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Fight Quarantine Boredom with these Five Tips

As the world fights to slow the spread of the coronavirus many of us are staying home, practicing social distancing, and quarantining. While remaining inside is necessary right now, some of us may find ourselves struggling to adjust to our new normal. With this unexpected downtime comes new opportunities to reconnect with yourself, and others at a whole new level. So, whether you’re at home alone or quarantining with family we’ve collected 5 awesome suggestions to keep you entertained, connected, and happy.

Explore the past

book with Polaroid

It can bring great comfort to connect with the past and remind yourself and others (especially kids) that this is not the first time the world has had to deal with uncertainty. Reflecting on the challenging times our ancestors endured and how they overcame it can truly be an inspiration for us all and a great reminder that this too shall pass. We all have someone in our family tree that lived through a significant event in history. Use this time to take a deeper look at your family history perhaps you have a direct relative who lived through smallpox, 1918 flu pandemic, or the great depression. Digging up old pictures, and historical records can be a great way to pass the time, learn more about where you come from, and remind us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Ancestry.com

Family Search

Free ancestry research guides

Go On Virtual Tours

Mount Rushmore

For some of us, the reality of not being able to travel and explore has been a difficult one. Luckily, amazing virtual adventures are just a click away. These virtual gems may be just what you were looking for to satisfy your need for wanderlust. From the comfort of your home, the world is literally at your fingertips. Pack your imaginary bags, pick a destination and go on a fun, exciting virtual vacation creating wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

World Destinations

Great Wall of China

National Parks

Chicago

Europe’s Famous Castles

Bucket List Attractions

Banksy’s Street Art

Las Vegas Neon Museum

Free Broadway Musicals (limited time)

Hawaii’s Volcanoes

Livestream the Northern Lights

D.C. Cherry Blossoms  

Meet up with your family and friends virtually

Friends looking at phone

Hang out with your family and friends while practicing social distancing. Fortunately, in today’s world, social distancing doesn’t have to mean complete isolation. There are so many apps and websites available to help keep you connected to the ones you love. Communication is far beyond just talking on the phone, texting, or emailing you can now virtually connect and see your loved ones.

Stay connected with

Skype

Zoom

Google Hangouts

FB messenger

Houseparty

Host a virtual game night with these fun games available through the App Store and Google Play Store

Monopoly App Store Google Play Store

Mario Kart Tour - App Store Google Play Store

Scrabble Go - App Store Google Play Store

UNO Online - App Store Google Play Store

Digital Clue - App Store Google Play Store

Participate in celebrity-hosted events

Looking at Instagram

With sporting events canceled, concerts postponed, and movie theaters shut down celebrities are using their time to give us some much-needed entertainment. From live-stream performances, online classes, and hilarious TikTok/ YouTube Videos. Below are some trending hashtags and links that are sure to keep you entertained for hours

Click here for a list of upcoming celebrity performances

Instagram

#togetherathome

#savewithstories

#CookingInACrisis

#StayAtHomeChallenge

Twitter

@broadwaycares

#sunshinesongs

#stayathomechallenge

#MyPandemicSurvivalPlan

Learn how to cook new foods

Girl with eggs on her eyes

Unless you’ve been living on fast food and takeout, you’re probably doing a lot more cooking. Now’s the perfect time to try that recipe you’ve been meaning to cook for years or try your hand at cooking food from other cultures. With endless cooking tutorials/classes on YouTube making a great meal that you’re proud of has never been easier. Check out some of our favorite cooking videos below.

Gordan Ramsay’s 5 basic cooking skills

Tasty’s

Cooking hacks that will make you love cooking

Joanne Gains Quarantine Cooking

Cooking with Sonny

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