After only a few days in quarantine, I am already losing my mind. Luckily, I am afforded the opportunity to still be able to do my job from home. It’s amazing how much I miss a normal routine that sometimes felt too stressful. Missing things like talking to others face to face, eating out, 

shopping, sitting in traffic singing my heart out, and waiting in long lines chatting with random people. Before we all completely lose our minds, here are some ideas to stay occupied while in quarantine:

Read. Whether it’s a book, a magazine, the newspaper, or an online article (I hear my blog has plenty to read), all will keep you entertained.

Catch up on all your favorite series. There are billions of things to watch between Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime alone. Just no chilling. We need to practice social distancing.

Workout videos. Just because you can’t go to the gym or your favorite workout class, doesn’t mean you can’t work out. There are so many free options out there right now. Many gyms are sending out links to videos in lieu of coming to the gym. There is no excuse to not be active while trapped inside.

Cook. Or bake. Look up new recipes you never had the time to make. Just make sure you have all of the items necessary as most grocery stores are running low these days.

Self-care. Throw on a face mask, hair mask, foot mask, hand mask, or whatever other kind of masks they make these days. Take a bubble bath. RELAX. Take advantage of all the extra time you have.

Shower. Just because you’re not leaving your home, doesn’t mean you should practice poor hygiene.

Write. Losing your mind? Yea, me too. Write about it. Maybe it will become the next greatest novel out there. Maybe a novel is overachieving. Instead, write an article for my blog to help others out with idea number one up there.

Call your family and friends. With all this free time, is there really any excuse to lose touch with people? Make the effort. Call your loved ones and check to make sure they are all ok.

Video Chat. Sure, we are all practicing social distancing. That doesn’t mean we can’t host group video chats, drink wine, and gossip.

Plan travel. Just because we can’t really travel at the moment doesn’t mean that we can’t pre-book travel down the road. There are plenty of great deals out there for low cost, affordable travel. It may take a little searching, but there are great opportunities out there.

This was all meant to be light during such a serious time in our history. All joking aside, follow all the recommendations from the NCDC to protect yourself and those you care about. Stay safe and healthy out there.