It’s no more news that due to the recent outbreak of the Covid-19 virus everyone has spent most of their time at home, surely we can all agree it gets boring most of the time doing the same thing over and over again, seeing the same people everyday and hardly spending time outside .
But you can try these five ways of keeping yourself less bored at home:
1. Have a routine (as much as you can)
We know how important routine is, especially when you have kids or smaller siblings under normal conditions. And when schools are closed and many people are working from home or told to stay at home, it might feel unnecessary to keep it. But it’s actually much better for everyone’s mental health to try and keep a routine going as much as possible.
Unstructured time can create boredom, anxiety or depression which can lead to unnecessary habits of coping. So try as much as you can to make a schedule and try to follow it and stick by it as much as possible – don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t always work because it’s normal for us human beings to feel fatigue especially during this period.
2. Declutter your home
Use the opportunity of extra time to declutter, clean and organize your home. Maybe you can recycle those old newspapers or reorganize your basement, either way using the extra time to clean your home offers a sense of control in the face of uncertainty and relieves it of traumatic stress.
3. Reach out to your family
Everyone is affected during this pandemic and its good to check out on your relatives, friends and loved ones wherever they may be to give a sense of compassion and hope. It could be a phone call, a nice email or some monetary gifts once in a while to show you still care about them.
4. Learn new skills
Use the opportunity of excess free time to work on new skills; learn how to bake that cake, how to code, learn that new dance move. Basically anything that you never had time to learn because you were busy you should consider giving it a try.
5. Relax and be unstressed
You may feel worried and a bit annoyed that everyone is not doing anything productive- don’t beat yourself up when things aren’t going smoothly in your household. If the kids watch too much Netflix or play too many hours of video games, it’s not the end of the world. It’s alright for things to not go according to plan now and then. So don’t beat yourself up and cut your family some slack because everyone is facing the almost the same issue as yours so keep the faith and know that we’re all in this together.