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6 Ways to Thrive While Staying Home During Self-Quarantine

Staying at home for days on end is not a fun experience for most people, especially the extroverts. However, to ensure public safety and avoid the outspread of the coronavirus, each one of us should take this matter seriously and stay isolated not only to protect ourselves but also to protect those around us. Before you start complaining, here are 6 Ways to Thrive While Staying Home During Self-Quarantine with your happiness intact.

Enrich the soul with books

There’s no better way to spend time than reading books. You always learn something new from every book and the new-found knowledge can end up changing your life forever.

Unless you are a person who prefers the traditional way of enjoying a book: the joy of sitting in an armchair flipping through pages of a brand-new book, you can rely on technology to gain access to the ebook version of the same title. For example, the Amazon Prime program has a Kindle Unlimited that allows you to read more than 1 million titles for a monthly subscription of only $9.99. Even better, there is a 30-day free trial available.

Work on your summer body

If you are a regular gym-goer, being confined to home for days is torture. However, don’t be discouraged. Who says working out at home isn’t fun? Tune in to a YouTube workout channel and follow the instructions. If you already know what to do, simply pick an upbeat tune and start the exercise.

If you are the type that gets demotivated when working out alone, join an online yoga class. Due to the situation, many yoga teachers have to stay home too. Many therefore organize online classes that you can join using Zoom or Skype.

Improve your cooking skills

Many of us are not good at cooking partly because we don’t have the time to do it while working a full-time job. This time-off is a great opportunity for you to explore different dishes and up your skills. Shop for groceries in bulk so as to avoid going out too frequently. If online shopping is available, opt for it.

For those who are staying home with their family, cooking is a great activity to strengthen the bond. Kids can learn to cook and clean up after themselves by watching their parents.

Binge-watch your favorite series and movies

There’s no better time to indulge in the guilty joy of watching your favorite movies on end without worrying about work. Fire up Netflix and search for your favorite titles. Titanic, Casablanca, Desperate Housewives, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Godfather, etc. are all at your fingertips.

Learn a new skill

It’s never too late to learn a new skill. You never know when you will need it. Many businesses understand the difficulties (and boredom) of being confined to home. That’s why they offer promotions to let new users try out their service without a cost. Udacity, for example, recently launched a campaign that allows students to try any Udacity Nanodegree course for free for one month. Use such an opportunity to learn about web design, digital marketing, programming, etc.¬† Who knows, maybe you will land a new job with the newly acquired skills when the crisis is over.

Focus on positivity

Last but not least, don’t get drown in the amount of negative information coming out every day. By being positive and strong, you are giving your body more fuel to fight off any virus. The immune system works at its best when we have a healthy diet with an active lifestyle and keep our mind positive.

Apply these 6 Ways to Thrive While Staying Home During Self-Quarantine tomorrow and you’ll find that staying home is not as boring as it sounds. So long as you know how to make the best use of your time, you will find the positive aspects in even the worst circumstances.

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Anti-Spitting Social Distancing Hats That Work

These hats might not make a fashion statement but protecting your face from the coronavirus when you go on a grocery run can’t be overstated. These anti-spitting hats add an extra layer of protection from germs getting to your eyes, nose, and mouth. Here are the top Anti-Spitting Social Distancing Hats That Work.

1. A classic baseball dad hat with a removable face shield

Dad hats are in, so you know they had to attach a face shield on one. After the coronavirus is over dad can use this to weed wack and mow the lawn.

2. The “something” white bucket hat with black embroidering

If you can call any of these hats trending, this is it. Vague wording with a touch of subtle art on a bucket hat.

3. A smiley face for smiley faces bucket hat for the kids

This hat is smaller and comes in a kid-size. There is also a cute baby hat and little bear hat for kids.

4. Go with this anti-spitting social distancing visor shield if baseball or bucket hats just aren’t your thing

Despite not having a hat component this face shield can easily be worn over any hat you may already have.

These hats don’t provide 100% protection from germs flying in your face but they do provide 100% more protection than without. Stay safe, stay healthy, and we hope these Anti-Spitting Social Distancing Hats That Might Make a Fashion Statement are useful to your or at least provided some minor amusement for what it’s worth.

Here is How to Stay Informed about COVID-19.

How to Stay Informed about COVID-19

Social media platforms are great for staying connected with friends and family, especially during Coronavirus social distancing. But, how do you stay informed about the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic? It’s helpful to go straight to the experts. Information about Coronavirus is everywhere. Unfortunately, a lot of misinformation exists. While no once source is perfect, it’s helpful to go straight to the experts to stay informed about COVID-19. This is How to Stay Informed about COVID-19:

CDC and the WHO

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the source of information that many media outlets use for COVID-19. You can find what you need to know about symptoms and even answers to frequently asked questions about Coronavirus on the CDC’s website. If you want a global update, check out the World Health Organization (WHO). They have information about the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic worldwide. The CDC and the WHO are recommended by Harvard Health Publishing since they have a mission to keep the public protected and informed.


The White House and CDC have released a special site dedicated to sharing information about this pandemic. Find guidelines for how to protect yourself and what to do if you think you’re sick. These are just some examples of the COVID-19 information you can find at Coronavirus.gov. Both this site and the CDC are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Local DHHS Site and Local News Outlets

Each state has its specific Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) site. Find the website of your state or territorial health department and follow it for state-specific information about Coronavirus. Be sure to also check your local news outlets for information directly related to your community.

Don’t forget that many news authorities have Facebook and Twitter accounts to make it easier to stay in the know. As a caution, don’t spend too much time engrossed in the news feeds. Your family and your homestead deserve your attention too. Thank you for reading this post, How to Stay Informed about COVID-19, and we hope you and your love ones stay safe and healthy.

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Homesteader’s Guide to COVID-19 Social Distancing

No doubt, you’ve been hearing about the spread of COVID-19, the Coronavirus with flu-like symptoms that are currently sweeping the world. At this point in the infection’s progress, no location is considered safe. However, millions of people are not yet infected and may never get infected. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to practice a procedure coined “Social Distancing”. Read on for the Homesteader’s Guide to COVID-19 Social Distancing.

Social distancing means limiting your physical contact with other people and avoiding places where many other people have been. Fortunately for us, this is something homesteaders are ready to handle. After all, widespread illness is one of the many things worth preparing for when building a self-sufficient home.

As a homesteader, here’s a complete run-down of how your whole family safely practice social distancing to limit the spread of infection into your home.

Avoid Highly Populated Areas and Buildings

Anywhere that people gather like transport stations, stores, and schools have become infection hubs. Stay away from them whenever possible. Travel alone or only with members of your household, with whom you already share most immunities and illnesses by default. Avoid grocery stores, markets, schools, community centers, and even busy intersections where people pass close enough to potentially brush shoulders. This is the overarching concept for the Guide to COVID-19 Social Distancing.

Cancel or Postpone Social Events

Unfortunately, community and team events will need to be canceled until the epidemic passes. Talk to your whole family about canceling and not attending events. If you are a host or part of a planning committee, it’s your responsibility to protect everyone else by sending out cancellation messages. If hosts of an event you know about haven’t canceled yet, get in touch to help everyone keep a safe distance for now.

Organize No-Contact Grocery and Supply Deliveries

Of course, you still need groceries and other supplies, and so do your neighbors. It is no longer safe for people to come to stores and markets to stock up. But no-contact deliveries are safe. If someone comes to your gate and leaves a crate of groceries, you can retrieve that crate after they have gone. If both of you use gloves and/or disinfectant, you will be safe. Even families in quarantine can receive supplies this way.

To organize a network of no-contact supply deliveries. Use plastic crates at some distance on your porch or by the front gate and arrange for digital payments, whether you’re buying from neighbors or local shops. Anyone healthy and available can take first-responder contributions by in-store order shopping and driving deliveries, wearing masks and gloves to limit contact.

Disinfect Shared Surfaces Before (& After) Use

Any shared surface, at home or out in public, should be constantly disinfected between uses. It is important to limit even indirect contact between two people. Even in your household, if one person brings it in but the strain is weak, limited contact can keep the rest of the family safe. And, of course, disinfecting before touching anything outside the home will prevent you from picking up COVID-19 and bringing it into the family.

Consider wearing a mask and gloves if you need to visit a place where there are many shared surfaces or people must gather during this pandemic.

Keep All Your Animals On-Property and Do Not Accept Outside Animals

On rare occasions, coronavirus can spread to animals, and animals can give it to people. So as a homesteader, it’s important to also keep your animals isolated from those on other properties. Because the transfer is rare, it is unlikely your animals have already been infected. However, if an animal has recently visited another property, you may want to isolate it and limit contact for 14 days. Do not allow your animals to leave the property intentionally or unintentionally, and do not allow outside animals to enter your property.

Secure Your Fences and Post Property Warnings

Speaking of unintentional property wandering, secure your fences. Make sure every fence and gate is doing its job properly and is secured shut. If you haven’t already, place signs letting any human wanderers know that they have reached your property line and to turn back. This will help maintain the mild quarantine that is currently limiting the spread of COVID-19 infection.

Stand 3+ Feet Away from Others

Finally, when you do have to meet others and at home with family, stand at least three feet apart. This is the range that the virus can travel in small particles off of the body. Limit physical contact, if possible, especially with at-risk family members like the young, elderly, or immuno-suppressed.

Here at House & Homestead, we know that keeping your family safe is a top priority. Social distancing is currently the best way to do that, by completely limiting your family’s physical contact with others who might be infected. Fortunately, the internet provides us with ways to organize and stay connected, though we cannot currently meet in person. Get in touch with your community and make sure everyone is getting supplies and knows how to social-distance safely to limit the spread of this infection. Thank you for reading this Guide to COVID-19 Social Distancing, if you found it valuable please share with your friends, family, and loved ones.