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Activities That Will Take Your Mind Off of COVID

By: Xiaofan Gao
Dec 17, 2020 • 6 min read

Activities That Will Take Your Mind Off of COVID

Winter is coming, and, according to several sources, COVID rates are about to shoot through the roof. You hear about it on TV, read it through news headlines, and see it on social media. It’s no wonder people are so worried these days. How can you take your mind off of this negative presence? In this blog, we will share a few activities you can try to take your mind off of COVID. 


Watch Anything But the News

It’s good to be up to date on what’s happening, especially with the newest updates on the vaccine, but sometimes it can become overwhelming. Treat yourself to a movie night or binge-watch the Netflix show you’ve always been meaning to watch. If you don’t like anything on TV at the moment, hit up Youtube for some cute animal videos or funny comedy sketches that’ll have you cackling till your sides hurt. 


Write, write, and write some more! Whenever we write our articles, we find that we forget about our worries and can only think about the topic at hand. If you’re up for it, you can even start your own blog. If blogging or writing short articles isn’t your thing, don’t worry. There are many more options you can explore such as: 

  • Poetry. This type of writing gives you the creative freedom to express your feelings without worrying about grammar and sentence structure—no need to rhyme either. Freeform poetry exists for a reason. 
  • Journal entries. Journaling has proven to boost one’s mood, reduce feelings of depression, and maintain well-being through the process of pouring all your negative emotions out on paper. 
  • Letters. You don’t even need to send them. The act of just writing a letter to a loved one can help you feel better, like knowing there’s someone who will listen to what you have to say.

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Play an Instrument

If you’ve ever played an instrument in your high school band or orchestra, why not pick it up again now? Music is one of the best ways to distract yourself from the world because you’ll be too occupied jamming to tunes to notice what’s going on. If you haven’t picked up an instrument in your life before, then learning how to play will be enough to distract you from everything because it is far from easy. 

Take a Hike

Go online and search for a nearby hiking trail or nature reserve, preferably a less popular one, so you don’t run into anyone while walking on the path. Pack well. Bring shades, a cap, granola bars, a few bottles of water, a compass, some face masks, and anything else you’ll need for a day-long trip. Then, head on up there for your greatest adventure since quarantine began. 

woman walking on pathway on top of hill at golden hour

Play Games

If your family has a Monopoly, Jenga, Twister, or other games, propose a weekly game night. If you’re more of a videogame person, hop onto your gaming console every once in a while. Contrary to popular opinion, playing video games shouldn’t be frowned upon. It’s a way for gamers, both casual and competitive, to destress and have fun. It’s also a great opportunity for meeting people from other parts of the country and even around the world. 

Talk with Loved Ones

It’s always great to sit down and chat with loved ones. Do check-ins with family members and friends using virtual meeting tools. Ask them how they’re feeling and what they’ve been up to lately. Try to not focus on the virus when talking. You already hear about it every passing second; don’t bring it into the conversation now. If your loved one keeps talking about it, listen to their worries but try steering away from it by changing the topic or asking them something they’re passionate about, this will help both you take your mind off COVID and focus on a different topic. 

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Cooking is a fun way to take your mind off of everyday stress! This is especially true if you dedicate an afternoon to learning a new and complex recipe. You’ll be so busy preparing your lunch or dinner that you won’t be thinking of the virus anymore. No, you’ll be wondering how much salt you should add to the lamb and if the vegetables on the side were undercooked this time. Oh, no, did you leave the oven on? 


Cleaning and organizing are not the same. Cleaning focuses on keeping everything germ-free, which is great, but every minute you spend cleaning, you’ll probably be thinking about COVID. On the other hand, organizing is about tidying up and will hopefully not remind you of COVID. You’ll probably be spending more time reminiscing about the discarded toy in your closet or wondering if your favorite glittery pen still has ink in it. Organizing comes with additional benefits: it relieves stress and helps you be able to focus in your space. 

yellow lemon fruit beside clear glass bottle

Arts and Crafts

Got some art supplies in your room? Search up some simple DIY crafts online, and follow along to step-by-step videos or articles. As you get better at them, try out more complex crafts, like building a birdhouse (that is, if you have a backyard). The time you spend on these difficult tasks will distract you from thinking about anything else. 

Pick a Hobby

Ever wanted to try out something new? Now’s your chance! Pick up as many hobbies as you want to keep your mind busy. If you’ve tried out many activities and still haven’t found anything you like, ask family and friends what they like to do for fun, and ask if you can join in. Doing something with loved ones can be a hobby in and of itself. 

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