We’ve all been practicing Social Distancing and staying home (hopefully! If not, you should start now!) for what seems like a lifetime, and if you’re like us and have checked off all your to-do list items, finished off most of your wine reserves, and watched every unseen show on your Netflix account, then you’re probably looking for some new ways to pass the time. Look no further! We’ve compiled an insightful list of fun ways to make the most of staying home and staying healthy!
#1 – HOST A VIRTUAL WORK OUT SESSION WITH FRIENDS
Stay connected with your buddies while getting your sweat on! Exercising keeps your energy levels and your mood elevated to get you through these long, drawn out days (is today Wednesday, or Thursday?). Here’s a great beginner level workout routine you can try today, and use Google Hangouts to invite all your friends to join you.
#2 – LEARN TO MAKE ORIGAMI
It’s a simple way to challenge yourself just a little by trying out a new skill. Assuming you’re a beginner, here’s a fun video that will walk you through making the most iconic Origami shape: the crane.
#3 – DONATE MONEY TO YOUR LOCAL FOOD PANTRY
Since donating money helps not only buy the necessary food and non-food items distributed at food pantries, why not take this time to give what you can to support your community. I mean, how much crazier would you be if you didn’t have that carb-packed pasta or zesty body wash to keep you feeling human? Here are link to just some of the many food pantries in our area: Saco, Gorham, South Portland, Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, Augusta
#4 – CREATE A SELFIE SCAVENGER HUNT
Here’s one for the kids, or the kids at heart. Interact with your home in this creative indoor selfie-themed scavenger hunt to do by yourself or with your friends and family. Then celebrate your finished hunt with a special group meal or reward for playing. Did someone say homemade pizza night? Or free bottle of wine?
#5 – READ THREE BOOKS BEFORE EASTER
Why not take it back old school style and crack open a book? Or maybe you don’t own an actual book and love your Kindle or Audible account. Either way, take this time to challenge yourself to read, or listen to, at least three books before Easter, since hopefully we’ll all get to socialize again by then. Ready? Set? Go!
#6 – COLLECT DONATIONS FOR YOUR LOCAL PET SHELTER
Pet shelters and adoption centers may have shut down to the public but they’re still in need of donations daily. They not only help keep the centers running but they also support community members and their pets. Go through your pantry for any canned goods (non-expired) that maybe Fido or Fluffy didn’t like, clean out your linen closet of old blankets and towels you don’t use anymore, and even plunge into the ol’ wallet and give a little bit of that money you would be spending on dinners out… if you could go out. Check out any shelter’s website for a list of items they’d love to receive, like this one at The Animal Refuge League’s Wish List.
#7 – LEARN TO MEDITATE
During these uncertain times, spending so much time at home, coupled with Maine’s “Spring” weather still delivering snow, we’re all a bit frazzled and frankly going a little cuckoo. Meditation offers a much needed escape from the worries and woes of our now normal routine. If you already practice meditation, introduce a friend or family member to the world of Zen. Or if you haven’t made that discovery yet, check out this video to get your Om on now.
#8 – WRITE LETTERS TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Forget Facetime, texting, or even calling your friends and family. Nothing says “I’m thinking of you” and “miss your face” like sending a handwritten letter or card to the special people in your life. And if you can make them laugh while making them cry (tears of joy, of course), it’s all the more meaningful. We love the variety of cards offered by these crazy Fun Puns Note Cards on Amazon.
#9 – MAIL THANK YOU CARDS TO YOUR LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS
Since your writing hand is warmed up after writing those cards to your family and friends, why not send a thank you card to your local Police and Fire departments? They’re risking their lives every day, as well as facing the new risk of contracting a terrible virus. The least we can do is send them our infinite gratitude for all their hard work by flooding their mail boxes with our happy and bright wishes of health and happiness. Need a new box of TY cards? Check out these versatile cards we found online that will work for any occasion.
#10 – PLAN THE VACATION YOU’LL NEED TO TAKE WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER
Dreaming of distance lands and warmer temps is almost all consuming right now. Why not take advantage of some of this free time and plan where you’ll go, what you’ll do, and who you’ll see when this crisis has subsided and we’re all able to travel again. Start a Pinterest board today, and even reach out to your local travel agent for tips and deals you can take advantage of when the time comes.