How to Prepare to Enjoy Your Quarantine with the #365FirstsChallenge

Which way would you swipe on “Get Quarantined?” I’m gonna guess, definitely NOT right – never done it, add to my list. The preference is for sure left – never done it and don’t want to do it. Same with “Get the Coronavirus.”

I’ve certainly never been quarantined and I rather not be quarantined; however, if I’m going to be, I’m going to make sure I’m ready for it so it’s not a “stab me in the eye” I’m utterly bored 14 days or more of my life. I believe in making the best of every situation.

The coronavirus is the reason why millions of people have added “Got Quarantined” to their list of first times, something none of us, a few months ago, probably ever considered or thought about dealing with, in our lifetimes. 

Yet, here we are, and it seems that with each passing day the probabilities of finding ourselves ordered into quarantined or self-quarantined are increasing.

There’s being sick and quarantined where unfortunately you won’t be in the mood to do much of anything and the focus is on getting better.

But there’s being healthy and being quarantined where you risk suffering from cabin fever. Not familiar with cabin fever? It’s not a disease but a claustrophobic reaction, manifested as extreme irritability and restlessness, that takes place when a person or group ends up in an isolated or solitary location or stuck indoors in confined quarters for an extended period of time.

It’s true there’s enough content between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and YouTube to spend 14 straight days and nights binge-watching shows and getting bed sores but that’s far from being good for your morale, wellbeing, and health or a worthwhile way to spend your time.  

There is a much better way for you to get the most out of being quarantine and ensure that it’s an experience you’ll never forget for good reasons. 

Enjoy Your Quarantine with First Times and New Experiences

One of the big things I point out when I talk about the #365FirstsChallenge is that there are MANY first times and new experiences you can have in the comfort of your own home. Which is great because your ability to leave home and find entertainment is also drastically changing.

If you’re gonna be quarantined at home for 14 days you don’t get to say “I’m too busy or I don’t have time.” You’ll have nothing to do and nothing but time. So what an amazing opportunity to explore and add first times and new experiences to your life!! 

This is a list to help get started and continue to brainstorm the plethora of ways you can ensure you (and your family) are entertained, learning, growing closer together, and having fun during a less than ideal situation. 

Games 

Check the #GameFirsts Master List for ideas or download the App.

Get online to order some new board games or on your next run to the store, before they shut down or you can’t leave the house, go check out the board games aisle and select a few new games you and your family have never played before.

Got a deck of cards? If you can’t make it out of the house to buy board games, no worries, there are many card games to try and even card tricks

If you live somewhere with a yard you can also look into all the possible yard games so you can spend some time outside, get some exercise, have fun, and learn a new game. 

If you don’t have a yard…these are special times so perhaps that makes it permissible to play outdoor games – inside? Just saying mom and dad – it’s worth considering.

Learn a New Language

You can really submerse yourself and your family into learning a new language. Pick a language, download the free App Duolingo and start doing the lessons. Tag everything in your house with the name for it in the different language. Go around practicing and quizzing yourself and others. 

Find a music channel and some videos in the language you’re learning for more exposure to the language. You can even find someone who speaks that language quarantined in their homes and Skype, Facetime, or use some other free modes of video call to exchange some language lessons. 

Learn a New Skill

If you’ve never looked into online learning management platforms to add to your skillsets – now is a fabulous time to do so. There a variety of platforms to choose from – these are 3 examples.

SkillShare: Classes to Spark Your Creativity. Unlock a passion, side hustle, or new professional skill with thousands of classes in design, business, and more.

Udemy: Udemy helps organizations of all kinds prepare for the ever-evolving future of work. Our curated collection of top-rated business and technical courses gives companies, governments, and nonprofits the power to develop in-house expertise and satisfy employees’ hunger for learning and development.

CodeAcademy: Learn to code. You can start for free.

Or explore options on YouTube like learning to juggle and doing magic tricks

Learn an Instrument

Don’t overthink this one, it’s about having fun, doing something new, and entertaining yourself. However, it could also be something you start while quarantined that you decide to keep learning.

There are quite a few small and inexpensive instruments you can explore. Below are links to the instrument on Amazon but you can visit your local music store and pick something up. 

Learn to Dance

Why not do both, learn an instrument and some new dance moves? Or if dancing sounds more fun, pick a dance style, use the #dancefirsts category for ideas, or maybe you missed out on the dance crazes of the last decade ( Gangnam Style, Whip/Nae Nae or ready to Woah) and this is your chance to catch up. Look them up on YouTube and start learning!! 

Explore #FitnessFirsts

Being quarantine means you’re not going to the gym, and if you aren’t using dancing to raise your heart rate there are other options too.  

If you haven’t peeled the onion on yoga. Now is an excellent opportunity to do so. There are so many poses to try and learn. 

Could you be walking on your hands at the end of the 14 days? Of course, you don’t want to do anything that will lead to you getting injured.

Do you have a jump rope? Ever attempted to learn some tricks

What about bodyweight exercises? There are plenty of those to explore as well. 

Make Things!

If you’re ready to explore the world of crafts and making things – you might become hard press to ever want to leave the house. 

You can buy craft starter kits or DIY Kits to start making everything and anything. You can take a trip to Hobby Lobby, Micheals, or Joann Fabric and Crafts and pick things up to get creative with. The plan here is to get what you need before you are quarantined. 

And not everything requires money or buying something. You can do origami for free. 

Have you made your own hand sanitizer already?

Get Busy Teaching What You Know

What do you know how to do that the others in your household and family do not?

Do you know how to tie a tie? Tie knots? Use power tools? Apply makeup? Curl hair? Make a special meal? Use appliances or other tools around the house that your spouse, significant other, roommate, or children are clueless about. 

What about your dog(s) or I guess your cat and other animals? Take the time to teach them some new tricks. Most will appreciate the attention and all will love the treats!!

Get busy teaching what you know and introducing others to a first time and new experience. 

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Was this helpful? Do you feel you can now better prepare yourself to enjoy your potential quarantine? It’s all about your perspective and how you choose to look at your circumstances and options. There’s no need for you to be bored or miserable.

Do you have additional ideas and recommendations? Leave a comment or contact us so we can share them with others. 

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