Resources for Quarantine Times
These are really interesting times. We wanted to take an opportunity during this time in the world to offer some resources, suggestions, and helpful things to do during the COVID-19 quarantine many of us are experiencing. Let me preface this first with a few things.
It's okay to just breathe. It's okay to simply get by.
It's okay to not "do all the things" simply because you have more time on your hands right now. But if you want to do this, if keeping yourself busy is life-giving to you - do it! Use your time how you see best. There's nothing wrong with activities, goals or self-improvement AND there's nothing wrong with doing your best, giving what you have and letting that be enough. Our experiences with COVID-19 and living in these days are not the same, nor should they be. You are okay right where you are.
That being said, the suggestions here range from spiritual and growth-oriented books and practices to fun things to do as a family or activities for children. We hope you find this helpful - even if it sparks your own ideas.
If you have an idea or suggestion of your own to add to this resources page, email Brittany at email@example.com and your idea might make an appearance on this list!
Thank you, and be well,
Brittany Rizzo - Administrative Director
For Emotional/Relational Growth+Development:
- Making Sense of and Responding in the Midst of a Global Pandemic by Dr. Heather Evans, Supervising Counselor at Safe Place Ministry
- Play it Away: A Workaholics Cure for Anxiety by Charlie Hoehn
- Boundaries: When to Say Yes, and How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Cloud and Townsend
- Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud
- The Anxiety Cure By Dr. Archibald Hart
- Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, & Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg
- It’s Not Supposed to be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst
Home Activities & Ideas
- Puzzles (Rubik’s Cube, word puzzles, scrabble, crosswords, any puzzle you can think of!)
- Games (board games, cards, etc)
- Have a dance party, or if you’re feeling adventurous simple choreographed dances the whole family can learn.
- Practice your instruments or learn a new one.
- Cook a special meal - something you wouldn’t usually do because it’s time-consuming.
- Bake something (or multiple things) delicious. You can wrap up individual servings and place them at your neighbor’s doorstep.
- Write a one-page “mind dump”. This doesn’t need to be fancy writing, just fill up a page with whatever comes to mind.
- Clean out and donate old things - from the kitchen pantry to your attic, you can get a jump start on your spring cleaning.
- Get crafty. Paint, knit, sew, draw, use clay, or whatever else you can think of. You can create something useful, or just enjoy the creation of something beautiful.
- Check out this article about making art with materials you’d find outdoors. This one is especially fun for kids.
- Coloring is fun for kids and adults.
- Dig deep into old CD/music collections or childhood music you listened to and let it take you down memory lane.
- Have a picnic on the living room floor.
- Get outdoors - walk, exercise, sit.
- Learn a language.
- Engage in online book clubs/discussions.
- Finish house projects.
- Learn new skill/hobby (sewing, gardening, video editing, etc.)
- Invest in self through online learning platforms.
- Write letters to friends.
- Identify ways to care for the needs of others (prayer walk, local church/community bulletin, etc.
- Pull out candles - listen to music.
- Teach pet new tricks.
- Try a new recipe.
- Play board games and cards.
- Make costumes out of what you have.
- Build a fort.
- Exercise at home - there are loads of online resources here!
- Paper airplanes folding and flying - for fun or competition.
- Build LEGOS, blocks, KNEX or the like.
- Call, FaceTime or Zoom your friends and family.