Social distancing and staying at home to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 crisis may not be too difficult on its own. But when you run out of things to do to keep yourself and your family entertained, staying inside for so long can feel like a nightmare.
The good news is that there are plenty of games and activities you can do to continue staying safe without sacrificing your entertainment. Here are five activities you can do either on your own or with your family while in quarantine.
Do some big jigsaw puzzles
A big jigsaw puzzle is a great activity to consider doing right now. Research shows that puzzles activate our brains while relaxing us psychologically, which puts us into a meditative state. If you're experiencing anxiety right now or feeling nervous, working on a jigsaw puzzle throughout the day can be a great way to relax.
Paint a birdhouse
You might not be able to go out and feed the ducks with your family, but you can still feed your local birds. Consider making a birdhouse or painting one from a wood craft kit. You can set up your birdhouse outside, wait, and watch. If you have a cat at home, setting up a birdhouse is also a great way to keep your furry friend entertained.
Bake some bread
Many people are using this time in quarantine to learn how to bake their own bread. Now is the perfect time to try your hand at it yourself. And if you mess up? No worries. You have all the time you need to perfect your recipe.
Learn to knit or crochet
It can take some time before you get the hang of knitting and crocheting for it to become relaxing. But once you get yourself into the grove, knitting and crocheting can have a meditative effect just like when you do moderately difficult puzzles. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials you can use to learn, too.
Make a fort and watch a long movie
In the age of Netflix binging, chances are you may have been avoiding watching a few movies that go on for a little too long. If you've been waiting for the right moment to finally hunker down and watch them, now is that moment. Consider turning your living room into a cozy fort complete with snacks. When you're super comfortable, you won't even notice that Lord of the Rings has been playing for more than three hours.
Staying indoors right now may not be the most fun, but it's important to help flatten the curve. From big jigsaw puzzles to wood crafts, there are plenty of ways you can stay entertained while staying safe.