It goes without saying that things are incredibly weird/scary and uncertain right now. And while it’s important to stay on top of the latest and far-from-greatest news updates, it’s just as important to do things that occupy your mind, keep you feeling busy while relaxed and proud of yourself for keeping your chin up. As someone who can be classified as “not good” when it comes to sitting still, here are some things I personally have found to be fun, engaging and useful for taking your mind off things.
1. Cooking challenge: Try to make something you never have before, maybe something you’ve gotten in the past at a restaurant that blew your mind. It’ll be good for your brain to focus on the steps, smells and process, not to mention you’ll be able to flex your skills at a dinner party down the road when it’s safe to socialize.
2. Netflix Party: Netflix recently released an option for you and your friends to watch shows together while being apart for FREE. Netflix synchronizes video playback and has a group chat option so you and your friends can comment on that lady’s terrible taste while watching “Say Yes to the Dress!”. It’s only available on Chrome browsers on desktops and laptops, so keep that in mind.
3. FaceTime Happy Hour: Call up all your best pals, your parents, or that one kid you had an internship with when you were 22 and lost touch with viaFaceTime and have a drink or two together like you would in person. You’d be surprised how fast time flies just being with people you love and haven’t been able to see.
4. Get creative and productive beyond just work: Not necessarily knitting or painting, but stuff you’ve been procrastinating on since…forever. Stitch that hole in your sweatshirt, patch that rip in your tent. This is the perfect time to force yourself to take care of things you’ve been putting off because well, you don’t have an excuse not to.
5. Spring cleaning: Sounds terrible, feels great. You don’t even have to physically clean anything, but maybe getting rid of clothes you keep telling yourself you’ll maybe wear for that “one occasion” or old sweaters, etc. As my mother likes to say, if you haven’t worn it in the past 3 months, get rid of it, we all know you’re never going to wear it.
6. Lastly, if you have a dog, teach it new tricks: YouTube is perfect for this, it’s easy to get instructions on this and it’s fun to work on it with your pet! Doesn’t necessarily have to be crazy tricks, even just simple things such as not rushing the door when you come home or waiting for you to leave the door first and then come out after. I may have just subconsciously written this to myself because those are both things I need to work on with mine.
I hope these provide you some mental relief during this storm and you give one or two a shot.