15 Activities to do while Social-Distancing

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Alexis Witkowski , Staff Writer

To ensure the safety of not only yourself, but also others, I (and the widespread medical consensus) challenge you to practice social distancing. Yes, it may be boring, but it’s essential to safety. Here are 15 activities to help cure your boredom during this time.

#1: Hang out with your friends (online!)

There’s a multitude of games that are free and allow you to virtually connect and have fun with your friends. One of my favorites is Skribbl.io,  online Pictionary where you can create your own game and send the link to your friends to let them join. Additionally, if you install Netflix Party on your computer, you can create or join a Netflix party and chat with your friends while watching a movie or show together. Lastly, if you have an iPhone, the app GamePigeon lets you play games on iMessage such as 8Ball, Cup Pong, Crazy 8s, and many more.

#2: Start a Bullet Journal

Last year, I began making my own bullet journal. It’s essentially making your own planner. Not only does it allow you to unleash your inner artist, but you have the freedom to be creative. It’s very therapeutic, and you can turn to Pinterest for inspiration! I highly recommend it; it’s time-consuming, but a lot of fun.

#3: Play the Wii

If you have the Wii, travel back to your childhood days and play it! In the last two weeks, my brother and I have been playing Wii nonstop. Whether it’s Wii Sports Resort, Just Dance, or Lego Star Wars, you will certainly have fun with your siblings!

#4: Search for new music

Try going out of your comfort zone and listening to new music genres. Go stalk your friends’ Apple Music or Spotify playlists and discover some new songs! Some new music I’ve been listening to recently are “Prune, You Talk Funny,” by Gus Dapperton; “Hard to Say Goodbye,” by Johnny Stimson; and “Banana Clip,” by Miguel.

#5: Practice self-care

When we are in school, we often forgo taking time for ourselves and instead work to exhaustion. Now is the perfect time to relax, take a bath, read a book, meditate, put on a face-mask–whatever your favorite method for self-care is. Focus on yourself for once! Remember, self-love isn’t selfish.

#6: Write about your experience during this time

Without a doubt, this pandemic disease will go down in history. Who knows? You could help document it for people in the future!

#7: Have a family game night!

Find those board games that have been collecting dust around your house and initiate some quality family time. Some of my personal favorites to play with my family are Clue, Uno, Monopoly, and Family Feud.

#8: Clean out your closet

I did this just a few days ago and made a “donate” and a “keep” pile. You may not realize how many clothes you either don’t wear anymore or don’t fit you.

#9: Bake/Cook

My favorite thing to bake is chocolate chip cookies. So, recently, I’ve been trying all sorts of chocolate chip cookie recipes to find the best one. So far, my favorite fool-proof recipe has been from lilluna.com and the Pinterest link is https://pin.it/7hPwQeP.

#10: Stay active

There are millions of YouTube videos of at-home workouts that require no gym equipment. Spend a few minutes to put one on and get your heart pumping.

#11: Catch up on your sleep

Try to get 8 or more hours of sleep in daily! Your immune system will thank you.

#12: Explore future careers

Find out what you want to do in life and try new things! Take note of what you feel happy doing, then look into career paths that align with it. Additionally, look at colleges that best suit your interests!

#13: Study for the SAT/ACT or AP tests

There are copious amounts of free tools to help you study like Khan Academy and 1600.io (the free version) for the SAT. There are also a lot of YouTube videos to watch that do reviews to help you study! For example, College Board is putting out many online videos in the next coming weeks to help AP students.

#14: Write a letter to your future self

It might sound a little weird, but, one day, it’ll be fascinating to see how much you’ve changed over the years. I recently found a letter I wrote to myself when I was 12 and reading it made me realize how much my life has changed since then.

#15: Reconnect with friends you haven’t talked to in a while

Chances are, the friends you might have drifted apart from are as bored as you are right now and would be more than happy to get back in touch!

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