In these unprecedented times with so many businesses closed and millions of people around the world spending more time at home than ever before, it can be easy to feel uncertain, frustrated, or just plain bored. While it may seem tempting to watch TV all day, getting creative and/or productive might just be your ticket to getting out of a quarantine funk. Team ALTAI™ has put together another list of things that can help make your life at home as pleasant as possible. From creative projects, activities for kids, and tips to improve your home, we are here to help you thrive during this difficult time.

Start a Journal or Blog

While many of us are spending less time socializing than we are used to, writing can be a great way to get your thoughts out. Research shows that writing can improve mental health, curb depression, and even help improve sleep. Got big ideas or expertise in an area that you want to share? Launch your own blog to connect with people online. Whether you keep a journal or share your work publicly, writing can be immensely helpful while you are staying at home.

Go Through Your Favorite Photos

Most of us have a large backlog of photos on cameras, computers, or most likely, smartphones. Take this time at home to go through your photos and find your favorites. You can improve your living space by having prints of your photos delivered to your house. Check out services such as Shutterfly to fulfill these orders.

Bring the Outdoors In

If you are like us, then you love the outdoors. While you are spending more time inside, there are many things you can do to meet your outdoor needs.

  • Weigh all your gear and make comparisons so that you can optimize your next backpacking trip
  • Learn to edit photos and then edit the images from your most recent adventures
  • Research the trip you will take when travel restrictions are lifted
  • Use Google Earth to travel digitally
  • Do exercises to stay fit for the next time you hit the trail

Support Local Businesses

Most restaurants are closed to dine-in patrons, but that does not mean you cannot enjoy your favorite local food fare. Order delivery to make your meals a little more interesting. To help businesses such as movie theaters that are entirely closed for now, you can purchase gift cards so that you and your family and friends can enjoy the latest movies when theaters reopen. Check online or call local businesses to check out gift card options.

Scavenger Hunt

If you have kids who are getting a little too much screen time these days with remote schooling and iPad games, shake things up by setting up a scavenger hunt. Check out this article for tons of amazing and creative ideas for scavenger hunts indoors and outdoors. This can be a fun way to spend an afternoon.

Send an Actual Letter

Internet use has increased dramatically around the world. We connect with people via social media, FaceTime, and Zoom more than any other time. While face to face interactions and in-person socialization is vastly limited for now, writing an old school letter to somebody you care about can be a special way to connect. Sending and receiving hand-written letters just has a personal touch that electronic means of communication cannot beat. If you have kids, you might also consider including notes or artwork from them with your letters.

Declutter

Perhaps the most effective and cheapest way to improve your living space is to get rid of the things you no longer use or care about. It may seem like a big task, but decluttering your clothes, papers, and other belongings can improve your happiness and bring a greater sense of calm to your home. Check out Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix to learn how you can make this happen!

Rearrange Furniture

After throwing out or donating things you no longer need, it may be time to refresh your home by rearranging your furniture. This can be a great way to improve your new stay-at-home lifestyle. Although it can seem daunting, there are simple rules you can follow for your interior design. Check out this guide to learn more!

At Home Movie Nights

There are more ways to watch movies and TV than ever before, but this can also make it difficult to choose what to watch. Finding the right movie for you and your family can take more time than it does to actually watch it! If this sounds like you, this guide includes 100 movie suggestions that make it easy to find exactly what you are looking for.

 

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