We are living in unprecedented and uncertain times, one thing is clear though, social distancing works. Jennifer Dowd, a leading Covid-19 researcher at Oxford University explained to the BBC this week, “We are seeing real evidence for the effectiveness of these measures.” In light of this, we all need to continue to do our part and flatten the curve by staying at home.
While there are undeniable challenges associated with spending days inside the house, it is important to focus on finding fun and satisfying activities to pass the time and keep morale high. We spoke to Florida Senior, Marianne Cramer about the activities keeping her high-spirited and busy at home during this time.
“It’s about relieving stress and continuing to stay positive,” says Marianne, who is Audicus’ Head Audiologist. “As a senior citizen myself, I, as well as my friends and family, are taking precautions to avoid Covid-19, including social distancing.”
Here are Marianne’s ideas for keeping busy and having fun at home in the time of Coronavirus.
1. You are never too old to learn new hobbies like baking, woodwork, playing poker, or calligraphy. Amazon is great for finding all the supplies you need and will send them directly to your home. Marianne says, “a lovely lady I spoke to today just learned how to make pickles and lavender jelly for the first time. Delicious and lots of fun!”
2. “You don’t want to mope around the house all day!” Marianne recommends spending some time watching your favorite TV shows and working through a list of all those old movies you have always wanted to see.
3. Host a virtual garden party! “A friend of mine and his wife love to be with their grandkids,” Marianne shares. Set up a video call and sit in your yard while your grandkids play at home in their own yard. It’s a great way to get outside while spending time with loved ones safely.
4. Use FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, or any other communication platform to talk to a family member or friend who lives far away. This is the perfect time to remind yourself that loved ones are never more than a phone call away, reconnect with someone important to you today.
5. “And don’t forget to exercise!!” exclaims Marianne. In many places, it’s ok to go outside for a walk (always check and follow your local regulations). If you can’t get outside, staying home doesn’t mean not exercising explains Marianne, “I bet a lot of you, like me, have old exercise videos or CD’s gathering dust on a shelf. Get them out and start exercising.” If you don’t, YouTube is also a great place to search for fun at-home exercise videos. “Staying fit is very important to me, it always makes you feel better.”
“We are all in this together and we are all trying to help each other get through this! You don’t want to isolate yourself, reach out to others,” concludes Marianne.
Marianne is continuing to take virtual Audiology consultations during the Covid-19 pandemic. To book a time to speak with her about your hearing health, click here or call us at (844) 383-2702.