If boredom is your main concern during the Coronavirus—then, frankly, you should consider yourself lucky. Things could be far worse. With that said, many around the country are experiencing a level of boredom and isolation they may never have felt before. Such feelings can be bad for your mental health, and poor mental health has been shown to weaken your immune system as well as negatively impact your physical health in a number of other ways. Now is not the time to have a weakened immune system! Accordingly, here are 8 things you can do while stuck in quarantine.
Stream a New Series
Aside from being able to rent in-theater movies straight off of Prime Video, there is likely a variety of entertaining TV series on NetFlix, Disney Plus, Hulu, HBO, and other streaming services that you may not have seen before. Yes, we all know the office is great. But now is the time to try a new show that you may not have clicked before. Here are a few suggestions:
- Parks and Rec (on NetFlix)
- Master of None (on NetFlix)
- Schitt’s Creek (on NetFlix)
- New Girl (on NetFlix)
- Ozarks (on NetFlix)
- The Crown (on NetFlix)
- Brooklyn 99 (On Hulu)
- 30 Rock (On Hulu and Amazon Prime Video)
- Arrested Development (on Hulu and NetFlix)
- Broad City (On Hulu)
- Key and Peele (On Hulu)
- Grey’s Anatomy (On Hulu)
- Rick and Morty (On Hulu)
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (On HBO)
- The Sopranos (On HBO)
- Lost (On HBO)
- Westworld (On HBO)
- Game of Thrones (On HBO)
If you have seen all of these shows, please see the next suggestion!
Pick Up a Book
You may have been telling yourself for years that you need to start reading. Well, now is the time. Whether you pop in some earphones and relax under the covers while listening to an audiobook, or do your reading the old-fashioned way, there is more to reading than just textbooks. Pick a novel and immerse yourself in a new kind of story.
If you already are a reader and have been staring at an intimidating book on your shelves like Ulysses, War, and Peace, or Infinite Jest, now is the time to jump in! Afterward, you will wonder why it took you so long to get started in the first place.
Phone a Friend
If there is someone you have fallen out of touch with or have been meaning to call—odds are, you both have freer time now then you have in a very long time. Social distancing does not mean disconnecting from friends and family. It can, in fact, mean just the opposite.
Break Out a Puzzle
Yeah, yeah. It sounds boring. But puzzles can actually be fun. They are a great way to stay occupied, and if you choose a larger puzzle can give you a surprising feeling of accomplishment.
Start a Journal
Journaling is a useful mental health exercise that is for more than just teenagers. Write about how you are feeling, what you hope to get accomplished this week, what you want to do long term, and anything else that piques your interest. Many people find the exercise incredibly cathartic.
Write a Letter
The art of letter writing is not dead. Try writing to your friend or loved one a letter. Don’t worry it doesn’t need to be perfect! Just tell them why you are writing and how much they mean to you, that is always a good place to start.
Organize, Organize, Organize
How about emptying out that cluttered closet that has been bothering you for months? Or why clear out the junk in your garage. Now is the time to re-organize your life and home.
Exercise and Workout
There are plenty of ways to stay fit without going to the gym. From jogging and sprints to pushups and sit-ups, quarantine is no excuse to let yourself fall out of shape!