Just Beat It: Ways to Beat Quarantine Boredom

With the recent developments surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and the social distancing mandate recently enforced, individuals are finding themselves stuck inside with little to do, forcing many to be creative with their newfound time. Our older generation—seniors to be precise—could be even more impacted by the social distancing aspect than most. Read further for unique and creative ideas to not only make life easier, but to also lessen the effects of this lack of socialization.

senior woman making an origami crane

  1. Decoration Station

    Spring cleaning isn’t just about cleaning out your home, it’s also about bringing freshness into your life!  Create a beautiful welcome sign or wreath for your apartment door. Once everyone has finished decorating, celebrate the most creative ones!

  2. Egg Carton Herbs

    The second week of April is Garden Week! Celebrate the week by making egg carton herbs, a creative way to enjoy gardening in a comfortable environment (and get some delicious herbs and spices).
    How To Grow An Egg Carton Herb Garden

  3. Get Earthy

    Earth Day is held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Every year around the world, Earth Day organizers promote green campaigns to save the planet.

    To celebrate Earth Day, here are a few ideas:
  4. Pay It Forward Day

    Over 80 countries around the world come together for National Pay-It-Forward Day! Host a discussion based around small acts of kindness that have been done for others. Consider volunteering! Do a small act of kindness for a fellow resident or staff member and ask that they pay it forward. A small act may be picking up something someone has dropped, or telling them their haircut looks nice, or even help a staff member set up for a program.

  5. Build-A-Bouquet

    Create beautiful flower arrangements using real or silk flowers. Silk flowers can be purchased online or at a local craft store. Check their site in advance for deeply discounted coupons that may be available!  

  6. Operation Oasis
    Turn your apartment into a relaxing oasis and treat yourself.
    • Creating a soothing atmosphere by dimming the lights
    • Preparing aromatherapy (essential oils in a diffuser)
    • Apply a face mask
    • Playing relaxing music

    For relaxing music, check out the "Meditation" playlist on YouTube.

    senior woman playing guitar at home

  7. Banana Bread Bonanza

    Who doesn’t love the taste of warm, comforting banana bread? Heat up that oven, prep the kitchen, and create a lovely masterpiece.  

    Need a recipe? Try out this one!

  8. The Art of Origami

    Origami is the art of paper folding and is often associated with Japanese culture. Simple origami folds include fans, hats, foxes, frogs and even alphabet letters.
    Simple Origami Folding Instructions

  9. Do a Deep Clean

    Use this extra time indoors to clean! A deep cleaning not only rids your space of germs and bacteria but will leave you with a great sense of accomplishment and peace of mind when finished!
    Check out these 50 cleaning tips!

  10. Show Some Love

    Thankfully, technology allows us to still connect with loved ones during this time. FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangout are all viable options to stay close with others even during times of social distancing.

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