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25 Creative Ways to Fight Loneliness & Get Healthy Right Now
In this current global crisis, it is crucial to stay inside the house to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. The current situation is a once in a lifetime moment for humanity, and most people do not know how to react. They are spending their days being unproductive and becoming bored.
However, you can constructively utilize this time. It will not only keep you motivated but also help you to fight loneliness and anxiety. I have jotted down 25 creative ways to spend your time to sustain health and tackle loneliness.
1. Adopt a Pet
Pets are one of the most effective ways to inject some energy info your life, even if you’re staying home. They will keep you busy and entertained. You can choose from a variety of pets, depending on your budget and available space. Some of the most-adopted pets are dogs, cats, parrots, fish, and rabbits. You can find adoption tips on the ASPCA website.
2. Start Reading Fiction
Reading fiction allows you to think differently and creatively. It removes mind barriers and physical restrictions. Your mind is allowed to think beyond the achievable, which is an important mental activity, especially in times of loneliness.
There is ample amounts of fiction readily available online. You can order physical copies, though many books can be read solely via online sources. Some of the best fiction worth your consideration can be found in this AbeBooks article.
3. Clean Your House
This is the best time for cleaning your house up to the maximum level. It will allow you to make sure that your home is bacteria-free and a safe place for you and your loved ones. You should consider this free time as an opportunity to clean your house daily. Good Housekeeping has several great house cleaning tips in this article.
4. Start Exercising
Your health can suffer a lot if you become a couch potato. Since we are trying to stay indoors, it is essential to make the necessary arrangements inside the house. Allocate at least 30 minutes a day for yoga or other exercise. Learn some of the most straightforward exercises in this SELF article.
5. Explore Old Photos
In our busy daily routines, it’s easy to forget about past memories: whether that’s your childhood, or a year ago. Now is the perfect time to relive those memories through photos. You have sufficient time to arrange those pictures, display them, or even make collages. You can also scan your photos to preserve them in digital form.
6. Attend Online Classes
No matter how hard the current situation can be, learning should never stop. With many of us having busy routines, it’s often hard to find enough time to learn new skills. Now nature has provided you this opportunity. Take advantage of this time by exploring and discovering top skills that are available online. View these top free online certification courses.
7. Start Writing a Diary
Your life is a story, and it is a good one. So, why not document every moment so you can relive those emotions later? Try writing a diary containing all the critical events in your life.
This will help you realize how extraordinary your life journey has been so far, and it can give you some direction in your life as well. You can find some guidance on how to write a diary in this Journey.Cloud post.
8. Watch TED Talks
Watching motivational videos is a great way to find some inspiration. TED is a platform on which some of the most successful people and high achievers share their journeys and struggles. Browse the many TED videos and find something for yourself, as it can help you in making some significant decisions in life.
You can explore all videos at the TED website.
9. Plan a Holiday
I know you are not allowed to go outside and travel. However, there are no restrictions on planning a trip. This will keep you occupied, by allowing you to make thorough research on your desired destinations. With the extra time staying at home affords you, it will be easier to allocate your budget and timeline effectively.
Read this Nomadic Matt post for more ideas on planning a holiday.
10. Start Sketching
Becoming a sketch artist requires consistency and time. You now have plenty of time to spend on this art; however, the consistency is just as vital. There are a lot of online resources that can help in teaching you useful sketching techniques.
If you utilize this time properly, you can end up becoming a sketching artist. You can learn great sketching techniques through sites like Skillshare.
11. Learn Guitar
Learning guitar is a childhood dream for many people, but due to time restrictions, they are unable to learn this art. You can start learning the guitar through online sources. Guitar Tricks is a great website to learn guitar effectively.
12. Catch Up with Old Friends
After high school, everyone gets busy in their lives. They have no time to interact with each other. However, you can utilize this time to catch up with some of your old friends through social media and other platforms. You can relive those beautiful moments and get to know about each other’s present status.
13. Participate in Social Media Activities
Since the advent of COVID-19, there is a considerable change in the usage of social media. Companies are hosting live events and games for you to interact with. You can participate in these social media activities to keep yourself busy. You can tag along with your friends as well to make yourself more comfortable in these activities.
14. Groom Yourself
This is the best time to groom your personality because all of the time is for you only. You can experiment with your looks and try different avatars. Pick the best look and introduce yourself to the world after the situation gets better. Try to eat healthy to maintain yourself and focus on the quality as well as quantity of your diet.
You can find tips on grooming yourself in this Primer magazine post.
15. Watch TV Shows
TV shows like FRIENDS and The Addams Family are evergreen content. If you have not watched such spectacular shows, then you are certainly missing a lot in life. It is highly recommended to watch these TV series to keep yourself entertained. Find some of the most popular TV shows on this IMDb list.
16. Learn New Recipes
Try out cooking new dishes. There is a lot of content available online on cooking different dishes. This will not only enhance your cooking skills but also provide you an opportunity to taste some of the excellent variety of food. Read Food Network’s 50 Most-Saved Recipes that you must try.
17. Get Closer to Your Creator
In this daily hustle of life, we have distanced ourselves from God. Many of us may be a piece of flesh with full pockets but an empty soul. It is time to fill yourself spiritually as well. Use this time in getting spiritual satisfaction by getting closer to God. It will keep you engaging as well as the content. Start with reading the Bible.
18. Play Games with Your Kids
Spend this rare time with children in the house. Try to explore their mindset and how they work in different situations. Most of us have distanced ourselves from children because of our busy life schedules. But nature has allowed us to fill this gap.
Try to play indoor games with your kids, including video games, basketball, badminton, and card games. This will not only keep you engaged but also lower the gap between the two generations. Mom Junction has a great list of indoor games you can enjoy with your kids.
19. Virtual Trips
This is a digital age, and VR technology has allowed us to take virtual trips to different places all from our sofa. You can visit museums, landscapes or any other desired place. To try this, all you need is a VR headset and a phone app. This will keep you motivated, and you can “visit” places other than your house. Browse TechRadar’s top 10 virtual tours.
20. Renovate the House
This can be an enjoyable and engaging activity because decorating and renovating your own house is a fascinating phenomenon. There are a lot of designs and ideas available on the internet. You can start by merely rearranging the furniture and then move too much more significant changes like painting the walls and restructuring the room.
You can find creative ways to renovate the house in this Mate article.
21. Make a Home Cinema
Watching movies at the cinema is an enjoyable experience. While we can’t visit cinemas in the current situation, you can create a cinema setup at home. There are many cheap mini projectors available online. You only have to set up a dark room with comfortable sofa seats and a sound system, and you are ready to enjoy the cinematic experience.
You can find tips for building a home cinema in this article.
22. Participate in Online Meetups
There is a trend of online meetups nowadays. Catching up with your friends or family via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, or other services can keep you engaged and motivated.
23. Start Gardening
The best way to utilize spare time is to spend it in nature. You can grow different plants in your backyard, which will be a fun activity. It has excellent effects on your health and mood because it is exhilarating to see your plants growing in front of your eyes. Read this Burpee post for tips on starting gardening.
24. Give Yourself a Break
It is time to explore yourself. All your life, you remain too busy learning stuff and earning money. However, nature has given you a chance to explore yourself. You need to identify your true potential and your purpose in life. The answer will open the gateways to new opportunities for you.
You can use SUCCESS’ 6 Steps to Discover Your True Self article to get started.
25. Play Puzzle Games
Solving puzzles can be a fun activity because it will challenge you to give your best output. You can start with easy puzzles and slowly upgrade to difficult ones. This will not only enhance your mental capabilities but also help you to burn a lot of calories in the process. You can find the best puzzle-based video games in this Digital Trends list.
These 25 creative methods can be life-changing experiences for you. They will keep you motivated and engaged in this time of isolation. You should utilize this time most productively because such instances rarely happen in human history.
I am sure if you adopt these activities, you will observe positive changes in your life, and you will feel much better and healthier.