Following self-isolation, it is only expected that we get bored after not long. Although remaining indoors is important to protect yourself and others, what’s there for us teens to do while stuck indoors? The good news is, although we are no longer able to see our friends, it has provided us with various other opportunities to try things we never had time to do. I’ve compiled a list of 10 things for teens to do in quarantine to make your time as interesting – and perhaps even as productive – as possible!
1. Read a Book
How about purchasing an ebook, reading a book you haven’t gotten the chance to read yet, or picking up an old book your feel like re-reading? Reading can help to increase creativity, lower stress, and make you smarter among a countless list of benefits. To relieve all the gloom lately, choose a book that is truly able to transport you to a whole new world! I’ve compiled a list of book recommendations to read during quarantine, feel free to check it out here: http://therosetum.com/5-books-for-teens-to-read-in-quarantine/
2. Update Your Resume
A resume is a tool to market yourselves and it’s more than just a document. It outlines your background, your skills, and your education so that a potential employer is easily able to see how you can contribute to a job. Updating your resume is one of those tasks that gets pushed to the bottom of a to-do list in everyday life. And it’s understandable—it’s hard, it takes a long time, and you should usually have several people look it over to find mistakes. As teens, it is better that we get a head start on this as soon as we can for the next time we are on a job hunt.
3. Learn a New Language
With all that free time, now is the time to knuckle down and finally start tackling that language you’ve always wanted to learn. There are many online resources for you to do this – so there is no need to leave the comfort of your own home! Many websites may also offer free classes for the language you want to learn. Below are a few links to help get you started:
- Chinese – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQOUSJOVHp8
- Spanish – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE-03EATjho
- Japanese – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YV8KmfBbBM
- French – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcEeDO_n2VI
- German – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rM19KYnDJUs
- Russian – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzibwVOO3Zk
4. Watch a Movie with Friends (…virtually of course)
Do you miss going to movie cinemas with your friends? Well the next best thing to that is watching them virtually and in spirit. Nowadays, through app extensions such as Netflix Party, you can virtually watch synced movies and tv shows with your friends. This is the best way to go on a fun movie date with your friends while still social distancing.
Link for Netflix Party: https://www.netflixparty.com/
5. Try Follow a Free Workout Plan
With gyms closing in many countries, staying at home for long periods of time can pose a significant challenge to active and healthy. Physical activity can also be a good way to relax and stay calm during this uncertain time. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week. These recommendations can still be achieved even at home, with no special equipment and limited space. There are many free home workout plans that have been constructed which require no equipment. A few of my favorite workout programs have been listed below:
- Blogilates – https://www.blogilates.com/14-day-quarantine-workout-plan/
- Chloe Ting – https://www.chloeting.com/program/
6. Try Some Cooking
Unless you and your family are planning on ordering takeout food for the rest of self-isolation, why not try to cook something up yourself? Cook up whatever it is that you have been craving these past few weeks and see how it goes. There is always more you can learn with cooking and now if the best time to try perfect some of your recipes.
7. Actually Meditate
I’m sure that life has been very overwhelming for us, and meditation is one of the best things we can do to try to calm our anxious minds! Even before quarantine, I’m sure that a lot of us put off mindfulness, as we were just to busy to fit in the time. Now with more time on our hands, we have no more excuses; and we should all get into daily mindfulness habits! Meditation really helps the mind relax and it enhances our self-awareness. There are many different apps that can take you through guided meditations, however, my all-time favorite is the app Insight Timer. It offers many features even without signing up for a membership and there are over 45,000 different guided meditations. You’re bound to find one that works for you!
8. Take Advantage of Stargazing Events
Something we can all do at night when we have nothing to do is stargaze. This is something we can do in our own backyards or on our balconies and it’s super fun! See how many constellations you can recognize – and if you don’t know any, there are many free AR apps that you can download on your phone to get you started. Remember to pick a clear night so that you can actually see the stars! Stargazing is an amazing experience and it reminds us all just how big the world is.
The following link lists astronomical events in May: https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/astronomical-events-2020-stargazing-night-sky-map
9. Arts and Craft
Quarantine has offered us little opportunity to let out our creative side – and that is what art is all about! Remember, when I’m talking about art, I am not simply referring to drawing or painting. There are many different arts you can try out, including photography, dance, singing, etc. Give everything a go and unleash your inner creative self. See if it can become a way to help you cope with everything going on in the world. It’s all about seeing what is therapeutic for you!
10. Revamp your Room
What better time to transform our room than now. Envision that dream bedroom of yours and see how close you can get to it! Remember to try to work with things that you already have in your own house because this isn’t essential and so you don’t want to be out shopping too much. Or, maybe even begin revamping your room and finish it when quarantine is over. Having a nice cozy place to call your own and spend quality time in is important now more than ever.
Now is a great time to try out this list of “10 things for Teens to do in Quarantine” – especially with all this extra time on our hands. Rather than binging Netflix all day in bed – see if you can try to make something productive out of it. Remember, this really is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Try to see the good in it instead of focusing on all the negatives. Feel free to mention if you tried any of these activities, and which ones helped you cure quarantine boredom! Stay safe!
Love, Carol x