Best Ideas to Stay Entertained at Home
These are scary times. Whether or not you are buying into all the hype and buying all the toilet
paper or you think this is an overreaction, the unavoidable truth is that everyone seems to be in for much more time at home.
All of the introverts are likely inwardly celebrating, but the social butterflies might be panicking. What do you do with so much time at home? And with only your family?
Social distancing might seem strange, but if done correctly, it could save thousands of people.
At Sweetbriar Rose, we understand and appreciate the effort to keep the most vulnerable in our community safe. We will remain open as long as it is safe and acceptable. If you are nervous about being out, call ahead and pick up your food to go! If you are getting cabin fever and feel like braving the outside, swing by and enjoy a drink with us.
However your family is handling this unique time, we are praying for you. We hope to see you more as things return to normal in the coming months.
What is Social Distancing, Self-Quarantine, and Flattening the Curve?
You have likely heard the terms “social distancing,” “flattening the curve,” and “self-quarantine” more times than you can count if you have watched the news at all. And we mean at all. Did you turn on Fox or CNN even for 30 seconds in the last week?
Of course, it is disappointing to hear of so many things being canceled. What started with large events has turned into more things, including church services in many parts of the country. However, there is a good reason for all of these cancelations and postponements.
Social distancing is intentionally keeping space or distance between you and other people. Keeping this distance will stop or slow the spread of any disease, including COVID-19. Keeping a six-foot distance between you and those outside of your family will keep everyone’s chances of getting sick down.
Some ways to practice social distancing are:
Working from home
Closing schools and taking online classes
Video chatting instead of meeting in person
Canceling large gatherings.
Self-quarantine is another term you have likely heard. This is for anyone who has been exposed to coronavirus or who are showing symptoms are supposed to self-quarantine for 14 days. This period is enough time to determine whether or not they have the disease.
Flattening the Curve
Our healthcare system is only equipped to treat so many people. Flattening the curve is a term used to understand how slowing down the rate of coronavirus is imperative for our healthcare system.
If too many people get COVID-19 at the same time, hospitals will not be able to care for them. When you combine people who are ill or injured from “normal” things, as has been happening before this outbreak, plus all of the people who get coronavirus, hospitals will quickly become overwhelmed.
You have likely seen this graph before. However, if you haven’t looked at it and thought about it, it makes complete sense. While flattening the curve doesn’t mean fewer people get COVID-19, it does mean fewer people get it at the same time.
When fewer people are sick at the same time, healthcare workers are better able to treat everyone and not be overwhelmed.
Imagine going into the hospital with appendicitis or chest pain (everyday ailments) and not being able to be seen because there are too many people with coronavirus, and there are no beds at the hospital?
This is why we want to flatten the curve.
How To Stay Sane at Home…
So, understanding why all of this is necessary doesn’t change the fact that it is hard to stay at home indefinitely. This task becomes infinitely harder if you have young kids or kids that are supposed to be in school.
So, we have a list of things to keep you and your family entertained at home during these days of social distancing.
Exercise. Just because you can’t go to a gym, doesn’t mean you can’t get exercise! There are many videos online of yoga, pilates, cardio, HIIT, and other workouts. Or, just go for a long walk or run outside. Take the kids and the dogs and get active!
Baking. After that workout, how about you bake something! Cookies, cupcakes, bread… The possibilities are endless. If there is something you have been craving or wanting to try, now is the time.
Sleep. We know you are likely behind on sleep, just like most Americans. Sleep in! Take a nap! This is a fantastic excuse to get some extra sleep.
Get outside. While you shouldn’t be with other people, going for a walk outside is perfectly acceptable. Fresh air will definitely do you some good.
Catch up on your shows. If there is a show you have meant to catch up on or finish, take this time to do it. I hear there are about 53 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy if you’re interested…
Crafts. This is especially good for kids. On your next grocery run, swing through the craft aisle and get some pipe cleaner, glitter glue, beads, and popsicle sticks. Let your kids inner-creative genius out.
Clean. We know, we know. Cleaning isn’t the most fun. But what better time than now to get a jump on your spring cleaning.
Board games. Family game night just got extended to a family game month. Dig out all of your games and cards and spend some time away from screens.
Head to a Museum. While you can’t go physically, many museums are offering virtual tours. Check out this list of places to see from your own couch.
Learn something new. If you have wanted to learn to knit, speak a new language, or anything else, there’s no time like the present. Go ahead and get that subscription to Rosetta Stone, (it’s on sale) or stock up on your necessary supplies. We bet you will be an expert crocheter by the time this is over!
Check out Sweetbriar Rose
Like we previously mentioned, we plan on staying open as long as possible. We sincerely hope your family is staying safe and healthy, but we also hope you can swing by if you’re able. We can pack you up a delicious lunch or dinner to go if you’re getting tired of cooking.
Our prayers are with you and our entire country as we get through this together. We hope to see you soon.