How to guide: Stay Busy during social distancing
It’s okay to be bored
We’re all still adjusting to our new normal lives and it’s okay to miss our weekly dance classes, nosey around the shops or natter with our hairdresser or barber. It can be hard to find the motivation to do things but because no one is quite sure when our old normal will return, now is the time to stop waiting and make the most of our days by planning and establishing a new routine.
Plan out your day
At the start of each day or week plan out things that you’d like to get done and tick them off as you go. This gives you something to look forward to, as well as a sense of achievement when you get those jobs done that you were really putting off. A list is also a great reminder of what you’ve been up to so you can tell the grandkids or friends from that dance class next time you talk to them over the phone. Make sure you plan in time to speak to your friends and family, even if you’ve not spoken to them in a while, because we’re all in the same position.
What can I do?
As we enter our third week of lockdown our finger nails are perfectly manicured, behind the fridge has never been cleaner and the newspaper has been read from cover to cover, so we’ve started a list of activities that might not have been thought of yet to keep boredom at bay.
- Read those unfinished books
- Do an adult colouring book
- Learn a new skill on YouTube
- Learn how to use apps to keep connected
- Perfect or learn a new language
- Practice an instrument
- Follow a recipe in a cook book
- Knit for charity
- Paint or draw your view
- Play board or card games through video chat
- Have a clear out
- Exercise at home
- Join an online disco
Many shops are closed but on your normal online order or trip to the supermarket to pick up essentials add items that will help pass the time and keep your mind active.
Whatever your new routine entails, remember we’re all in this together.