Shops are closing. Social events are being cancelled left and right. Bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms are all starting to lock their doors. There’s only one thing we can really do: stay at home.
It’s a strange time to be alive, that’s for sure. But whether you’re self-isolating, social distancing, working from home, or in actual quarantine, you might be wondering what on earth to do with all this time you’ve got at home. To help you stay sane, here are a few tips or suggestions to help you make this time a productive one. Or, at least, just a little more entertaining.
Time to tackle that near-tumbling stack of books you’ve been meaning to read since 2009.
2. Learn to cook
Because it’s a pretty basic survival skill, to be honest. May we suggest you dish out some Jamie Oliver or learn from the master Massimo Bottura?
3. Call your relatives
Your ma. Your grandma. Your brother living abroad. Ask them all how they’re doing.
4. Clear out those unnecessary photos on your phone
Especially those burst mode photos.
5. Unsubscribe to all those newsletters clogging up your inbox
Reading email will be much more efficient when life returns to normal.
6. Watch your favourite TV series again from start to finish
7. Start a new TV series
We’ve got plenty of suggestions right here.
8. Listen to podcasts while doing the housework
Give your house a deep clean and learn a thing or two on topics like how to start a start-up or Dior.
9. Try to grow a plant
Whether it’s an avocado or a bonsai, house plants offer plenty of well-being benefits.
10. Create a Spotify playlist
Upbeat tunes to keep the mood elevated during this extended downtime.
11. Learn a language
Now’s the time to brush up on your Español.
12. Choose five people you haven’t heard from in a year and send them a message
Tough times call for little reunions (on this occasion, by phone).
Pick up a new hobby and start filling your house with masterpieces.
It could be a short story, a poem, an essay, or a full on four-part saga. Just get those creative juices flowing.
15. Teach your dog some new tricks
If you’re lucky enough to have some friendly companions in quarantine at home with you, make the most of your quality time together!
16. Start planning your next holiday
There’s no better way to dispel the disappointment of your cancelled vacation than to get to work planning your next big adventure.
17. Re-arrange and clear out your wardrobe
Time to go all Marie Kondo on your stuff. Here are a few tips on how to de-clutter your home.
18. Start an Instagram blog
Let’s face it: your Insta game’s going to be pretty weak for the time being. Instead, why not start a new account and post about interesting people, edgy artwork, or, you know…memes.
19. Try out TikTok
If you haven’t already, now’s the time to try out TikTok and get creative. After all, some of the best clips on the app have been made out of boredom at home.
20. Give yourself a spa day
You’re probably avoiding spas around this time. But home is just as good a place to give yourself a mani/pedi. Put on a face mask, a hair mask, a body mask. Just mask yourself completely.
21. Practice yoga
Stay fit and at peace.
22. Take an online course
There are so many free courses you can do online, from YouTube to Coursera. You could learn to code or become a pro at Adobe photoshop — anything’s possible.
23. Put your jewellery in order
Or books, or DVDs, or plates and glasses. Just get organised!
24. Throw out old stuff
Start by emptying out a drawer onto the floor. We bet that 50% of the stuff in there is completely useless to you.
25. Learn how to read horoscopes
This could either be part of your online course or you could read up on the ancient practice. This could keep you occupied for daysand give you a sense of direction during these confusing times.
26. Play video games
It’s like being back to those endless summer break days from our childhood. See if you can get a new high score.
27. Shop online
Deprived of retail therapy? You never could be in this day and age.
28. Build your own at-home bar
It’d be irresponsible to go out drinking in a crowded bar now, so just take advantage of those alcohol delivery services or get to work on fitting out your very own home bar.
29. Make your own alcohol
Actually, with this much time on your hands you might as well start fermenting your own booze. Or if you’re a teetoler, try making kombucha, yoghurt, or keffir.
30. Discover new music
Here are some suggestions for that jazzy new quarantine playlist of yours. You know what — we could get used to this “staying at home” thing.