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10 Ideas Of Things To Do While In Coronavirus Isolation

10 Ideas Of Things To Do While In Coronavirus Isolation

By Susan Williams

It’s strange how life works sometimes. Chances are if someone asked you a while back if you would like to take some time off and just stay home you might have been excited by the idea. But when it’s mandated due to a public health emergency, our response can be quite different.

So if you do find yourself at home in isolation due to the coronavirus, you may be looking for some things to do to help keep yourself both physically and mentally well.

Here are just a few ideas;

#1: Stay in touch with family and friends.

Just because you may not physically be able to see people, it’s important to stay connected. Along with the phone, Skype, Facetime, Zoom are all examples of video call options that help you to stay in touch with people and remind you that you’re not alone.

#2: Maintain your physical activity.

Just because you may not be able to get to the gym, doesn’t mean that you should give up on your physical fitness regime. If you go to YouTube and search “exercise at home” and you’ll be presented with lots of different workout options. For example, here’s a whole list of exercise video options for older adults from SilverSneakers. Staying healthy both mentally and physically is important during these stressful times.

#3: Learn how to meditate.

Speaking of stress, do you meditate? The benefits of meditation are many and research is showing that it’s especially helpful for older adults who may be stressed. Now would be the perfect time to give this a try.

#4: Check in on your neighbours.

If there ever was a time for community support, now is the time. Give your neighbours a call and see how they are doing. Slide a note under the door with your phone number if you don’t know how to reach them. If you still have the ability to go for groceries, check to see who else may need some and do their shopping too. The less people we have actively using and contacting these essential services the better for all of us.

#5: Expand your mind and take a course.

What have you wanted to learn more about? What interests you? This is a great time to take advantage of some of the free online learning options.  edX and FutureLearn are both examples of organizations that offers free online courses from multiple universities.

#6: Clear out some clutter.

You know those closets you have been wanting to clear out – now would be a great time. Decluttering also has some great psychological benefits. From keeping you physically active to the sense of accomplishment decluttering can be a very positive thing to do.

#7: Learn a new language.

Learning a new language can not only be interesting it’s also good for your brain health. Here’s a list of a number of different free online options to get you started.

#8: Listen to music.

Music can have a great calming effect. From improving your sleep to increasing happiness, music can be a great escape. So, just put on some tunes. Some people have even gone as far as creating coronavirus playlists that you can listen to.

#9: Take a virtual museum tour.

When was the last time you went to a museum? Many of the world’s most famous museums offer virtual tours. You may not be able to go there physically right now but you can virtually.

#10: Limit your social media.

Let’s not kid ourselves, these are stressful times. But constantly watching our social media feed can get us both anxious and depressed. Of course we need to stay current with what is happening but spending all of our time just watching is not necessary. Also, there’s lots of false information being shared so be sure you are getting your information from credible and reputable sources.

Finally, remember that we are all in this together.

We need to continue to remind ourselves that by doing our part we are all contributing to solving this problem and protecting not only ourselves but all those around us.

Be safe everyone.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.