Fun Activities to Keep You Busy In Isolation

September 12th, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, many of us are continuing to experience feelings of isolation. One of the toughest things is not being able to break social distancing guidelines to fulfill that need. Of course, for many seniors, this is normal life even without the pandemic, as mobility or other challenges make leaving the house difficult. But physical distance doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Here are some ideas to help keep you entertained now and in the future.

Take up a craft.

You don’t need to be a pro knitter to enjoy crafting. There are tons of different crafts you can do to fill your time, from coloring to scrapbooking to sewing. If you’re not sure where to start, Pinterest is a great place to get some inspiration. Plus, these activities require fine motor skills, which can help you in other areas of life, too.

Play a game.

Board games are a fun way to pass the time if you’re isolating with someone else. A little friendly competition can keep things interesting. If there’s no one else around, tons of classic games are available to play free online through Board Game Arena.

Watch those movies you’ve been meaning to check out.

Whether you’re catching up on recent releases or revisiting beloved classics, movies are a wonderful way to pass a couple hours. Netflix has tons of movies across countless genres. Another great free option is your local library. You’ll likely be able to rent whatever movies you want to watch and may even be able to get them through contactless pickup.

Tackle your “to be read” pile.

Do you have a stack of dusty books that has been sitting on your coffee table? Now’s the perfect time to tackle that pile. If you don’t have a pile, consider (safely) swapping books with a friend or family member.

Get some exercise.

There’s no shortage of ways to exercise at home. We’ve mentioned how important it is to stretch in the past. Take it a step further with some simple exercises you can do without special equipment.

Take a virtual trip.

Even if you can’t travel anywhere, many parks and museums have made their attractions available online. Take in natural wonders from the comfort of your couch, or get an art education by visiting world-renowned museums.

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