So, here we are. Most of us are at home, hopefully, safe and sound, but most likely a little apprehensive and possibly increasingly more and more bored (unless you have young children.) If you are anything like me, your email inbox and social media platforms are filled with a deluge of coronavirus information. Some of it is educational, some is sensationalized, and a lot of it is filled with gloom and doom. However bad things get, or however long it lasts, I would like to propose that here, at this place in time, we have a great opportunity for growth and transformation. I propose that we not waste this opportunity.
I have compiled some suggestions of things that we can do during our time of social distancing that will make this a time of productivity, personal growth, and even relationship building. Here are some of my ideas:
Reconnect with family and friends. During normal times, we are often too busy to reach out and have a nice long chat with people we care about. Now would be a great time to pick up the phone (or computer) and call them.
Learn something new. The internet is chock full of learning opportunities. We only have to reach out and seize them. For example, Hillsdale College offers free courses in the subjects of Politics & Government, Literature, History, Religion, Education, and Economics.
Also, The Teaching Company has literally hundreds of courses for you to choose from.
We’ve all experienced frustration over wanting to develop some talent, skill or interest we have but have lacked the time to pursue them. Well, now you can pick up that instrument again and get reacquainted. Maybe take out that pencil and paper and start to draw again. Or maybe even write that story that you’ve been mulling over in your mind.
Interested in a drawing course? This is a free, in-depth, quality course to get you started.
Get into shape or stay in shape. Popsugar offers an abundance of free videos ranging in different exercise styles such as kickboxing, pilates, cardio, HIIT, etc. Go ahead, try something new and have fun.
Read a book. Yes, that book whose title just popped into your head. Peruse your bookcase. Find something that you have squirreled away, hoping that someday you’ll find the time to read it. Well, “someday” is now here. Or, revisit one of your old favorite books. Read it aloud to your family. Maybe take turns reading. You could read through a play. Cyrano de Bergerac would be a good choice. Assign each person several characters. This can be a lot of fun.
Play games. Dig out your board games. Play Yahtzee, which only requires 5 dice, some paper, and pencils. Don’t forget to laugh a lot.
Get to know yourself better through journaling. Every day, write out, by hand, no fewer than three pages of whatever thoughts come to mind. You will be surprised at what starts to emerge after one and a half pages.
Go on a spiritual retreat. You can do this in your own home. Find a quiet place where you can be alone and just talk to God. Tell him everything that is in your heart, then be silent and let Him speak to you. This can be very powerful and rewarding. Don’t have an agenda. Be very passive. It’s all about connection.
Get 8-9 hours of sleep nightly. Don’t feel guilty about sleeping so much as this will do wonders for your health. We heal in multiple ways when we sleep.
Deep clean your house. Deep cleaning and decluttering can be emotionally and spiritually freeing. Put on some energetic music, enlist some help from your family, and get to work. A clean house can help us to relax. Think, feng shui.
Get some fresh air and spring clean your yard. Get your garden beds ready for new growth by cutting out the old dead plant stalks and leaves. You’ve been wanting to put in a new garden? Now is a good time to prepare a bed by digging it out to make it ready for new plants.
Research new recipes. We all know what it is like to get in a rut when it comes to meal planning and preparation. Finding new recipes to have on hand will make cooking and shopping easier in the future.
What are you interested in doing that you haven’t yet pursued? You can start with that to bring some positivity into your life and to counterbalance all the stress that is in our world today. Stay safe and be healthy.