What to do with so much time on our hands

April 2, 2020

So, what can we do with all this time we now have on our hands?


Breathe, don't panic. Leave some toilet paper rolls and meat on the grocery shelf for the next guy. Continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds and don’t touch your face. We will get through this.


Here in the US, every day brings more news of closures, cancellations and the increase in the number of cases of Coronavirus and the deaths caused by the virus. The situation is changing so fast. But I’ve found that it’s best to just surrender to the fact that it’s real, it must run its course and there's nothing I can do about it.


BUT - there are lots of things we can do with all this time we now have on our hands since we can’t go anywhere.  Here are a few suggestions to pass the time:

  • You know that bottle of wine you brought back from your last trip? The one you've been saving for a special occasion. Well drink it...now!

  • Read a good book. Better yet, read a great book that will inspire you and put a few smiles on your face.

  • Sing while you wash your hands for 20 seconds.  I still sing the ABC’s which is what I did with the grandkids.

  • Cook and bake. OMG – I have cooked more in the last 3 weeks than I have in the last year!  And we’re loving it!  I’m going to come out of this a few pounds heavier but who cares.  It’s been fun making stuff that I haven’t made since the kids were little.

  • Learn a new language.  There are tons of apps, websites, books and podcasts where you can at least become familiar with key phrases and words in another language.  This way, you’ll be all ready when you finally go on that next trip out of the country.

  • Go outside and get some fresh air.  It’s finally getting nice in the Midwest and I’m taking advantage of it.  Exercise clears your head and keeps the blood flowing. It’s one of the best ways to care of yourself.

  • Clean out that closet, drawer or cabinet. Since we’re moving to Missouri soon, we are trying to do a little bit of this every day.  If it isn’t something we’ve used in the last couple of years, we’re getting rid of it, we don’t need it anymore.  (My husband keeps telling me this!)

  • Make a travel bucket list.  Put on it all the destinations you want to see, places you want to experience once this is over. If you've had to postpone a trip, know that it will happen eventually. You'll be traveling again soon, so be ready!

Hope this gives you some ideas and inspiration to help weather out this current isolation and social distancing.  Stay healthy and be safe!  


Thanks to Laney Sachs of Ortensia Blue Travel for sharing her article about “Inspiring things to do with your new found free time”.    

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Darla Logsdon


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