I went from being very social and active to often housebound due to a chronic and complex illness, and spent extended stints sequestered at Ayurvedic clinics & various hospitals ￼…
Finding yourself cooped up due to public health situation? ￼Your solution is: digging into projects which maintain your mental acuity and move your fine motor skills but also, very importantly, produce something in the end.
Like: making scrapbooks of life ephemera, organizing letters and photos, writing down your stories, make a podcast, read war and peace (or similar), write a novel (desert solitaire or similar), make some songs, write some poems￼, compile your journals and diaries￼, embark on “personal archaeology” by sort-ganizing your old report cards, certificates and participation ribbons￼ / put them in binders with sheet protectors or make a shadowbox… I can go on and on but I think you get the gist.￼
￼Or this is a great time to take an online course about something you dig (I recently did a Japanese book culture course). Many universities have all sorts of free courses (start at open culture or Internet archive￼)￼ plus you can just learn something new on your own via other folks like you￼, i.e.: how to make Lo-Fi beats, how to play the ukulele, how to paint with oils… IOW, Get started on something interesting which can be a new hobby and produce some neat artifacts,￼rather than just trying to level up on a video game.￼￼
Verily, choose activities with intentions / of course, chill out but consider￼ watching a specific classic epic movie (ask me if you need some tips) ￼rather than sifting through nonsense to binge (and in general minimize mindless, high-twitch screentime)￼.
Look at this as an opportunity to do all those little projects you’ve *always meant to do*.
Also, letter writing is cheap and cheerful and immensely satisfying, especially for others who are routinely shut in (elders, disabled, remotes etc.)￼￼
If you need someone to cheer you along or give you some more ideas are examples, of course I am friendly if a bit slow sometimes￼.
I will note that it’s totally up to you what do you do and all that, I’m just encouraging expansion of your brain through art and culture and creativity – and im speaking from so much experience.
All the hugs, your possibly-favourite uncle￼
Photo: Dr. Trevor Erikson (note: before Dr status)