Kids and adults dread going to school and work every day, waking up at 6 in the morning, spending 8 hours at a desk sitting through boring lectures while they dream of getting home for the day to play video games, or binge a Netflix show while in bed. Without being able to leave your house, playing video games and watching Netflix seem to be the only things to do during this odd time in our history.

Luckily, there are so many things that you can do that you never would’ve thought about that can keep you occupied for hours during the quarantine. First on the list, do a puzzle! 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, pieces can keep you engaged for hours or even days at a time. If a real puzzle doesn’t tickle your fancy, maybe try a Rubik’s cube or a crossword puzzle. Puzzles have been proven to improve your memory, motor skills, increase your IQ, and slow down developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. Puzzles are a great way to keep your brain engaged even when you’re mind-numbingly bored.

Another thing to do is start watching movies, but after every movie you watch, write a review about the movie and post it on your favorite movies websites like IMBD or Rotten Tomato. It’s a wonderful way to find a new amazing movie and increase your writing skills. And writing a review will help you to pay more attention to the movie and pick out fine details about the movie that not everyone recognizes. Also, you can share your opinions on the movie and inspire others to watch the movie or help steer them in a different direction if the movie wasn’t adequate.

Another thing you can do is start or finish a home project that you have wanted to do for a while but never had the time, at this moment right now, it seems that money is growing on trees. So go plant some seeds while spring is still here, or donate (or get ready to donate) old clothes, furniture, or anything you don’t need sitting in your storage room. With people out of jobs and money, donating your old clutter can help a family in need.

Go through your pantry and donate your unwanted – unexpired foods to the Milton Food Pantry.

A final thing you can do, if you’re up for the task is download to Duolingo and start learning another language, learning languages can help you get into more colleges, come in handy when traveling. Learning a new language boosts brainpower, improves memory, sharpens the mind and much more. Learning a new language, allows you to learn about the county and culture you can apply their culture into your home and especially your kitchen, learning a new language and about a new country can help you expand your mental horizons and your food horizons as well.

Playing video games and watching Netflix though that sounds like fun gets boring very fast, there are many more ways to keep your brain engaged and pass the time fast.

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