Supporting the Mind, Body and Spirit
Although you can’t control the world beyond your doorstep, you can maintain control over your daily life, your connectedness with others and your level of activity. If you are stuck at home, creating a daily schedule can help you feel accomplished and empowered. Make sure you schedule time to take care of yourself, connect with others and find balance.
Need ideas to fill the time? Here are some healthy activities that can help you make the most of your stay at home.
For the Kids
- Let the celebrities take over the reading. Check out videos or give your kids an out-of-this-world experience listening to astronauts read books from space.
- Participate in kid-friendly experiments.
- Cook up some math lessons using your favorite baking recipes.
- Cultivate a love for the outdoors with the National Wildlife Federation.
- Turn a walk into a scavenger hunt with a list of numbers, letters, colors and objects to find outside.
Have WiFi, Will Travel
- Take an adventure. The National Parks Service offers virtual video tours of Alaska, Hawaii, Utah and more.
- Soak up the history with a walking history tour through Central Park.
- Enjoy USA Today’s VRtually There, where you can experience fully immersive activities, like taking a bobsled ride.
- Bring adventure into your home with live cams of Old Faithful, Sydney Harbor and Times Square. You can also enjoy live cams featuring nature and animals from around the world.
For the Cooking Enthusiast
- Cook up fun in America’s Test Kitchen classroom.
- Solicit recipes from friends and family, and create a cookbook, or catalog your own favorite recipes.
- Create a cooking challenge: List three to five ingredients, and see what dishes friends and family come up with.
- Practice your green thumb! Plant an indoor herb garden.
For the Love of Arts
- Go virtual. Invite friends and family to an online talent show, music jam or poetry contest.
- No need to stay in the lines — try adult coloring books.
- Visit art collections from more than 2,500 museums at Google Arts and Culture.
- Enjoy a front-row seat to New York City’s Metropolitan Opera, streaming live encore performances nightly.
- Take in a virtual concert. Check out NPR Music or the Grammy Museum.
- Love movies? Check out American Film Institute’s 100 greatest films of all time.
- Take a free online course from the Museum of Modern Art.
For the Fitness Fan
- Try a workout class online.
- Move your daily walk to a different neighborhood each week.
- Have an outdoor bike? Purchase a bike stand to make it stationary for indoor use.
- Exercise while doing housework. Find tips online or use your imagination to incorporate squats, lunges and dance.
- Create an exercise obstacle course.
For the Lifelong Learner
- Expand your mind. Take a free online Ivy-League course that is self-paced.
- Give your spirit a lift and check out the Science of Happiness Podcast.
- Learn a new language.
- Take up a new card game, or boost brain power with strategy games like chess or checkers
- Join a book club, or take a virtual course in acting, music, dance or art.
- Dig into your genealogy and interview some relatives, or compile a book of your family history.
- New to Ted Talks or podcasts? Explore the platforms, seek out recommendations and prepare to be inspired.
If you’re cooped up with a full house, be sure to set aside time for yourself to relax and recharge.