There is no doubt that the highly contagious novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has caused many people sadness, loss, and stress—and the West Liberty Hilltoppers are no exception. While students, professors, and many others are saddened to see the semester, sports seasons, and spring events end so soon, attending and working at a university who puts the health and safety of their staff, students, and faculty is a true blessing amongst this chaotic pandemic.
Much of the world is at a standstill with businesses, schools, colleges, and universities being closed, and it is easy to go stir crazy while social distancing and staying home more often than we are used to. However, being at home or practicing social distancing doesn’t have to feel like a punishment.
Since officials are recommending a 14-day self-containment period, here is a list of 14 things to do to while at home and practicing social distancing that can help with your stir-craziness.
- Connect with friends/family virtually
- Play Board Games
Turn off your game consoles, put down your phones, and dust off those board games that you haven’t been touched in ages. Classics such as Scrabble, Yahtzee, Life, and Monopoly are all fun games that the whole family can enjoy while stuck together in the house.
- Try a new recipe
Channel your inner chef and try a new recipe while you’re cooped up at home. Whether you’re baking, cooking, or grilling, food is a tasty way to keep yourself busy, happy, and full—unless you burn your new creation. Just be sure to follow the recipe!
- Go for a walk to enjoy the outdoors
Although you should stay home as much as possible, staying inside for too long can be draining. Take advantage of the bright, warm, sunny days of spring by enjoying the outdoors. Go outside for a walk, while still keeping your distance from others, of course. Scientific studies have proven that being outdoors can boost energy, mood, and immune system. With COVID-19 spreading frantically, having a strong immune system is a must.
- Binge Watch TV
- Visit a Virtual Zoo, Museum, or Theme Park
As this pandemic continually closes more places and cancels more events, virtual tours have become more popular. Zoos, Museums, and Theme Parks throughout the world are offering free virtual tours and online viewing experiences to help with the stir-craziness brought on by social distancing. And the best part is, you don’t have to leave the couch!
- Look through Old Photos or Home Videos
- Go for a Drive
Need an escape from the house, but don’t want to go out into public? Get into the car, roll down the windows (if it is warm of course), find a backcountry road, crank up the music, and go for a drive–no required destination. Going on a drive-by yourself has many benefits and is a way to get out of the house without coming into physical contact with anyone.
- Have a Self-Care Day
Life keeps us all pretty busy, and finding the time to dedicate an entire day to take care of yourself can be challenging. However, many have found more than enough time on their hands lately. Pass your extra time by treating yourself to a self-care day. Take a hot bath, put on a facemask, take a nap, do yoga, listen to music, and just spend the day doing what makes you happy.
- Learn to Draw or Paint
- Finish a Book, or Start a New One
Pass by some time by finishing that book you picked up months ago. Haven’t started a new book recently? Start a new one today! Have you already read all the books you have? Amazon sells hardcover, kindle, and audio versions of hundreds of thousands of books.
- Spend Time with your Pets
If anybody is enjoying the stay-at-home orders, it is our beloved pets. Spend some time to take your dog, or adventurous cat, for a walk, give them a bath, or simply play with them. There are a lot of fun ways to spend time with your animals to ease some of your stresses. And they will love you even more for it!
- Build a Pillow and Blanket Fort
Who said building pillow and blanket forts were just for kids? You don’t have to be a professional architect to build a cool fort. Just grab some pillows, couch cushions, blankets, and bedsheets; then use a little imagination and get to work on your very own fort.
- Color “Easter Eggs”
It’s easy to forget that Easter is right around the corner with COVID-19 news taking up much of our thoughts. But, even if Easter wasn’t coming up soon, coloring eggs doesn’t have to be just an Easter activity. Get out some food coloring, boil some eggs, and release your creativity with some cool colored egg designs. Added bonus, you get edible boiled eggs!
Keeping sight on the good can be quite a challenge during difficult times such as these. Staying at home more than usual can lead to antsy feelings. So, relieve some boredom by trying one (or all) of the 14 things listed above. Although the Hilltoppers are sad to see the year-end, know that you always have a home at West Liberty.
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