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88 More Things to Do while at home during coronavirus outbreak

  1. Support local businesses. Here is an extensive list of places that are open. Share your favorites on social media!

  1. Buy your favorite flowers to brighten up the house. Experts say sunflowers can improve your mood. Personally, I love stargazer lilies. They look and smell fantastic!

  2. Watch a show with your friends using Netflix Party. Host long distance movie nights and TV watch parties!

  1. Pandas bring you joy. Why not watch them live? Zoo Atlanta has one of the best! You can also view all your favorite animals live here.

  2. Become a photographer. Be creative! Have a photo-shoot. Take new head-shots. Take pictures of items around your home.

  3. Do some Zumba! Liveloveparty.tv offers a new video every Friday and its completely fun & free!

  4. Take a virtual tour of the Winchester Mystery House. Check out the mystery and history behind the house.

  5. Learn something new! Take a YouTube tutorial.

  6. Create a collage. Use old magazines and book covers to create something new.

  7. Play an online game with friends. Use Jackbox Games and Zoom

  8. Go on virtual rides. TheCoasterViews has attractions from Disney, Six Flags, and more!

  9. Watch the South By Southwest Festival Shorts for free!

  10. Do a simple Abs workout! Artem Zuchkov is a well-known YouTube personality. Here is a beginner’s Abs workout. Most of us could us a simple workout to flatten our tummies!

  11. Meditate. Use an app/website like Headspace.

All you need for Planting a Vegetable Garden: sun, soil & seeds.
  1. Start a garden at home. No one grows better produce than yourself!

  2. Clean inside your car. It’s time to freshen them up for spring.

  3. Opportunity search. Now is a productive time to look for potential employers, internship opportunities, scholarships, update resumes, or portfolios.

  4. Future schooling. Look for future schooling options such as which program you want to pursue and where. It’s never too late to pursue your dreams!

  5. Brand yourself. Make a website, design a logo, reach out to local digital marketing and branding freelancers to plan for your future business plans. Or re-brand your Instagram profile or business page.

  6. Find a side hustle. Make your hobby, and what you do with your free time, a way to make more money for the rest of this year.

  7. Research for your next vehicle. Perhaps you have been considering purchasing a new car. Do some research into what you are looking for and your budget.

  8. Search for a new home. Perhaps you have been wanting to move. Take some time to explore the type of home and area you are looking for. Dream big!

  9. Dear Future Me. Write a letter to your future self.

  10. Vision board. Find some magazines, newspapers, scissors, glue and get crafty about your future goals.

  11. Pamper your pet. Spend extra time playing with and petting your furry friends. If you don’t have one, adopt! Having a pet lowers anxiety and depression.

  12. Dance like no one’s watching.

  13. Take a hike! Right now, sunrise between 6:15 and 6:20 a.m and sunset happens around 6:45 p.m. Try an easier path like “A” mountain in Tempe off Mill Ave. Nothing like nature to uplift your mood, give some exercise, and offer a change of environment. Some other suggestions are below.

Camelback Mountain (theoutbound.com / luxeadventuretraveler.com) Bobby Rock Trail (Easy), Cholla Trail (Extremely Difficult), Echo Canyon Trail (Most Difficult)
– Considered one of the nation’s top hiking destinations which attracts visitors from around the world!

Sonoran Preserve Trails (phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/sonoran-preserve/trails) Trails range from very easy to very difficult.
Papago Park (phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/papago-park/trail-map) All trails easy and range from .2 to 3.1 miles long
North Mountain Park (Evan Wagner) Easy
Cave Creek Regional Park via Dragonfly Trail (Evan Wagner) Easy
Deem Hills Recreation Area (phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/deem-hills) Easy – Hard
Pinnacle Peak Trail in Carefree (theoutbound.com) Moderate
Devil’s Bridge in Sedona (alltrails.com/us/arizona) Moderate
Robber’s Roost in Sedona (alltrails.com/trail/us/arizona/robbers-roost-trail) Moderate
Cibecue Falls (alltrails.com/trail/us/arizona/cibecue-falls-via-cibecue-creek-trail) Moderate
Hidden Valley via the Mormon Loop at South Mountain (alltrails.com/trail/us/arizona/hidden-valley-trail-via-mormon-trail) Moderate
Wildcat Trail in Monument Valley (alltrails.com/trail/us/arizona/wildcat-trail) Moderate
South Mountain Preserve (Evan Wagner) Moderate – Hard
Coal Mine Canyon (yourhikeguide.com/coal-mine-canyon/) Moderate – Hard
Navajo Falls (grandcanyon.com/planning/south-rim-planning-planning/havasupai-falls-arizona) Hard
Mooney Falls (grandcanyon.com/planning/south-rim-planning-planning/havasupai-falls-arizona) Hard
Beaver Falls (grandcanyon.com/planning/south-rim-planning-planning/havasupai-falls-arizona) Hard
Piestewa Peak (theoutbound.com) Hard
Plateau Point via Bright Angel Trail (theoutbound.com) Hard
Humphrey’s Peak Summit near Flagstaff (theoutbound.com) Hard

  1. Listen to cover versions of your favorite songs on YouTube.

  2. Give money or food to food banks. People with low incomes, or whose work is being interrupted by cancellations of events, travel, or education due to coronavirus, will need more help than ever. Visit Feeding America’s site to find a food bank near you that could use donations of food, toiletries or money, and possibly volunteers.

  3. Help people who shouldn’t leave home: Older adults, and people with serious illness or disability, should avoid public settings as much as possible because they’re more vulnerable to getting seriously ill from coronavirus. But they still need food and human interaction. This makes local Meals on Wheels programs more important than ever – and may mean that these programs will have more demand than ever. Look up the program near you!

  4. Help young children in need. More than a third of children in America are part of low-income families, and coronavirus-related closings and cancellations may hit them hard. Families whose children have serious medical conditions that are sending them to the hospital may be under extra stress because of coronavirus worries. Find a diaper bank near you to give money or diapers and wipes to, so families with infants, toddlers and children with disabilities don’t have to spend as much on these essentials. Give, volunteer or gather donations for a children’s charity that supports ill children.

  5. Get some inspiration. Watch a Ted Talk!

  6. Visit archive.org

  7. Sign up for a dating site, if you are single, of course.

  8. Laugh! The average person does it thirteen times a day. Pick a comedy and relax. Some of the best are Dazed and Confused, First Wives Club, Happy Gilmore, Idiocracy, Mrs Doubtfire, Scary Movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Legally Blonde, National Lampoon’s Vacation, and There’s Something About Mary. Find your favorites here.

  9. Dust off that retro video game system and replay some of your favorite games! Do you still have your Atari 2600, Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, or original Sony Playstation? What about a Nintendo 64, Sega Dreamcast, or Xbox?

  10. What’s your personality type? Take this test and find out about the REAL YOU!

  11. While you’re at it, stop procrastinating and do your income taxes. The due date is now Wed July 15, 2020.

  12. Go for a walk outside. Doctors say fresh air and exercise are good for not only your physical health but also mental health.

  13. Spring cleaning! Get rid of all those expired items in your fridge and pantry. De-clutter your home, store the items you no longer need in some boxes for a future garage sale.

  14. That pile of clothes in the corner of your room that’s been building up for weeks? Let’s put ’em away.

  15. Try on all your clothes and determine whether they “spark joy” á la Marie Kondo. Organize them by throw out, sell, donate, or keep.

  16. Get a free trial of a streaming service and binge-watch as much as you can before it expires. CBS All Access is offering a 30-day free trial for a limited time! HBO Now offers a 7-day free trial.

  17. Go through all your records, LPs, and vinyl and organize them by your favorites first.

  18. Rearrange your furniture to make it seem like your home is a totally different space.

  19. Read a book. Psychology Today suggests reading five books you have always wanted to read but never had the time.

  1. Can you binge watch all the “Star Wars” movies in chronological order? Set aside 22 1/2 hours! I double dog dare you!
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (set 32 years before A New Hope)
    Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (22 years before)
    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (19 years before)
    Solo: A Star Wars Story (about a decade before)
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (ends moments before ANH)
    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (three years after A New Hope)
    Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (four years after)
    Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (34 years after)
    Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (34 years after)
    Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (35 years after)

  2. Play Monopoly or Life with your favorite people. Just remember groups of less than 10 and no one over 65 for safety and health.

  3. Challenge yourself to make a meal with whatever you have in your fridge or pantry right now

  4. Bake your favorite cookies. My favorite is Snickerdoodles!

  5. Clear out the family room and camp indoors with all blankets, popcorn and scary movies.

  6. Take a bubble bath.

  7. Create a Google document of shows or movies you’re watching and share it among family and friends.

  8. Take time to reflect: What have you accomplished in the last year? What goals are you setting for yourself in the next year?

  9. Use Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts or Marco Polo to video chat with your long-distance friends.

  10. Download Duolingo, or a similar app, and teach yourself a foreign language. Duolingo provides fun, quick lessons in over 94 different language courses in 23 languages. K-pop group BTS is also teaching fans Korean in 30 short lessons!

  11. Interview your grandparents (over the phone, of course) and save the audio. Can you create an audio story or book with that file?

  12. Listen to a podcast. Find your favorite topic and listen to a podcast on it, The New York Times suggested.

  13. Make a list of things for which you are grateful.

  14. Remember when your parents asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Some of us never do! Try this!

  1. Watch the films that won Oscars for best picture. My Top 20 (listed alphabetically) are American Beauty (1999), Braveheart (1995), The Departed (2006), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Forrest Gump (1994), Gandhi (1982), Gladiator (2000), Green Book (2018), The King’s Speech (2010), No Country For Old Men (2007), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Parasite (2019), Rain Man (1988), Rocky (1976), Schindler’s List (1993), Shakespeare In Love (1998), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Spotlight (2015), Titanic (1997), and Unforgiven (1992)

  2. Get caught up on new music. Search for “New Music Friday” in Google. Spotify updates it weekly. Then, try making a collaborative Spotify playlist with friends who are also home.

  3. Pretend you’re in middle school and “fold a square piece of paper” into a fortune teller you put your thumbs and pointer fingers into. Proceed to tell fortunes.

  4. Put on a soap opera. Mute the sound. Create your own dialogue.

  5. Coloring books: They’re not just for kids.

  6. Watch films that won Independent Spirit Awards for best picture. My favorites are Black Swan (2010), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and Pulp Fiction (1994).

  1. Bring out the Legos.

  2. Learn how to solve the Rubik’s Cube

  3. Complete a puzzle: The more pieces the better! Feeling extra saucy? Take on a Rubik’s Cube. More of a word person? Crossword puzzle!

  4. Watch all the really long movies you’ve avoided until now.

  5. Dust off that old instrument and practice (If it won’t bother your neighbors)

  6. Start a journal or blog. Sure, it can be about the coronavirus, but it could also be about a specific interest from chess to cheese.

  7. Write poetry. Perhaps you can craft a haiku for Mother’s Day.

  8. Dye your hair a new color. No one else needs to see it if you don’t like it.

  9. See what you’d look like with some new glasses? Try on new frames virtually on sites like GlassesUSA.com.

  10. Learn the chorus to Snow’s “Informer,” then impress everyone with your rapping skills.

  11. Watch all three Lord of the Rings movies. Return of the King won an Oscar for Best Picture!

  12. Stretch for 5 minutes. Hold each stretch for 15-20 seconds for maximum results. You’ll feel better!

  13. How many pushups can you do? A study found men who can do 40 have a lower risk of heart disease!

  14. How many words per minute can you type? Try it now!

  15. Artists are livestreaming concerts from their home. Check out your favorites on their Instagram. P!nk, Chris Martin from Coldplay, and John Legend are among a few.

  16. Learn TikTok’s most popular dances.

  17. Broadway HD has about 300 classic musicals, plays, and shows to watch online free

  18. Explore museums. Here is a virtual tour of one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States, “The Art Institute of Chicago.” British Museum in London has a very cool interactive site.

  19. The emails you’ve marked as unread for an embarrassing amount of time? Read ’em.

  20. Where do you stand on the Political Compass? Test yourself and then print a free personal certificate!

  21. Go through all the old mail laying around

  22. Where do you land on the Kinsey scale? Find out!

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, 6-9 am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff, and can now be heard during the afternoon drive 3 to 5 pm at 88.7 The Pulse.
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