With self-isolation and social distancing top of mind these days, Kelson Group invites you to explore some activities below that allow you to keep busy while staying safe. We gathered a list of ideas to keep your spirits up, your mind thriving, and your heart happy!
Gardening - it is getting close to the time where we can show off our green thumbs with blooming flowers and flourishing plants. Why not start your seedlings now to stay ahead of the gardening game? In this article, The Spruce walks you through how to successfully start seeds indoors so you can enjoy the fruits of your labour without leaving your home. Great options for patio and indoor gardens too!
Podcasts are a great way to multitask while learning. Perhaps you're not one to sit down and read because you like to stay active, well here's your solution. Walk on the treadmill while listening to a motivational podcast like Pure Joy from TED Radio Hour because now, more than ever, we need to make time for joy! Change the sheets on the beds while listening to The School of Greatness where author and former pro-athlete Lewis Howes hosts this podcast meant to inspire, uplift, and help you reach greatness in many aspects of your life. If you are looking for a motivational yet funny take on life, Brene Brown comes to mind. Brown is New York Times #1 bestselling author and has brought laughter to many while discussing the realness of the world.
Arts & Crafts - who doesn't love an activity that takes you back to younger days of innocence like colouring? Take a break and have some fun with this collection of free, printable colouring pages for adults from The Spruce. Lose yourself while stretching your brain and trying to stay within those pesky lines. Remember connect the dots? Here is a great site that offers levels of difficulty from easy to medium to hard! Work your way up and compete with family members to see who can finish first!
Got kids? - let's keep them busy! Whether you have a toddler, a preschooler, or a young teen, we all know the value of keeping them occupied and busy. Yes, we are all homeschooling now, but what do we do when there is a lull in their day? Why not make a hallway laser maze with a bit of crepe paper left over from your last party. This will not only keep them entertained, but also get them moving! Another way to get the kids active is to host a colour scavenger hunt; this activity will help the younger ones learn colours while still having fun. Maybe your teens want to participate in something more mature, so why not have them help make your own hand sanitizer. They will not only feel accomplished but will have stayed busy while contributing to the household.
Exercise is our friend, but it is hard to find motivation when you're used to hitting your gym for gut-busting workouts. Remember, the best at-home workouts don't necessarily require a ton of equipment or ANY equipment other than your own bodyweight. Here is a 20-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout that was created by Colleen Conlon, Equinox group fitness instructor, that is kinder on the joints than most HIITs, but will still get your heartrate up. Maybe you have always wanted to try Pilates - now is the perfect time to give it a go in the comfort of your own home. This 10-minute Pilates workout will work specific muscles with small controlled movements that will focus on your glutes and core at the same time.
Meditation is a simple practice available to all which can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity, and promote happiness which is what we all need right now. Headspace.com offers meditation for beginners with guidelines, videos, and answers to all your questions like what to wear, how to sit, and how to stay mindful.
From all of us at Kelson Group, we hope you and your loved ones stay safe, healthy, and live better!