Posted 8 months ago
Quality Time During Quarantine
In light of the Coronavirus pandemic happening now, we are all doing our part by staying indoors and practicing social distancing. Quality time in quarantine is an excellent opportunity to spend time with your loved ones who are at home and to reach out to those that are not. We are often so busy with work, school, social events, and our electronics that we do not spend enough meaningful time together. This does not need to be a stressful season if we choose to be intentional with the time given to us.
Listed below are a few ideas to be productive and new ways to learn more about yourself and growing closer to your friends and family.
Dust off those old board games and play as a family
Complete a puzzle
Write in a journal or blog/ vlog as a family.
Get those old instruments out and start a family band
Catch up on all the movies you have not had a chance to watch.
Buy gift cards for your favorite local restaurants and shops to plan outings for when we can return out
Camp indoors, set up a tent and tell scary stories
Download TikTok, make a quarantined themed video and go viral
Start working on that “honey-do” list
Have a facetime, skype call or zoom meeting with friends or family to keep in touch
Write letters (actual letters with paper and pen) to your family and friends
Make some baked goods, have a baking contest
Write a play staring your friends or family everyone can perform their part via a video call
Practice shuffling cards like a poker dealer
Teach your dog a new trick
Find those old legos and build a city
Learn A New Skill On YouTube
Try to learn to beatbox
Learn a new way to wear a scarf
Learn origami and make an object for your loved ones
Download and app to learn a new language
Try an indoor scavenger hunt
Write a book with your family, come up with a topic and each family member writes a chapter
Interview your parents; grandparents (over the phone, skype or FaceTime) create a story with the answered questions
Learn how to braid your hair
Learn to knit or crochet
Learn calligraphy; there are how-to videos
Organize that Tupperware drawer; enlist your family to help match the lids to the containers
Clean out your closets, have a fashion show to decide whether to keep your items
Go through your digital photos, pick out your favorite and make a photo book
What a great time to organize your spice rack alphabetically
Pull out those old cookbooks and learn new recipes
Work on your financial planning, make a future budget
This is the perfect opportunity to do one task we often avoid because it seems melodramatic, and we never have time is to update our will and organize our affairs.
Try new shades of lipstick, eyeshadow or blush
Read one of those books that you have been sitting on your nightstand for months.
Deep condition your hair
Make a list of all the places you want to visit when they reopen
Make a list of things that you are grateful for
Have a wine tasting at home
Talk to your plants, care for them
Grow out that beard
Take time to reflect, what are your goals and what you would like to accomplish in the next year
Pamper yourself; take turns giving each other face masks, pedicures, and manicures
Try an at-home yoga, exercise or meditation video to stay active (if ok’d by your physician)
Take a bubble bath
Throw out all your old makeup and beauty products (most products have an expiration date on them or symbol noting the expiration, which is usually six months)
Arts & Crafts
Now is the time to try out those crafts you see on Pinterest
Write poetry or something creative like a short story or book.
Color in a coloring book; they have many different adult ones these days
About the Author
Angela Gargiulo has been a part of the Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers family since 2015. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Grand Canyon University, Angela used her expertise to develop direct marketing initiatives and operations to create consistent patient experiences throughout all of Ironwood’s lines of business.
Angela is a caregiver for her mother, who is battling stage IV metastatic breast cancer. She is an active cheer mom, loves everything pumpkin spice, and enjoys spending time with her family!
About Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers
Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers (ICRC) is the largest multi-specialty oncology network in the Greater Metro Phoenix area. They have over 100 medical providers, a robust Integrative Services program and a dedicated clinical research department. Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers has 15 valley locations and five comprehensive cancer care centers that offer a multi-disciplinary approach for expedited personalized patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.ironwoodcrc.com.