As the number of Covid-19 cases rise daily, I believe it is increasingly important to be social distancing ourselves. The goal of this distancing is to decrease the rate and speed of infection especially to vulnerable people, which will help alleviate some of the pressure on the already overloaded NHS.
Of course it is not possible for everyone to stay home 24/7, but we should be avoiding non essential social events as much as possible. I am not a medical professional, so of course I am not going to be giving any advice in that way. This is just a list of ideas for things to do instead of going to the pub. So lets start:
1. Experimental cooking a baking. Having an abundance of free time is the perfect opportunity to try making something different for dinner. You might need to swap ingredients from recipes for what you’ve got in. Why not try learning how to bake bread?! Very simple staple ingredients and at the end you have delicious bread!
2. Boardgames. Obviously this one only works if you live with other people but super fun way to have a stay at home good time.
3. Walks. Maybe to some people walks are boring but I am super into them lately. Pop in a podcast and go check out all the lovely flowers that are blooming all of a sudden! Take some lovely Spring photos and share them, we all could use a reminder amidst all this panic, that there is a beautiful world out there.
4. Skype with friends and family. Arrange a hang out session online with friends, have a beer, put the lights low and you will feel like you are at the pub in no time!
Read. Read that book that has been on your bedside table for the last 6 months. Have a bath and read, read in the park if it’s nice out.
6. Netflix or other tv/ movies. This is the first thing that comes to mind for me when staying home so it’s probably super obvious. I’m going to be making another post with my fav binge worthy tv series’ and where to find them, so look out for that!
7. Write. Start that blog you’ve been thinking about. Share new recipes. Write about things you care about even if you think no one else will. Even if no one reads it, it’s still a great creative outlet and a great way to clear all those pesky thoughts that float around in your brain all day. If you don’t want to share, just write in a journal for yourself.
8. Computer games. This is not really my thing but my husband and friends could play for hours, and to be honest, it is a great way to connect with your friends virtually. So treat yourself to that game you have been wanting to play (most can be purchased online), think about how much you are saving by not going to the pub!
9. Organize your house. You do have to be in the right frame of mind for this one, so I wouldn’t force it. Try putting on some music or a podcast and go for a deep dive, room by room and organize. If you can get yourself into it, it will be super satisfying and then you will know where all your shit is!
10. Consider others. Ok sorry, this last one is cheesy but just thought I would throw it in anyways. If you have elderly parents, grandparents or neighbours, check on them. Give them a call or email if they are internet savy. This can be a worrying time for already vulnerable people, so even just having a casual chat with them about the weather could help them take both your minds off it for a little while.
Most importantly, take care of yourselves. It is great to stay informed about the news and keep up to date with all the precautions but try to spend time doing something else for a while. It’s important to be cautious in this situation but it’s also important that you remain somewhat sane!
Let me know if you have any other ideas, I would love to hear them!