cooped up with tensions on the rise and you know that it’s only a matter of time before things get out of hand. [Available at Shopee, Amazon]
- Being mindful, according to an article from the Child Mind Institute, mindful activities can help during covid-19. “Mindfulness isn’t complicated,” says Jill Emanuele, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute. Take some time to focus on the present, intentionally embracing your current moment and thoughts. It may sound easier said than done. The truth is, it takes work but doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some simple activities she recommends: [Read more here]
- Squeeze Muscles
- Belly Breathing
- Mindful Meal
- Blowing Bubbles
- Listening to Music
Reading. Immerse yourself in a great book, it can make your brain come alive. Not only you’ll learn something new, but your brain cell will start to do its job. When we read, we’re improving memory and empathy. Research has shown, any activity we do that involves our brain, will make us feel better and more positive too. Reading can also help fight depression, stress and reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s as our age catches up. If you’re one of those people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, pick a book today, make yourself a cup of coffee, and start reading.
Handicraft. We know that missing school, work, visits with family and friends, playgroups can be tough. Especially on kids. But let’s use this time of social distancing during covid-19 to enhance the family bonding. Given all the ideas above, another way to have fun and create more memories is crafting or making something for one another. From colouring to whipping up some clay necklaces, and from paper quilling to soap making. Get it all from Multifilla.
Discover Your Talent and Keep Yourself Entertained
A regular person would have these 3 main things in life, food, brain activity, and a hobby. Some might start to discover a new hobby during this covid-19 quarantine period. Even just by having a small conversation with your loved ones and children can be fun. We need to work together to do our part in keeping our environment clean so that the spread of infection is limited. So, talk about the precautions regarding hand-washing, hygiene and social distancing with your child. On top of that, choose one or two of these fun activities to do each day.
One of our swimming coaches has an interest in handicraft and gardening. Since we had to shut down the school, she has helped contribute some of these ideas of things to do at home. Covid-19 quarantine puts a huge impact on some of us. Rather than dwelling on what we can’t control, let’s help inspire and motivate one another. Global Swim Mobile School teaches not only swimming, but we inspire and motivate parents and young ones. Hence for this article. We need to work together to do our part in keeping our environment clean – limiting the spread of infection. That’s why we focus more on inspiring and motivating you. Click here to subscribe so you don’t miss an article.
About the author: Racheal Tan is a writer and the founder of RJ Global Swim Mobile. She is a part time writer and full time swimming coach who teaches seven days a week. She is dedicated to her students and have taught 178 children since 2016. Ever since she quit the corporate world of medical sales. In pursuing her dreams and passion of teaching. Her goal is to motive, inspire and create opportunities to make the world a better place. She’s loves writing, gardening, handicraft and cooking. (Apart from splashing water)
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