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Things you can do during self isolation and practicing social distancing

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This is a time like no other but we should always try to make the best of it and have a positive attitude towards it. We are all encouraged to self-isolation and practice social distancing to avoid spreading the virus. While it’s heartening to see that containing the pandemic is being handled seriously by so many, within a couple of days, we’re all going to come down with a pretty bad case of cabin fever. That is why we have compiled a list of things to do at home to keep you occupied, calm, and entertained.

  • Hike, walk or ride your bike.

Let’s take advantage of being in Casa de Campo where we will not be running into a large conglomerate of people. That’s why going on a hike, walk or bike ride with someone you’re already quarantined with is a great option. 

  • BINGE THAT NETFLIX SHOW YOU’ve always wanted to see

You now have the perfect excuse to sit down and in one sitting, binge on the entirety of that show your friends keep telling you is amazing. Make some popcorn and enjoy it. 

  • Clean and get organized

Don’t just do a sweep and dust-up. Do ALL of your laundry, try on all your clothes and determine whether they “spark joy” á la Marie Kondo, purge your home clean, and tidy up like there’s no tomorrow. This time, break out that multi-purpose surface cleaner, that toilet brush, and that furniture polish. Put your favorite music, rally the kids and give your house a deep clean. How often do you really have the time to do it?

  • Keep your kids entertained

It might be easier said than done, but it is doable. Play board games with your family, paint, draw, play, bake with them, complete a puzzle,  – be creative and help your kids cope with not being able to leave the house. Complete projects you’ve been putting off and if possible have your kids help, or start a new one and get them involved.

  • FINALLY, TIME TO READ 

If, like us, reading has become a guilty pleasure you never have time for, this is the time to rediscover reading.  There are lots of websites available  – Scribd, for example, has offered a 30-day free access to their library

  • Learn something new

There are classes and tutorials available online for all kinds of things. Whether you want to learn to cook, a new language, skill, calculus, physics, literature, or ancient Greek philosophy: there’s probably an app or site for that.  Google, for example, has numerous online courses you can choose from.

  • CLEAN UP YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA FEED

If there’s ever a time to streamline your social media feed, it’s in the middle of a pandemic. Unfollow all that doesn’t add value to your life or that you no longer care for. 

  • Practice self-care

This seems to be the ideal time to reflect on your life, pray, or to clear your head and calm your thoughts with guided meditations. If meditation is not your thing, then there is literally no better time for another type of self-care. Treat yourself to a 10-step skincare routine you don’t have time for during a normal workweek. Surely there’s a sheet mask, bubble bath and a bottle of wine somewhere in your house.

  • Exercise

Quarantine or not there’s still plenty of ways to stay in good health. It’s not the same as your workout at the gym but there’s plenty of options and workouts that you can try from home and if you’re not sure where to start there’s always youtube.

  • Check-in with those you love

Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t call or video chat with your friends or family. Catch up with friends and family, have a virtual party with them, chat, have a drink, enjoy your time with the ones your love even it’s online. 

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