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While COVID-19 is taking it’s course, make it a point to still continue yours.


Activities to stay engaged while quarantined at home.

In-home workouts apps to keep your body tight.

Practice social distancing while still talking to friends and family. 


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For those of us that are not introverts, staying at home during this COVID-19 quarantine can be a little stir-crazy. You can only binge Netflix or old re-runs of Martin for so long. Whether you are home alone, with the kids, your significant other or a “quarantine bae,” pass the time and add structure with the below quarantine ideas.


Ideas to start your self-care routine. 


1. Find Work From Home Positions
The quarantine and temporary closing of non-essential businesses has effected the incomes of many. Now may be the time to add a new stream of income to your portfolio. Many big companies like Amazon, VIP Kid, Intuit and more are currently hiring. View work from home positions.


2. Home Improvements
Feng shui is the spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy. Move around your furniture, pictures or even re-organize the cabinets in your kitchen to create a new energy and flow. This could really re-invent a room with items you already have.

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3. In-Home Workouts
Do not ditch your summer body just because the gyms are closed. In-home workouts can be accessed in multiple ways – YouTube and iPhone or Android applications. Below are few to help your get started until you find the right one for you.

Planet Fitness
Both Men and Women
In-home workouts on Facebook Live from professionally trained instructors for FREE.

Tone it Up
Women Only
Free 30-day trial with access to video-guided workouts including yoga, boxing, HIIT and barre.

Daily Workout Fitness Trainer
Both Men and Women
Free exercises with on-screen instructions and timer.

Daily Burn
Both Men and Women
A free 60-day trial of in-home workouts, yoga, HIIT, running and more.


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4. Healthy DIY Skin Routine
A lot of us already have the products we need in our bathroom or kitchen to give ourselves a facial. We just don’t have the time. Well, now you do! My favorite is using a natural toner of lemon juice and water. Fill a water bottle or other container with one part freshly squeezed lemon juice and five parts filtered water. Apply the lemon juice toner with a cotton ball and do not rinse off. YouTube has some great DIY skincare routines to help create that glow you are missing.


5. Organize. Organize. Organize.
How many times has a notification popped up on your phone saying you are out of cloud storage? Every day probably. Organize and move your photos to free up cloud space. This can be done by downloading your pictures to your laptop or desktop computer, or Google Photos to free up space on your phone.


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Speaking of pictures, do you have old family photos lying around? Digitize your memories and scan them to your computer. From there, create a slideshow and send it out to your family memories. Everyone can use a walk-down-memory-lane.


Now, take a look at your desk, or the area where you keep your important papers. Is it a mess? If your answer is yes, then it’s time to organize this as well. Arrange and categorize your file folders by organizations you are involved in, important house bills, important documents for yourself or child(ren). Get creative and color code with labels and folders. You’ll have a sense of comfort knowing where everything is.


6. Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean Don’t Communicate
No, you can’t call your friends and meet at your favorite restaurant to catch up. But you can call them and text them. Bring back talking on the for hours, laughing at old stories and making plans of what you can do soon. Be sure to call your older cousin, aunts and uncles or even grandmother that you haven’t checked on in a while.


7. Read!
Limit your consumption of social media and other technologies. Create a comfortable reading area of natural light, pillows and scents. Dedicate 30 minutes to an hour of reading with you and your family. Indulge in self-help books, romance novels, or tales of mystery and suspense. You can also download books for FREE from your local library through Overdrive and Kanopy.


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8. Put Pen to Paper.
Write letters to your loved ones, but don’t tell them you are doing it. It will be a great surprise when they open the mail and find something special for you.

Express your feelings and write poems or rhymes. This can be fun and enlightening. Connect with your emotions and just let your pen flow. If you are having writer’s block, maybe write for a cause, a topic you are very passionate about. You can contact Amnesty International or other local organizations to see how your words can help them.

Take time and chart out your business ideas. Come up with a business plan. Research and apply for grants that can help turn your concept into reality. Some people believe it won’t happen if you don’t actually write it down.


9. Music is Life.
Everyone needs a playlist for all of their moods. I personally have curated 14 playlists that fit each of my moods. Make this task fun by creating a nostalgia playlist of high school or college jams and share it with those who went through those times with you. It is amazing the memories a single song can bring. Playlists can be shared through most streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud. Download my Party or Wine Down playlists now to get you started.

Ideas to start your self-care routine. 


10. Dwell in Art and Wildlife
Maybe you hadn’t planned on experiencing art museums or the Cincinnati Zoo anytime soon, but now you can from the luxury of your home.

Cincinnati Art Museum
Offering highlights of their permanent collections, along with at-home art-making activities for the whole family through their Facebook Group.

Taft Museum
Offering highlights of their permanent collections online for all to see.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Offers live streaming of “Home Safaris” on their Facebook Page each day at 3 p.m.


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
For a limited time, this dance theatre will share full-length videos of the Company performing on stage. Dance class and performance are also being given by individual instructors and dancers. 

Cincinnati Ballet at Home
Enjoy free, engaging content – from live online classes to excerpts from past performances and rehearsals. Follow the Cincinnati Ballet Facebook page for lie step-by-step videos.


Cincinnati Opera
Enjoy curated playlist, podcast, and a meditation series to bring peace during this chaotic time.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Watch live performances and listen to playlists of great music composers.


The Children’s Theatre
Watch live performances of Casper: The Friendly Musical, and Suffragettes: With Liberty and Voting for All.


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11. Continue Your Education
Now is the best time to take an online course or earn a certification that can move your career up the ladder or possibly start a new one.

Basic Braiding Class
This group will provide live braiding/styling classes, technique, and product recommendations.

Free select courses offered by top universities including The Science of Well Being (Yale), Successful Negotiations (University of Michigan) and Algorithms (Princeton University).

The Great Courses Plus
Stream popular courses and subjects to further your knowledge. The trial includes 1-month free.


12. Fun Family Activities
Being stuck in the house means the usual family games and movies can become stale really quickly. Below are some ideas to help create a family game night like nothing you have done before.

Timed Obstacle Course
Create and obstacle course for one family member to go through at a time. The person with the quickest time wins!

Family Fashion Show/Talent Show
Have a fashion show with a few themes like Prom Night, Cowboy Show-Down, and Animal Print. Take it a step further and allow everyone to showcase their talent.

Free Printable Games for Family Fun
Enjoy bingo, word searches, scavengers hunts, charades and more!

Amazon Prime Free Streaming TV and Shows for Kids
Enjoy free kids’ movies and TV shows. No membership required.


13. Family Discussions About the Dangers of Mobile Apps
The use of technology is going up these days, especially kids on various mobile apps. Now is the time to discuss the dangers on apps like Tik Tok, Snap Chat, Holla and more. View a full list of these applications.


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14. Prepare for the summer!
Don’t wait. Tackle the challenge of finding a summer camp children or summer job for your teens.

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Use these ideas as a guideline of what can be done to keep your mind, body and spirit grounded during this pandemic. Don’t stay in your pajamas all day. Get up. Brush your teeth. Shower. Wash your face and of course, wash your hands! Let us know what things you are doing to pass the time in the comments, or at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.



Marissa Staples, Writer
The Voice of Black Cincinnati


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