Lately, I have decided to take a step back from always watching the news. I have found myself stressing about COVID-19 and obsessing over every cough, sneeze, or sore throat that is more than likely attributed to allergies. If you’re struggling with boredom, check out my list of 5 ways that you can stay busy while social distancing.
Stay Busy while Taking an Online Course
Coursera is offering free online courses that you can take if you want to brush up on a skill or learn about a new topic. Some of the courses offered you can finish in as little as one day.
After you have finished the course, you will have the option to pay for a certificate of completion that you can post on your Linkedin page. The price starts at $49. If you prefer not to buy the certificate just utilize your new set of skills and apply it to your resume.
Harvard University is also offering 64 free online courses on different subjects. These courses do not count toward academic credit, but it still an opportunity to take advantage of right now to stay busy.
If you have a child at home, Rosetta Stone, an online foreign language program, is offering a free 3-month online course to K-12 students that have been affected by COVID-19. Rosetta Stone is also available to homeschooled students as well.
If you’re into photography, Nikon is offering online courses through their Nikon School Online. The sessions will be FREE the entire month of April. You do not need to own a Nikon camera to participate in these courses. The courses typically vary from $15 to $50 each.
Stay Busy while Exercising
Now, as cliche as this may seem, what is a better way to get back on track with those New Year resolutions that have seemed to fall off track? Not only does exercise help to manage stress, but it also helps you stay in shape during a time when many of us may want to lay in bed all day.
Since many gyms are closed nationwide and you may not feel comfortable going outside, I recommend using the furniture in your home as work out equipment.
I suggest exercising three times a week for 30 mins to an hour each day. Now before you do any new exercise routine, you may want to consult with your doctor if you have any health concerns.
Stay Busy While Cleaning
Out with the old, in with the new! When times like this weigh heavily on our minds, I always believe cleaning can help you detox and get rid of any negative energy that you may have been feeling.
If you have any old clothes, you can drop them off at your local donation centers or homeless shelters. Due to COVID-19, I would advise calling before attempting to drop off any donations. If you’re looking to make a little extra money, one of my favorite apps to sell clothes on is Poshmark.
Not only should you clean your home, but you should also get rid of any old text messages, screenshots and pictures that are taking up storage space on your phone and your computer.
Sometimes it’s good for your mental health to delete things that no longer serve you justice.
I know what you’re thinking. Why is this woman asking us to invest, and we are in the middle of a major economic crisis? Well, this would honestly be the best time to look for stocks, although there is a chance that stocks could drop in value, good solid stocks will recover over time. So make sure you always research before investing.
Robinhood is my personal favorite exchange for beginners because the platform is so easy to navigate. Click the link and you will be eligible to receive a free stock when you sign up.
If you don’t feel like looking for stocks and just want an easier way to invest, you can invest with as little as $5 a week with some of my favorite investment apps.
Just recently, Congress just approved a stimulus package; if you qualify and have money left over, you may want to consider investing a portion of it. With apps like Acorns and Qapital, you can invest your spare change and let it grow over time. You can choose your portfolio settings from conservative to aggressive. I use both apps because they both offer different features that I think are an excellent way for you to save money.
Currently, both apps are running a referral promotion, click my link and you will get $5 for signing up with Acorns and $20 for signing up with Qapital.
Always remember to seek financial advice from a professional, if you’re unsure of what avenue you should take with investments.
Hanging Out With Friends
Being in the house doesn’t mean you can’t hang out with friends. If you own an iPhone, you can easily connect with friends by Facetime or even downloading Zoom and connecting with them that way.
One popular app, Houseparty is an interactive social networking platform where you talk to your friends via webcam and can play different games. Up to eight people at a time can join a room once. To make things more interesting, incorporate alcohol in your games if you’re of legal drinking age in your country. If you’re anything like me, you will stay busy while using this app.
Another great way to connect with friends is if you install the Netflix Party extension on Google Chrome. This extension will allow you to stream a movie and chat with friends at the same time.
All in all, stay safe, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and please do not leave your home unless necessary. Remember, we all have a personal responsibility to keep everyone around us safe.