Here’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
- Set up your isolation or sick room
- Organize your preparedness supplies
- Start a hobby (learn to knit, make survival bracelets, draw, paint, etc.)
- Take a few online courses or get an online certification. Some are even free!
- Read The Prepper’s Blueprint or the other books you haven’t had a chance to read
- Make some natural household cleaners
- Organize the house
- Finally, get around to the honey-do list and fix things around the house
- Make some freezer meals
- Write a book
- Watch documentaries or movies
- Start a daily journal
- Document your struggle against boredom and take a picture every hour
- Rearrange your house
- Practice yoga
- Meditate or pray
- Talk to friends and family
- Learn how to play an instrument
- Play a joke on other family members and swap their closet contents with yours
- Make homemade yogurt
- Cut your hair
- Make a trash can a basketball hoop and throw crumpled up paper for baskets
- Make a bucket list
- Plan your next season garden
- Create your own language and then write a dictionary
- Play board games, legos or cards
- Make crafts out of wine corks
- Film yourself cooking and talk like Julia Child
- Relearn the art of the handstand
- Make homemade cards and write a note to family member and friends
- Organize old pictures or make a scrapbook
- Have spa day
- Make a battery out of pennies
- Practice martial arts
- Play hide and seek
- Master dance moves
- Upcycle mason jars into home decor
- Memorize your favorite quote or poem
- Plan your next trip or vacation
- Start a Pinterest account
- Learn about photography and take photos
- Start a blog
- Make survival preps out of unused household items
- Learn the Cups song from Pitch Perfect
- Learn how to play chess
- Karaoke like a rock star
- Have a Nerf gun battle
- Take a nap
- 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.