Thanks to the emergence of the global pandemic, people’s daily routines have come to an abrupt halt. Suddenly, everything you relied on for daily routines and keeping busy in your free time are completely shut down. Many people are feeling lost from the lack of their usual activity, whether it’s going to the gym, a restaurant, the movie theatre, or playing sports.
If you are one of those people who are starting to feel from a lack of your preferred activities, there are many things you can do within your home to keep you occupied and feeling productive. Here are some examples:
- Take on home improvement projects
Now is the best time to take advantage of the free time in order to get your house in order again. If there are things you kept putting off because you didn’t have the time, you can take advantage of the new time you have.
You can fix or clean any appliances that need it, as well as checking any electrical issues, seals around windows, and so on. Are there any old fixtures, appliances or accessories that can be replaced?
Maybe there are systems in place that are making your electric consumption more inefficient than you would have hoped? Now is the best time to evaluate and line up needed repairs and replacements, and get on them yourself if you have the skill for them.
- Clean and fix up your car
Your car may be in desperate need of some TLC, whether it’s detailing, maintenance check, oil change, or even a windshield replacement? Check your car for all the things that were malfunctioning here and there, or where certain sounds were being emitted when they weren’t supposed to. Now is the time to inspect and repair, or replace, any parts, or at least list them down so that the necessary restorations could be conducted. Give your seats and dashboard a good wash, so it’ll smell as good as new!
- Clean up around the house
One of the things you may not have had the time to do as you were caught up in your daily grind is decluttering and cleaning up your household. It’s time to throw out any junk you don’t want anymore, pack up and donate your old clothes, and organize your possessions so they’re easy to find. Doing so can be very calming to your internal state, as an organized and pleasing aesthetic can boost your mood and reduce stress. This is the best time to clear out your drawers, organize your closet, and just clean up your entire area as much as you can.
- Try your hand at gardening/planting.
Reconnecting with nature and going back to the basics is a great way to spend your extra time. Being outdoors and catching some sun, unplugging from being online and hyper-connected and just giving your mind a rest is a great way to relax and unwind in a simple yet quite helpful manner.
These are some of the things that can get you started on relieving your restlessness during this period. You may have dreaded the start of the quarantine as it restricted your movement, but you may find that turning inward and fixing your internal spaces – both literally and figuratively – can be pretty addicting as well – as it uplifts and enlivens you in ways you haven’t been privy to beforehand.
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