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10 Tips to Make the Most of Social Distancing

Posted On: 04/28/2020

As we head into our third month of social distancing practices, many people are likely finding themselves quite bored of their houses, and perhaps you are feeling a little (or a lot) stir crazy. When we are confined to our houses it can be easy to think there’s nothing to do. After all, we’ve done everything we used to do in our homes and it’s only 11 a.m., obviously we have no other options. 


That’s not the case!


Trying to see the positives in our house-bound situations is all we can do, and if you have an internet connection you have access to a world of possible activities. Here are our top suggestions of how to make the most out of social distancing at home.


  1. Learn a new language


It’s pretty rare that we have this much time to sit at home and focus on whatever we choose. One productive thing to do while at home is try and teach ourselves a new language. There are plenty of free or paid programs you can use to learn a new language that are great for self-teaching.



  1. Try an online exercise class


Many gyms and exercise studios have released a number of at-home classes that range from 15 minutes to a full hour. Take advantage of all these online classes have to offer. Maybe you’ll find a new routine you enjoy, or at the very least you got your heart rate up and did something healthy! Exercise also releases endorphins, so if you’re feeling down or unmotivated, a 30 minute workout may be exactly what you need!


  1. Become a master chef


We’ve all watched the Food Network and thought to ourselves “I could do that, too, if I had the time.” Well, guess what? You now have the time. Find a recipe for something fancy, order your groceries (maybe add in a frozen pizza), and get practicing! If the food doesn’t turn out, that’s fine, you have your frozen pizza, and enough time to learn from your mistakes and try again tomorrow. Cooking is a great skill to pick up during this time.


  1. Redecorate your house


Whether you’re doing something simple like rearranging your furniture or hanging a new painting, or something far more extensive like painting walls or re-staining your furniture, there’s nothing like a new look to freshen up your space. If you’ve been meaning to do it you definitely have the time, and if it’s a spur of the moment choice, it’s a great option to help your home feel like a whole new living space.



  1. Grow an herb garden


Growing just about anything can be therapeutic, but an herb garden is a particularly good choice. You can get full plants and simply cultivate them, or if you go the seed route they grow relatively quickly (and, between you and me, they are really easy to keep alive). Gardening has been said to lower stress levels and keep you happier, so an herb garden is a great way to spend some time as you social distance. 


  1. Download the library apps


Did you know that there are multiple apps available to rent audiobooks and ebooks? Libby, Overdrive, and Hoopla are all apps you can log in with your Edmonton Public Library or Strathcona County Library account and access tons of free ebooks and audiobooks ㅡ and some movies too!



  1. Pick up a new (or old) hobby


In distressing times, we can often forget the things that used to bring us joy or what could potentially give us peace. Learning to knit is both productive and soothing. Sewing or quilting is both challenging and practical. Picking up painting or drawing can give you great amounts of peace as you throw yourself into an artistic outlet, or try creative writing if that’s more your area of interest. Online classes and tutorials are vast in number and genre, so there is no limit to what you can learn.



  1. Organize your household items


I’m sure all of our houses have never been cleaner, but how tidy are they? A great, productive way to spend time indoors is a good, old fashioned Spring Cleaning. Whether that’s going through your linen closets and wardrobes to find things you don’t use, or getting more intense and alphabetizing your books. Another added benefit to going through your house and only keeping what you use (or what sparks joy) is the opportunity to give back. Local shelters and donation stores can use your items to help others!


  1. Watch some foreign films


You may be looking at your streaming service and thinking that you’ve finished it, there’s nothing left to watch. However, if you change your options up and look through non-English movies and T.V. shows, you can open yourself up to some great viewing options.


  1. Stay connected with virtual hangouts


There are a bunch of free platforms available to video chat with friends and family. Maybe you’re avoiding these virtual hangouts because it’s “not the same,” which is understandable, but it can also lead to feeling isolated and have a negative impact on your mental health. Video chat hangouts can just be sitting and talking as you drink coffee or eat a meal from your respective houses, or you can watch a movie together (with the added fun of trying to sync your audio if you want to keep it a video chat), you can play games online, or workout together. There are plenty of interesting and arguably silly things to do via video chat, but it keeps us connected nonetheless.


However you choose to fill your time, whether with a productive learning experience or just something that is fun to do, it’s important to keep ourselves open to new experiences. There’s lots more to do as we spend time at home social distancing, so have fun as you figure out what works for you!