Briana Alberghini ‘21
Associate Social Media Director
With social distancing becoming the new normal for at least the next few weeks, keeping yourself busy is a must. Even if you are an introvert, you will get bored…very, very bored.
With that being said, here are ten things you can do to keep yourself sane while social distancing:
- Listen to a podcast. Podcasts are totally underrated, and don’t always need to be educational. Some podcasts to listen to are The Skinny Confidential, The Morning Toast, The Health Code, The Good Podcast and Crime Junkie. Whether you are into lifestyle, sports, health, crime, daily news or really any other topic, I can promise that there is a podcast for you. Even if the idea of listening to someone talking for an hour makes you cringe, just give it a try. TuneIn is a great place to start, or the Podcast app if you have an Apple product.
- Do an online fitness class. The bad news: most, if not all gyms are closed. The good news: most, if not all fitness classes can be found online for FREE! A good place to start is Youtube, but even a lot of local fitness studios are streaming online for the public. Make sure to check emails/ social pages to see if your favorite studio is hosting a class. If you are looking for a good sweat, I recommend any of the PopSugar Fitness videos on Youtube.
- Binge watch Netflix. There is no better opportunity to binge watch that one show that everyone has been raving about and your response is always “I have been meaning to watch that.” Well, get to it! You can even start a Netflix Party with your friends.
- Go to a museum (virtually.) Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to bring everyone virtual tours and online exhibits from some of the most famous museums around the world. Check it out here!
- Go to a national park (virtually.) Google Arts & Culture has also teamed up with five national parks in the U.S., so you can still take in all of nature’s beauty from your living room couch. Check it out here!
- Reach out to someone that you haven’t talked to in a while. There is no better time to catch up with an old friend. More than likely, they are just as bored as you and will actually pick up the phone, instead of staring at it until it goes to voicemail (we are all guilty of this.)
- Develop a self- care routine. Self- care is important and there is no better time to get into a routine with taking care of yourself. P.S. self-care doesn’t always mean you need to spend hundreds of dollars on products, sometimes it means mediating or taking a 15 minute break when you are working from home. Here is a mediation playlist on Spotify.
- Read a good book (or listen to one.) Reading may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it sure does kill some time. Some good books to read are You Are Badass by Jen Sincero, Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, and Atomic Habits by James Clear. McQuade Library (and many local libraries) allow you to check out audiobooks and ebooks (for free!) through apps like Libby, Hoopla, and Overdrive.
- Bake! Maybe during your time home, you realize that you are ready for a new calling in life. Maybe that new calling is baking. Some recipes to try out are blueberry raspberry crumble bars, old- fashioned sour cream doughnuts, and these s’mores cupcakes.
- Clean out your closet. We are all guilty of keeping clothes in our closet that we haven’t touched since middle school. Instead of holding on to old memories, consider donating your old clothes to those who are in need. With so many people in need right now, there is no better time.