Keeping yourself busy during these unprecedented times has proven to be a challenge for many not only in the United States, but also around the world. Getting thrown off our usual schedules and habits which we have become so accustomed to has left so many of us wondering what to do with all this free time…but that doesn’t have to be YOU! Undoubtedly, COVID-19 has created a significant amount of damage across nearly all sectors of our everyday lives. However, opportunities to improve yourself, get involved, and pursue personal interests are still abundant.
If you’re looking to suffice your boredom without sacrificing personal safety, here are the top 5 tips to stay busy during quarantine:
1. Take On a New Hobby
Whether it is revisiting the guitar that has been in the back of your closet for years, going on hikes at your local park, or picking up drawing, having a new hobby is a sure way to help ease your mind of off COVID-19 while also allowing you to develop interests that previously may have been out of the question. You can even meet people who have the same hobbies as you!
2. Learn a New Skill
Similar to the first tip, learning a new skill is a great way to better yourself and pursue interests that have been put on the back burner. Take that programming class or learn that language that you told yourself you’d get to eventually- the possibilities are truly endless.
3. Meet new people
Meeting new people is always a good way to broaden your horizons and separate yourself from the everyday routine. In early May, New York governor Andrew Cuomo discussed a platform created by Cornell University students which helps people do exactly that called QBuddy. Whether it’s just finding a new pen-pal to chat with or the love of your life, or you’re just looking for a workout partner to motivate you while you’re isolated, QBuddy will meet your desires by specifically matching you with a buddy with similar intent, interests, and overall compatibility.
While our old habits may be temporarily put on hold, now is the perfect time to develop new and positive ones to enhance your life. No one is saying you that have to be the next Michael Phelps, although if that is your ultimate goal, what better time to start training than now! Countless studies have advocated for the positive impact that exercise has on people both physically and mentally. Whatever your goals for getting in shape are, commit to a system that works for you and that you can consistently fit into your schedule. Additionally, working out will certainly take up a good amount of time, making sure that you're staying busy while at home.
5. Get Involved
The silver lining in all of this quarantine business is the fact that we are ALL in the same circumstance. Everybody is more or less going through the same same thing. Now is a perfect time to go shopping for new clubs, communities or organizations that you can join in your local area. This can be a great way to meet new people with similar interests and goals as you. There are tons of ways to meet these people virtually, including Qbuddy!