The first month of California’s lockdown has come and gone and we’re all feeling restless. Self-isolation is critical to supporting our healthcare workers during the pandemic, but it’s not without emotional and mental challenges. So whether you’re working from home, or muddling through an unplanned staycation, here are 7 things to do during social distancing.
Soothing Animal Webcams
Zoos and aquariums are streaming live coverage on their animal cams. You can watch otters and jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, or giant pandas via the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Or maybe lions are more your thing… From impalas to naked mole rats, there are lots of channels to choose from.
Foster a Pet During Social Distancing
If you’re looking for things to do during social distancing, animal shelters need foster homes for pets more than ever. You’d be helping out, plus you’d have some cuddly company.
Write a Letter
Write letters to future generations about this time in history. Imagine what it would be like to have true accounts from your grandparents about the world they lived in and the hardships they overcame.
Listen to Podcasts
Podcasts have been around since 2004, but their popularity has really begun to climb in recent years. They can be educational to downright strange. If you need things to do during social distancing, find your favorite genres and listen in on your phone.
Direct From the Big Screen
Or, if you’re more of a visual person, movie studios are releasing new films straight to streaming services, instead of the big screen.
Get Fancy During Social Distancing
BroadwayHD offers musicals and plays, while the Metropolitan Opera is streaming timeless classics like Tristan and Isolde. Find the schedule on their website. In addition, many smaller artists with waylaid tours are live streaming virtual concerts. You can also view some museums without ever leaving the couch, or changing out of your favorite sweatpants.
The Great Outdoors
Fresh air and exercise are good for both our physical and mental health. If you have a yard or patio, try to get outside at least once a day. Read a book or have a picnic if the weather cooperates. Slow down and watch the natural world.
Social Distancing Ideas?
We’d love to hear your ideas for things to do during social distancing. How are you keeping boredom at bay? Share your experience with us in the comments. We might be far apart right now, but we’re not alone.