As we get peppered with Covid-19 live news updates, state and government mandates, and social media shockers, it is imperative that we keep our minds healthy while on this pandemic roller coaster ride.
Since the official order in Michigan and other states to stay home, many are already climbing the walls with boredom. Instead of caving in to your need to get out in public, please consider the fact that YOU very well could be a carrier of disease without even knowing it.
The latest on the silent carriers symptoms is a loss of smell, taste, or both. See this latest report from the Washington Post for more information.
In the meantime, lets work on keeping our germs to ourselves by washing hands and surfaces frequently, and beat the boredom at home so we aren’t tempted to mix it up in public.
Here are some ideas to keep you busy during your time at home.
1. Start the Spring Cleaning
This is the perfect time to get the house disinfected, and squeaky clean! Take advantage of the lack of social events to get all of this done now so when the summer season hits, you are ready to enjoy it.
Every room will need attention, so pace yourself and try to get one room done per day. Before you know it, your house will be as clean as can be! With the help of Merry Maids website and their fantastic checklist, your house will probably be cleaner than ever. You can find their list here.
Don’t forget to keep after those doors, handles, and knobs as well as microwave buttons, handheld electronic devices, and television remotes often.
2. Start the Outdoor Cleaning
As the snow quits flying, and the Robins make their way back north signaling spring is in the air, it also marks a time to get outside and clean after the long winter season. I know, it's only the end of March, but we might as well take advantage of the time and milder temperatures to get things started.
There is so much that can be done outside. For starters, you can:
wash your house‘s exterior - house wash recipe here
clean the windows
clean debris out of your flowerbeds
clean away cobwebs
pick up sticks
... the list goes on and on!
I just love it when I can find a website to take all the list thinking out of the equation. Don’t you? Here’s a cool exterior spring cleaning list from the Love To Know website. I hope you find it helpful.
What isn’t on this list is Jerry Baker’s luscious green lawn tonics, tree and shrub elixirs, and flower boosters that can be found in his book, Backyard Problem Solver.
Jerry says you need to start working outside in the early spring. The only downfall to his approach would be getting some of the items you would need to put his tonics together without running to the store.
You may be able to purchase these items through the internet and have them delivered right to your door, or you may have some of the ingredients already in your supplies, so why not get started?
3. Read a Book
It's a perfect time to dive into another world and go on a mental vacation, so get after that stack of books you have been putting off reading for the last few months.
No books in your house? No problem! You can order ebooks on Amazon Kindle Unlimited, and download the free Kindle app for your device. If you have Amazon Prime, there are a ton of books available for FREE with your membership.
Besides Amazon, you can look for FREE books online at your public library, sign up for a weekly book deals through websites like Ereader News Today, or browse the internet for other great places to find the best reads.
If you're not sure what to read, check out Goodreads to see what's trending.
4. Internet & Television
Of course, these technologies are what most people lean toward in moments of boredom… that and their refrigerator! But try and keep it creative as you work through the coming days by:
1. browsing fun new topics.
3. watch a movie series on Netflix or another app that gives you days worth of shows to watch.
4. find an interesting blogs to read, or start blogging yourself!
Did you know that regular exercise can help keep your mood positive as well as help you ward off illness and/or recover quicker? So why not take advantage of these benefits by finding ways to get a little more exercise while you’re in seclusion.
Early spring is the perfect time to get ready for swimsuit season. An extended hiatus in front of the boob tube is also a great reason to sit on your exercise bike instead of the couch.
Don’t have an exercise bike? Get outside for a walk if weather permits. So long as you keep your social distancing, you can even take a walk with your neighbor so long as you’re not sneezing and coughing all over each other.
If you're not sure what type of exercise to do, GOOGLE it according to your age and capabilities. You would be surprised at the amount of free information you can find about exercise.
Even if you can’t go a full 30 minutes or more, don’t worry! It is a proven fact that even little bursts of exercise through the day is helpful, so get your 5 or 10 minutes at a time and feel great knowing you’re building up good endorphins and germ protectors along the way.
6. Craving Contact
After you find all you can do in the house and outside, it will be tempting to throw all caution to the wind and sneak out of hiding.
Instead, consider finding other ways in which to get your social fix like calling up a friend or family member on the phone. Make it a ritual - like every night, a certain time of day, or even a once-a-week check in will do.
Phone calls are nice, but video calling is better because you can actually see the person you are talking to, and can perhaps help nip that craving for social contact in the bud a little quicker.
Phones, tablets, and computers all have apps you can use for video calls. If you don’t know how to work them, give someone a call to help walk you through it, or check out a how-to video on YouTube.
Get to it!
Now it's all up to you. You've got your lists and tons of ideas. Just pick one and get started. Then let me know how you are keeping your cool by posting a comment below.
Good luck all! I hope you are staying safe and healthy during this trying time.
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