It’s mid April, a time when we’re usually gearing up for another long awaited spring and summer season at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
And who knows? Maybe we’ll still be able to do just that in a few weeks.
But for the short term, the world has changed and we’re being forced to change with it. With that in mind, we’ve got to do our best to weather the current storm and come out the other side as strong as possible.
So while last week we focused on several online options for staying busy while the “shelter in place” orders remain in affect throughout the region and much of the country, today we’re going to give you a few offline options instead.
We realize this is a tough time and the short term future is extremely uncertain right now, but let’s do our very best to work together and get through this as a community.
Our region has a reputation for coming together during times of crisis and we’re seeing this now in so many ways. And we have a feeling we’ll continue witnessing these acts of kindness and camaraderie during the rest of this national emergency.
But for now, here are six constructive ways to keep your body and mind occupied for the next several days:
Keep A Journal
This might seem a little archaic at first glance, but why not go old school and pen your thoughts and experiences during this current health crisis?
It will keep your mind busy and give you a way of remembering these times years from now. And remember that this is undoubtedly going to be a history lesson for future generations, so this journal could give your kids and grandkids a first hand look into this time in American history.
And if you do have children, ask them to keep a journal as well. Document this time in history by taking some good old fashioned pen to paper!
Do A Little Painting
Take an online class if you want, but that’s not necessary for this particular “shelter in place” activity.
Just grab some brushes and some paint and color whatever you’d like to color. Put paint on the walls of your home, do some finger painting with the kids or take a makeshift canvas and create your masterpiece.
It doesn’t have to be great painting, or even good for that matter. The point is that you’re capturing your emotions and staying busy during this time indoors.
You might even learn a little something in the process, starting a hobby that could even last for years to come.
Create A Time Capsule
Now here’s something that could be great fun, not only for now but also for the future.
Grab an old box or container and fill it with items from this current time in American history. Have each family member write down his or her thoughts, seal it in an envelope and place it in the container.
Have each person in the household place an item of importance in the box, as well as individual photos of each family member and one photo of the entire group.
Bury it in the yard and set a date in the future when you’ll all come together to dig it up. It’s another great way of documenting and remembering this time in history for future generations.
Take Up Yoga/Meditation
Buy a book and learn the time honored techniques of yoga and meditation. During this time when many of us are running short of things to do, learning these activities can occupy your mind for a given time, and keep you away from the television and the refrigerator.
This is supposed to be a list of things you can do offline, and this activity certainly fits the bill, but you can also find good information on the internet regarding effective yoga and meditation techniques.
But once you’ve learned a few things, turn off the computer and relax your mind. That’s kind of the point of this particular exercise.
Plan A Vacation
We realize that much of the world is shut down at the moment due to the health crisis, but this is not going to last forever.
Get the family together and discuss ideas for a future vacation. Things are uncertain right now, so don’t actually book hotels or airfare or anything like that, but come up with a few destinations you’d like to visit.
Pull out a notebook and start jotting things down. If the group can’t come up with a consensus favorite, record a few favorites and have everyone rank their choices in order.
Tabulate and see what destination wins. And then take the next step by discussing what you’d like to do when you get there.
You’ll be a step ahead when restrictions are lifted and travel resumes.
Start A Garden
The weather’s starting to warm up, so begin thinking about planting a garden in the backyard.
If you can get seeds, great! But if not, you can still get started by tilling the soil and sectioning off the area where you want to grow your plants, flowers, herbs and/or vegetables.
Gardening can be a fun and worthwhile hobby under any circumstances, but it can have extra therapeutic benefits right now during this time of national uncertainty.