Make “Staying at Home” Enriching on the Internet

staying home onlineThe best way to protect ourselves and the community is to “stay at home”, but you have to admit – even the most appealing apartment can begin to feel a little stale after a while. You can still explore the world and stay connected (without having to use social media) thanks to your computer or smart device. There are so many resources to keep you entertained, sane, and engaged! Below are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy “staying at home”:

Stay connected. Your PC and smart devices can help you stay in touch with family and friends and prevent isolation. You can also meet new people with a variety of online resources. Join a book club to find friends who will read and discuss great reads with you, or chat about over 70,000 music topics with fellow music lovers. Meditate with people worldwide, or get support from others who know how hard it is to homeschool for the first time.

Open your mind. This is a great time to learn a new skill or experiment with a new hobby. Learn a new language with online resources like Rosetta Stone or Babbel. You can also find classes on everything from wood working to music with an online learning service like SkillShare.

Explore your kitchen. Eating healthy is an important part of maintaining effective immunity and improving your attitude. If you are just learning to cook at home, let Gordon Ramsey teach you the basics, or brush up on your knife skills with Jamie Oliver. If you are an experienced chef, try something new, like learning how to create complex pastries or discovering the nuances of Chinese cuisine.

Workout at home. Your community gym may be not be open, but you can stay in shape or start a healthy exercise program right in your apartment. Experts say that an active lifestyle boosts immunity and reduces anxiety. Go for a walk or a run, or try one of these online workouts:

Expand your horizons. There are still lots of ways to explore the world and learn new things online even if you are stuck at home. Learn more about your family origins with Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/). Go on a virtual safari via web cam (https://www.explore.org/livecams), or try visiting a museum or national park on your smart TV. You can visit many fascinating places right from your sofa including:

Make a plan for your escape. Look to the future and stay optimistic by planning a destination vacation with a tool like Goevea! Look at potential colleges with your high school student and take a virtual tour as you narrow down the institutions you want to visit, or prepare for a Disney vacation as you take a virtual ride on a Disney ride at several Disney locations worldwide.

Have fun. When you need to step away from the devices for a fun distraction, try these great crafts and activities and take some time to enjoy the people you live with every day in a new, fun way.

While COVID-19 may present challenges to our families and communities, we also have the chance to take advantage of unique opportunities: to learn new things, to reach out to our loved ones, and to look beyond our daily routine for a new perspective. Stay safe, stay connected - we can not only survive, we can improve!