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50 Things To Do During Home Quarantine

 Mandatory quarantine increases the chances of sensory deprivation and can be overwhelming if you are not ready for it. Symptoms from sensory deprivation, often include anxiety, sensory illusions, or even distortions of time and perception. In animal experiments, solitude has been shown to cause psychosis. The best chance to avoid this is by knowing how to keep yourself busy.

bored on couchHere’s a fact you want to know: if a fast-spreading disease infects enough people in a population there are laws and executive orders in place to govern the control of contagions, thus allowing the government to force you into quarantine.

If this phenomenon occurs, it’s important to keep yourself busy because your mental health could be affected. Mandatory quarantine increases the chances of sensory deprivation and can be overwhelming if you are not ready for it. Symptoms from sensory deprivation, often include anxiety, sensory illusions, or even distortions of time and perception. In animal experiments, solitude has been shown to cause psychosis. The best chance to avoid this is by knowing how to keep yourself busy.

If you are unfortunately exposed to a contagious disease and are quarantined, prepare yourself for the possibility of being in complete home isolation for 21 days. Now is the time to plan on what you will do during that time because you don’t want to be stuck twiddling your thumbs for that entire time.

Here are 50 things to do after you have napped and watched movie marathons.

50 Things To Do During Home Quarantine

  1. Set up your isolation or sick room
  2. Organize your preparedness supplies
  3. Start a hobby (learn to knit, make survival bracelets, draw, paint, etc.)
  4. Take a few online courses or get an online certification. Some are even free!
  5. Read The Prepper’s Blueprint or the other books you haven’t had a chance to read
  6. Make some natural household cleaners
  7. Organize the house
  8. Finally, get around to the honey-do list and fix things around the house
  9. Make some freezer meals
  10. Write a book
  11. Watch documentaries or movies
  12. Start a daily journal
  13. Document your struggle against boredom and take a picture every hour
  14. Rearrange your house
  15. Practice yoga
  16. Exercise
  17. Meditate or pray
  18. Talk to friends and family
  19. Learn how to play an instrument
  20. Play a joke on other family members and swap their closet contents with yours
  21. Make homemade yogurt
  22. Cut your hair
  23. Make a trash can a basketball hoop and throw crumpled up paper for baskets
  24. Make a bucket list
  25. Plan your next season garden
  26. Create your own language and then write a dictionary
  27. Play board games, legos or cards
  28. Make crafts out of wine corks
  29. Film yourself cooking and talk like Julia Child
  30. Relearn the art of the handstand
  31. Make homemade cards and write a note to family member and friends
  32. Organize old pictures or make a scrapbook
  33. Have spa day
  34. Make a battery out of pennies
  35. Practice martial arts
  36. Play hide and seek
  37. Master dance moves
  38. Upcycle mason jars into home decor
  39. Memorize your favorite quote or poem
  40. Plan your next trip or vacation
  41. Start a Pinterest account
  42. Learn about photography and take photos
  43. Start a blog
  44. Make survival preps out of unused household items
  45. Learn the Cups song from Pitch Perfect
  46. Learn how to play chess
  47. Karaoke like a rock star
  48. Have a Nerf gun battle
  49. Take a nap
  50. Make a list of things to do after your are not quarantined

Being quarantined with children can be even more challenging. Here are 30 things you can do with the kids to keep them busy.

Keeping your mind off the worst-case scenario, as well as the excessive amount of time you have on your hands during a quarantine can help you avoid the symptoms of sensory deprivation. Hopefully, these suggestions can help you during  this time.

This article was originally published at Ready Nutrition™ on October 5th, 2014

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