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7 Healthy Ways to Pass the Time When You’re Stuck Inside

Keeping busy in quarantine is a struggle for many people, but it can be particularly difficult for someone new to recovery. You were just told how important it was to stay busy, connect with others and find your purpose in the world, and now you have to stay home to avoid contracting the novel coronavirus. Without a doubt, these are scary, confusing times we're living in! 

The good news is that you are not alone in this experience. When you went through your addiction and the first steps of getting help, you may have felt very alone. The coronavirus is affecting everyone, though. Therefore, it’s easier to find support and validation as you go through these unprecedented times.

With that said, let’s take a look at some of the things that people are doing from home to keep themselves busy. These ideas won’t just pass the time but also allow you to be more productive in your days. 

1. Get Artsy

Color with the kids, mold shapes out of clay, paint to music and so on. Arts and crafts are a great way to get out of your head and focus on something other than the pandemic. These activities are relaxing as well and help you put your thoughts and emotions onto paper. 

2. Stream a Concert 

Can’t go to your favorite concert this year? Stream one from the comfort of your living room! You don’t have to stream an old music event either. Lots of performers are streaming live concerts, including Keith Urban, Coldplay and John Legend. 

3. Take a Digital Tour 

Digital tours are the latest thing since the coronavirus shut down amusement parks, museums and more. Thanks to technology, you can still spend the day at your favorite place. You can visit aquariums, history museums and even Disney World! The best part is, you don’t have to travel far to get there or wait in line to "ride" your favorite attractions. 

4. Do Some Spring Cleaning 

It feels great to spring clean the home, but finding the time can be a challenge. Not anymore! Use this time to clean and organize every room in the home. It will help you feel more in control of your life - and you never know what things you may come across in the process. Old pictures and home videos can open up new discussions and opportunities for family bonding. 

5. Start a New Hobby or Activity 

Find a new activity or hobby to fill your time at home. This could be reading books, making masks for healthcare workers or cooking meals for the neighbors. By the time the quarantine is over, you’ll have a new talent or skill set to share with others!

6. Volunteer Online 

There are some opportunities available to volunteer online. For example, organizations are still looking for help with remote tasks like knitting blankets, organizing fundraises, donating blood and providing translation services. 

7. Grow Your Green Thumb

If you’re able to spend time in your yard, now is a good time to do so. You can get fresh air, change up the scenery and teach yourself new skills. Plus, growing your own fruits and vegetables may inspire you to eat healthier and cook more of your meals from scratch. 

It’s incredibly important to keep yourself busy while in isolation. It’s tough for everyone, but people in recovery have a unique situation. The one thing you aren’t supposed to do - isolate - is what you are being asked to do. Make sure you stay connected to your support network, attend your 12-step meetings and seek outpatient addiction treatment in Agoura Hills if you need it.