Best Things To Do By Yourself At Home While Schools Out
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School is one of those things you love, and don’t like at the same time.
Don’t get me wrong, I love school and I consider it a very good use of time. But there are some times where I’d rather just be at home.
The one thing that I see that school inspires kids and teens alike, is the amount of stress it brings.
I know it’s good to become accustomed to it because I’m willing to bet we will be seeing more of it in the future, but a break every now and then is absolutely needed.
And with times like they are, many teens and kids might have found themselves out of school from anywhere to 2 weeks to the semester actually being finished.
In my hometown, we’ve been told that school has been permanently canceled for the rest of the semester, in my final year of school.
As some people might view the quarantine period to be “unnecessary” or “a little too much”, not only does it give us students the break we generally want, but it also provides people in general, a killer opportunity.
Never before has there been a time where the government has openly stated to “stay at home”.
Students and people have been given time to essentially stay home and live indoors like its the weekend, for weeks at a time.
If you’ve been working on a project that you struggled to find the time to work on it, now you’ve got time up the wazoo.
The question is, what are you going to do with this opportunity?
Are you going to spend a 3 week period crushing the latest Netflix series, or continue to grow and better yourself as a person?
Opportunities like this come but once in a lifetime, and we should take advantage of it and make the best of time.
So here are ten things you can do at home during this quarantine period.
You don’t have to be a magician to see this one coming. Exercise is crucial for keeping you healthy and your energy levels up in this depressing time.
If you found yourself persuading yourself that you didn’t have time to get out and get some exercise, now that opportunity has been given to you.
You don’t even have to do a lot of exercise in a day to maintain a healthy body. Studies have shown that even just a 20-minute run can prevent heart disease in the future.
Even if you don’t have a treadmill or other exercise equipment, you can do TONS of smaller workouts with basically nothing and still give your body the workout it needs to function.
I usually do a 30 minute run in the morning, which provides me with a kickstart for the rest of my day, and in the evening I break out the weight set and have an hour-long session followed by a little 10 minutes of cardio after that.
2. Read Some Books
If you look close enough, there seems to be a pattern when it comes to books. Almost every super successful person out there reads books, and for good reasons too.
Books are the stepping stone to learning something new. They contain information that’s sometimes taken centuries to record.
And now that many people have a wicked amount of time off, it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up a book and start learning about something you care about.
Right now, I’m currently reading The Intelligent Investor so I learn some basics about stock investing, to hopefully make the best of the volatile economy.
3. Keep Up With Your School Work
As much as a super early summer break sounds, kids outta school should probably continue with their studies.
With some places having school outright canceled, while other places have a two-week suspension, and some places have school still on, meaning kids’ education levels are going to be all over the place.
Don’t get me wrong, having that nice break to sit back and relax is totally needed with all the stress that comes with school, but even an hour or two a day of hardcore learning can set you ahead of the bar.
Since the current global situation is changing every day, you never know if it could all blow over in the next couple of weeks, and if you weren’t keeping up with your studies, you could be left high and dry.
Its always better to be safe than sorry.
4. Learn how to cook
Regardless of if you’re being quarantined or not, you’ve gotta eat, 3 times a day, every day for the rest of your life.
And since most restaurants are now being closed, that means people are going to have to go to the fridge for a meal instead.
I don’t know about you, but I find that frozen pizzas and ramen noodles can only go so far before they become unbearable to eat.
And now since we’ve been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to basically do what we’ve always told ourselves we never had time to do, it’s the perfect opportunity to finally learn how to cook.
5. Take A Course
Like I’ve been saying all throughout this post, this opportunity to stay home might never come again, and I STRONGLY advise you to take advantage of it.
Like books, courses are another great way to learn something. What’s even better is that there’s literally a course for almost anything you could think of.
And since most courses are just video content, they won’t go against any of the quarantine restrictions.
All you need is a good internet connection and a laptop and you’re good to go.
You can even take a course that’ll teach you can make some money through social media, which honestly shouldn’t be too difficult.
For a fairly cheap price, they’ll show you how to manage and grow social media accounts and then they’ll provide jobs where you can earn money by doing things like posting on Facebook, setting up social media accounts, and replying to comments on peoples content pages.
The Social Media industry is absolutely huge, and since most people are stuck at home, why not make some cash by doing something that many people already love doing.
6. Start A Journal
Let’s face it, times are crazy right now.
In your lifetime, you’re only ever going to experience historic events a few times.
And by the time the next “big thing” roles through, you may have already forgotten much about the previous historic event.
That’s where by writing everything down, you can openly connect with your past experiences through these sometimes difficult times.
The greatest part of having a journal is that you openly have a place where you can dump each and everything thought, event, or feeling into a safe place, for your eyes only.
I was fortunate to have actually started my journal at the beginning of 2020, and I’ve been able to write everything down that has happened in the world since the beginning of the new decade.
7. Get In Touch With Your Friends
I’m a firm believer that life isn’t meant to be lived by yourself, and that friends are like the siblings who don’t live with us.
And since the quarantine has gotten everybody staying home, for a lot of people it’s been a while since you’ve seen your friends.
Since the Internet has been revolutionary, you can basically hit up your friends whenever, and wherever you are.
It’s the perfect time to call that friend that you haven’t heard from in a while, or even better, just facetime them.
There’s nothing that’ll make you feel better than a good conversation with your favorite people.
8. Start A Hobby
The main focus of a hobby is to make sure you don’t go crazy.
With our time here at home during quarantine, it might sound like a great thing but before long, you might end up getting a little restless.
For some people, the thought of staying home is enough to drive them nuts, and this is where keeping up with your mental health is critical.
So finding something to do, that you can do for hours without losing your zen or focus is super important.
Personally, I like to read and workout, whereas my mother likes to garden and cook, but it’ll differ from person to person.
9. Spend Time With Family
Being cooped up all day means one thing for sure, that you’ll have ample time to hang out with your family.
With some people working away from their children, family time is either squished on the weekend or is put aside for a brief week vacation period.
Family is always the top priority, so cherish every moment you get to spend with your loved ones through these times.
10. Just Relax
For some people, the thought of just not doing anything is like a foreign alien to them. It just doesn’t make sense for them.
In the end, that’s essentially what this quarantine period is, a nice lovely break for you and your family to sit back and calm your mind.
Breaks are healthy for both the mind and spirit, and this opportunity has never ever come forth in human history before, and we’re extremely lucky to be able to take part in it.
Extended time at home only ever happened during your school years, and it was called summer break.
Now, people are being asked to stay home and either work from home or just plain old hangout.
This “free time” opportunity has never ever been seen before by anyone alive today, and how you spend it is up to you.
But I hope everyone is taking care and enjoying this nice brain break of time.