Quarantine Got You Down? Nineteen Guilt-Free Ways to Pass the Time

We are hitting the two-year mark for the COVID-19 pandemic. If you or a family member must quarantine, don’t let the quarantine get you down. Here are nineteen guilt-free ways to pass the time.

  1. Tackle the project you “never had time for.”
  2. Re-read the books you have saved over the years. Then keep or donate to your library.
  3. Read a new series, in order, by an author you have always meant to try.
  4. Make an inventory of your possessions.
  5. Take a virtual tour of a museum.
  6. Take an online class in a subject new to you.
  7. Learn a language.
  8. Learn (or refresh) a musical instrument.
  9. Re-connect with old friends by phone, not social media, so you can have quality 1-2-1 time. FaceTime or Zoom to take it up a notch.
  10. Shake up your exercise routine or start a new one. Lots of classes you can take online, recorded or “live”
  11. Listen to webinars, lectures, and other programs sponsored by libraries, museums, and other non-profits.
  12. Meditate.
  13. Take up a crafts project. Learn to knit or crochet. Many find adult coloring relaxing. I know I do!
  14. Get outdoors. Walk, hike, bike.
  15. Make a new recipe.
  16. Evaluate your finances, personal financial goals, and career goals.
  17. Start a journal, a personal diary, or a collection of writings.
  18. Clear out unneeded files on your computer.
  19. Learn a new social game: bridge, cribbage, or mah jongg so that you will be ready when you can get together with others.

I am sure you can think of other ways to turn a quarantine into more than just sitting around moping and feeling sorry for yourself. Take advantage of this time, or if you have been going non-stop for a very long time, take a long bubble bath and relax! Here is a thought, too: merely … be …

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