It’s currently a wild time in the world, to say the least. With COVID-19 ravaging our planet, staying at home and washing your hands has become first priority in our lives (read CDC guidelines here). Maybe you’re looking for something fun or helpful to do while we navigate uncertain territory? We’ve compiled a list of good things to do and use during this time:
For Jackson residents, you can donate blood at Lifeline Blood Services at 183 Sterling Farm Drive.
Workout at home.
Campus Rec has been making creative at-home workout videos. Check them out on Instagram! You can also work on your yoga skills for free with Yoga With Adriene. And then, my personal favorite exercise: you can go for a run! It’s free and as long as you stay away from others, it’s safe to do so.
Put a dent in your reading list!
Take your children or younger siblings on a “bear hunt,” or put out a bear for children to view at your home or dorm.
Bear hunts have become a popular pastime for cooped-up kids, and they meet the requirement for social distancing.
Create side walk chalk art.
Chalk art is an easy way to brighten someone’s day without getting close to them!
Stream a free video with Films On Demand.
Attend a virtual prayer group or church service.
Church teams have gotten extra creative during the pandemic with livestreams, apps, and video resources. If you haven’t found a local church yet, check out Union’s list of area churches.
Sew a face mask for a healthcare worker.
If you know how to sew, or if you’ve been wanting to learn, now is the time to get sewing! Here is a guide on how to sew a face mask.
April is National Poetry month! What better time to listen to some classic poetry read by the Shakespearean actor Sir Patrick Stewart?
Use Zoom to schedule a Research Coach appointment or to connect with family/friends.
Zoom is a video conferencing tool that is essential for a time like this. Here’s how to schedule a Research Coach appointment with Zoom.
Take some time for self-care.
Check in on yourself and your friends. This is a difficult time for many in regards to mental health. Here are some self-care tips from Psychology Today. And here is a guide for diaphragmatic breathing, which can help with stress management.
Dive into spring cleaning.
When you’re stuck at home, it’s easy to find house-related projects to do. Maybe it’s time to clean out your closet or kitchen cabinets, or you can finally hang up those picture frames.
Sometimes you just need to hear about the good things that are still happening in the world. Thankfully, beloved actor John Krasinski made a video to share good news on YouTube.
Find a new job.
Some places may need extra help during the pandemic. Check local listings to see where you can help out and get some extra cash!
Make a bucket list for when this is over.
Every time you think of something you want to do or go see, or a friend you miss, write it down on a piece of paper and put it into a jar. Then, when things are safe again, you can pull suggestions out of the jar and complete your bucket list!
Get into coloring.
What are your good ideas for spending your time during this pandemic? Let us know in the comments!