With quarantines quickly becoming a new normal for the moment, I think we can all agree most people aren’t used to being stuck at home for long periods of time. Suddenly being contained in one place can be tough to weather.
As a writer who works from home, a well as a natural introvert who doesn’t mind being at home for weeks at a time, I feel uniquely qualified for this situation. And I’d like to share some suggestions to help others power through.
Here are tips to help keep mentally healthy (as well as entertained) during a prolonged period at home.
Stay safe and well out there! xoxo
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AT HOME
1. Shower and dress the same as you would usually do.
2. Stick to a routine of some sort (regular wake up time/bed time, regular meals, etc.).
3. Get outside if you can. Go take a walk in your neighborhood or hang out in your back yard. Something.
4. If you are working from home, actually work. For the same hours you’d be in the office.
5. Make your bed – less tempting to get back in it.
6. Skype/video chat with close family/friends to get some face time.
7. Do NOT have the news on all day. Yes, stay up to date, but try to limit yourself. Stick to the 5:30 broadcasts, state or national press conferences, and/or your local/state website.
8. Exercise. The endorphins help!
9. Check out this list of 100 fun activities you can do in the privacy (and safety) of your own home…
100 ACTIVITIES FOR HOME
RELAX & SELF-CARE
- Read a book you love.
- Give yourself a manicure or pedicure.
- Take a bubble bath.
- Try out a new face mask or beauty product.
- Doodle, color, or draw on some paper.
- Do yoga (check out YouTube for tutorials).
- Write a poem.
- Write in a journal.
- Take a nap.
- Listen to music.
- Look through old photos and videos.
- Watch a sunset or sunrise.
- Sit or lay outside in good weather.
- Find a new favorite quote or saying.
- Write a letter to your future self.
- Take a long shower.
- Drink tea.
- Cuddle with a pet or S.O.
- Create a self-love list.
- Find a new podcast to listen to.
- Play an instrument.
- Knit or crochet.
- Create a cozy reading nook in your house.
- Bonus: Catch up on all those shows you’ve been meaning to binge watch.
- Read a “How to” book.
- Do your taxes. (April 15th is just around the corner)
- Go for a walk, a run, sit-ups, anything you can for a little bit of exercise.
- Organize a space that needs it. (Or organize a space a day!)
- Update your resume.
- Clean something in your place that you haven’t in a while (baseboards, under the bed, kitchen cupboards, etc.).
- Meal prep for the upcoming week.
- Clean your makeup brushes.
- Research dream careers.
- Look for ways to reach out and help others from home.
- Make a future finances plan.
- Sign up for an online class. (like udemy.com or masterclass.com)
- Clean up your emails.
- Make a list of personal or professional goals.
- Start a DIY project.
- Clean out your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
- Start a garden (or kitchen garden).
- Clean your phone or phone case (it’s probably very dirty).
- Watch a how-to YouTube video.
- Spring clean your yard.
- Get ahead on schoolwork or future projects.
- Fine-tune your LinkedIn profile.
- Do your laundry.
- Wash your car(s).
- Learn OneNote and start using it. (Get started here.)
- Read something from your TBR list. (Maybe an Abigail Owen or Kadie Scott or Kristen McKanagh book! My only shameless plug, I promise.)
- Scroll through Pinterest.
- Online shop (just watch that budget you made in the productive list).
- Watch a favorite movie or a movie you haven’t seen in a while.
- Skype some friends and do a virtual game.
- Start an Instagram page for your pet.
- Watch a documentary.
- Write love notes for your S.O.
- Get lost on Tumblr.
- Make a collage.
- Make a bucket list.
- Take some selfies.
- Catch up on celebrity gossip.
- Sing & dance to your favorite songs.
- Have a costume night.
- Throw an indoor picnic.
- Have an indoor scavenger hunt.
- Have a themed movie night.
- Start family game night.
- Do a puzzle.
- Have a water balloon fight.
- Have a family tea party.
- Try some stargazing and discover constellations.
- Put on a play.
- Build a Lego city.
CREATE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
- Read a book about — a different culture, a place you’ve never been, from a new to you genre, from a new to you author.
- Start a blog or vlog.
- Go for a walk in your neighborhood.
- Try out a new hairstyle or experiment with your hair.
- Plan a future trip. (might have to be far future).
- Experiment with new recipes.
- Make a cocktail or a mocktail.
- Reach out to a friend or relative you haven’t talked to in a while. (virtually)
- Rearrange your furniture or redecorate your living space.
- Create your own website.
- Look for your first (or next) tattoo design.
- Make an effort to learn something new.
- Make a vision board.
- Try learning a new language.
- Write a book or story.
- Make a movie.
- Stage a photo shoot.
- Create a list of places you want to travel to.
- Set up a tent indoors and do indoor camping.
- Play a different game with your family each night.
- Train your dog/cat to do a new trick.
- Create a picture book / scrap book.
- Learn a new hobby (like take up knitting/crocheting).
- Make a time capsule.
- Plan a post-apocalypse party.