8. Camping in Your Own Back Yard!
Get outside, tell each other stories, play games like building on each other’s sentences to make up stories. Dig into your own childhood memories and create memories for your family.
9. Baking or Cooking something Fun.
Depending on your location and access to groceries and what you have in your pantry. You will pleasantly be surprised when you google things like “recipes for ramen”, “5 ingredient dinners,” “creative rice meals.” The beauty is you have been given a gift of time so explore, work together, get creative and have fun!
10. At-home Spa Days!
Again, depending on your supplies, if you are like my household there are some crazy nail polish colors you purchased for an event or a day when you were feeling bold but rarely use. Perhaps you have tubes of lotions, moisturizers, and scrubs you don’t often use. Now is the time to drag them out. But what if you do not have these? A long shower or bath or listening to your favorite music with a warm towel on your face (think old school barbershop) and you feel refreshed!
For those of us again in the northern hemisphere depending on your location, this could be a challenge. But clearing fall leaves out of your garden beds. Pulling out those weeds that somehow survive the long winters when other plants cannot. Or gardening indoors, caring for indoor plants is great for your mental health, getting your hands in the earth builds connection and pride in your home. This can be a very physical task that helps tire you out. And maybe you have an elderly neighbor that would like a phone call and a teenager to haul away the garden’s hangover from a long winter.
12. Learn how to Sketch or Draw.
There are countless free videos on YouTube that are free and vary with age and ability.
13. Engage Older People.
Connect with Grandma, Grandpa or elderly friends for storytime. Have them read afternoon stories or bedtime stories to your children. Build connections, quality time and memories together with a simple telephone call.
14. Start a Book Club.
You do not need to meet in person, but again this is not bound by age. Your children can pick a book they have been wanting to read and set page or chapter goals and then utilize either group phone or video chat options to share thoughts and ideas about what they have read. It should be shocking to you that given Oprah’s love of her books her site has a guide on How to Start a Book Club yes we need to get creative on what technology you use (Zoom is a personal favorite of mine that has a free option!) but you can have a successful book club! Take that covid-19!!!
15. Rummage through your old boxes
For board games, crafts, and activities you had put away but will bring fun family memories to play again. Even if you must promise your older kids you will not tell anyone that they played that game!!
16. Start getting college-ready
Teenagers or adults considering returning to school can start getting college-ready. Research schools near and far even if you have already started, you have time to check out some of the other schools as well. Also, S.A.T practice tests are available I love this list of free tests published by Allen Cheng in September 2019.
17. STEM Activities for Every Age.
Make your own slim and so many more fun activities are just a google search away. There is a variety online but here's one of my favorites.
18. Call old friends and family members you have not connected with recently.
Human interaction is a fundamental part of a healthy mind. And that being said do not ignore the call from a cousin that did not make it the wedding, this is an opportunity to reconnect.
19. Stay informed but do not watch live news updates all day long,
This only increases anxiety. If you have members of your family with increased levels of fear and anxiety read the news online. I am a huge fan of the BBC but everyone is different. Balance staying informed without creating fear.
20. Bedtime Routine for Sleep.
Without the normal routines and business try some simple old school routines. You did it when you were a child or you had routines when your children were younger it is just important for you now! Like reading a book, showering or taking a bath before bed. Reduce caffeine intake in the afternoon.
21. Start a health challenge!
Increase water consumption set a daily challenge for members within your house for sit-ups, push-ups, duration of time for holding a solid plank. Use that treadmill or exercise bike that you dry your laundry on! If you do not have family members in your home, create a group on your favorite social media platform. Again, use this time to stay healthy and get connected!
Now not everyone enjoys this as much as I do. Have you heard of BlueLand? My first kit just arrived, their products are environmentally friendly, safe around the elderly, kids and pets and reduce plastic use. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Save the oceans and clean your home! (No, I have not been paid to say this but the foaming lavender and eucalyptus and hand soap make this repeated hand washing a LOT more rewarding!)
Or listen to the books or Bible stories you have meant to read. You know that stack on your bedside table.
24. Watch TV
And once you have committed to reading for at least 30 minutes a day give yourself permission to binge-watch a tv show or series that you missed.
This is a historical event. This is the first time that individuals have been given the responsibility to reduce the spread of a disease, that may not be deadly to you but could be to others. Journal about how you feel about this, the good things and humanity that you see develop in your home, community, city, state, country and the globe. Everyone counts and has a responsibility, and everyone has their own story to tell. This may be a best seller one day! But if not, it will something for your family to reflect upon for generations to come!