Masks and restrictions limit us on what we can do and where we can go (and what hours of the day we can visit those places). It’s hard sometimes to remember to de-stress and take time to enjoy things, which is more important now than ever.
In a time where we must distance ourselves physically from the ones we love and the social interaction that we crave, it’s hard to cope with these restrictions as well as the effect that the pandemic has on our everyday lives, careers, schooling, etc. Here are some ways to still have enjoyable moments even in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.
1. Binge "The Legend of Korra" or "Avatar: The Last Airbender," both on Netflix.
On August 14th, "The Legend of Korra" came to Netflix. Orginally airing on Nickelodeon in 2012, it is the sequel to the popular American animated series, "Avatar: The Last Airbender," that also first aired on Nickelodeon, but in 2005. Now is the perfect opportunity to binge both shows if you haven’t already! The nostalgic storylines and animation at the time are just too good to be true.
2. Have a (socially distanced) sunset viewing party.
Whether it’s on a rooftop, parked in a car, or sitting in a field, watching the sunset and safely gathering with friends is a good way to spend time and make memories. It can be as informal or formal as needed. Bring a couple of lawn chairs, some food, a blanket, and let the night make itself.
3. Plan a brunch date with a few friends at First Watch.
Going out for breakfast or brunch is always a treat, especially at First Watch. Their menu hosts some great healthy dishes, plenty of pancakes, and vegan and gluten-free options as well.
4. Learn to sew your own masks and decorate some with friends.
Over quarantine, many people have picked up new hobbies such as baking, painting, crocheting, etc. Why not try sewing/stitching your own mask? All the materials and equipment you need can be found at Joann’s Fabrics or Hobby Lobby for starters!
5. Read a new book like the recently released prequel to "The Hunger Games," titled "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes."
Suzanne Collins, the author of "The Hunger Games" trilogy, just released a prequel to the well-known books and movies called "The Ballads of Songbirds and Snakes," written from an interesting point of view. Dive back into the nostalgic "Hunger Games" universe and try reading this new book!
6. Have a picnic in the park by yourself or with a friend.
Just like the sunset viewing party, this can be as informal or formal as you like. Set up a blanket on a patch of grass and enjoy the sun while eating snacks or lunch!
7. Schedule an appointment to visit SQecial Media located on South Limestone.
SQecial Media is an independent bookstore and gift shop with quirky and interesting gifts, books, incense, crystals and stones, and more. They’ve called Lexington home since 1972 and are a must when it comes to shopping and exploring in the Lexington area.
8. Tie-dye t-shirts and masks with a friend.
The UK Student Activities Board hosted a “Good Vibes Tie Dye Party” on August 25th. If you missed the Student Activities Board planned tie-dye party, you can always do it on your own too!
9. Have your own photoshoot, either by yourself or with a friend.
This could go hand-in-hand with the sunset viewing party or picnic. Take some cute pictures for Instagram whether it’s on your phone or with a real camera. Photoshoots are always fun and can be done even within your own home or living space.
10. Color or doodle in a coloring book or print off pages to color on your own.
Coloring can definitely help de-stress, which is a must right now. Your work doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be fun!
Not all of these may work for you, and there is so much more to do than just this list. Take this as a starting point or inspiration for your own ideas to make into fun and neat activities.