As quarantine has become a necessary part of daily routines due to the spread of coronavirus, many people are looking for ways to pass the time while practicing social distancing and self-isolation. While this is a moment filled with anxiety and uncertainty, we also seek joy, comfort and distraction where we can find it while doing our part to help flatten the curve. Some may find they have less time on their hands — thanks to new childcare demands, or performing an essential service on the front lines — but those who’ve ended up with more can consider this a chance to dabble in all of the things they’ve never quite gotten around to — like diving into books you’ve been wanting to read for years, re-watching all eight seasons of Game of Thrones or brushing up on history with an engrossing podcast.

For guidance on where to start, here are some of my favorite activities and entertainment to keep you busy while staying at home. In addition to that, by using a take out delivery app, you can still get take-out from your favorite restaurants. Many restaurants are now offering great deals. You can also reflect on the positive things that have happened this year; what have you accomplished? What goals have you reached? What are some goals you’ll be looking to accomplish in the future? Simpler things you could do, that I’ve personally practiced: Meditate. Try lying down with your eyes closed, palms up and while focusing on your breath, or spend 20 minutes sitting cross legged and repeat a soothing word to yourself in your head. (The latter is more like transcendental meditation.) Face masks, moisturizer, oh my! Treat yourself to a 10-step skin care routine you don’t have time for during a normal work week. Take this time to go through that old family photo album. Put together the most attractive charcuterie board possible, but you can only use foods you already have in your fridge and cupboard. My point is, use this time to reflect, and start new beginnings – indoors. 

– Tiffany Payton