I thought I would just preface this post with a short PSA reminding everyone to please be mindful of social distancing and self-isolation rules. Remember, many people are nervous and worried right now, so be kind and respectful towards each other. Thank you! ☺
So as we continue to find ourselves in these uncertain times, many people are going to have to stay in their homes for quite some time to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Rather than discuss the virus, I thought I would take this opportunity to write something more light-hearted and talk about some things you might find interesting enough to try during this newly acquired free time. Now might be the perfect time to work on yourself, to focus on aspects of your life that you’ve always wanted to improve and take the time to really accomplish what it is important to you. I’ve included a shortlist of activities below that I’ve been focusing on, which may be of interest to you. While they may seem like generic suggestions, these activities have never failed to keep me busy and entertained
One of my favourite things to do whenever I get some free time is to sit on the couch, and get lost in a good book. However, aside from the entertainment value of a compelling story, there are also many benefits that come from reading which can positively affect your life. Extensive reading can help expand your vocabulary, as well as increase your knowledge on a myriad of subjects. It can help improve your concentration and focusing skills, while also working to make you a better writer. Additionally, keeping your brain stimulated can also work as a stress-reduction tool, which in these stressful times, can really go a long way.
- Work on a new hobby – cooking
While cooking may not be this foreign notion to me… cooking well definitely is. So with all of the free time I’ve inherited, I took the opportunity to work on something I’ve always wanted to improve on. Through these cooking exercises, I’ve discovered that cooking can be a genuinely enjoyable and calming pastime for me. It has also helped me to work on my patience and improve my creativity as well.
If you’re interested in finding a new hobby, just know that it doesn’t necessarily have to be cooking, this is just something that I prefer. It’s important to recognize that starting a new hobby, any hobby, in fact, can contain many benefits that may even help you to excel in the real world. I encourage you to try something new, you never know what might become your next big passion.
- Contact your loved ones
The last thing on this list may very well be the most important. While you are faced with nothing to do for days on end, something as simple and quick as this might mean the world to someone else. With everything going on right now, we sometimes forget that there are members of our family, or friends, or even our neighbours who are going through the same things we are and may be doing so alone. Remember to contact these people, even if it’s just to see how they are doing. A small conversation can go a long way and make someone’s isolation feel a little less lonely. I try to speak with family and friends on a regular basis. Maintaining communication helps remind me how connected we really are, despite the distance between all of us. It’s through these connections that make this situation a little more bearable. So remember to be supportive and compassionate towards each other, and don’t forget, ça va bien aller!
Thank you for reading and stay safe!