It’s true the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken us. It’s has put our loved ones at risk, required us to go the extra mile while keeping our distance and left us scrambling to find everyday necessities. As we take measures to protect our health and the health of others, we also need to focus on our mental wellbeing. Here are some entertaining diversions from your new normal:
1. Make a time capsule. You’ll obviously remember this time for decades to come but creating a time capsule will help you remember the little things that have a big importance in your life. You can include family photos, keepsakes and maybe even a letter to your future self.
2. Tackle home improvement projects. I can already hear a collective sigh. Reorganize your closets, paint a room, or clean out your pantry and donate non-perishables to a food bank. Like never before, you now have time to do all those to-dos that you never had time to do.
3. Throwback to simple entertainment. Puzzles, board games, card games. Was it Mr. Mustard with the candlestick in the ball room? Many of us have been forced to slow down and stay home. We could all use a break from screen time. Some good, old-fashioned fun will provide a workout for your brains and simple conversations with a side of friendly competition.
4. Savor something delicious. All calorie counting aside, our local restaurants need us right now. Many dining spots are offering take-out deals, family dinner options and care packages to send to those who need a little comfort. If you prefer your own kitchen, you can host a homemade cooking show. Involve the whole family, be silly and don’t worry – you have plenty of time to clean up.
5. Visit those places on your bucket list. Yes, really! Worldwide, museums and attractions are offering virtual tours. Now is the time to explore the Louvre, chat with Martha Washington at Williamsburg on Facebook Live or tune in to a live stream encore performance from the Metropolitan Opera.
While a virus has invaded our lives, we can’t let it pose a threat to our wellbeing. So, take a deep breath. Get back to basics. Make lemonade from lemons. We’re all in this together even when it seems we’re miles apart.