100 Ways to survive coronacation

100 Ways to survive coronacation

Natalie Sinha, Junior Editor

        Quarantine is boring – there’s no way to sugarcoat it. It’s only a matter of time before you run out of things to do. If we’re being honest, you’ve probably already gotten to that point (I know I have). But don’t worry! Here’s a list of 100 things to do while stuck in your house.

 

  1. Complete a puzzle: the more pieces the better! Maybe even take on a Rubik’s Cube if you’re feeling extra confident.
  2. Start a blog or journal about something you’re interested in. Sure, it can be about the coronavirus but it could also be about cheese or the different types of geese.
  3. Dust off that old instrument and practice- without bothering your neighbors, of course.
  4. Text all your exes just in case you have one more thing you wanted to get off your chest.
  5. Actually go to Zoom classes. Yeah, yeah, it’s not at the top of your list, but it might make you teachers happy that all their efforts to accommodate virtual learning aren’t in vain.
  6. Write poetry. April is national poetry month, so now is the perfect time to craft that haiku, limerick, or free-verse masterpiece.
  7. Watch new movies. 
  8. Download Duolingo, or a similar app, and teach yourself a foreign language.
  9. Read a new book that you actually like instead of one assigned in an english class.
  10. REread some old favorites – such as Harry Potter or Percy Jackson.
  11. Meditate. Or pray if you’re into that. Spend time being still and thinking deeply. You could lie down with your eyes closed and your palms up while focusing on your breath, or spend 20 minutes sitting cross-legged and repeat a soothing word to yourself in your head.
  12. Treat yourself to an extensive skincare routine that you wouldn’t have time for during a normal week.
  13. Look at pictures of cute animals. We suggest puppies, kittens, or baby ducklings in particular.
  14. Write actual letters to family and friends via snail mail. When you’re done, write thank-you notes to service people who you remember went out of their way for you.
  15. Learn calligraphy. YouTube can help.
  16. Play lots and lots of board games.
  17. Clean out your closet. You know those clothes that you say you’ll wear but you never actually wear them? Yeah, it’s time for them to go.
  18. While you’re at it, try on all your clothes. Design some fits to flex once we can all leave our houses again.
  19. Cook dinner for your family. Gain some life skills!
  20. Try to speak in pig Latin or a British accent all day.
  21. Learn how to knit or crochet, even though you’re not a grandmother.
  22. Use Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts or similar technology to video chat with your long-distance friends.
  23. Study the art of beatboxing.
  24. Try out at-home aerobics or yoga videos. Maybe even download a fitness app and have a quarantine-glow up.
  25. Create a fire playlist.
  26. Listen to MY fire playlists on Spotify @natalie.sinha. There’s a Rouse Radio quarantine one, but there’s lots of others too. Please follow them because it will make me really happy. I worked hard on them and would like to think I have good taste.
  27. Take a bubble bath.
  28. Color in some coloring books; they’re not just for kids.
  29. Take time to reflect. What have you accomplished in the last year? What goals are you setting for yourself in the next year?
  30. Memorize a monologue.
  31. Write a short story or get started on that novel.
  32. Try to reproduce something you see on Pinterest. Probably fail. Try again.
  33. Clear out the living room and camp indoors with some tents and camp-snacks.
  34. Learn how to braid (fishtail, French, etc.) via YouTube tutorials.
  35. Visit a virtual museum. 
  36. Interview your grandparents (over the phone, of course) and save the audio. As the wise Coach Hjort says, it’s nice to have a recording of grandparents voices so you can listen to them forever, even when the speakers themselves aren’t with you anymore.
  37. Rewatch your favorite movies and TV shows. Everyone knows the classics never go out of style.
  38. Go through your camera roll, find your favorite memories, and make a collage or compilation. 
  39. Paint your walls! Solid colors are okay, but what about a pattern or picture of something you like?
  40. Create a Google doc of shows or movies you recommend and share it among family and friends – or post the link in the comments, I’ll watch it!
  41. Make a list of all the things you’re grateful for.
  42. Buy gift cards from your favorite local businesses to help keep them in business while we quarantine.
  43. Create or participate in an indoor scavenger hunt.
  44. Dye your hair a new color. If it looks bad, it’s not like anyone will see you.
  45. Go viral – in a good way – by making a TikTok.
  46. Make a list of all the places you want to go once the world resumes.
  47. Bake a dessert.
  48. Rearrange furniture somewhere in your house so it seems like a totally different space. 
  49. Practice shuffling playing cards like a Poker dealer. Bonus points if you can do a bridge too. 
  50. Teach your pet a new trick.
  51. Memorize the periodic table. You never know when that will come in handy.
  52. Actually talk to your parents. They live here too, you know. 
  53. Craft your very own stop motion video.
  54. Order and put together some IKEA furniture. Time yourself.
  55. Get a free trial of a streaming service and binge-watch as much as you can before it expires. 
  56. Walk your dog. Or cat, if you can.
  57. Apply for a new job if you find anyone hiring.
  58. Learn a new style of dance via YouTube. No, the renegade doesn’t count.
  59. Build some Legos!
  60. Attempt things with your non-dominant hand, from writing to brushing your teeth. Prepare to be frustrated.
  61. Write a column for us, and turn it in via email at [email protected]
  62. Figure out how many words you can type per minute. Try to become faster.
  63. Learn origami and make something cool for your loved ones.
  64. Stretch. Work on your flexibility. It’s possible to get the splits back, right?
  65. Talk to your plants. How are they doing? Make sure they are getting the amount of sunlight they should be, check their soil and water them if necessary.
  66. Consider donating money to food banks to help families struggling to get meals.
  67. Write (and perform if you have the guts) an original song.
  68. Take deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  69. Do some brain teasers, crossword puzzles or mazes.
  70. Get caught up on old work from before the break. There’s definitely something you put off and forgot about.
  71. Have a photoshoot using things (or people) in your house.
  72. Make some sock puppets and have a puppet show.
  73. Paint some rocks.
  74. Order takeout from local businesses! Every bit helps to keep the economy going.
  75. Ride a virtual rollercoaster.
  76. Have a karaoke night!
  77. Create a time capsule. This could be pretty cool, depending on how seriously you take it. We are living through a very strange time, after all.
  78. You’re never too grown-up for a good, old fashioned pillow-and-blanket fort.
  79. Listen to a podcast. There’s probably a podcast out there for almost any subject in the world.
  80. Learn a fun card game and force your family to play with you.
  81. Figure out how to juggle.
  82. Master an impressive new magic trick.
  83. Learn how to code. No joke, I’ve heard this is a good skill to have on a resume.
  84. Do a fun science experiment. Preferably something with a big explosion.
  85. Get super into zodiac signs. Read your horoscope and consult the planets about your future.
  86. Recycle and compost as much as you can. Honestly, you should be doing this whether you’re stuck at home or not.
  87. Experiment with a new makeup look.
  88. Do a paint by number and trick everyone into believing you did it yourself.
  89. Spring clean everything. Every. Thing. The break is more than a month longer than we expected, so you have the time.
  90. Give to Goodwill! They’re still accepting donations, and now is an excellent time to help people in need.
  91. Stretch your green thumb and do some gardening.
  92. Film yourself reading children’s books, or listen to celebrities who have done it.
  93. Attend a virtual concert if your favorite artist is having one.
  94. Play video games.
  95. Have a zoom meeting with your entire friend group.
  96. Do our photo challenge. There’s a lot of photo challenges going on right now, but ours is the best. #RaiderPDC
  97. Donate to a charity. Here’s a list from KVUE of communities who have been hit hard by COVID-19.
  98. Chalk your driveway. Then, chalk a neighbor’s driveway.
  99. Prepare food for you neighbors (and make sure it’s thoroughly sanitized!!)
  100. And finally, get lots and lots of sleep.

 

     You’ve made it to the end! As a reward for making it this far, I’ll let you in on a little secret. You don’t have to do everything on the list, though I’d like it if you did some, but I’m going to try and do everything before the end of the month and make a video about it. It’s going to be an awesome month.