Yes, this is one of the toughest times this country has faced in the post-war era. Yes, there is bad news every day, people are suffering, businesses and nonprofits are reeling and we don’t know when life will get back to normal. But when you talk to people, scroll through social media, and read those hundreds of emails in your inbox, there does seem to be a shared belief that we can and will get through this crisis, together.
But to get through this together, most of us have to do this alone. It is likely that because of COVID-19, you are only going out because you have to, sheltering or working at home, and missing all the events and activities that our area normally has to offer. And depending on how many people are in the house with you, this could be a very stressful time. Floridians know how to hunker down and we’ve done so without electricity. So, here are a few tips for making the most of your “house arrest.”
Take some alone time: If you’re sharing your safe house with others, make sure that you schedule personal time. You don’t have to do everything together. If you don’t want to watch the same thing on Netflix, that’s OK.
Declutter and Donate: Now is the time to tackle that room or closet that’s been driving you crazy. Too intimidating? Start with a nightstand or a kitchen drawer. Toss the bad stuff and save the rest to donate when you are able to because there will be a demand at thrift stores after this is over.
Speaking of the kitchen, now is the time to go through your spice drawer. Spices don’t age well. Just take a whiff and if you have to ask what is that, it’s time to pitch it.
Your religious services have been canceled but that doesn’t mean you can’t pursue spirituality at home. Many religious organizations are streaming and sharing services online. You can also start a group chat on Facebook or via text with the friends you miss from services and fill that spiritual void with reading, candle lighting or meditation.
Teach yourself a trick: You don’t have to love magic as much as I do, to master a cool party trick. Grab a deck of cards and search “Learn a card trick” on YouTube. Then practice on your housemates, they’re not going anywhere.
If you really want to see an amazing magician at work, take advantage of your downtime and watch “Magic for Humans” on NETFLIX, starring charismatic magician Justin Willman. Then spend several hours wondering “How did he do that?”
Take a Trip Down Memory Lane: Remember photo albums, LPs, DVDs? Put on something you haven’t heard for a while, open a photo album or go even more old school and write someone a letter.
Want to really get to know your housemates? Play a board game like “Never Have I Ever” or “Table Topics.”
If you feel you are saving money by not going out, please consider supporting our local businesses. Purchase a gift card at a local restaurant or retail shop to use when all this is over.
You’re at home with a pantry full of food, a freezer full of ice cream, and a secret stash of chocolate. The gym is closed, beach yoga is canceled, and since everything is being delivered, you’re not doing much walking. Now is the time to take the clothes off the treadmill and dig out the weights. There are plenty of apps and online classes. If you’re up for going outside, do some gardening, get on a bike and walk around the neighborhood, there won’t be as many cars.
Six Fantastic Free Things You Can Do Online!
Visit a National Park - Miss the great outdoors? The National Park Service website and many individual parks offer virtual tours Nps.gov
Watch or Listen to a Concert - Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen and many others have made concerts available. NPR.org and Billboard.com
Tour a Museum - The Museum of Modern Art in NYC, Uffizi in Florence, Musee d’Orsay in Paris have made their collections available online. Visit the museum’s website or check out the list on robbreport.com
Learn a language - Now is the time to learn or brush up on a foreign language for that trip you will eventually get to take. Try babbel.com or duolingo.com
See a Broadway Play - There are 157 plays and musicals available online. Broadwayworld.com
Purchase a month subscription to ancestry.com, and explore your family.
Our next issue will focus on things to do for families with children at home. Have you found a fabulous website, book or activity for your kids? Email email@example.com with Review in the subject line.