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How to keep yourself busy while social distancing at home

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lives in more ways than one can imagine. As most countries adopt strict social distancing measures to curb the spread of infection and vaccine development still has a long way to go, we are forced to adapt to a new normal.

Maintaining social distancing by staying at home at all times can be very difficult but a necessary approach. However, there are a few things that you can do to keep yourself occupied and entertained while staying at home.

1. Read a book

Reading is the last thing on most people’s mind when it comes to considering an activity during free time. Today’s technological advancement has presented us with so many forms of entertainment that we forget the joy and importance of reading. An article by Inc. highlights compelling reasons why reading should become a priority.

You can start by picking a subject that really interests you. If you find it difficult to decide on the type of books you enjoy reading, try rereading one of your favourite books to rediscover your interest or look up the list of top selling books to get some inspiration.

2. Play video games

If you’re bored and looking for other ways to entertain yourself, try gaming. Today, games are available on every conceivable platform and with many types of games to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect game for you to enjoy.

If you’re concerned about the negative impact of gaming, don’t be. There are scientific studies that explain the benefits of gaming, which include improved coordination, problem solving skills and social skills.

Just like choosing a book, selecting a game is all about personal preference. With so many genres to choose from, the most important thing to consider is how you will enjoy playing the game. If you’re unsure about the title, read reviews from trusted sites to help you make a decision.

3. Keep fit by working out at home

There are a lot of ways to keep fit and healthy without having to go to the gym or using any equipment. Body weight training is one of many perfect examples on how to keep fit at home: it’s free, doesn’t require any equipment and can be done in small spaces.

The basic push up, squat and sit up may seem simple but it gives plenty of benefits as it can improve your strength, power, endurance, speed, flexibility, coordination and balance. There’s also a lot of resources online where you can learn other variations of the exercise or new techniques to challenge yourself and further improve your fitness while in quarantine.

4. Organize your home

If you are one of those hardworking people who has little time to keep your home tidy, now’s the chance to declutter and spruce things up. There are numerous articles that explain how disorganized homes can also affect one’s mental health. With the possibility of the quarantine period being extended, the last thing you need is the home you live in to be the cause of your stress.

Take time to take stock of the important and necessary items around your home for you to keep and consider donating the things that you no longer need. You can also use this time to declutter and free up storage of your computer and smart devices by going through your photo album and delete any unflattering selfies or duplicate photos or uninstalling apps you rarely or never use.

5. Pick up a new skill

The quarantine period also presents an opportunity for you to develop your life long passion and learn new skills. You can start to learn to make your favourite food, explore your artistic side by learning to draw or paint, level up your photography skills or learn a new language. Plus, you can also get your family involved and spend some quality time together.

6. Stay connected with family and friends

It is important to be able to keep in touch with family members or friends, especially during this challenging time. Communication is what keeps us close and together. Keep in the loop with your relatives or friends by regularly contacting them. And if you know any of your family or friends will be celebrating a special occasion, throw them a surprise by organising a virtual party.