1. Phone a friend.
There used to be a Bell telephone commercial jingle, “Reach out and touch someone.” Instead of that, I’m recommending that you call, text, FaceTime, or Zoom someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. I texted a high school friend yesterday and the jokes picked up where they left off. Think of this as a great opportunity to reconnect.
2. Work out at home.
Can’t go to the gym? Cycle, and do calf extensions on the steps, and pushups and planks like there’s no tomorrow. I already met my fitness goals for 2020, but I guess I’ll be able to maintain them now, too.
3. Read five books that you’ve intended to but just didn’t have time.
There’s enough time now. Just don’t break your reading glasses, unless you have a backup pair.
4. Find substitute TV programming.
Now that all sports are suspended until further notice. Catch up on three, four, or more great shows that your friends have highly recommended.
5. Write a poem or a Great American Novel.
Tap your muse. In addition to blog posts, I plan to complete a book proposal and finish my second novel, if two weeks go to six, eight, or more.
6. Commune with nature.
Walk around outside in the sun at a healthy distance from other humans. Exercise and naturally forming Vitamin D? What could be better?
Make a great recipe reality and create a meal to be proud of. It’s a good idea to stock up on pasta, rice, canned vegetables, and spices so that more recipes are within reach.