10 Things To Do While Self-Quarantining

A man takes a selfie on a cliff in the backcountry

As a community, we all need to do our part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and practicing social distancing is one of the most important things we can do to help keep each other healthy. However, spending days or weeks on end at home, especially if you’re alone, can take its toll.

We’ve gathered some ideas that can help you stay active, stimulated, and fulfilled – while keeping a healthy distance from others. Try out these activities and tag us on your favorite social platform by adding #RenownLife.

1. Check Out an eBook

When the world seems chaotic, there is nothing better than being able to transport yourself to another place. Reading can give your brain a break from the noise in the real world and allow you to expand your thoughts. Washoe County Library has an excellent e-reading program that allows you to check out thousands of amazing titles – for free.

2. Go for a Hike

There is nothing like open space and exercise to reduce stress and give you a new perspective. Taking a hike can check both off your list. With hundreds of local trails to try out, the opportunities are endless. Just do a quick online search for local hikes or sites like AllTrails.

3. Start to Draw

Drawing can help us express emotion and capture meaningful moments. It can also help enhance creativity and improve concentration and hand-eye coordination. Chances are it’s been awhile since you sat down to draw, but what better time than the social-distancing-present to give it a try? There’s no telling what you’ll create or the inner-artist you may reveal.

4. Try a New Recipe

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5. Watch a Concert at Home

Music is memories. Whether it’s a song from your childhood, an album from your college years or a special tune from last summer, music helps us remember the good times and comforts us when times are tough. So check out what’s out there online or through your favorite streaming service. Lots of self-isolating artists are livestreaming to fans these days and a concert by your favorite band could happen in your living room – with just a click of your remote.

6. Go for a Bike Ride

If a walk or hike isn’t enough action for you, try a bike ride. Pedal around the neighborhood or get out and put some miles under your belt. Either way, wear a helmet and enjoy the less-trafficked roads brought about by social distancing. These rides can help you see the local scenery and get your heart rate up while outside in the fresh air.

7. Bake Bread

If you’ve never baked bread, it can be comforting to say the least. It may even bring back a fond memory of being in the kitchen with mom or grandma. This recipe takes a little effort, but with social-distancing time on your hands, it’s the perfect time to be a baker. Keys for success; rapid rise yeast, and a Dutch oven.

8. Organize your Closet

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9. Meditate

With endless noise from social media, regular news, kids, or just the little voices in our heads, it’s hard to find time and space to just be quiet. Yet doing so – and calmly breathing for just a moment or two – can make all the difference.

10. Write a Letter

How long has it been since you penned a letter to a friend or loved one? If you are like most, too long! So take a few minutes to write a handwritten note to someone you care for. You’ll brighten their day and help make the social distance between you seem to disappear.

If you have ideas for things to do while socially distancing, please share them using #RenownLife.