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Friday Fives: Social Distancing Distractors

With the coronavirus surging through St. Louis and the stay-at-home order in effect until April 22, boredom is inevitable. Here are five activities you can do while quarantined.


1. Listen To Music

Music offers a cathartic way to alleviate stress. For creators, Spotify has unveiled the COVID-19 Music Relief project to aid artists needing financial backing during quarantine. For students, not only can music assist you in completing your online school work, but it can also take you on that Spring Break trip you might have missed out on. Whether it be Jazz, Hip-Hop or Reggae, discover a new genre to get you through quarantine. 

2. Exercise

Staying indoors all day can get rather tedious. Take a step out of your routine by going on a walk or jog. Exercise is a great way to cleanse the body mentally and physically. Castlewood State Park is a location that will offer beautiful landscapes and a great atmosphere for anyone looking to get out of the house.

3. Read 

Today, it’s especially important to stay informed. During these tumultuous times, it’s very beneficial to make sure you are updated on what is going on in the community. It doesn’t have to be a CNN or New York Times article, but should be something that has local prominence to your community. Another way to pass the time is by reading a book. Along with various other e-reading companies, St. Louis County Library is giving out free library cards to RSD students. Aside from being academically engaging, a novel is an engrossing way to pass the time.

4. Work on a Puzzle

If you have a few hours, work on a puzzle. Puzzles are an outstanding way to stimulate the brain. There are plenty of different puzzles available at different difficulty levels. Online offers a wide selection of puzzles to choose from; check out ‘PuzzleWarehouse’, a St. Louis puzzle company, if you’re interested in a unique and grasping puzzle for yourself. Whether the puzzle is 50 pieces or 5,000, it will offer a challenging yet rewarding experience for you and your family.

5. Netflix

If you are looking for some relaxation, turn on Netflix and binge. Netflix has released a multitude of original tv shows and movies that are compelling to any teenager. Looking for a comedy: “The Office”. Interested in a drama: “Grey’s Anatomy”. Want to stay current: “Pandemic”. Regardless of your mood, Netflix will have you covered.


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