6 Ways to Stay Occupied While in Quarantine

Most of the United States has been social distancing or practicing self-quarantine for the past month as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. It is prevalent that we all have a lot of time to accomplish different tasks during the day now that we have been encouraged to stay at home by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as other public health officers.

Since the measures for self-quarantines and lockdowns have taken place due to the widespread infectious disease, families are spending the majority of their days indoors along with their children, parents, and grandparents.

However, staying inside for such long periods can often lead to cabin fever, which can produce restlessness, a decrease in motivation, and even an inability to manage stress. Can you relate to this?

Even though you may be in self-quarantine, this does not mean you cannot check off items on your to-do list. Instead, think of all the things that you are still able to complete while at home with your family members. And remember: staying at home is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep your family and friends safe. Keep reading to learn about six things you should consider doing while staying indoors.

1. Create a schedule.

If you have been spending most, if not all of your time indoors due to coronavirus, remember that time management is still key. After all, it is important to experience a sense of normalcy.

To stay organized, use a physical or virtual calendar to write down everything you need to do throughout the day. Add in tasks such as: preparing breakfast in the morning, cleaning up afterward, doing laundry, preparing dinner, etc. Keeping a steady and consistent schedule like this can help to add some structure to your day.

In addition, write down the times at which each task must be completed. For example, decide when you should prepare breakfast, and when you should start doing laundry. This might seem restrictive; however, designated time slots can prevent you from starting your day too late or lounging around the house and being unproductive.

2. Organize documents.

Now that you have some extra time in your schedule, use it to clean out all of your file cabinets and drawers. Also, if you have an older adult living with you, make sure to organize their eldercare documents such as a power of attorney, living will, and trust.

Make sure all of these are kept in one place and put them in a folder so that they do not get mixed up with other documents. If you see that some documents are missing, make a note of this. Also, take this extra time at home to look over financial records to make sure you are keeping track of bills.

3. Clean the house.

This was touched upon in our previous blog. However, it is important to reiterate how essential it is to keep your home clean, especially amid this pandemic. Also, cleaning is a great way to pass the time!

Start by making a list of everything that needs to be clean and go from there. Take some time to tidy up bedrooms, your home office, bathrooms, and even vacuum and mop your floors. Further, disinfect high-touch surfaces like countertops (especially before and after you prepare meals) to practice infection prevention.

4. Exercise daily.

Did you know that only 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity every day? Do not let yourself be a part of this statistic! Now that you are indoors more, it is easy to put on a movie, lay on the couch, and stay inactive for hours at a time.

Instead, do your best to keep moving. Follow an exercise routine on YouTube or simply take a few laps around the house. Also, if you are able to, take a walk outside for just a few minutes each day. Of course, try to limit close contact with people and stay at least six feet apart from anyone else as a precaution to not spread the disease.

5. Practice meditation.

Remember the calendar method mentioned at the beginning of this blog? Do not forget to Schedule time to focus on your own needs. This includes meditating. It is estimated that globally, about 200 and 500 million people meditate.

Start your day practicing different types of mediation such as loving-kindness meditation (developing an attitude of love and kindness towards everything), breath awareness meditation (a way to focus on your breathing), or mantra meditation (repeating the same sound, word, or phrase).

Additionally, take this time indoors to try to think of any goals you have. Write them down and think about them. You might also want to start a gratitude journal as a way to bring positivity into your daily life. For example, you might write down phrases such as I am grateful for my home, I am grateful for my family, I am grateful for my health.

6. Prepare meals in advance or order from a meal delivery service.

During your day, spend some time preparing meals and then freezing it to be used later on in the week. Because you may want to reduce the amount of trips you make to the grocery store, try using the ingredients you already have in your fridge, pantry, or freezer. Remember that it is better to spend time in isolation and quarantine than to go to the store for non-essential items.

If cooking meals is too much of a hassle for you (or you are used to buying pre-made meals), try utilizing a meal delivery service to make your daily life easier. When you receive these meals, make sure to wipe the packaging down with a disinfectant wipe before using them and wash your hands with soap and water before eating. This can help stop the spread of the virus and control this communicable disease. Remember that senior citizens are more vulnerable to become severely sick with the virus.

Do What You Can.

The six tips mentioned above are only suggestions for things to do while at home. While you spend more time indoors due to the prevalence of this contagious disease, it is important to do what you can to stay healthy, happy, and live a balanced life. This time may be difficult, but know that you can get through it with a few modifications.

How are you spending time at home? Share in the comments below, and make sure to visit our website to learn more about Royal Estates of El Paso.


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