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10 Suggestions on How to Spend Time Productively, While Staying at Home.

Being a parent and teacher,Chitrangada writes with practical understanding and experience about parenting issues and also provides solutions

Stay Safe, Stay at Home, Save Lives

Stay Safe, Stay at Home, Save Lives

What all can be done, while staying at home?

‘I don’t have time to do this or that.’

’I wish, I could spend more time with my kids, my family.’

’If I had some more time to spend at home, I would love to do that.’

’Oh! I am sick of this traffic jam and pollution.’

‘This busy schedule is so exhausting. I need a break.‘

’Nothing like, Home, Sweet Home.’

On any normal day, these are the common examples of people complaining about, how little time, they were able to spend at home, with their near and dear ones.

So, why is it, that everyone is finding it difficult to ‘Stay at Home’, during the present times, which the World is facing these days?

The answer to me is, that there is a deep sense of anxiety among the people, for the obvious reasons, which I don’t need to repeat.

The purpose of writing this article is to utilise the quarantine time, in a positive way.

The Whole World is passing through a very difficult situation, since the last few months. A situation of uncertainty, anxiety, fear, depression and other negative emotions, has engulfed everyone, which no one wants to have in their lives.

This is not the first time, that the human race has faced such adverse conditions in the World history. But, the spirit of the human beings, their patience, perseverance has always won, and overcome such calamities previously, and it is quite natural that, we would overcome the present critical situation, as well.

Most of the countries, around the World, have taken extensive precautionary measures, to deal with this difficult phase in the lives of their citizens.

Those measures are important and necessary to follow, to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.

Yes, you have understood correctly. I am talking about—-

  • Social Distancing,
  • Stay Safe,
  • Avoid Public Gatherings,
  • Stay at Home.

These measures should be followed seriously, so that the Coronavirus crisis ends soon, from all around the World.

Much has been written, and will be written by the experts in this regard.

The purpose of writing this article is to suggest some creative ways, to use our time productively, while we are ‘Staying at Home.’

Flowers from my home garden

Flowers from my home garden

De clutter your home, Rearrange your home, while you Stay at Home.

De clutter your home, Rearrange your home, while you Stay at Home.

Use Your Time Productively, While Staying at Home.

1. De-clutter your home:

Decluttering our homes is important, and it’s not easy, while you have a regular 9 to 5 job. In big cities, most of the time is spent in getting ready for work, traveling to your office/ workplace.

Now is the time to do that. You can arrange your wardrobes, book shelves, kitchen and each part of your home.

Even students have no time to arrange their rooms, their almirahs, study room and other places, on a normal day.

Every family member can do such things, and I am sure, you are going to enjoy it.

Most of the times, we keep things and forget about it. Because when it’s out of sight, it can be out of mind.

Look through your old belongings, may be of childhood, and enjoy the nostalgia.

2. Gardening:

This is one of my favourite activities, and I believe, many people enjoy it.

If you have a garden, even a small one, you would love growing plants, flowers, and even some green vegetables of your own.

Looking after the plants, watering them and see them grow, gives immense pleasure.

If you are living in an apartment and do not have enough space for gardening, you can still grow plants in the pots, or other containers.

Gardening requires time, skill and patience. This time can be utilised to polish your gardening skills, which can only make you happy and nothing else.

3. Rearranging your home:

Rearranging home is a good idea, when you have so much time, to stay at home. Sometimes, this has a good positive effect on our mental health.

Try to change the settings of your sofas, your dining table, your almirahs etc.

Give a complete makeover to your rooms, your walls and see, how it changes your mood.

All this requires a lot of planning and time, which you have nowadays.


Photography—The Sunrise from my home balcony

Photography—The Sunrise from my home balcony

Learn to cook traditional recipes.

Learn to cook traditional recipes.

4. Learning New Skills:

I have often heard people saying, if I had time, I would have learnt this, did that.

Now you have so much time, to do whatever you wanted to do or learn, but could not, because of the scarcity of time.

This is especially relevant for the young people. The pressure of studies, the pressure of jobs, keeps them away from doing their favourite things.

Learn to sketch or paint,

Learn to sing,

Learn to cook,

Learn craftwork,

Learn knitting or sewing,

Learn embroidery.

The list is endless. And no, you don’t have to go out anywhere, to learn all these skills. There are so many online articles, videos and websites to teach you all of these.

And, if you are fortunate, someone in the family, your parents or grandparents must be knowing and would love to teach you these skills.

5. Cooking:

Cooking for the family gives immense joy. The younger generation may be missing their time at the Coffee shops, or the fast food joints, with friends. But, how about cooking your own delicious food, and get appreciations from your family members.

Eat healthy, self cooked food, While Staying at Home.

6. Photography:

You can’t go out, but you can go to your balcony, your terrace, your porch, or your front door. Try taking perfect pictures of the Sunrise and the Sunset.

There may be birds around. Try capturing their beautiful sound in pictures and videos.

Then there may be flowers and plants all around your home, or in your home. It gives immense joy to capture their pictures and share them with others, if you like.

You can even post them on various social media platforms, such as Instagram or Pinterest.

Photography is not just a hobby, it’s therapeutic as well.


Practice Yoga at home, to keep your mind and body healthy

Practice Yoga at home, to keep your mind and body healthy

7. Listening to Music:

These are tough times, and some people are affected emotionally and mentally too. This may be because of constantly watching the depressing news and videos.

Music acts as a therapy, even otherwise in normal times, and during these stressful times, it’s important to listen to soulful music.

Listening to your favourite music is no problem, during these technological advanced times. Music keeps you positive and entertained at home, itself.

8. Remain connected with your family and friends:

We are fortunate to live in such times, when the means of communication is easily available to even the remotest areas. It’s easier to call within the country, and even those who are living miles away from you.

Calling, messaging, or video calls to the loved ones, and other family and friends, keeps you connected, and you feel good to know about their well being.

9. Meditation, Exercise and Yoga:

It’s important to remain physically and mentally healthy, for our well-being.

Since, we have to ’Stay at home,’ and we can’t go out to the gyms or some parks, for jogging or walking or exercising. But does that mean, that we can’t do these activities at home.

Practice Yoga, for mind and body health. If you don’t know how to practice it, since you are more comfortable with the gyms, please refer to the online Yoga classes.

You just need a small place, which could be your room, or your balcony.

You can even practice some floor exercises, to keep healthy.

Meditation will be helpful in keeping you positive, in these stressful times. Again, many websites teach you how to meditate.

10. Reading and Writing:

Finally, my all time favourite activity—Reading and Writing. I don’t need to explain this to my fellow writers, in this wonderful community.

Reading and Writing are creative activities, which keep you occupied mentally, so that negative thoughts are away from you. Those, who are in the habit of reading and writing can never feel lonely.



Each day is a blessing. Blossoming of the flowers, give hope and happiness. Stay Safe—This Too Shall Pass

Each day is a blessing. Blossoming of the flowers, give hope and happiness. Stay Safe—This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass.

Have hope and faith, that this too shall pass.

I would like to conclude this article with positive thoughts.

Try to remain positive, and keep yourself healthy and happy. It’s also important to take care of the children and the elderly people in your home, or in your neighbourhood.

Take all the precautions, which the doctors have suggested.

Follow all the guidelines, suggested by the health professionals and the government.

Stay Safe, Take Care, and Pray for everyone around the World.

How to meditate at home, Source: YouTube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 11, 2020:

Thank you Shaloo, for reading the article and sharing your thoughts.

You are right that, this period has provided us ample time to reflect and rejuvenate. I am trying to finish a lot of my pending work.

Thank you for commenting.

Shaloo Walia from India on June 11, 2020:

Great tips. The lockdown provided us ample time to relax and rejuvenate. And also time for creative pursuits.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 15, 2020:

Thank you Umesh Chandra ji, for reading and commenting.

I am glad that you found it useful.

Thank you so much.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 15, 2020:

Good tips. Useful article.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 13, 2020:

Thank you Sharan Saheb, for your encouraging words. Much appreciated.

Thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 13, 2020:

Thank you Thelma, for reading and commenting on this article.

Yes, I saw your creative activity on Facebook. It’s beautiful. You can share your creative idea in the form of a hub, on HubPages.

Thank you so much. Stay Safe dear friend.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 13, 2020:

Yes, Nell. I can relate and I agree with you.

Thank you for reading and appreciating the article. Glad that you liked the suggestions.

Thank you.

Devendra Sharan on April 13, 2020:

Excellent suggestions, to keep occupied in a constructive way, during these difficult times.

Very nice article.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 12, 2020:

Thank you Sunil Ji, for appreciating the article. Good that you pointed out. The reading and writing point was there in my draft. But, somehow I missed to include it. Now, I have done that.

Thanks for sharing on FB. Much appreciated. Take care.

Sunil Kunnoth on April 12, 2020:

Hi Chitraji,

Wonderful post. Everyone will welcome these tips as its publication is at apt time. I hope people will follow these ideas and make use of their time. Feeling sad you left Reading. Actually, a good chunk of people love reading during their free time. Hope you will add. Shared for common benefit of all.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on April 12, 2020:

Great ideas! I have already found a new hobby because of the staying at home time. Very helpful article on how to spend our spare time. Thanks for sharing.

Nell Rose from England on April 12, 2020:

And of course, lots of great writing too! Brilliant Ideas! Take care.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 12, 2020:

Thank you so much Peggy, for appreciating the article and my pictures.

I am pleased to read your comments. Photography, especially Nature photography gives me immense joy.

Thanks for your encouragement and positive feedback.

Take Care.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 12, 2020:

Thank you M G Singh Ji, for appreciating the suggestions, mentioned above. Keeping ourselves busy in a constructive way, helps in putting off anxiety and other negative emotions.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 12, 2020:

Thanks Rebecca, for appreciating the article.

I am glad that you liked the suggestions. Hope you are doing well.

Stay Safe dear friend. Take care.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2020:

I always enjoy your photos. You have such colorful and cheerful looking pillows! Your ideas on how to spend time while keeping our distance from people are good ones. We have been doing some decluttering, and it feels good! Take care! Keep taking those gorgeous flower pictures.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 11, 2020:

You have written an interesting article and how to pass the time during these times of confinement. One should take it as a blessing and fill the time in a constructive manner

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 11, 2020:

You have listed some great ideas for spending time at home. Very helpful article during this time. Thanks

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 11, 2020:

Thank you Prantika, for your thoughtful comments.

I am glad that you liked this article to be useful.

We have to keep our calm and stay safe. Hope you are doing well at your place.

Take care. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Prantika Samanta from Kolkata, India on April 11, 2020:

The mankind is going through a tough time and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have to lock ourselves in our homes.

Many people are working from home and online classes are conducted for students. However, we can manage sometime for ourselves, which was difficult earlier.

I like your suggestions as I find them beneficial in releasing stress and boosting our morale. It is essential to keep our mental health proper during this period.

This is a wonderful and an insightful article.

Stay safe and connected.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 10, 2020:

Thank you Ericdierker, for reading and commenting on this article.

I agree with you that there are a lot of creative ways, and useful things to do, While Staying at our homes.

Hope you are doing well in your part of the World.

Stay Safe and take care. Thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 10, 2020:

Thank you Nithya, for appreciating the article. Hope you are doing well at your place.

It’s important to keep our calm, and provide whatever help we can, to others. Many people are getting frustrated, depressed and mentally disturbed, While Staying at Home. I just wanted to cheer them up with my suggestions.

Hope all this is over soon. Take care, my dear friend.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 10, 2020:

Yes MsDora, I agree with you. After all these difficult times are over, there would be significant changes in the human behaviour, their attitudes, and their activities. And, I presume it would be for the better.

Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Stay Safe and take care, dear friend.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 10, 2020:

Too much to do! This is a great list of suggestions. I am just now really starting new routines. I did most things like yoga in groups before. Self discipline is not my long suit.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 09, 2020:

These are all great suggestions. Learning a new skill is easy with so many online courses. I have downloaded Duolingo and am trying to pick up a new language. I love the way you have ended this article -this too shall pass and I hope these troubled times pass soon.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 09, 2020:

You suggested some easy, doable ways to occupy ourselves at home. We could all end up being self-improved and that's a good thing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 09, 2020:

Thank you Bill, for your encouraging words of appreciation.

Yes, we all know about, how perfectly you utilise each moment of your day.

An inspirational person, who we all look up to, whether in normal times, or tough times. Thank you for being there.

Thank you and take care.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 09, 2020:

You are right, Alicia.

We have the opportunity of using the Internet, for a wide range of things. There have been Pandemic like situations in the World history, earlier too. At that time also, people were advised to stay at home, for their health safety. Many articles on the internet are showing pictures and newspaper cutting of those times. People wearing masks and forced to stay indoors. How they must be spending their times, is something to think about.

Thank you for reading and commenting on this article. Hope you are doing well in your part of the World.

Stay Safe and take care. Thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 09, 2020:

Thank you Liz Westwood, for reading and commenting.

The present scenario, all around the World is one of stress, uncertainty and anxiety. It’s important to keep our calm and have positive thoughts.

Stay Safe dear friend and take care. Thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 09, 2020:

Thanks for your appreciation of the article, Pamela. Glad you liked the suggestions.

Like you, I never have any problem, about what to do at home. I keep myself busy. But there are some people, who are feeling depressed, and think that the lockdown is being forced upon them. But, it’s important and required to take such a measure.

I believe that when the mind and body is occupied in doing constructive things, there are less chances of being stressful and anxious.

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. Stay Safe.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 08, 2020:

This is an encouraging article. Thank you for sharing the safety measures as well as the suggestions for activities, Chitrangada. It's surprising how many things can be done at home, especially by people who have access to the Internet.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 08, 2020:

You give a very positive approach to our current situation. Judging from the noise coming from my neighbour's garden at the moment, he is indulging his passion for music.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 08, 2020:

Your suggestions for activivies during this pandemic are excellent, Chitrangada. If you don't have enough to keep yoy busy, then taking up any of Chitrangada's suggestions should fill up your spare time. I have never had any troube filling up my spare time, but your suggests are excellent, Chitrangada. This is the perfect article considering where we are at right now.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 08, 2020:

Thank you Rinita, for reading the article and sharing your thoughts.

I agree with you that there is so much to do, that this time should be treated as an opportunity, when we have been advised to stay at home. In normal circumstances also, I feel amazed to hear people, who complain of getting bored.

Thanks for appreciating the flowers. I love growing plants, in my small garden. Thanks for commenting. Stay Safe and take care.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 08, 2020:

My problem is having too much to do. lol I now have no excuse for tackling all of my projects which I put off over the winter. The weather is beautiful and all excuses are now worthless. lol

Be safe my friend!

Rinita Sen on April 08, 2020:

Lovely flowers from your garden, quite the symbol of hope. I personally don't get how people have nothing to do at home. I, for one, have more work than ever before. I've no time to breathe. Hopefully your suggestions will benefit the bored ones :)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 08, 2020:

Hi Devika!

I can relate to your thoughts and comments. These are tough times and there is a feeling of anxiety and uncertainty among people, all around the World.

We can just hope, pray and have faith, that this crisis will end as soon as possible.

Many people get depressed, while watching the news. But, it’s important to keep our calm, and maintain a positive attitude. It’s good to keep ourselves busy, so that we don’t get affected by all the negative news and thoughts, all around.

Stay Safe and take care, dear friend. Thank you for reading and commenting on this article.

Devika Primic on April 08, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada It has been a tough time for the world I have done a lot at home but on most days keep house clean. Spring cleaning not much as I am up to date with everything around the house. I try to stay outdoors more now that the weather is good. Cooking more than ever and shopping once a eek. I do not feel good when going shopping wearing masks and gloves kind f makes me wonder of how life has changed. Seems like this is going on for a long time and doesn't feel proper to not mingle. You have covered helpful points here when staying home. Thank you

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 08, 2020:

Thank you so much Lora, for reading and appreciating the article.

It’s so good to know that you are actually using your time at home, in a constructive manner.

Knitting, crochet, sewing, painting are some of the hobbies, I used to enjoy doing, when I was younger. Somehow, was not able to do these activities since long. It’s good to refresh those skills, learnt through my mother.

De clutter is important to feel rejuvenated. So many things pile up in our homes, which we hardly use.

Thanks dear friend, for sharing your thoughts with your wonderful comments.

Stay Safe and take care.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 08, 2020:

Thank you so much Rosina, for reading the article and sharing the information about your article. Would visit your page soon.

I hope you are doing well at your place. Stay Safe and take care.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 08, 2020:

Thank you Lorna, for your encouraging words.

Yes, the times are tough, but looking towards the positive part of it, the whole World has come together, each one is concerned for the safety of others—a true example of universal brotherhood.

I can understand the pressure of working from home. It’s good that you are able to take time out for meditation too. Many from my family are working from home.

You are right, that by staying at home, it would be easier to control the spread of the disease.

Hope all is well, and back to normal, as soon as possible.

Thank you and take care.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 08, 2020:

Thanks Manatita, for your kind words of appreciation.

Prayers give us strength, both mental and emotional, to face any adverse situation in life.

Appreciate you, for giving me all the information about the mass prayers.

I would be joining it.

I do believe in the power of prayers, and praying everyday, at my prayer place, which we call ‘Puja Sthal,’ is part of my life, both in the morning and in the evening.

Hope this Worldwide crisis is over soon.

Thanks for reading and commenting on this article.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 08, 2020:

Thank you FlourishAnyway, for reading and commenting on this article.

You are doing a great work, by looking after your nephew, whose mother is serving as a nurse. God Bless all of you. Hope this Worldwide crisis ends soon.

Thanks for taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Take Care.

Lora Hollings on April 07, 2020:

What wonderful suggestions you've written in your article, Chitrangada. We can fill this time with so many constructive and creative activities that we usually don't get the time to do! I'm learning to crochet. I've always wanted to learn but I never had the time before. Now, I have this wonderful opportunity to learn. I'm also going to declutter my closet after years of accumulating items that I don't need or use and I've put off doing. I know I will feel so much better when it has been done and it will actually look like a closet again! Thanks for your great article that reminds us to use this time wisely and have fun at the same time!

Rosina S Khan on April 07, 2020:

Nice suggestions about how to spend time in the present time at home. I have written a similar article titled, "Improving Your Day- How to Be Positive" on EzineArticles.com where I am a Diamond Expert Author. Wish you all the best. Stay safe and well.

Lorna Lamon on April 07, 2020:

Some wonderful ideas Chitrangada, and even though I am now working from home I set time aside each day to mediate. This time will pass andby following the guidelines and remaining indoors then it will pass sooner, and also save lives. Surely we can create new positive memories from this time which will sustain us when it is over. An enjoyable read.

manatita44 from london on April 07, 2020:

Lovely practical and spiritual ideas, Chitrangada Ji. My international group have set prayer times. 14:00, 21:00 and 21: 30 hrs UK time. We also have our own individual meditations between 0600 and 0700 and again before bedtime. You guys can join us at an appropriate time.

Make a shrine/alter, with a table, cloth,candle and incense, flowers and your chosen ideal. The Christ, Buddha or simply a candle. Download some soothing music. Come back to me if you need help with anything. Om Shanti!

Your food looks awesome!

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 07, 2020:

I have my nephew living with us because he has asthma and his mom is a nurse practitioner working with Coronavirus patients. We are working on his education, doing puzzles and will both be learning to knit.