For most of us, self-isolation is like the whiplash you experience after an unexpected, abrupt halt after cruising at 70 miles per hour. It may be a bit jarring. But the new norm—working from home, spending more time inside—is also forcing us all to slow down. It’s not all bad being home, once you start realizing all the fulfilling and productive things to be done there. Nature walks, cooking, meditation, journaling, whatever you desire to add to your life… no time like now to treat yourself. Habits start with taking the first step to changing your patterns.
As we read the news and Facebook posts, we would like to give some ideas on ways you can stay busy, keep your kids occupied and pass the time. The Luv Your Life app has transformed into a resource for many of these items (with new things being added every day). Download the app or go to luvyourlife.me to get access to these free resources today. And of course, you can still contact your concierge directly at email@example.com.
Bring Out Your Art Supplies
Whether you like working with clay (try your hand at a stop motion video!), water coloring or drawing, set up a little corner to start practicing art again. Crafting and getting creative is such a great way to get out of your head.
There are a lot of communities to support right now, and though we can’t necessarily provide relief or comfort with our physical presence, we can certainly contribute what we can. Let us look into local options for you.
Take Up Needle Pointing or Knitting
Studies show that knitting is actually a huge stress reliever. So not only will knitting a new blanket give you something to cuddle up with, but it’ll also be a soothing process. We can lookup instructional videos and help you order supplies!
Work Your Way Through a Cookbook
If you’re someone who collects cookbooks but mostly uses them as coffee table decor, this is the perfect opportunity to dive in. Cooking is a great way to bring the family together, and it’ll make cooking (and eating) so much more enjoyable. Plan out themed dinners for an extra challenge! Or if sweets are more your thing, grab that mixer and bake up some delicious cookies, cupcakes and more. You can even try out some immune-boosting recipes to find that perfect balance of healthy and delicious.
Browse Auction Sites
If you don’t want to over-spend right now, but miss finding inspiration while window shopping, just do it virtually. Watch live auctions on eBay for extra excitement.
Put Together a Virtual Book Club
More downtime inside = more time to read. Try the book-a-week challenge and then get together on FaceTime with a group of friends to discuss it. Or, if you have a list of classics you’ve been meaning to get through, now’s the time.
Spring Cleaning and Flex Your Green Thumb
March 19 was the official start to spring, which means some spring cleaning is never a bad option! Clean out the garage, closet attic or whatever else needs a little refresh! If you’re able to safely spend time in your yard, now’s a good time to dive into gardening.
Now is a good time to invest in finding your inner zen. Dr. Tara Martello says, “When we’re worried about our resources, we have to look within. We have our breath. This disease is affecting our lungs and our breathing. If we still have our breath right now, let’s find it.”
Organize a Talent Show
If you’re currently cooped up in a household of two or more, organize a little talent show. Whether it’s playing the piano or doing a little dance, some little light-hearted fun will be much appreciated. The more comedians in the house, the better!
Do Some DIY Projects
There are, no doubt, plenty of things around your house that could use some sprucing up. Whether you’ve been meaning to reorganize the pantry, paint a door frame or install floating shelves, these minor home updates will improve your environment, and thus your mood.
Research a New Topic
Have you been curious about a specific period in history, a public figure or really anything at all? Now’s the time to educate yourself. Become an expert!
Exercise, Do Yoga or Pilates
There are so many great at-home apps to try. You could opt for a guided class, or just look up moves to replicate at your own pace. Try out some online yoga or barre classes or download some apps for simple full-body exercises that don’t require a gym.
Learn a New Language
If you were a pro in a foreign language in high school but have since lost your magic or you’re a first timer, now is a good time to download a language app and start practicing. Or, if you’re not interested in learning a new language, sign up for another kind of online class. There are plenty of sites and apps such as Duolingo, Memrise, OpenCulture and Babble that offer online resources and tools to learn new languages for free.
Get Outside And Enjoy Some Fresh Air!
It is important to keep a safe distance of 6 feet if you are walking with a buddy, but don’t let that stop you from getting your blood circulating and enjoying the outdoors. There is plenty of opportunity to walk or even take a hike.
Binge on Favorite Shows
Now is the perfect time to get caught up on your favorite shows. Not sure what to start with or what streaming services to download? We have plenty of recommendations! Plus, there’s now a way to watch Netflix with friends remotely! You can find the link in the Luv Your Life app under “Pass the Time.”
Play Board Games
Put that brain of yours to work with puzzles, cards or get competitive with a board game or two. There are plenty of ways to get the wheels turning with jigsaws, sudoku and other classic games! Internet games like Words with Friends, Scrabble, Draw Something, Uno, and Quizup are great options, too.
Go Places Virtually
From museums and National Parks to Disney World and zoos, there are plenty of places you can explore without leaving your couch. Go to the Luv Your Life app to check out our favorites.
Local Milwaukee Resources
- Hospital Clinics Drive-Thrus
- Restaurants offering curbside service
- Boswell book delivery
- Odd Jobs for MKE Service Industry People
- Stores in the area that are open for food and supplies – with limited hours
- Metro Market / Pick n Save
- Festival Foods
- Trader Joes
- Big Lots
- Home Depot
- Ace Hardware
- JoAnn Fabrics