Having to stay home for an extended period of time (four months and counting to be exact!) can take a toll on our mental health. We’re social beings so this physical distancing thing can be quite frustrating and with the stresses of COVID-19, it can be hard to feel productive.
But, although it kind of feels like life stopped, we must keep moving forward and continue being productive. Productivity is an important part of life. It helps us feel fulfilled and gives us reasons to push ourselves. With the current circumstances, it is hard to find fulfillment in everyday life. If you are struggling to find things to do each day, here are six ways to be productive during the pandemic.
1. Explore something new
Since we can’t leave the house, we’ve greatly cut back on our activities and gained a lot more time. Yes, even with all four kids are home! So, I’ve taken this opportunity to learn with my kids. Throughout the stay-at-home order, we learned to play the ukelele together, we learned how animation works, we learned to cook and bake, and we’re currently learning languages too! I love that we get to do all these things together.
There are a lot of online (and free) courses and resources available. Make a list of things you want to learn with your family and start working on those new skills together!
2. Add movement to your day
Exercise paired with some sunshine aren’t only great in boosting your immunity, these can also lift up your mood. Find time each day to work out with the whole family to get those good vibes up and spreading in your home.
3. Make Something
Get creative. Pull out your paints, pencils and sketchbooks and let out your inner Picasso. Some of the best pieces of art were created by artists who felt deep emotion. Whether you’re into writing, painting, or crafting, spend some time creating a masterpiece.
If you like baking more, grab some extra ingredients, and start experimenting. The best part of this type of creative work is that you can eat the finished product. If you have family around the house, let them in on the fun.
4. Clean up and get organized
This is the perfect time to start decluttering, cleaning up, and organizing! Since everyone’s home, you get extra hands to help you deep clean the house.
If you are not the decluttering type, consider fixing things around the house. Replace broken fixtures, retouch walls and improve the efficiency of your home. This is a great time to renovate or remodel.
5. Start earning on the side
Have you been thinking about starting a side business? Start planning your business and doing some test runs. You can also explore finding online jobs so you can earn extra income while you’re home.
6. Reach Out
As you struggle with isolation fatigue, know that you are not alone. Reach out to loved ones and support them through their challenges. Together, you can find peace and grow connected. You can connect with them through phone calls, video calls, or text messages.
As you look for ways to be productive, try to be creative and focus on self-care. The pandemic is a new experience for everyone. Stay safe and get started on your new quarantine routine.