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Running out of things to do while social distancing?

Derek LeBon

Born and raised in the idyllic beach town of Laguna Beach, Derek has become an esteemed real estate leader in the Orange County area...

Born and raised in the idyllic beach town of Laguna Beach, Derek has become an esteemed real estate leader in the Orange County area...

Apr 1 8 minutes read

As concerts get postponed, sporting events get canceled, schools close and tourist hot spots shut down, you may be feeling a tad bit stir crazy at home. What's there to do while stuck indoors? We've compiled 10 suggestions to help make your time “social distancing” as interesting – and perhaps even as productive – as possible.

1. Virtually connect with an old friend or relative

 Remember your bestie from college that you hardly see anymore due to the craziness of life? Or maybe you’re missing your sweet grandma who lives several hours away. Right now is the perfect time to pick up the phone and virtually connect. Apple users can use FaceTime or if you’ve got a computer and wifi connection, you may opt for a Zoom chat. 

We've started doing virtual happy hours with our friends! 

2. Embrace your inner bookworm 

Maybe you grew up loving to read but life has recently been too chaotic to even think about curling up on the couch with a good book. If you aren’t particularly bothered about reading but you do enjoy learning new things, audiobooks may be more your style. The best part? You may not even need to pay for an Audible subscription. Most local public libraries across the country partner with third-party applications to be able to offer many of the most popular audiobooks for you to check out for free as long as you have a library card. Traditional reading or listening to audiobooks is a great way to relax and immerse yourself in a story or even learn something new.

3. Netflix and Grub

If there was ever a time to not feel guilty about ordering takeout or delivery and binge-watching Netflix, it’s now. If you’ve ever resisted laying around for the fear of missing out or not being productive, use this time to rest and enjoy some entertainment and food of your choice. Local restaurants could really use the business even if you aren’t dining in. Eat something delicious, cozy up and check out all of the new binge-worthy shows and movies on your favorite streaming platforms. We're guilty of watching the entire Season 2 of Ozark in one weekend! 

If you live in South Orange County, here are a few of our favorite local restaurants that you can order takeout from. 


4. Sharpen your culinary skills 

When life moves fast, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of planning the same few easy-to-make-meals each week for dinner. Use some of your extra free time to research new and unique recipes and then execute them. Then you will have lots of new meal ideas for the next few months that you will not get bored with. If the weather is nice, you can even bring your culinary creation outdoors and dine al fresco or even have a picnic. Make use of your porch, balcony or backyard when able. 

Running out of recipe ideas? We posted some of our faves on LeBon Kitchen.

5. Explore online learning

If you’ve ever wanted to transition into a different career, start a side hustle or just learn a new skill for the fun of it, now is the time. You can learn how to do ANYTHING on YouTube as they have free tutorials for everything under the sun. Believe it or not, you can also take free Ivy League classes online in everything from finance to marketing. If you are looking for another free resource, you can take classes on skillshare.com for design, photography, business and more. LinkedIn Learning, formerly known as Lynda, has many courses and tutorials you can gain access to with a subscription fee. With all of the free resources available on the internet, you could intentionally use this time off to change your career path or learn a new hobby. 

6. Work on at-home fitness goals

Remember that New Year's resolution you had about getting fit? Have you been following through? Either way, with gyms temporarily closing across the country you may be left wondering about how your workout routine may be impacted. The good news is that Facebook, Instagram and YouTube are literally crawling with workout videos and tutorials. There is something for everyone on these platforms - low impact cardio, apartment-friendly workouts, no equipment required workouts (aka bodyweight workouts), yoga and more. Also, Planet Fitness is offering free at-home fitness classes daily for members and non-members alike over on their Facebook page. Don’t worry if you can’t catch them live, you can always watch the replay. Moving your body every day is known to reduce stress and keep you healthy among other physical and mental benefits. So use your resources and get moving! 

7. Get a head start on spring cleaning

Create a plan and start tackling projects now instead of waiting for spring to arrive. We recommend purging first. Too many people focus their efforts on getting organized only to find out that their system failed. Instead of shuffling things around or placing them in bins, take the time to sort through the clutter and purge without reservation. Once you’ve done a good job of getting rid of all the junk, you can move on to organizing and cleaning.

 We've created six easy steps to Spring Cleaning!

8. Channel your inner child

Yep, we’re giving you permission to act like a child. Whether you choose to pull out the markers and color an adult coloring book or you’re ready to play yourself (or spouse) in a game of chess, this is the time to bring out your inner child. Here’s a list of the 30 best board games of all time

9. Take some time for self care

Right now is the perfect time to do something for yourself. Relax in the bath with some Epsom salt and essential oils or give yourself a mani/pedi. You can also try some meditation techniques to really get in the mood. Check out this great guide on meditation for beginners to get started. Additionally, it may be a good time to get some rest. Grab your favorite pillow and blanket, plop on the couch and binge watch your favorite movies. 

10. Create a Real Estate Game Plan

While under the shelter in place order, it is the best time to get a real estate game plan together. Whether you are buying, selling, investing or you want to upgrade your current home, there are a number of steps you can take to educate yourself  on the market. Homes are still selling which means buyers are actively looking (while abiding by strict California Association of Realtors guidelines for social distancing). Compared to 2019 there is less inventory and the properties that remain on the market for more than 30 days are seeing slight price reductions. This means that it's a great time to get involved in the market if you are like the so many that waited for a  "price correction". The housing market was very strong leading up to the shelter in place and showed no signs of fatigue. So don't wait more than 3 months, housing will recover quickly based on previous demand so don't get caught in a holding pattern again. Quarantine will end and you won't want to be left on the sidelines. 

Don't know where to start? Schedule a FREE virtual appointment with us.


Take this time to enjoy something you love.

We know these times can be trying on us all, mentally and physically, so why not take advantage of this little bit of extra time and use it for something you enjoy?

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