In today’s pandemic reality, we have to keep ourselves and others safe – and stay at home. Fortunately, thanks to modern technology, we are able to work and study remotely. However, staying at home all the time can negatively impact your mental and physical health, especially if you’re bored and don’t know what to do.
Watching TV shows and FaceTiming with friends and family doesn’t help – it keeps your mind off the pandemic only for a little while. And at such a time, you need to have a hobby, do something interesting, rest and relax, and not dive into depression. Of course, finding things to do when you’re stuck at home can be challenging – so we decided to help. In this article, you’ll find several things that’ll help you stay sane and safe. Read on!
1. Host a Virtual Party
Of course, you have to socially distance, but it doesn’t mean you can’t spend some quality time with your friends and family. Host a party – any kind of party you like. Love Netflix? Thanks to a Teleparty extension, you can watch your favorite show with friends from different places at the same time. A fan of sports? Invite your family for an Australian Open night – click here to watch the live stream on different devices. Enjoy singing? FaceTime your friends and hold a karaoke session!
You can organize a virtual book club, meet with your friends once a month, and discuss new stories and authors. Or you can exercise together – simply put on a workout live stream or use FitOn to synchronize your exercises with friends’. The fun thing is – in today’s era of technology, you can do so many things together with someone without leaving your home! The only limit is your imagination.
2. Experiment in the Kitchen
If you like cooking, but never had much time to do it, you should be glad! Now, when you don’t have to spend time getting to work or school, so many cooking experiments are awaiting you in the kitchen! You can wake up later for work – use this time to cook a new breakfast every day. Diversify your home diet with things you always wanted to try and new food items you’ve heard about for the first time.
Look for new recipes online or even enter a virtual cooking competition. And if you worry about making too much food, don’t: you can always freeze it for later, or pack it and have it delivered to your friends and family!
3. Take an Online Class
Nothing takes your mind off something better than studying – and lockdown is the best time for learning new things. Now that you have more time than ever before, you can do everything you’ve dreamed of. Wanted to learn Japanese? Or become a UX designer? Or start playing guitar? Or write books? Or type faster, or become a bartender, or catch up on literary classics? Everything became possible now: just look for the online courses – for example, on Udemy or Coursera, and dive in!
4. Do Some Cleaning
Some hate it, and some love it… Staying at home doesn’t have to be frustrating and boring – try to do more things you like. If cleaning is on your list, then it’s high time to do this thoroughly. Sanitize your house, cars, and even the dryer vent! Get everything out of the closet and the attic, and organize it. Throw out the things you don’t use or don’t like – or get yourself familiar with Marie Condo’s technique and tidy your house up. And don’t forget about your tech – clean your phone and computer, organize the cables and check if something needs service.
Exercise is great for your mental and physical health, and it can keep you in the best shape for however long you have to stay at home. Of course, gyms and fitness clubs are closed – but who said it’s harder to work out at home? You don’t have to spend time getting to the gym, you can shower in your own bathroom, and you can choose whichever workout routine you like! Use fitness apps or fitness trainers’ live streams to try new exercises and work out with friends (virtually, of course!) to be more productive and have more fun.
6. Try Something New
Have you ever thought about doing something new but never got to it? Well, now you don’t have any excuses, as there’s nothing more to do. Take care of yourself and start meditating in the morning – or try yoga. Get that ukulele out of the locker and learn new chords. Take a break off social media and start your bullet journal – or finally make a TikTok video!
The main benefit of trying new things during lockdown is that you don’t have to be scared about what other people may think. Even if you make any mistake – nobody has to know. Crocheting didn’t work out? Forget about it and try knitting (or hide that scarf in the wardrobe and start a new one – practice makes perfect). Didn’t like calligraphy? You don’t have to continue. Started learning a new language but decided that it’s not your cup of tea? Absolutely okay with us. You can try whatever you want – just make sure you enjoy it.
To Sum Up
Staying home all the time can be extremely frustrating, especially if you’re not used to having so much free time – or if you’re stuck with children or people who make you nervous. Don’t give in to emotions, and remember to have some time for yourself – cook, exercise, clean, study, or talk to friends. This will keep your mind off the current situation and help you relax.
Of course, there are a lot more things you can do at home during the quarantine. In this article, we’ve listed the most popular ones, but it doesn’t mean that you have to settle for them. The main rule is to try to stay sane and safe – do the things you like, relax, and enjoy. If you want to try something new – do it. If you want to sleep more – who can forbid you? If you want to take a tour around the most spectacular Japanese cherry parks – here they are. Let your imagination and your desires guide you.