Ways to Keep Busy During Quarantine


Emily Sager

An example of a puzzle completed over quarantine!

If you’re like me, finding something to do during quarantine can be a challenge. We now have the opportunity to do things we usually wouldn’t or couldn’t do during “normal” school. So, if you’re still stuck on what to do after you get your homework done, here are some ideas.
The Netflix original show, “Tiger King,” has been all the hype during the quarantine. According to the New York Daily News, “viewers consumed over 5.3 billion minutes” of the show in one week. With that, hopping on Netflix and finding a new T.V. series or movie to watch can fill a lot of your time and be fun too. The movie “Code 8” as well as T.V. series “The Haunting of Hill House,” are two of my favorites I’ve watched that are perfect to check out.
The app, “Houseparty” is a great app to look into if you’re wanting to talk to your friends and family, and play a game, too. Houseparty allows for users to add up to 8 people in a call, and play games such as trivia, act it out, draw it out, complete the song lyric, and tons more. Another app that has been popular amongst quarantiners has been “Airtime.” This app allows users to watch Netflix movies and T.V shows in a FaceTime like setting.
If after hours of Netflix binging and Facetiming has you searching for something that doesn’t involve technology, puzzles or games like sudoku are great options. Puzzles are great time consumers and super fun to do once you get into them and leave you feeling accomplished once they are finished. If you’re looking for something that isn’t totally hands-on, sudoku or connect-the-dot drawings are also fun and can take up a lot of time.
Doing fun activities like crafts or DIY’s can also be super fun depending on what you’re into. Looking something up on Pinterest is super easy if you have the supplies. Art in any form is really fun for people looking to be creative and think out of the box.
If you are a foodie, or just hungry in general, cooking or baking is for you. Not only is cooking and baking fun, but you can pull in other activities into it. Quarantined families have hosted “themed nights,” to spice up their evenings and have it as something to look forward to. If you do themed nights, cooking and baking according to that theme can be super fun. I have baked cookies, cakes, and made dinner for my family and it turns out to be really fun.
I’m sure that some of you have been asked by parents to add to your chore load. If so, here’s another thing to add to the lengthy list: cleaning or rearranging your room. This can be more fun than you imagine. Changing up your room can feel refreshing in this time of clutter. Cleaning up your room or house can lessen stress during school or just during the day which is important during such an uncertain time!
Taking walks and getting outside has also been a cure-all remedy for my family. Getting some fresh air is mother nature’s way to remove stress during a time like this. Especially when you’ve been cooped up in the house for days and hours on end. Getting outside and walking or going for a bike ride can be super beneficial for both your mental and physical health.
If you have your license, going for a leisure drive can also be very therapeutic. Listening to your favorite music and stepping out of the house for a while can relieve stress and pass time. Of course if you are going to do this, make sure you stay in your car and don’t go into businesses.
Even if you’re sick of reading for what seems forever for online classes, leisure reading can also be very fun if that’s what you’re into. Reading a good book can be really fun and improve your skills too. I’d recommend “The Law of Loving Others” as a great and quick read over quarantine. “The Hunger Games” series is also great if you’re looking into more of a lengthy read.
With this time of being stuck in your house, there is no better time than to workout and keep active. Doing workouts a few times a week can be really fun and super beneficial. Working out promotes good hormones to flow through your body, which causes you to be in a better mood. Better moods during this time can make or break yours and your families’ day. My family searches up YouTube workout videos and does those. They can be anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour long, and you can find just about every type of workout out there.
I hope that you are all doing well during this time and that these can spark a new idea to cure your boredom during quarantine. Have fun and don’t forget to stay safe!