Things to do when you’re stuck at home during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak

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Being confined to your home can easily lead to feelings of frustration and boredom. Although you may be practicing social distancing, this does not mean that you cannot do the things that you love! Read below for our suggestions on what to do while trying to stay protected during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak:

Learn to cook


Now is the perfect time to develop your cooking skills! While you’re home, you have the opportunity to trial-and-error healthy recipes like these until you’ve perfected them.

For an abundance of recipes, be sure to download the Red Mountain app on the Apple app store or Google play.

Read: How to make canned vegetables taste fresh


Follow at-home fitness videos


Being at home does not have to mean spending your entire day on the couch! Boost your endorphins and keep your body in shape by working out from the comfort of your own home.


With a quick online search, you can find hundreds of at-home workouts for any skill level.


Do some spring cleaning


Re-organize your kitchen cabinets, bedroom, garage, pantry, or otherwise! Getting rid of clutter from your home can help you feel revived and motivated to focus on what’s important. Plus, you can make sure that the tools that you need to stay on-track are easily accessible for when you need them.


Don’t know where to start? Here’s some ideas:

  • Separate program-friendly foods from foods that may tempt you to go off-track
  • Re-fold your clothes so that it’s easier to get dressed in the morning
  • Set up a space in your garage/living room designated to at-home workouts
  • De-clutter your closet & donate unwanted items


Spend time outdoors

Now that many of the activities that you and your family may have previously been involved in have been postponed, this is a great time to enjoy your immediate surroundings by venturing outdoors! Take advantage of the opportunity to take your kids out on nature walks, hikes, bike rides, or have a picnic at a local park.


Practice self-care


Treat yourself to a warm bath, face mask, or whatever makes you feel relaxed and good about yourself!  Make this self-care activity of your choice a routine event that you can look forward to each day.


Self-care ideas:

  • Paint your own nails
  • Read a good book
  • Deep-condition your hair
  • Do a craft/paint/draw
  • Stretch
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Journal (see below)




An increase in the body’s stress hormone is associated with weight gain and other negative effects. To combat this, set aside some time during the day to reflect on your feelings & opinions regarding  current events, relationships, or whatever else is on your mind. By getting things written down on paper, you will be better able to process your emotions and cope with them in a healthy manner.

Video-Chat with friends


Software like Facetime, Skype, Zoom, & more easily allows us to connect face-to-face with our loved ones, regardless of location! Use this to your advantage and keep up with those who you would normally spend time with by scheduling virtual coffee dates, simultaneously watching movies, or simply talking about your interests!


For more helpful tips and resources on how to navigate COVID-19 while staying on track with your health, read these related stories:


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