By Kadijah Bah
With the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in school closures for the remainder of the school year and a stay-at-home order recently issued by Governor Larry Hogan, it won’t be long before boredom starts to kick in (if it hasn’t already). Luckily, there are many entertaining, productive activities we can do to keep ourselves busy during this time, while also being responsible by practicing social distancing. Here’s a list of seven things to do while in isolation:
1. Listen to Music
Right now is the perfect time to discover a new artist, or to reconnect with artists you already listen to. It’s also a great time to stay on top of new music releases. Drake released a new single on April 3rd titled, “Toosie Slide” which has already gotten over 33 million streams on Spotify. Frank Ocean came out of hiding (again) and released two new singles on April 3rd, titled “Dear April” and “Cayendo,” which are both definitely worth a listen. On March 20th, The Weeknd finally dropped his much-awaited album “After Hours,” featuring singles “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights” which were released in November of last year. For fans of indie pop rock, Peach Pit released their album “You and Your Friends” on April 3rd featuring singles “Shampoo Bottles” and “Feelin’ Low.” Phoebe Bridgers also released her single “Kyoto” on April 9th. Fiona Apple also released her highly awaited album “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” on April 17th. All of the music mentioned is available for free streaming on Spotify and for $9.99 a month on Apple Music.
2. Try a New Recipe Using Ingredients You Already Have
If you want to try a new recipe but don’t necessarily want to go out to get ingredients from the store, then you should check out the app SuperCook Recipe by Ingredient, available on all Android and Apple devices. It allows you to input all of the ingredients you have in your kitchen and gives you recipes using only those ingredients. It’s extremely helpful and allows you to practice social distancing while still making cool new recipes!
3. Order In From a Local Restaurant You’ve Been Wanting to Try
While this pandemic has affected all businesses, it has been especially hard-hitting on local, independent restaurants. A great way to support your community while social distancing is to order delivery from these restaurants. Many food delivery apps such as DoorDash, Postmates, and Uber Eats are encouraging their users to order local by offering codes for discounts or free delivery.
4. Watch A Movie or Start a New TV Series
With streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+, it isn’t hard to find a good movie or TV show to start watching. Recently, I’ve been trying to catch up on series that I’ve started but never finished such as “On My Block” and “All American” on Netflix. I’ve also been taking this opportunity to watch movies I’ve been meaning to watch but never had the time to, such as “Midsommar” (on Amazon Prime Video) and the Best Picture winner of this year’s Oscars, “Parasite” (on Hulu). You can even watch movies and TV shows from Netflix with your friends using Netflix Party, available on all chrome browsers on desktop or laptop computers.
5. Reach Out to Someone You Haven’t Talked to In a While
If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we never know what will happen. Personally, it’s given me time to think about the people that are (or were at some point) important in my life and how it’s important to check up on them from time to time, even if I don’t see them anymore. It can be unnerving to contact someone you haven’t talked to in a while, but even if the response may not be what you were hoping for, it is still better than not allowing yourself to try.
6. Educate Yourself and Others About the Virus and How to Stay Safe
Misinformation about the virus can spread just as fast as the virus itself. It is important to stay informed through reliable sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and to listen to their advice. It is also our responsibility to make sure that the right information is being spread to our family, friends, and community. By doing this, we can keep our community healthy and safe.
7. Get Some Rest
It may seem like a waste of time or unproductive, but it is so crucial that we get the rest we need during this time, especially since many students aren’t getting any rest while school is in session. By allowing ourselves to get some rest, we end up being more productive throughout the day. It seems like everyone on the internet is taking some big step or starting some creative new project, but we shouldn’t feel pressured into feeling like we have to be doing something fun or exciting. Sometimes we just need to take a step back and catch up on all of the sleep we’ve missed while in school.
Living through this pandemic can be scary, nerve wracking, and lonely, but learning how to make the best out of a less than ideal situation can help us get through it. Stay safe, stay healthy, and to protect our community, stay home!