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Things to do while 'sheltering in place'

Posted in Beyond Finances on April 3, 2020

If you’re on social media, perhaps you’ve seen the image of the medical workers holding up signs that say, “We go to work for you. Please stay home for us.” It’s a haunting image that no one ever thought they would see.

By the same token, it’s also hard to believe that doing something so simple, staying at home, could help so much, and now that Governor Kemp has issued a statewide shelter in place order, we will all be doing our part by staying safe at home. 

But after so long, we all may find we have way more time on our hands. What can we do to fill that time and still feel productive? Here are a few ideas for you and your family.

  • Read books, watch television, binge watch Netflix, puzzles, crafts, etc. But limit your television. In a world with a 24 hour news cycle, turning it off occasionally can do you good. 
  • Spring Cleaning - Personal hygiene has been a big focus of lately, but this is also a good time to focus on your home as well.
  • Projects you haven’t gotten around to - photo albums, cleaning out closets, recaulking the bathroom, etc.
  • Find a hobby- Dive back into an old hobby you used to enjoy or find a new hobby.
  • Family time - Family dinners and game nights are back in vogue. Use this time to talk with other household family members and catch up on what’s been going on with them and how they are feeling about everything going on now.
  • Reinvest in yourself by taking a class or webinar online. Many, like The Great Courses and The Great Courses Plus, are offering classes for free trial or reduced rates on some courses during this time. 
  • Enjoy the outdoors. Just because you’re sequestered at home doesn’t mean you can’t get outside for some much needed sunshine and fresh air, as long as weather allows. We all know pollen in the springtime in Georgia can be an issue. Go for a walk, do some gardening, or yard work if and when you can. 
  • Boost your immune system by eating right, meditating, sleeping, and getting in some kind of exercise. Walk around your house several times a day. Go up and down the stairs repeatedly. Do some yoga while you watch a movie you love.
  • Do nothing! That’s right. It’s O.K. to take some time and do absolutely nothing. 

These are just a few ideas to help you as you spend more time at home. What other things are you doing to make your time more fun, productive, and meaningful? Share your experience in the comment section of this blog post.


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