Life has changed vastly for most people in the last few weeks. Many are finding themselves being sent home for weeks when they are used to going out every day for work and pleasure. It can be a challenge for those who are extremely social to have to adjust to a life at home with minimal contact with the outside world. As an introvert, this transition has been pretty easy for me. I had previously spent a lot of my time at home, going out only when necessary. However, for those who are new to this and are looking for ways to fill in the time, then these 10 things to do while stuck at home can help you.
10 things to do while stuck at home
Learn something new or revisit old skills
Have you always wanted to learn to crochet? Or perhaps there is a language you’ve been meaning to become proficient in. Maybe you just want to brush up on one you know but don’t use often. Now is the time to do so. Though it may be hard to concentrate at first, as so much is happening outside, just set aside some time to start learning. There’s a good chance that once you get started, you will be able to temporarily forget about what’s going on. It will be even more beneficial if what you are learning produces something you can use in the coming weeks or months. Perhaps you can crochet a blanket, create a centerpiece for your table or produce artwork for your walls. You could even learn how to can.
I’ve been learning Japanese for several months now and have really been enjoying it. This extra time at home is giving me the opportunity to go over what I have learned so far to ensure I haven’t forgotten any of it.
Clean your home
Now that spring has arrived, it’s time for spring cleaning. Maybe you weren’t planning to start so early, but this self-isolation is the perfect time to do it. You don’t want to be stuck in a dirty home anyway. Open the windows if you can. Give everything a thorough dusting. Grab those half-empty bottles of cleaner and use them up. You will feel happier if you aren’t constantly looking at a pile of unwashed laundry. Give your carpets a good vacuuming to get rid of any dust or pet hair that has collected there.
Declutter your home
This goes hand in hand with cleaning your home. As you clean, make sure to take a good look at what is in each room. Are there piles of stuff that really should be dealt with? Have you been meaning to start decluttering but haven’t gotten around to it yet? Now is the time to do it. Being home all day will make you notice the clutter even more and that should motivate you to finally deal with it. This may not seem like a fun task, but I assure you that you will feel much better once it is done. While you are clearing up the digital clutter, don’t forget about the digital clutter as well.
Should your donation centers be closed, box up all of the items you no longer need and set them aside for when they are open and accepting donations once more.
Binge-watch TV shows or movies
Remember that show you have been meaning to watch for a while? It’s time to do so. Just because you are stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun. Go ahead and binge-watch that series. Have a movie night. Rewatch your favorite movie. There are so many shows and movies out there that you will have no problem finding something to watch. Taking some time to watch something you love or something new will help pass the time. Keeping entertained is important in these times of uncertainty. So pop onto Netflix or Disney+ and start those shows!
It can be easy to fall into couch potato status now that we have to stay home. Whether you worked out regularly before or not, it’s important to stay active. Start small if you are new to working out. Even something simple like lifting weights, doing jumping jacks or crunches can make a huge difference. If you can, get outside and walk around your block or even around your backyard. If you are looking for something more challenging, then consider doing a 30-day fitness challenge. These challenges start easy and ramp up as time goes on. Now, you may not get fantastic results but this will be keeping your body moving and that’s what’s important.
Read a book
Do you know that book that’s been sitting on your shelf for ages? Time to read it! It’s a great time to tackle your TBR. It doesn’t matter if you read one book or one hundred during this time, set aside some reading time each day and give your books some attention. Reading is also a great way to expand your knowledge. You don’t have to read stories, you can also pick up non-fiction books and learn something.
This is also a great activity for kids. Now that they are home from school for an extended period, get them reading both for pleasure and learning.
Cook a healthy meal
The grocery stores may be looking sparse but do your best to eat as healthy as possible. This is a good time to try out some recipes you have had your eyes on. Who knows, you may find a new favorite dish. Don’t forget to bake up some delicious snacks and treats as well. Even if you don’t normally cook, this is the time to learn how to and rekindle your connection to your food. Cooking from scratch will help you kill some time during the day and provide you with something tasty in the end.
Recipes you can try:
- Carrot raisin muffins
- Paprika chicken with pearl barley
- Homemade mac and cheese
- Yeast dinner rolls
- Shepherd’s pie
Write a book or journal
Now, I realize writing a book isn’t for everyone. So consider journaling. It’s a great way to document the days and get your thoughts down. This will also help use up any notebooks you may have around your home. If you are starting to feel a bit stressed, writing those feelings down can help alleviate some of it. Set aside some time in the morning or evening to jot down what’s on your mind and any triumphs or failures of the day.
For those who are up to the challenge or have been meaning to write a book for a while, now is your time to shine! Grab that novel idea and get typing. As luck would have it, Camp NaNoWriMo starts in April. The 30-day writing challenge is a great way to give you that extra push to get that book written. Be sure to take some time to get prepared for novel writing. Even if you are busy, it is possible to balance NaNoWriMo and life.
Plant or plan your garden
Even if your garden is still under snow, it’s not too early to start planning this year’s garden. Growing a garden is not only a great way to have a supply of food in the coming months but also helps you get some exercise and fresh air. Whether it is big or small, do your best to plant a garden. Even a few pots on your deck can give you some fresh lettuce, tomatoes or even radishes. New to gardening? Even beginner gardeners can have a successful garden.
Don’t forget that you can also grow plants indoors. A few green plants around your home can really help brighten your mood.
Connect with friends and family
Just because we are stuck in our homes and social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t keep in touch. Emails, texts, phone calls, and even video calls are all great ways to stay in touch during this time. In fact, it may be one of the best ways to stave off cabin fever. Even those of us who are introverts do enjoy talking to people, from time to time, so pick up the phone and call a family member or friend. See how they are doing. You may just brighten their day and yours!
Hopefully, these 10 things to do while stuck at home will help you keep the boredom at bay, give your day some purpose and keep you productive.