7 Fun And Rewarding Activities You Can Do Safely At Home
With current COVID restrictions forcing organisations and support providers to postpone programs and events, your plans for outings and activities may have to be put on hold. Thankfully, there are many ways you can still have fun, enriching experiences within the four walls of your home.
We’ve put together a list of ways you can turn your time at home into a time of boundless learning, bonding and enjoyment. Stay home, stay safe, and have fun!
1. Fire up your endorphins with exercise.
Don’t let staying home stop you from staying active and reaping the many benefits exercise brings — from physical strength to mental focus to emotional wellbeing.
A quick browse on YouTube will introduce you to a plethora of energising workout videos that are ideal for persons with disability of different ages. Give those videos a go and get your family, companions or carer in on the action to make working out even more fun.
If exercise therapy is part of your NDIS plan, arrange for video call sessions with your therapist so you can keep hitting your health goals.
2. Enjoy music — whether by listening to it, watching it or making your own.
We may be unable to catch live shows or join face-to-face music classes for now, but there are plenty of ways to still enjoy the mood-boosting power of music at home.
Besides giving their songs a spin, why not watch a virtual show by your favourite artists? Many artists have turned to online means to continue performing for fans whilst tours are out of the question. Head to the website or social accounts of your fave acts to see what performances they’ve got lined up.
Interested in playing music? Search for tutorial videos on YouTube, or sign up for Zoom sessions with a music therapist or teacher. Have an old instrument you’ve all but forgotten? Pick it up and start playing — there’s no better time than now to rekindle an old hobby!
3. Learn a new skill or become an expert in a field of interest.
Thanks to the Internet, there’s no limit to the things you can learn. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to free videos, apps and websites that allow you to learn a language, develop a skill, or master a subject matter.
Serious about pursuing a field of interest? Take this as your chance to finally sign up for that short online course and learn straight from the experts.
4. Get busy in the kitchen.
With our movements limited to the four corners of the home, why not spend more time in the place where the real magic happens: the kitchen!
There’s no shortage of quick and easy recipes in cookbooks and on food websites that you can follow or take inspiration from. To make it an even more meaningful activity, get your companions and carers involved so you strengthen connections as you conquer the kitchen.
5. Have analog fun: by playing board games, completing a puzzle or doing crafts.
The pandemic may find us turning to digital devices more, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had when you unplug.
Dust off those board games and get the family in on a riveting round of Monopoly. Hunker down to complete that 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle you never got around to finishing. Want something relaxing that you can do on your own? A DIY craft project or a colouring activity can be as soothing as it is gratifying.
6. Share your story by starting a blog or vlog.
The past several months have put us all in a tailspin, and we each have unique stories of how we soldiered through them. Share your pandemic journey as a person with disability through a blog or vlog — it might just serve as an inspiring and eye-opening resource for others.
Prefer to write about a particular passion? A blog or vlog can motivate you to learn more about the subject, as well as connect you with people who share the same interests.
7. Stay social.
Social and community participation is a major goal for many persons with disability; however, the pandemic has put a damper on our ability to go out and interact. The Internet comes to the rescue once again, with platforms such as Zoom, Skype or FaceTime allowing us to stay virtually connected with our friends and loved ones.
Online niche communities and peer support groups also let you link up with like-minded folks or individuals who share your circumstances. Join in and make new friends!
Looking for more ideas?
Our friendly team would be happy to suggest options for you to hit your NDIS goals whilst staying home. Contact us for a chat at 1300 966 119, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up for our NDIS plan management services now. To get regular updates on plan management and our services, sign up for our newsletter here.
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Your support coordinator or local area coordinator (LAC) or NDIS planner should have already set up a time for your NDIS planning review meeting by this time, and your preparation in the last few weeks will come in handy.
Consider your plan review as an opportunity to see which of your supports and services are helping you to achieve your goals.
As your plan comes to an end, expect to be contacted by your NDIA planner, Support Coordinator or Local Area Coordinator (LAC) to schedule a time to review your NDIS plan and set goals for the period ahead.
Carers often come in the form of partners, friends, parents, children or siblings.