Let’s face it, we know it’s for our well-being to self-isolate, but being “cooped up” inside can make anyone go stir crazy. Thank goodness for streaming video content, however, if you’ve had your fill of binge-watching eight seasons of whatever you’ve been watching – here are some alternative options.
5 Indoor Activities to Keep you Stimulated, Engaged and Entertained
1. Get lost in a book.
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”
– Joseph Addison.
Do you agree that no television show or movie can compare to a good book? Books open the mind and stimulate the imagination. You can get lost in a new world, gain knowledge and understand different perspectives. Beyond this, reading has been shown to reduce stress, enhance memory, delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s, and sharpen decision-making skills. You can even make reading social by joining or creating a book club. Typically, members of a book club meet up once a month to discuss the plot, characters, and what you took away from the book, however, we’re recommending you take the book club online and use video conferencing tools such as Zoom or do a group video chat using Whatsapp.
2. Build and create
From model building kits to Lego (with or without the kids), quilting and knitting to scrapbooking, there are many benefits to be had. You can enjoy these activities on their own. Building and crafting are great for dexterity, hand-eye coordination, imagination and problem-solving. Not to mention, they are relaxing and fun! An additional benefit, you can sell your creations or donate them to local hospitals or community centers. Is there a hobby or activity you’ve been wanting to do, but haven’t had the time to explore? Well, now is the perfect time to give it a try!
3. Grow an indoor garden
Plants are extremely therapeutic. They brighten up a room, purify the air, and are a great way to bring the outdoors in. Aloe Vera is one of my favourite plants because it does more than just clean the air and look pretty, you can use the liquid found inside the leaves to soothe burns and heal wounds! Herbs are another great option because fresh herbs are so flavourful and will save you money by growing your own.
4. Become a gamer
Board, card or video, games are a fun way to pass the time indoors. It’s not just for kids! Fact: 65% of American adults play video games. Play the classics, or go online to play an individual game or play against others. Some healthy competition (even if it is against yourself) will get your mind going and keep boredom at bay.
Physical exercise should be part of your daily routine. If the weather isn’t conducive to getting out for a walk or hike, you can still get your heart rate up at home. Stationary bikes are a safe way to get your active minutes in at home (especially if you are by yourself) because they are propelled by the rider. Alternatively, you could go up and down the stairs, practice yoga, use canned goods as weights, or try a game of tennis or get dancing with the help of a video game console.
Whatever you choose to do, we hope you are staying active, engaged and well.