When you’re stuck at home, staying busy and active can help create a sense of normalcy and help you feel more productive. It’s a great time to tackle items that may have been lingering on your to-do list. Here are a few suggestions to stay busy and active at home.
Clean Your Home
The time is now to disinfect and deep clean your home. If possible, use sprays and wipes that promise to kill 99.9% of germs. If you don’t have access to these products, soapy water is a good substitute. Focus on high-touch surfaces, such as door knobs, light switches, door and drawer pulls, and any handles.
Take a Walk, Hike, Run or Bike Ride
It’s still safe to walk outside. Just make sure you’re maintaining a 6-foot distance between you and other walkers. Hiking, running and cycling are also good options, especially on trails and at forest preserves in the area, for getting in some exercise while enjoying the great outdoors.
Try a New Recipe
Even in a time of crisis, you still need to eat. With more time on your hands than usual, why not try a new recipe? Whip up something comforting for dinner or sweet for dessert. Or, maybe both!
Curl Up with a Good Book
If you’re stressing over the current situation, try escaping with the help of a good book. You likely have unread books on your bookshelf, but if not, try e-books or audiobooks — both are available on the Chicago Public Library website.
Set Up a Circuit Workout
Get the kiddos involved with a circuit workout the entire family can do. Set up stations around your home for everyone to try. Examples include push-ups, jumping jacks, triceps dips and a wall sit.
Complete Home Projects
It’s time to stop procrastinating and start tackling those home projects. Whether it’s putting a fresh coat of paint on your walls or repairing a leaky faucet, there’s no time like the present to get it done.
Go to a Local Park
Getting a bit of fresh air is necessary when spending a lot of time cooped up indoors. Consider bringing your kids to the local park for some time outside. Just stay off the equipment and be mindful of keeping at least 6 feet of distance between you and other park-goers.
Try a Virtual Movie Night
Although you may be physically isolated, it doesn’t mean you have to cut yourself off from family and friends. You may not be able to get together in person, but you can still connect virtually. One way to do this is to schedule a virtual movie night. There are several services, including Netflix Party, that allow you to sync video playback and allow group chat.
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