Getting bored at home? Try these 11 at-home activities to keep you active and happy.
We all know that social distancing is imperative right now, so to those of you doing your part to flatten the curve, we salute you! But just because you’re homebound for a bit, doesn’t mean you can’t stay active and engaged. We’ve put together 11 at-home activities you can do—and hear—to keep you busy for the long haul. And we’ve got something for everyone, whether you’re looking to learn something new, spend quality time with loved ones, or just take some much needed R&R.
1. Pump up the tunes and jam out.
Turn off the news and turn up the tunes! Push the furniture back and have an impromptu dance party, relax outdoors with some soothing music, or find karaoke backing tracks and belt out your favorite songs. If you have some instruments in the house, pick them up and practice. Learn some simple chords and play along to your favorite songs, or start a jam session with the other people in your home. Not only is it just plain fun, but it can help you manage your stress levels. A study from Stanford University found that “listening to music seems to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication.” It also called music an easy stress-reduction tool. Sign us up.
2. Listen to a new podcast.
Have you heard great things about This American Life, Stuff You Should Know or maybe My Favorite Murder? Now’s the time to tune in and see what all the fuss is about. Podcasts are a great way to stay informed and entertained, and will help liven up any chores you may be doing while you’re at home. Just remember to keep the volume down to help protect your hearing. So download a few, learn something new, and impress all your friends with your new-found knowledge.
3. Binge-watch a new TV show.
With the smorgasbord of streaming platforms available, there’s enough content out there to last you a lifetime. So pick a show and settle in! Try something feel-good to help you tune out the news for a bit, like Schitt’s Creek or The Great British Baking Show. If you’ve got some hearing loss and your family’s complaining about turning down the TV, try closed captioning. Or better yet, try a hearing aid like Eargo Neo HiFi, which has a special setting just for watching TV. Eargo hearing aids let you hear sound clearly—without letting your neighbors know exactly which show you’re watching.
4. Connect with long-distance loved ones.
With the help of technology, your loved ones are just a click away. So set up a weekly video chat with the people you love! You can do all sorts of things over video chat—download a Chrome extension to watch Netflix together, share a long-distance meal, play a game, or just have a nice chat. If you don’t have a video chatting platform installed on your phone or computer, there are plenty of options. Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, and FaceTime will bring the folks you love into your home and help you all feel more connected.
5. Have a family game night.
If you’re holed up with your family, dust off an old favorite game or two! Whether you’re a Pictionary pro or a Scrabble savant, there’s bound to be a game that’ll get the whole family involved. And if you’re low on games or have already made your way through your stack a few times, download an app like Heads Up for a fun new game that the whole family will love. You can also game with friends over video chat! Try Jackbox, a series of party games that uses your phone or computer to play. Fire up a video chat with your friends and play online today!
6. Try out some conversation starters.
Chances are you’re going to be spending a lot of time with the same people, so why not get to know them a little better? Conversation starters are a great way to get to know fun facts and hear new stories about your loved ones. Plus, you can get their answers to some kookier questions, like “Would you rather be able to speak to animals or speak every language in the world fluently?” If you’re in need of some conversation starters, we’ve got you covered.
7. Practice self-care.
In trying times, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed. To combat that, be sure to carve out a little “me-time” each day. Maybe you take an hour or two each day where you turn off the news and read a book. Maybe you draw yourself a nice, hot bubble bath while listening to soothing music every night. Or maybe giving back to others makes you feel great. While in-person volunteering is on hold, do some research and consider making a donation to causes supporting people in need. For more ideas, check out our self-care blog post.
8. Take up a new hobby.
Have you been itching to try painting for a while? Want to knit a scarf or two? Or maybe you’ve seen beautiful stained glass pieces at art fairs and thought, “Maybe I could do that.” Well, now’s a great time to try your hand at a new craft! So buy some art supplies online and go to town. Fire up a Bob Ross video on YouTube and follow along. Remember: There are no mistakes—just happy accidents.
9. Get outside and go for a walk.
Take some time to explore the great outdoors, even if you’re exploring a new-to-you area within your neighborhood. Not only is exercise important for your overall well-being, but it also helps your hearing. A Miami University study showed that a person over 50 years old without a genetic predisposition to hearing loss was more likely to maintain their hearing health if they engage in cardio for 20-30 minutes, five times a week. So spend some time on your favorite less-traveled trails, get your fill of fresh air, and take in the sounds of nature.
10. Cook a new dish.
Have a recipe you’ve been hankering to try? Tie on an apron and whip it up! If you’re looking for inspiration, we suggest trying out a new fish recipe. Research shows that having at least two servings of fish a week can boost your hearing health. If you’re not a fish fan, add some chia seeds or flaxseeds into your smoothies. Walnuts, edamame, and kidney beans are also high in omega-3s, which help keep your hearing in tip-top shape.
11. Have a free hearing health consultation.
At Eargo, we make it easy to take the first step toward better hearing health by offering a free at-home consultation over the phone with one of our licensed hearing professionals. You don’t even have to leave your couch to take the five-minute call, and you can ask them as many burning questions as you’d like. They’ll chat with you about hearing loss, hearing aids, and Eargo to help you find the best hearing loss solution—whether or not it’s Eargo.
No matter what you do to pass the time, we want you to hear it to the fullest. That’s why our entire Eargo team is ready and waiting to help you take the first step of your hearing journey. Feel free to call us at 1 (800) 734-7603 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with one of our licensed hearing professionals from home and on your schedule. Stay safe, stay happy, and stay healthy.