Well guys, it looks like we’ll be in quarantine for the unforeseeable future. When this whole pandemic first started, I thought we’d be back to “normal” within a couple of months. Well, here we are in June with no end in sight to what none of us could have ever predicted. I for one am an introvert, so social isolation is no biggie for me. I’m used to socially isolating myself quite often. In fact, I thrive in isolation.
I know you’re probably bored out of your mind right now. I constantly hear this from my kids all day. Boredom has become the new norm for millions of people. If you don’t find yourself busy doing something, it’s easy to slip into a funk really fast. Your mind will begin to wander, and before you know it, you’re depressed about the possibilities of what could have been or what you could be doing. Especially since summer has crept up on us, and many of us are used to those summer getaways.
Ok, so what is the solution you ask? How do I live my best life while in quarantine? Even though a lot of places are opening back up, it’s still rather difficult to enjoy oneself when there are so many restrictions which I can appreciate because at least you know everyone is trying to be safe. It’s just really safer to stay home as much as possible.
Ok, now let’s get into the top 21 activities you can do at home during a pandemic.
Not only will you get closer to God, but you’ll feel better spiritually and gain insight. You may even find that your mind becomes decluttered from all the unnecessary information that you’ve stored up. We could all use a release right about now. Come out of quarantine with a renewed spirit!
2. Work on home project
My husband and I began several home projects while in quarantine. We’ve been doing things around the house that we’ve been putting off for months and years. Since we’re going to be in the house for what may be until the end of the year, we might as well beautify it and make it new and improved. Get going on that project that you’ve had in mind but hadn’t had the chance to start.
Reading is fundamental. I’ve purchased a few books to get me through this time. You may learn something new. Your vocabulary will increase, and it’s a good way to pass the time especially if you’re reading something interesting or of substance. We truly underestimate the value of reading.
Netflix and chill. Netflix is always coming out with original movies and television series. Binge on some of your favorite television series. Movie streaming is huge right now, and a lot of movie streaming apps are allowing you to see newly released movies. Netflix is definitely my go to when I’m really bored with nothing to do.
5. Family game night
Family game night is the perfect opportunity to bond with your loved ones. It’s fun and entertaining especially when your kids are involved. We purchased several games around Christmas time and had a blast. Family feud, Twister, and Uno are some of our favorites.
Now is the perfect time to get in shape. You don’t have the excuse of being too busy or not having the time. You don’t need a gym membership to get fit. I have a home gym plus I find different workout videos on Youtube that I can do in the comfort of my home. I’m saving money and don’t have to worry about some stranger gawking at me while I’m on the treadmill. It’s a win, win!
7. Rearrange furniture
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve rearranged either my furniture or decorative pieces. It gives my home a different vibe each time I move something around. See if you can find different ways to rearrange your furniture. You might be surprised how much you’ll fall in love with your space.
Decluttering my home is so therapeutic. I feel a sense of freedom after I’ve purged. Whether it be my closet or some random knick knack that I’ve kept stashed away for years, decluttering brings me so much joy. I love to clean. It just makes everything feel so fresh and new.
9. Cook new recipes
If you’re anything like me, you hate cooking the same things over and over again. My husband and I have been experimenting in the kitchen and finding new foods to cook. I made a healthy shrimp fried rice with cauliflower that was bomb.com. Try making healthier recipes. Look on Pinterest for inspiration or dust off that cook book in your kitchen cabinet.
10. Yard work
I’m not one for yard work, but I’ve heard that it’s relaxing! My plan was to plant a flower and vegetable garden this year. Hopefully I can do that before the season is over. You can also cut down some shrubs that are eye sores, or mow your grass. With it being summer and all, you may want to do this activity bright and early in the morning.
11. Plan for what to do once quarantine is over
I’m all one for planning ahead. You can do it too. Just jot down all the things that you would like to do once this whole ordeal is over. I think for most of us, going on a vacation is at the top of the list. Whatever the case may be, it will give you something to look forward to.
12. Write a book
Solitude can bring out some of those inner most thoughts. Why not write a book about it. It’s also therapeutic, and you might just become an entrepreneur from it. Anyone can write a book. You don’t have to have an English degree or the like to do it. You can always get someone to proof read it later. The first step is to just write.
13. Sit outside
I’ve been sitting outside on my porch a lot during these times. It’s a time to reflect on the day and just enjoy God’s creation. Sitting outside with the wind blowing and taking in the aroma of nature can help ease your frustrations. Find a nice quiet area outside and just sit and reflect!
14. Call or Facetime your family and friends
I know you probably haven’t had a chance to spend time with your loved ones at this time, but you can still reach out by calling or FaceTiming them if you have that capability. Check just to make sure they are doing well. Call just to say hi. Arrange a meeting on zoom so that several of you can chat together.
15. Arts and Crafts with the kids
Our kids are especially bored during this time. Some of them are used to going to summer camps and playing sports. Having activities for them to do is so important. They’ll be busy, and you’ll stay sane!
16. Have a date night with your spouse
You don’t have to go out of the house to have a date night. My husband and I did just that on our anniversary. We had a nice home cooked meal and sat in our formal dining room like we were at some five star restaurant. The best part was that we spent next to nothing for this experience.
17. Keep a journal
Keeping a journal goes right along with writing a book. If you don’t want the world to know what you’re thinking, just keep it to yourself in a journal. Chronicle your experience during the pandemic. Write down how you’ve felt and how this situation has impacted you. Twenty or so years from now, you’ll have an account of this very time.
18. Self Care
Self care is pretty subjective. Basically do whatever makes you happy and feel good. Whether it be soaking in the tube, putting on makeup, styling your hair, or putting on your most stylish outfit to sit in the living room, you do what makes you feel the best version of yourself.
19. Start a Blog or Youtube Channel
This is something I highly recommend for those who are creative. I’ve done both within the past two years, and I love it. It’s a chance for me to release some of my creative flow and help others in the process. You can also make a little extra income on the side, and right now we can all use all the help that we can get. Check out my latest Youtube video down below!
20. Learn to play an instrument
I play the piano/keyboard and have been for years now. I love it. Have you ever thought about playing an instrument? Well now is the perfect time to do so. There are online courses as well as YouTube tutorials that can help you get started. If you become really good at it, you can make money on the side as well.
21. Learn a new language
One of my favorite languages is Spanish. I know just enough to get by, but I would like to be fluent in it since so many people in this country speak the language. There are several apps out that can teach you any language you want to learn. I use Duolingo to learn Spanish. Download it on your phone and start learning that language that you’ve always wanted to learn.
Thats it! Those are my top 21 activities to do during a pandemic. You have all the time in the world now so you might as well get busy doing something productive that will be beneficial in the long run! Whenever you feel like you’re just bored out of your mind, refer back to this list to get you up and going.
What are some things that you’re doing while in quarantine. I’d love to know. Leave me a comment down below. I might need to add some to my already long to do list. Thanks so much for reading and take care of yourself as well as others! We will get through this together.
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