Bored out of my mind
Bored to death
Mad as a hatter
With so many individuals and families being asked to stay at home until this pandemic stabilizes, it’s no shock to hear or read the above common phrases on a regular basis. Many people find enjoyment, purpose, and meaning in the socialization from work, school, and the gym. A lot of popular hobbies are done outside of the home. So when you’re stuck at home day in and day out. It feels like you can quickly run out of things to do.
But have no fear! In this post, I will share 15 different activities to do at home while you patiently and obediently await societies grand reopening to the public. Don’t worry….it won’t be too much longer…right?!?!
1. CLEAN – When was the last time you dusted?!
I always feel calmer when the house is clean and orderly. Start with little things like making sure the dishes are done or by making the bed. Then move on to cleaning the bathroom, organizing the junk drawer, or even cleaning the car. A clean home is a happy home!
You can’t go wrong painting a wall or even a whole room in your house. Go bold with color, paint the ceiling, use painters tape to explore different geometric shapes, or follow a Bob Ross tutorial on your wall. The nice thing about painting is that if you decide you dislike it, you can always cover it up after your days in isolation are over.
3. REORGANIZE YOUR FURNITURE
Day in and day out you go from the bedroom to the bathroom to the kitchen to the living room to the office and back again. It all looks the same, and it’s incredibly uninviting. I get it. Throw some spice into tomorrow by rearranging the furniture in your house. Even though you never left your current location, your environment changed. You can keep this up weekly if you need to.
4. LISTEN TO MUSIC OR PODCASTS
We live in an incredible era where we can carry millions of songs and podcasts in our pockets. Spotify (my personal favorite), IHeartRadio, Pandora, and Apple Music have just about everything you could ever want to listen to at the push of a button.
5. FIND NEW AND DIFFERENT WAYS TO INTERACT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Call family and friends on the phone or set up a video call. Use apps like Marco Polo and Snapchat to share silly photos and send video messages. Send regular check up texts and emails. If you’re feeling sentimental, grab pen, paper, an envelope and a stamp and send a personal letter. If you or your kids have friends in the neighborhood, set up a “secret” location and write and deliver letters making sure to check regularly for a reply.
6. READ OR LISTEN TO A BOOK
You have all this time you didn’t think you had before. Grab a good book and a blanket and find a cozy spot and read, read, read. Read to and with your partner, your kids and your pets or plants. If you need a few ideas, this excellent blog has a huge list just waiting to be devoured by the mind. Find the link here.
7. EMBRACE YOUR INNER ARTIST
Grab anything and make art. Get creative. Try something new. Follow a Bob Ross or YouTube tutorial. If it doesn’t look great, that’s ok. But you never know…You might just discover a hidden talent.
8. ENJOY YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOWS AND MOVIES (Sparingly)
There will always be movies and tv to pull us out of reality, but binge watching mindlessly can make us more restless and depressed if we don’t curb our Netflix appetite. Try to limit the amount of time you spend watching tv to 3 hours max. Don’t worry! The next episode will still be there when you get back.
9. LEARN HOW TO COOK OR BAKE
With all the time in the world, what’s stopping you from learning to make bread, cooking a three course meal, or exploring cuisine from around the world? Oh yeah…there’s no flour on the grocery store shelves. Hahaha Oh well, try using alternative flours. Search the internet or Pinterest to find some delicious new recipe and give it a try. And if you’re not one for cooking but enjoy looking at photos of other foodies grand creations check out @merry_miss_desserts and @critically.eating.food on Instagram.
10. GET UP AND MOVE YOUR BODY
More movement = endorphins = happiness = more life. Turn on music and dance. Go outside for a walk, run, bike ride, or hike. Pull up a workout video on YouTube or Instagram. Try Yoga (on Instagram I have an IGTV video where I lead viewers through 10 sun salutations). Pick a workout from the FitOn app. JUST DO IT! Get up and get moving.
Here’s a simple workout to get you started:
30s Jump Rope
10 Lunges right and left
7 Tricep Dips
15 Oblique Crunches
30s Jumping Jacks
11. GET OUTSIDE AND GO ON A PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT
Find these 15 things while you walk or drive around the neighborhood.
- A license plate from a different state
- A fire hydrant
- A flowering tree
- A blue car, a red car, and a yellow car
- An american flag
- A police car, a fire truck, an ambulance
- A dandelion
- A person walking a dog
- A stop sign
- A person mowing their lawn
- The golden arches of McDonalds
- A chalk drawing
- A mural
- A cow, a horse
- A construction worker
12. TRY YOUR HAND AT JOURNALING
Find an empty notebook, create a blog, or open a Microsoft Word or Google document and write your thoughts down. Write about your day, write about your family, write about your memories, write about what you’re grateful for, write about your emotions regarding the pandemic. Whatever you choose to write about, make it personal.
13. EXPLORE MEDITATION
There are probably as many ways to meditate as there are things to do when you’re stuck at home. Sit quietly in stillness, listen to a guided meditation, practice yoga or go for a walk, practice a forgiveness, self love, or gratitude meditation. To do a forgiveness, self love, or gratitude meditation sit in front of the mirror and set a timer for 10 minutes. During the 10 minutes look yourself in the eye and 1. Forgive anything and anyone from the past to the present, 2. Talk about all of the different physical, mental, emotional, spiritual aspects you love about yourself, 3. Express gratitude for the things and people in your life.
14. SERVE OTHERS
Find ways to serve the people around you. Call your neighbors when you’re going to the grocery store and offer to pick up anything they need. Bake cupcakes or cookies and deliver them to neighbors. Offer to babysit kids in the neighborhood for an hour or two to give parents a break. Make masks and mask attachments for medical personnel.
15. DRINK WATER
I don’t know about you, but being at home with easy access to a bathroom is the great time to develop good hydration habits. I also know that while it is easy to remember to drink water while at work, school, or regularly going to the gym, it’s also really easy to forget to drink water at home. Aim for a gallon of water each day. You can do it!
I hope these ideas are creative alternatives to keep you busy, healthy, occupied, and happy while you stay safe and stay home. If you have any other ideas feel free to share them, and if you try any of the ideas listed above, reach out and let me know how they went.
All my love!
PS. For more ideas click over to the blog the Quiet Musings of No-one in Particular to read this author’s post: 10 Things to do during Quarantine.