Staying Busy in Quarantine

With stay at home orders in place for many states for the foreseeable future, it can be easy to feel like you’re going crazy. For me, I’ve been busy with schoolwork, but once I’ve finished my assignments for the week, I find myself wondering “now what?”. However, as quarantine has continued, I’ve found different ways to keep myself busy. Here’s a few ways that I’ve kept myself entertained; let me know what you have been doing in the comments.

  1. (Properly) Learning the Guitar

Being as I own two electric guitars, you would think that I would invest the time and money into getting lessons, but I never have. I taught myself the basic, staple chords and how to read a basic tab, and I’ve been rolling with those skills for the past three years. However, with Fender offering three months of free lessons to the first one million people who signed up, I pounced on that opportunity to properly learn the instrument. Who knows – maybe I’ll even be able to play the infamous solo in “Thank You for the Venom” by My Chemical Romance by the time quarantine is over.

Fender is offering free lessons during this time, which I’ve been taking advantage of. Screenshot taken from https://try.fender.com/play/playthrough/
  1. Getting Artsy

I have absolutely no artistic talent whatsoever, but if someone draws something and tells me to add color, I excel. I’ve been completing lots of adult coloring books while holed up at home, which make the time pass extremely quickly. I’ve also finally had time to work on the incredibly complex paint-by-number of four cats that I got for my birthday two years ago, which is a lot more difficult than the ones I remember completing in my childhood.

  1. Electronic Entertainment

With all of these streaming services and video game consoles available to us nowadays, it’s easy to find something you enjoy and can get lost in. Before quarantine, I had never played an Animal Crossing game before, but I figured now was as good a time as any to give it a try, especially with the new addition to the series – New Horizons – being released. I didn’t want to spend that much money on the new game without playing any of the others before, so I bought a copy of the previous installation, New Leaf, to give it a try. I’ve been finding myself pouring hours into building my own town and making my little animal villagers happy. It’s a perfect escape from the anxiety of the world today, and an incredible time-killer.

Myself, along with many others, have been spending many hours in the whimsical world of Animal Crossing. Photo via @animalcrossing on Twitter

Also, believe it or not, I had never seen “The Office,” nor had the rest of my family. With us all being stuck together and finding ourselves running out of things to do together in the evening after dinner, we decided to fire up Netflix and see what everyone loves so much about this show. It’s been amusing knowing all of the memes and finally seeing the context behind them. I still can’t believe it took me so long to watch this show!

  1. Dancing by Myself

When I find myself checking the news subconsciously and the prospect of all of the concerts I have planned being cancelled gets a little too real, I turn to the one thing that’s always there for me – music. I made myself a playlist, specifically for right now, full of songs that make me happy or remind me of happy memories; whenever I feel the anxiety and fear creeping in, I blast this playlist and feel the anxiety melt away. 

  1. Getting into a Good Book

For my English research paper this year, I had to choose a novel to read and base my paper on; I chose “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and I really enjoyed it. With the author Margaret Atwood recently releasing a sequel – “The Testaments” – the time I’ve been spending at home has been the perfect time to read this. There’s nothing better than curling up under a blanket with a cup of tea and a good book, getting lost in another world for an hour or two.

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