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11 Surprising Ways to Enjoy Social Distancing at Home

March 26, 2020

The entire world is practically on house arrest as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is an infectious disease which affects the respiratory system. The outbreak began in Wuhan, China and spread rapidly affecting over 150 countries around the world. The virus is transmitted through contact, which results in the rapid rate at which it spreads. In an effort to curb the spreading many country officials have implemented strict measures and encourage their citizens to practice social distancing. Under the circumstances, most of us are spending more time than usual at home. For introverts, this is where we will thrive, however, for the extroverts who can't be 'out and stunting' I know boredom will eventually set in and as always, I'm here to help.

What is Social Distancing?

Social distancing is limiting close and frequent interactions to reduce the transmission of a virus. According to the World Health Organization, there are several ways to practice social distancing. Some of the best ways to do so are to stay away from mass gatherings, avoid touching other people and keep a distance of 6 feet or 2 metres away from people especially those who are coughing or sneezing.

Call Your Person

Social distancing does not mean we should become anti-social. Keep in touch with your loved ones every day. We are blessed to live in a time when state of the art technology is at our fingertips. There are many ways to contact your person, you can call, text or even video chat. Now is the perfect time to check in with family and friends, even just to ensure that they are safe and taking the necessary precautions. You can also contact that friend you haven't spoken to in a while. Communicating with your loved ones can help you to relax and you may even get a few laughs in between. Seriously guys! There's no better time than now to just call your person.

Listen to Podcasts

With all this extra time you now have as a result of social distancing, you can start listening to podcasts. These days podcasts are so popular that it is almost impossible not to find one that interests you. Podcasts can be educational, inspirational or just outright fun. Listening to podcasts is a great alternative to reading. They can also help to improve your listening skills. The best thing about podcasts is that you can listen while doing something else, like maybe cleaning.

Read Blog Posts

Like podcasts, blogs are extremely popular. You can find a blog about anything.  If you are an avid reader, you will like reading blog posts. My favourite blog posts to read are travel and lifestyle. I enjoy reading about someone's experiences in different locations and bloggers often share little tips that make it easier for us to enjoy the same locations without the hassle of going in blindly. There are so many things you can learn from blog posts. Most bloggers aim to provide information but make it simple enough for readers to understand and enjoy. Don't forget that reading helps to stimulate your brain.

Practice Self-care

You're already at home so why not? You've been given a grand opportunity to take better care of yourself. There are numerous ways to pamper yourself at home. You can focus on skincare, haircare, your mental health or total body care. Take those long baths, give yourself a mani-pedi or get that long-desired rest and sleep in a little. Don't feel guilty for taking some time to take care of yourself. If you need additional ideas for self-care, check out this post by Adventures from Elle.

Upgrade Your Cooking Skills

We can't all be Gordon Ramsay in the kitchen however, we should at least be able to prepare a proper meal for ourselves. I've always been told that you're never too old to learn so being at home now gives you some time to improve your cooking skills. This is especially vital at a time like this when takeout may not always be an option. You will eventually get tired of eating the same thing every day. Cooking is truly an art form and if done right it can yield tasty results. It's also super easy to get recipes. YouTube is an amazing space to find recipes and cooking demos. A quick search on Google can also help you get recipes and if you're like me, you know that there is an app for that. There are numerous apps you can download that provide simple recipes for those of us who are 'culinarily-challenged' and yes that's actually a thing, I googled.

Download New Apps

Speaking of apps, if you have a smartphone and Wi-Fi it shouldn't be too hard to keep yourself entertained. I don't mean getting sucked into a social media wormhole. Whether you are using Play Store or App Store you can find an app for just about anything. You can find educational apps that can help you learn a language or build on skills you already have. There are countless free games available for your gaming pleasure. In the words of Ariana Grande, 'you see it, you like it, you want it', there's an app for that.

Get Creative

You now have a lot of extra time on your hands. Why not put your hands to work. Get your creative juices flowing by starting a DIY project. Your project can be as simple as using markers to transform a plain old boring mug into a personalized masterpiece. Being creative doesn't necessarily mean you should get crafty. If you like writing you can write a short story or poem. You can also take up gardening. Maybe you'll discover that you have a green thumb. Creativity can be expressed in many ways. You may even surprise yourself.

Binge Travel Vlogs on YouTube

Social distancing has most of us stuck at home. Most people would rather be out and about living their best life. Alas, we can't so we may as well make do. Binging travel vlogs well help you live vicariously through the vloggers. You'll get to experience the adventure from their point of view while dreaming of your own adventure. With the vast number of travel videos on YouTube, you'll have more than enough to satisfy your wanderlust even if only temporarily. You can also get awesome ideas for planning your next adventure. It might look like it's going to be a while before we get back to that, but I believe that we will. It might be sooner than we think.

Do some work

It's not all fun and games for everyone at this time as some people, myself included, have to work from home. Working from home certainly has its perks since you don't have to wake up early and depending on the type of work you also don't have to dress up. Even if you aren't required to work from home you can do some housework. Believe it or not, spring is around the corner so now is a good time to start cleaning. The most important thing is to ensure that all this extra time is being used wisely.

Exercise

Ah yes, the dreaded topic. You know how some of us like to say we'd exercise but don't have the time? Well, now you do.  Working out at home is great for keeping you active while practising social distancing. It also prevents you from gaining too much weight since being at home all day often means you're snacking more than usual. Simple home workout videos can be found on YouTube. I don't think I need to go in details regarding all the benefits of exercise. We all know how important it is, especially at a time like this. Exercising is also a method of self-care.

Take Time to Breathe

Time away from the turmoil of daily living plays an essential role in improving the quality of life. Take some time to reflect. Embrace all the good things that are happening in your life regardless of the current situation. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Whether you choose to meditate, drink soothing teas or practice breathing exercises, do something that allows you to really de-stress without much effort. Just breathe.

Conclusion

We've been given a rare opportunity and even though it isn't under the best circumstances we should make the most of it. Use this time to work on your growth be it physical, spiritual, mental or personal. It is important not to panic, just take all the necessary precautions, keep abreast with the news and remain prayerful. The situation may seem like it's never going to end but we should always remember, this too shall past.

I wrote a post some months ago about things to do on a rainy day, feel free to give it a read for some additional activities you can do at home. Tell me in the comments how you're coping at home.

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39 Comments

  • Reply Valerie Fowler March 27, 2020 at 6:27 am

    I am enjoying having more time to listen to podcasts and read blogs {and work on my own}. Definitely trying to make the most of it. Thank you for sharing your ideas. ❤️

    • Reply Kimberley March 27, 2020 at 11:22 am

      It’s really amazing, having all this extra time. Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Lisa Marie Alioto March 27, 2020 at 6:57 am

    Great ideas – definitely some new ones I hadn’t seen or thought of before!

    • Reply Kimberley March 27, 2020 at 11:51 am

      I’m happy to hear that, now you have new activities to try.

  • Reply Kimberlie March 27, 2020 at 7:01 am

    You provide excellent ideas of things to do during our house arrest. I’ve been writing more in my spare moments where I’m not teaching or keeping up with my son and kids online or working on other professional development expectations. I do want to learn some new recipes too.

    • Reply Kimberley March 27, 2020 at 4:22 pm

      It sounds like you are already making the most of the time. I also want to learn some new receipes.

  • Reply Grace March 27, 2020 at 8:00 am

    I’ve been really enjoying practicing self-care during this time of isolation.

    • Reply Kimberley March 27, 2020 at 4:33 pm

      Same here girl. It is so important but often overlooked.

  • Reply Lisa Marie Alioto March 27, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Great ideas – love the addition of self-care. Can never have enough of that esp. during challenging times like this

  • Reply Manahil March 27, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Woah! I’m thinking to bake some chocolate cupcakes tomorrow so yes, my baking skills will be upgraded. Thanks for amusing tips to make good use of our quarantine time

    • Reply Kimberley March 27, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      I’m happy you found it useful thanks for reading!

  • Reply Sissy March 27, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Yes! Make the most of it. We’re treating it like a holiday and trying to make memories.

    • Reply Kimberley March 27, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      That’s a great way to look at it.

  • Reply Heather Ritchie March 27, 2020 at 10:34 am

    I love this list! Instead of saying were stuck at home and lonely, we should reframe it to something positive. You get time to catch up with friends, work on yourself or your house, or get creative. Great way to turn a negative into a positive.

    • Reply Kimberley March 27, 2020 at 4:42 pm

      Remaining positive is the only way will get through this without loosing our heads. Thank you for reading!

  • Reply TheBrownSugarCafe March 27, 2020 at 10:34 am

    I love this whole list. Upgrading cooking skills is my favorite!

    • Reply Kimberley March 27, 2020 at 4:43 pm

      Thank you so much!. We are all trying to work on that lol

  • Reply Rose Hahn March 27, 2020 at 10:44 am

    These are all such great ideas. Especially the cooking one. I know how to cook, but with less access to my usual ingredients I’m having to make do. Learning how to get creative with ingredients on hand is definitely something I can use right now!

    • Reply Kimberley March 27, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      That’s true, we’ll definitely need to get creative in order to make use of what we have in the kitchen.

  • Reply Sarah Styf March 27, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Going to keep looking into some of these 🙂

  • Reply April Key C. Rode March 27, 2020 at 11:59 am

    What a great read Kim, WE are coping well at home but my son doesn’t like to do online learning. Homeschooling isn’t for my kids at all and hopes he can be better next week.

    • Reply Kimberley March 27, 2020 at 4:56 pm

      I’m happy to hear that you are coping well. Maybe he just needs a little more time to adjust. Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Britt K March 27, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    I’ve been doing a lot of blog reading during this time. It’s fun to discover some new content and new bloggers out there while at the same time supporting those that I have come to know and love over my years in the blogging community. Plus it’s a great way to escape from the stress that’s going on in the world today… I can only read so much pandemic related news before it starts to take a toll on my mental health!

    • Reply Kimberley March 27, 2020 at 4:59 pm

      I heard or read somewhere that we really shouldn’t be listening or reading about the virus for more than five minutes per day. Not sure that will work since I just want to be in the know, but information overload is a thing.

  • Reply Jimmy Clare March 27, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    I would enjoy this time but my ringing in my ears wont go away and my hearing aids are just sitting in a doctors office.

    • Reply Kimberley March 27, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that. I hope it subsides soon.

  • Reply Antonia | Sweet Passions April 8, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Such amazing ideas! I’ve been social distancing for 3 weeks now and I’ve been running out of all the things I can do while staying at home. Thank you for sharing!

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

    • Reply Kimberley April 8, 2020 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks so much, I’m happy you found it useful.

  • Reply Sydney April 8, 2020 at 10:09 am

    I’ve definitely taken update your cooking skills to a whole other level. I bought a Ninja Foodi and my family prefers my food to restaurants. I’m enjoying making everything from steak to lasagna in one pot!

    • Reply Kimberley April 8, 2020 at 12:22 pm

      That is really amazing. Thanks for reading.

  • Reply Angie April 11, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    These are certainly great and productive ideas. Great post (: https://angiewaves.com/

  • Reply Simple Stay at Home Date Night Ideas – Kimberley Writes May 1, 2020 at 2:04 am

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  • Reply Ashly Edmiston May 4, 2020 at 7:29 am

    Great Article! I loved all the tips!

  • Reply Jodi Graham May 5, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Love these tips – I’ve been listening to so many podcasts lately, it feels great and inspiring! Thanks for the vlog idea – next best thing to travel I guess 😛

    • Reply Kimberley May 5, 2020 at 11:40 am

      It is, there are so many travel vloggers on YouTube you’ll never run out of videos to watch and places to experience.

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