As coronavirus cases continue to rise, we are faced with a second lockdown and further uncertainty. Unfortunately for many, these uncertain times can also bring loneliness and isolation. For now, as we brace ourselves for winter, we must think good things – be thankful for the blessings we do have and try to make the most of these unusual circumstances. And who knows, we might even make some great memories by getting away from some of the distractions of everyday life and refocusing.
Play should always be a part of our lives (whether you’re stuck in the house or not), but sometimes we neglect to have fun and try new things. So, let’s shift our focus away from the uncertainty of this time for a moment and focus on cultivating some new life experiences that we perhaps never thought of doing or have never quite got around to.
“You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.” –Nate Berkus
Sometimes doing new things is daunting. It feels easier to continue doing the things we are comfortable with and stick to a routine. But trying new things is really good for us. It helps improve brain activity, can help build relationships, improve mental and emotional wellbeing, and can even make you feel younger and more energetic. Together, in this time of coronavirus and uncertainty, we can make more enjoyable experiences in our homes no matter our age. So, here at Guild Living, we have a challenge for you.
Our challenge to you is as follows… First, choose one of the below options.
- Look through the list below and choose 3 of these ideas that you will try this week
- From the list below, choose 1 of these items every day at random (put them in a hat and draw one or close your eyes and randomly point at the list) and you MUST do the one you choose that day
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Here is your list of 50 at-home activities to fight the coronavirus scaries:
- Sit down with a pen and paper and write a list of all the things you are thankful for.
- Write a nice note and slip it in your neighbour’s mailbox – You will brighten their day so much by doing this. Maybe even challenge them to write a note to another neighbour to start a chain reaction of kindness.
- Throw an indoor picnic in your living room.
- Read a book out loud together, reading a chapter or two every day.
- Plant seedlings, start a garden (you can order plants online at Patch).
- Have your own book club – Choose books to read and have fun discussing them.
- Learn something new – Do some research on a topic you’ve always wondered about whether it be learning a new language, learning about the Great Barrier Reef, or the history of the Aztecs. What have you always wondered about?
- Take an online class to learn a new skill.
- Learn a new language.
- Learn how to do Yoga.
- Download a free work out app – Nike has a great app and there are many free YouTube channels that lead you in anything from yoga to Pilates to free YouTube channels).
- Cook/bake a new recipe – Try branching out to cook a cuisine you’re not used to making. Maybe it’s a pizza, maybe an Indian dish, or Chinese food.
- Read a book or download an audiobook – Remember that book you bought and never read? Now’s the time.
- Find a new podcast to follow.
- Do a movie marathon – Pick a movie series – Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Bridget Jones’ Diary are a few.
- Take this time to organise your house or do those home improvement projects you’ve been saying you would do for years.
- Be on the lookout for older people around your neighbourhood. Offer to do their weekly shop for them or offer to have a daily/weekly phone call with them.
- Have a bath – Get out those bath salts, glass of wine, and put on your favourite music to relax to.
- Start a new hobby, there are plenty to choose from
- Write a book – This is a big one. Proceed if you dare…!
- Write an autobiography of your life, or write about some of your favourite stories of your life to give to your children or grandchildren.
- Games night with those in your home – Play board games, cards, dominoes, puzzles.
- Reminisce with people you live with, sharing your favourite stories from your past.
- Send a handwritten letter to somebody.
- Call a family member or friends that you haven’t spoken to in months or years.
- Build a fort and watch a movie under it – who says this is just for kids?
- Have a spa night – Manicures, pedicures and face masks are never a bad idea.
- Get some paints, markers, crayons and paper and make some art, even if you’re not typically creative.
- Look through boxes of old photos and videos.
- Listen to old music that you used to love from a different time in your life – Maybe even make a playlist of your favourite songs of all time.
- Pick up knitting or quilting.
- Read a book or magazine – Maybe pick one related to your favourite hobby.
- Bring old hobbies back to life – Maybe there is a way to bring those to life again by doing, reading or watching.
- At home karaoke – Don’t be shy and really get into this. Have fun!
- Share and read poetry together.
- Create a bucket list (actually write it down) of all the things you have always wanted to do so you can start doing them once the Coronavirus frenzy slows down.
- Have a photoshoot at home – Dress up and have fun – maybe even post them online to inspire others to be silly and do the same.
- Make breakfast in bed.
- Watch a Netflix series you’ve been meaning to watch.
- Plan your next getaway.
- Clean – this is a boring one, but it can really lift your mood!
- Change up your décor – Rearranging things helps make your home feel fresh.
- Put together a care package to send to somebody.
- Do a little online shopping.
- Make a nice meal and schedule a video call with a loved one to still have dinner together.
- Meet some new friends online – There are many apps out there that connect you with new people.
- Start a blog.
- Play Hide and Seek or do a scavenger hunt – Bring out your inner child!
- Have a good clear out – Go through that cupboard, drawer, or even room that’s gathering up clutter. You’ll feel so much better afterwards!
- Do a crossword – They are great to keep your mind active, and there are many available online (so you don’t need to leave the house).