Staying Busy at Home During Coronavirus

By: Michael Fossbakk | April 20, 2020

If you’ve been doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home as much as possible, you may be getting a little stir-crazy. From books by local authors to fostering an animal, here are some great ways to stay busy and even help out your fellow Metro Detroiters.

Read a book by a local author

If you’re looking for a bit of an escape from the world around you, pick up a good book! There are many local authors telling great stories. After Bird Box, Josh Malerman released a few more books, like Unbury Carol and Inspection. Stephen Mack’s detective series August Snow will have you gripping the pages, trying to figure out what’s around the corner. And E.D.E. Bell will transport you to a world of fantasy with Diamonsong.

Watch a local film festival online

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is taking the current health climate in stride by pivoting their annual film festival to a 100% free and online format. That means, with an internet connection, you can watch tons of features and short films for free from the comfort of your home March 24-29. Following each livestream, there will also be moderated Q&A sessions with the filmmakers.

Exercise at home

There are tons of ways to get exercise at home. Without available equipment, you can do simple stretching exercises, sit-ups, push-ups, and more. There are tons of online resources that will show you how to do these exercises without the need for equipment. Detroit Body Garage, for example, is complying with the mandatory shutdown of gyms and other businesses by livestreaming exercise classes via YouTube and Instagram every day at 10 a.m. E.T. If you can’t watch live, you can find the video on their YouTube page at any time.

Exercise your brain

With so many people staying home to curb the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to not only stay occupied and entertained but to keep your brain working too. We rounded up some ways to learn a thing or two through some interactive, online resources. Find out what the surface of Mars looks like or check in on some zoo animals straight from your computer. Other ways to stimulate your brain include puzzles, arts & crafts, or learning a new recipe.

Donate to a local theater

In addition to people working the service industry, artists are another hard-hit group of people when it comes to personal finances. Business may have slowed down, but bills still need to be paid. To that end, we rounded up a list of local theaters, such as The Film Lab in Detroit and the Michigan & State Theaters in Ann Arbor (two former venues for the aforementioned Ann Arbor Film Festival), that are looking for donations while they are closed for business.

Foster an animal in need

Lots of local animal shelters are now short on volunteers due to the practice of social distancing. Because of that, these animal shelters are in need of temporary foster homes. Places like Detroit Dog Rescue are looking for volunteers to take home dogs that they can not feasibly take care of with a now-limited staff. Ask your local shelter how you can help.