How to Stay Entertained at Home
By Cecilia Ridgeway
As we are all adjusting to our new normal, we also have to figure out how to keep entertained. Finding new creative ways to stay active and keep ourselves sane in a time of madness is crucial.
As you may have seen on social media, many are getting back into old hobbies they might have once done, like painting. With tons of online tutorials, you could easily find one that fits your skill level and is what you are interested in painting. Some other crafts might include drawing with sidewalk chalk or finding some yarn or string and making a friendship bracelet. “I usually like to paint people, like different celebrities, or different kinds of flowers like cherry blossoms and sunflowers,” Erin Christianson (11) said.
While we are stuck with working and doing school from home, it’s also important to take a break from your technology and get outside for some exercise and vitamin D. A nice walk around your neighborhood can make you feel refreshed and ready for the rest of your day. You could also take your dog on a stroll so both of you can get in some exercise. “During all this time I've been biking and going on walks with my dog every day, and watching a lot of Netflix,” Christianson added. According to an article from Harvard Medical school, vitamin D can help fight off different medical conditions and can make you feel more relaxed and happier. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re getting outside and getting some sunshine.
As we can’t be with most of our loved ones at the moment, besides facetiming or other online calling systems, another activity you could do to keep yourself entertained is writing letters to different family members or friends. They are probably missing you just as much as you are missing them, and might appreciate you taking time to handwrite a thoughtful letter. In nursing homes right now, since families can’t visit in person, volunteers have been asking kindhearted strangers to write to the senior citizens to keep them company during these hard times.
While there may not be many things at the grocery stores, finding a simple recipe online and then baking or cooking something could get your creative juices flowing. “I’ve been cooking a lot, more than I usually do, mostly to help my parents who work more than usual due to all of their work being online, but I still think I prefer baking which I’ve also been doing a lot of,” Rory Schaefer (9) said.
With many streaming services out there, the options of movies and shows to watch are nearly endless. Binging a movie and taking some time to relax might be exactly what you need to have a break from reality.
Though it may not be the most fun thing to do, catching up on school work may help you feel less stressed out, and keeps you ready for online learning.
To help limit the spread of germs we have to stay inside, but that doesn’t mean we can’t and shouldn’t have fun. Taking time for yourself and having some light hearted fun is good in a time of stress and uncertainty. So relax, sit back and breathe.