Ten Things To Do During Quarantine

Sophia Paranzino, Staff Writer

  1. Deep clean your room. Clutter naturally builds up in our rooms, especially when you are too busy to stay on top of cleaning. You can use this free time to fully clean out all of the junk that has accumulated over the years. Just throw on your favorite playlist and get to work! In addition, once you have cleaned your room you have the perfect opportunity to rearrange your furniture and redecorate how you please.
  2. Go star gazing. Nature is a beautiful thing that is so often overlooked in our busy lives. This quarantine is a perfect moment to take a pause and enjoy the beauty of ordinary things. So grab a blanket, go and lie down outside and enjoy the calming peace of the illuminated night sky.
  3. Arrange a Zoom call with your friends. One of the worst parts of quarantine is not being able to see our friends. We do not know the next time it will be safe to visit each other, but that does not mean we cannot still see each other. With all the video messaging tools of our modern era, it is easy to organize a hang out with all of your friends. You could just chat and make up for lost time or organize a fun game that can be played over video: the possibilities are endless!
  4. Plan activities for when quarantine is over. This quarantine may seem endless, but at some point, we will be able to leave our homes and when that happens, we need to be prepared. Brainstorm a list, maybe with your friends, or just by yourself, of things you want to do once quarantine is over. It feels like we have wasted a lot of time in quarantine, so let’s not waste any more once it’s over. Besides, planning fun activities for the future will give you something to look forward to.
  5. Learn a new skill. Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill, like sewing, or playing piano or rollerblading, but you just don’t have the time? Well now, thanks to the coronavirus, we have plenty of time to pick up a new hobby that you’ve always wanted to learn. You may find something that you really love!
  6. Develop healthy habits. Our health is one of the most important things in our lives, but thanks to the stress of our daily routines, with school and extracurriculars, maintaining our health can fall to the sidelines. Eat healthy foods, drink plenty of water, exercise and develop a healthy sleeping schedule. It is also very important to maintain our mental health, which can be done by doing things you love, taking time to relax and spending time with family (although sometimes that can have an adverse effect).
  7. Become a chef. With the stress of our daily lives, taking time to skillfully prepare a meal is not something we do often. But now we have plenty of time, so try out a new recipe or experiment in the kitchen.
  8. Host a theme night at home. Due to quarantine, we are missing out on many fun activities. They can still happen by coordinating special themes for different days of quarantine, like a game night, a dress up night or a spa night.
  9. Watch classic movies and all the shows you have never gotten around to. Many old movies make up some of our cultural references, but if you haven’t seen the movies, you are out of the loop. This time presents the perfect opportunity to catch up on all those old movies and all the shows recommended to us that we’ve never had time to watch. I personally recommend the show “Outer Banks” on Netflix.
  10. Do something for others. There are many ways you can help during this difficult time. You can donate money, make masks, talk to the elderly and those at high risk who can’t leave their homes, or you could get groceries for someone who can’t themselves. Many people are in need right now so it is a perfect opportunity to lend a helping hand.