Turn Self-Isolation into a Staycation
Spring is on its way -- and with it, the end of the flu season, more time outside, and a lower risk of being exposed to Covid-19. But winter’s not quite over, and whether you travel internationally for work or have kids in school, chances are you may end up spending some time in home isolation over the next few months.
We don’t know about you, but here at PrepMeKits HQ we are definitely done with the sourdough starters, losing our motivation for Zoom happy hours, and have given up on learning to knit. So we’ve come up with a few new ideas to keep you busy during quarantine - whether you’re on your own or at home with the kids.
Whatever your quarantine “persona” is – go-getter, bookworm, or couch potato – we’ve got suggestions that’ll help spice up your staycation.
Limber up: If you’re in the market for a yoga or meditation class, Yoga with Adriene is a great place to start. There’s something for everyone, whether you want to relieve stress, ease back pain, or breathe through a bad mood. Videos range from under 10 minutes to an hour, cover all ages and skill levels, and are positive and encouraging - with many focused on themes like self-love and mental health. There is even a “Yoga PE” series that is designed for kids home from school.
Jump start your spring cleaning: If the idea of organizing makes your blood pressure rise, try Sweepy. The app breaks down complicated house and yard chores into manageable tasks, room by room, with each family member assigned a daily schedule where they can earn points based on the level of effort. With an option to “approve” jobs, you can get the kids involved too. Not sure where to start? Try the Decluttering Challenge.
Learn something new: Podcasts are a fantastic way to keep your mind engaged while you walk the dog, fold the laundry, or just relax in a hot bath with a glass of wine. For something entertaining and educational, try This American Life, Radiolab, or Ted Talks Daily. If you want to listen with the kids, try NPR’s Wow in the World or Radiolab for Kids. (If you want something more visual - Netflix is currently home to 380 documentaries, with plenty of kid-friendly options.)
See the sights: If you’re bored with the view out your bedroom window and yearning for a bit more culture, why not try a virtual museum or gallery tour? You can visit places like the Van Gogh Museum (Netherlands), the Palace of Versaille (France), or the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Korea) from the comfort of your sofa. (Alternatively, check out the live animal webcams from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo or the Monterey Bay Aquarium to see lions, giant pandas, sea otters, sharks, and more!)
Dive into a new book: If you have a library card, connect it to Libby to borrow ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines from your public library. The app is available on iOS, Android, or in your web browser and is completely free - there aren’t even any late fees. Flip through (virtual) pages to your heart’s content!
Get your glow on: Try these simple recipes for homemade face masks. There’s something for every skin type, and though some of the recipes include more obscure ingredients, many are made with things you probably already have around the house - like orange juice, honey, and olive oil.
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