Over the past five weeks, 26 million unemployment claims have been made due to the impact of the coronavirus. Things are so scary right now because there are so many unknowns. Though it might be nice to relax on the couch and watch every movie on Netflix, it’s important to keep your mind sharp and stay active.
Here are a few essential things that need to get done around the house in order for you to hit the ground running once this pandemic is over and things return to normal:
Cleanliness: Tidy Up Everything
Unless you and everyone else in your home work in a hospital, there is no excuse: you should at least start your spring cleaning! All you have is time — so you don’t have to have to tackle everything in one day. Spread out your tasks but get to cleaning.
Start with planning out how you’re going to clean: what needs special attention, what room you’re going to start in, who can help (spouse, kids, family, etc.), and what you’re saving for last. It might be a good idea to start with something easy to get into a good cleaning zone and then tackle the most difficult projects.
Telehealth: Doctors and Dentists
Taking care of your health and your family’s health should be priority number one before, during, and after quarantine. Hopefully, you’re all COVID-19 free, but you should still be doing all you can to ensure you’re all feeling healthy and strong. Though you can’t visit your doctor or head to the dentist in person, you can still communicate with these professionals digitally, thankfully. It’s estimated that 20% of the world’s poorest people have some type of disability — so discuss any concerns with your doctor via telehealth programs.
Additionally, if you have kids at home, AAPD recommends that children and teens see a pediatric dentist every six months for regular checkups including an exam, cleaning, fluoride treatment, and occasional x-rays to prevent cavities and other problems. Again, you can’t actually go to the dentist, but you can certainly discuss any dental issues with your dentist electronically.
Landscaping + Renovating: Develop a Plan of Attack
It’s not a good idea to spend a significant amount of money on major projects like landscaping or household revisions. However, now is the perfect time to at least plan out what you want to get done in the future. An estimated 67% of landscaping projects in the U.S. involve single-family residential homes — so start writing out what you hope to get done over the next few months to a year. Be sure to properly budget for each task, as well.
Fun: Take Some Time For Yourself
Aside from taking care of your physical health, this is perhaps the most important thing you can do during your quarantine. Having fun is a great way to boost your mental health and help quell any anxious feelings you might be experiencing during this pandemic.
Doing something fun — either by yourself or with your kids, partner, roommate — can help you feel much better throughout the rest of the day. These are stressful times and it’s easy to worry too much and lose sleep, have trouble concentrating, and fall into a rut. Take some time for yourself and have some fun so you can help ease your mind!
You don’t know when things are going to return to normal. It could be a few weeks. It could be much, much longer. While you’re stuck at home, you might as well do something productive and focus on your physical and mental health so you are ready to excel at life! Good luck and stay safe!