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Things to do during coronavirus isolation

Are you starting to run out of ideas for things to do during coronavirus isolation? Here in Minnesota and Wisconsin, we’re good at staying home on a snow day, but, weeks of isolation are wearing a bit thin, especially now that spring is here. Once you’ve binge watched everything on your watch list, caught up on all your podcasts, here are some ideas for things for you to do during continued coronavirus home quarantine.

  • Back-up your computer documents, clean out your emails, remove your name from any email subscription you no longer want and organize your passwords.
  • Breathe!
  • Complete or update your health care directive. Go to allinahealth.org/acp if you need a blank form.
  • Cook or bake. Let your kids plan a meal and help make it.
  • Exercise. Use an app for stretching or strength training. Go outside for a walk, jog or bike ride. (Remember to maintain your social distance!)
  • Go through old photos; share them with your kids! Organize them.
  • If you have young kids who like sports, check out the Minnesota sports teams social media sites for printable coloring pages and puzzle pages.
  • Interview family members. Share stories.
  • Keep a gratitude journal. Be specific with each entry.
  • Keep your kids busy. View a list of tips and resources that includes many games, crafts, e-books, apps and more.
  • Meditate or pray.
  • Make financial donations to local charities. No amount is too small!
  • Make paper hearts for your windows. Color or decorate them if you don’t have colored paper.
  • Organize and catalog your collections (records, CDs, DVDs). Use an app, spreadsheet or paper. Let your kids help!
  • Organize clothes, household items, books or anything you no longer want to donate once restrictions are loosened.
  • Research – as a family – states or countries you would like to travel.
  • Set a home schedule if you have kids. You will both benefit from the added structure.
  • Spend less time on social media.
  • Start strength training. Try body-weight training at home.
  • Tackle a simple home project you’ve been delaying such as painting a room or organizing closets. Or start spring cleaning!
  • Take up a new hobby or rediscover an old one.
  • Try yoga. Use an app or look for a program on your cable provider.
  • Work on self-growth by caring for your mind, body and spirit.
  • Write letters or cards to family members who live in other cities or to your kids’ teachers.
  • Use your smart phone to take a creative photo of your walk. For friendly family competition, put one photo from each family member.

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