Here are four things to do to stay busy while social distancing and quarantining

Over the next few weeks, you’re likely to spend a lot more time at home. Central Florida is full of great activities and attractions that draw crowds from around the world but for the time being, most of those will be unavailable.

School closures, workplaces operating at minimum capacity and sending employees to work remotely, and popular restaurants and local businesses shutting their doors to keep the public at bay at only a few of the measures being taken to combat COVID-19.

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So, what is everyone else supposed to do with all this time on their hands and nowhere to go?

Binge watching your favorite shows may be a popular pastime, but we’re guessing after a few days you’ll go stir crazy. We’ve put together a list of things for you to do over the next few weeks to stay busy and be productive while social distancing.

Spring Cleaning

Most of the store shelves have been cleared out of cleaning supplies, but that doesn’t mean your spring cleaning can’t go ahead. The first thing to tackle is your clutter. Sorting items to keep, items to throw away, and items to donate is a great way to downsize non-essentials. You may have to wait a few weeks to get rid of the donation pile, but if it is neatly organized, it’s easy to do.

When you’re ready to do a deep clean, it may be hard to find cleaning products. Remember that there are likely things you have around the house that will do the trick. Vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice make great cleaning agents if panic buyers have cleaned out your local shops.

Take an Online Course

There are infinite courses available online. Even Ivey League schools like Harvard and Yale offer online courses for free. While these won’t give you a degree, they’re a great place to start to learn a new skill or dive into something you’ve always been curious about. This link will take you to a directory of online courses. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, check out sites like Khan Academy, Coursera, and YouTube.

Virtually visit a Museum

To help pass time in isolation, many of the greatest art institutions and museums like the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have released virtual tours, recordings of productions, and interactive material. These tours are great for the whole family as they are both educational and entertaining. There are museums and performance pieces to suit everyone’s tastes and more being released every day. Click here for the links.

Go for a Walk Outdoors

Social distancing doesn’t mean locking yourself behind a closed door, it means spending time away from crowds and making a conscious effort to maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and other people. If you’re tired of staring at your walls, consider getting outdoors. Sunlight gives us vitamin D which our bodies need to absorb calcium, transmit messages from your brain, and significantly in these times, maintain our immune systems. Central Florida has many great outdoor walking and biking trails that will allow you space between other patrons.

The situation with COVID-19 is evolving every day and we don’t know how long it will take to flatten the curve and that our day-to-day lives will remain impacted. Keeping busy while social distancing or isolating is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community without going stir crazy.

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