What To Do When Stuck In the House

Kaili Best, Staff Writer

If you’re anything like me, you can’t stand being stuck inside the confinements of your own home for more than a day. You have to get out, be active, and just do something. Here are some tips on how to stay sane during this time of social distancing.

First things first, here’s what the professionals say you should do if there is a possibility that you have been exposed to the disease: “Health experts recommend that self-quarantine lasts 14 days,” experts at Johns Hopkins Medical have said. “Two weeks provides enough time for them to know whether or not they will become ill and be contagious to other people.”

All of these closings have been done as a precaution for everyone. Most people don’t know when, or if they’ve come in contact with COVID-19, so we are better off staying at home in an expert recommended semi-quarantine.

It is important to know that this is all happening for a reason, and it is all happening for our own good. Maybe looking at this situation as beneficial rather than a “trap” will help!

Remember to continue your usual hygiene routine. It is important to stay clean and healthy on the outside so your brain can continue to process things clearly.

“Poor hygiene can be a sign of self-neglect,” professionals working for Nexus claim, “and often accompanies mental or emotional disorders like depression and psychotic disorders.”

Now, I’m not saying you can’t spend the day relaxing in your pajamas while you do your NTI work. Sometimes a relaxing break can be beneficial, and I would be lying to you if I said I was writing this article in jeans; however, try to refrain from doing this every day. Put on an outfit you enjoy, brush your teeth, take a shower, and maybe even take some pictures. Try to make the best out of this new free time.

An activity most of your teachers could get behind is reading a book. I do recommend picking up a book during this extended break, who knows, maybe you’ll come across a new favorite!

We all have hobbies that keep us occupied, but for how long? Once this activity that you often take part in becomes boring, pick up a new hobby! There are so many new things to try: painting, knitting, solitaire, playing an instrument, or even becoming a horticulturist. Try something new, you won’t regret it!

Organizing and cleaning the house sounds awful, especially when your mom orders you to do it, but have you ever deep-cleaned your room and closet? I suggest going through your room and closet, you never know what you may find! Doing this can take up a ton of time, and can leave you with a cleaner, more organized living space. You may come across some items that can be donated and help out those who are less fortunate.
Watch a movie! Most people have access to some type of streaming system or cable TV. There are usually movies always playing on some channel that you can watch, if not, maybe start a new show! It is always nice to chill out for a bit and watch a movie you’ve been wanting to watch for a while now.

Discover new music! There’s always something out there that you haven’t listened to; in fact, you may discover a new favorite. It’s always exciting when you discover a new artist or band that hasn’t hit the charts yet or even an old artist or band that hasn’t been brought up in years. I recently came across a band from the 60’s that has taken me down a whole new path!

Exercise! Maybe go for a walk, do a few jumping jacks, practice some push-ups, or play some Just Dance. Do something to get your heart beating, blood pumping, and body moving! It can be depressing sitting on your couch or lying in bed all day. Be active! Don’t let yourself gain useless weight from sitting around and stuffing your face all day.

Cook something delicious! Eating home-cooked meals is way healthier than going out, try cooking a meal for your family. This is something that can involve everyone and keep you busy at the same time. Plan a dish, prepare the dish, and enjoy it together! If you aren’t one for cooking meals, bake a delicious dessert. There are so many recipes online that will take you step-by-step through the process of baking. If the first cake doesn’t work out, don’t worry, you can try again!

Become a TikTok star! While everyone is bored out of their minds, they’ve taken to TikTok to keep them sane. Who knows, maybe your countless hours of learning TikTok dances has paid off and you’ll end up on the For You page.

Enjoy nature and some time to yourself! Sometimes we get so distracted by the world and we don’t take time to notice the beauty of nature. Go outside and take a deep breath — maintaining a six-foot minimum distance from any other human, of course –and look around at the natural beauty of the world. Sit and listen to the rain, maybe even notice things you have never noticed before. Take some time to be by yourself and have some you time. Put your phone down, turn your computer off, and just breathe. Mental health is important, and so is having some time to yourself. Do this outside, in your room, maybe even locked away in your bathroom, whatever works best for you.

Last, but certainly not least, DO YOUR NTI WORK!!! I certainly do not want to make up for these off days in the summertime, and I doubt you do either; so, please, do what your teachers have assigned you. Yes, do these things that I have suggested to you, but make sure your work for the day is finished before you do so.
Stay safe, and stay distant, this is new territory for us all! Most importantly, stay mentally, and physically, healthy during this time away from school.