Most of the world is home due to the global pandemic, and for some of us that means more free time to watch Netflix and catch up on sleep.
But if you’re looking for other ideas to maximize your time, here are 10 things that you can do to keep yourself occupied while stuck in the house.
1. Learn a New Skill.
Think of something you’ve always wanted to try, no matter how unusual. Learn how to scrapbook, start an online course for coding, or brush up on your Spanish. The possibilities are endless.
2. Start an Exercise Routine.
While we are all stuck in the house, don’t forget to exercise and keep your blood flowing. Take a walk around your yard, do some yoga, or do a HIIT workout from YouTube or Pinterest.
3. Read a Book.
If you’re a bookworm like me, being stuck in the house with a book is pretty much goals. Join an online book club or start reading your own book list. Even though you can’t go out and purchase new books right now, ebooks and audiobooks are readily accessible on the internet.
4. Perfect Your Makeup Look.
Learn how to maintain your own eyebrows, come up with new eyeshadow looks, or perfect your eyeliner wing. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, you have nowhere to go!
5. Start Your Spring Cleaning.
Freshen up your home with some spring cleaning. You don’t have to tackle everything at once; instead, do a little each day. Reorganize your closet and donate clothes you no longer wear, put new sheets on your bed, or clean out your junk drawer (we all have one!). If you commit to cleaning a section of your home each day, you’ll be finished in no time.
6. Plan an Activity with Your Family.
Stay connected to your family by doing an activity that everyone can participate in. Board games are always reliable, but an activity as simple as eating together or watching a movie can help you bond while everyone is home.
7. Connect with Your Friends.
Instead of sending a text, pick up the phone and call them to see how they are feeling and doing. Be intentional about showing them that you care.
8. Work on Your Side Hustle.
If there’s a project that you’ve been dreaming about or sitting on, your time is now. Capitalize on the fact that most people are sitting at home waiting for content to be delivered to their phone. Use your time to curate an exceptional product, be it a book or a clothing line. Polish your craft and get ready to deliver it to the world.
9. Try New Recipes.
Now that most fast-food restaurants are closed, try your hand at cooking. Be creative and expand your taste buds. Even if you’re a novice chef, Persimmon & Thyme is a great resource for easy-to-follow recipes.
10. Start a Gratitude Journal.
While the world is in a tailspin, stay grounded. Write down at least one thing you are grateful for each day, and read them at the end of each week.
This list is meant to be used as a guide and give you a few ideas; however, don’t feel the need to do every single one, or be pressured into thinking that your days need to be full and busy. Move at your own pace and listen to your body. As I’ve said in a few blog posts, rest is vital for your health. Take care of yourself, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Comment below and share one thing that’s on your to-do list.