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How To Prepare For A Quarantined Winter

A quarantined winter is not the winter many of us had imagined, but unfortunately, it seems like it may be the winter we are going to get. With Coronavirus cases climbing, and new rules passing what seems like every day, we need to find ways to adjust to a quarantined winter. The adjustment might seem hard, but luckily we created a list of tips to help you get through your first quarantined winter!

Comfy Clothes

The first necessity of a quarantined winter is comfortable clothes. It is as simple as we like being comfortable and since we will not be expecting any guests, we can feel free to laze around all day. Pajamas or whatever you feel comfortable in will not only make you feel better, but it can also help you relax, which almost seems impossible to do nowadays.

Heater

If you have central heating in your house, consider yourself lucky. The rest of us need to find some kind of heater to stay warm. A classic electric fireplace or any other heater you can find at Walmart will do the trick. As long as you remember to not leave it on 24/7, you will be glad that you made this purchase…

Blankets

If you could not afford a heater, perhaps you should get a new extra warm blanket. On those cold lonely nights, you will be glad you at least had the extra warm blanket to comfort you. Order a couple of extra fuzzy blankets off of Amazon, or bare the aisles of Walmart. Either way, you are going to want to stock up on blankets, and pillows if you are feeling cocky.

Snacks

Obviously, you should keep your refrigerator packed with real food to provide sustenance to yourself. Outside of that boring garbage, you should keep a cupboard and fridge filled with some grab and go/easy to make snacks! You will have times when you just want to hang out, and as such, you will not want to make any food. Additionally, I highly suggest picking up a box of hot chocolate, and a box of popcorn. You will thank me later.

Movies

Now that you have your pajamas, blankets, and snacks, you will need something to actually pass the time. I suggest binge-watching a new series or watching some movies. Hulu and Netflix are bound to have something you want to watch, and if they do not, you can buy DVDs on eBay for just a few bucks each. So finally take the time to watch that show your buddies will not shut up about, or that movie you keep meaning to watch.

Puzzles

Another great way to pass time is by doing some puzzles, so make sure to stock up quickly! There are countless amounts of puzzles of varying difficulties, and the feeling you get once you finish the puzzle is unparalleled. Not to mention, you can pick up some puzzle glue and frames for just a few bucks, and then you will have a lot of new artwork to show off!

Games

If you are not a gamer, perhaps now is the time to give it a try. It could really be anything, no matter if it is teaching yourself to play solitaire, a few games of Call of Duty, or some Candy Crush. Play a couple and after a while, you will find your game that you enjoy, and I challenge you to binge-play the hell out of it! Plus, online games give you a chance to interact with other people, which is something we need but aren’t getting due to Covid. That actually is a perfect segue into my next point. 

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Sleep

It should go without saying, but this is finally your opportunity to catch up on some much-needed sleep. When was the last time you actually slept in without an alarm? When was the last time you took a nap at 2 pm? This is finally your chance to sleep your life away and not feel like a total piece of trash afterward. Maybe those blankets from the earlier entry will finally be put to use.

Booze

As a representative of Society19, I can not and will not formally suggest that you drink alcohol to pass the time of quarantine winter. But, I can tell you that during the last quarantine I myself drink a whole bunch of Jack Daniels. Speaking from my own first-hand experience, it was an enjoyable and budget-friendly way to pass the time. Remember to drink responsibly, and remember that you can not drink half a bottle of Jack in one night and expect to not throw up all over your living room floor.

Video Chats

During a quarantined winter, you may experience feelings of loneliness, which is completely natural. A great way to combat this is to regularly video chat with your friends and family. You can get a good computer webcam for cheaper than you think, or you can just Facetime on your phone. Regardless of how you do it, make sure you keep up with your friends and family, even if it is just a simple hello.

Chase The Dream

On a more serious note, quarantined winter gives you more free time, which you can use to chase your dreams. Yes, we all just want to kick back and watch some movies every once in a while. But if you go into a quarantined winter, and come out on the other end without doing anything even slightly productive for yourself, then you should reevaluate your choices. Do not hate the messenger here, sorry to put a damper on an otherwise pretty happy article.

Quarantine winter is rough to get used to at first, but if you follow these tips, you will find that it can be done more easily than you thought! Just make sure to stay warm, stay fed, and stay focused on being productive. Do you have any other good tips for surviving a quarantined winter? If so, make sure you let me know in the comments down below!

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Coby Cook

Senior at Central State University. Major in Broadcast Media!

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