I hope that you are all staying healthy and well.
For most of us, staying home for almost a month, bordom has started to develop. We are searching for something else to keep us entertained and sane.
So here are some of my tips to help you stop watching that nineteenth epidsode on Netflix.
1. Learn Something that you have always wanted to Learn
This is a perfect time to learn something that you have always wanted to learn. For me this is tapping into my love of plants. I have always been interested in herbalism, and now that I have extra time on my hands, I can study more in depth. If you have wanted to learn topics such as, photography, animation, anything, use this time to really get into it. Who knows, you may have some knowledge that would be beneficial in the future.
2. Get Creative
We have so many tools at our disposal to help us with our creativity. If you have the recourses, why not paint, sew, draw? You can even make some music, make a short movie, write a short story, the possibilities are endless. I have been learning how to draw, which before I couldn’t seem to schedule into my already busy work day.
3. Try a New Recipe
Get creative in your Kitchen. If you have always wanted to try making Chinese, Korean, Japanese, or any ethnic dish in your home, this is a great time to do so. For my family, we have done a lot of experimental meals that end up being on our menu weekly, such as Spicy Cold Noddle’s, Enchiladas, and Taco Soup, to name a few. Who knows, with your experimentation you might find another family weeknight favorite.
4. Learn a New Skill
This also will be a good time to learn a new skill that will be helpful for your professional life. This can be learning accounting, Microsoft excel, website design and coding. As for me, I am learning Microsoft excel and Website design, as I know these skills will help me in the future.
5. Write a Letter to your Friends
Why not cultivate this lost art? Since we are home and not able to see our friends, letters would be great from of communication. I have been writing letters myself, because I know some years later, when this is all behind us, we can look back on how we all survived, though the videos, songs, and even letters that we wrote to keep our friendships vibrant.
Use this time to really go though some declutter that has been piling up over the years. You know those places, garages, closets, filing cabinets, any area that seems to have a lot of random items, that never seemed to get cleared. As for me, I have been decluttering my closet and finding all sorts of things that I forgot I had. It does feel good to tidy a space. Once the space is tidy, there seems to be a change in the air. Everything seems new, fresh, and alive. If you need help in this area there are so many self-help books out there. But my favorite is the Marie Kondo Method.
7. Start a Puzzle
If have the room, why not start a nice puzzle? Puzzles are a great way to occupy the mind. When I was younger and we had the space, my siblings and I would spend time every night to work on either an 100 to 1,000 piece puzzle. It was great fun to see the pieces slowly come together. We even ventured to try a 10,000 piece puzzle but weren’t so successful with that one. The pieces were so tiny and we gave up eventually. It is also a great time to bond with your family, as talking can be fun while trying to fit the pieces together. If you enjoy it, you can incorporate weekly puzzle building into your family routine, even after this self-isolating is over.
I hope that you have found these tips helpful. Also, let me know in the comments if there is any other activity that is keeping you sane. I would love to know in the comments.
We all know that we should be using this time wisely, but it has been hard to so loneliness , fear and depression. I know I haven’t been as productive as I can. And succumbed to boredom more than a couple of occasions, because what I am doing doesn’t seem as significant as it used to be. But I also know that these are unique times, and it is totally alright to spend it differently. Perhaps this pandemic is what we need to really evaluate what is most important, the things that money cannot buy. And that our hope and future is set in stone by our job or our retirement fun but only through our faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ. He is the only one that will give us the bread of life and the living water. Those who truly believe in him will never hunger or thirst and have everlasting life. Let us dwell on this promise in these trying days.
Stay healthy and safe,
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