If only I had more time I would…how often have we uttered those words? Many of us are now faced with what we may feel is too much time. While this pandemic has afflicted us with fear, anxiety, and uncertainty, it can also be a time to reflect upon our blessings and to accomplish some of those “one day” agenda items we never seem to get to. While we’re all self-isolating, here are a few ideas of how to give your day more structure and content:
- Take an online course on a subject you’re interested in or want to learn more about.
- Go through your cookbooks and try those complicated recipes you’ve never had the nerve to try before.
- Listen to Ted Talks and learn something new with over 3300 videos.
- Punic Wars? Mythology? Pre-Raphaelites? Geography? Classic Noir? Indulge your interest and study it like you have to pass an exam.
- Go through your old photos and organize/label them.
- Make online photo books from all those trips where you took loads of pictures but never did anything with them.
- Keep a daily journal. A professor of history suggests keeping a record of life during a pandemic. This could become a piece of history in the future.
- Visit historic sites online. Here are a few of the places that offer virtual tours on their websites: The Louvre, the Sistine Chapel, Guggenheim Museum, Yosemite and Yellowstone, The Great Wall, MOMA, British Museum. The San Diego Zoo has a live cam tour here: https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
- Write a letter (or letters) to mail later.
- Start an online book club with your neighbors or other friends.
- Learn a new hobby like origami. Everything has a “how to” on Google!
- Get out in nature if you can. Take a walk. Bird watch.
- Fun science experiments for kids that are easy to do at home and use ingredients most of us have in our pantry can be found on this site, as well as other activities for kids to do at home: https://www.kiwico.com/
- Get some SUN every day. Twenty minutes of sunshine per day triggers your body to release over 200 antimicrobials that fight fungi, parasites and viruses.
- Think of ways you might help someone, even if it’s only to check in with someone who lives alone. A friend of mine mowed the lawn of her neighbor––a recent widow in her eighties. There are ways to help without exposing ourselves or others.
- If you’re a praying person, pray for our health workers around the world and for the vulnerable everywhere.
- And of course, as Henry James said––“only connect”. Whether through phone calls, Facetime, Zoom, Skype, or Texts – we all benefit from social contact, even from a distance, so stay connected to family and friends.
“What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.”
What are some of the ways you’re managing in this challenging time?