Quarantine days can really get on your nerves at one point, especially when you’re fond of spending your salary on food and karaoke nights out with your friends. So, while many of us around the world have to stay back home, for the time being, it’s certainly emotionally challenging, and well, extremely boring. We need to find ourselves increasingly creative ways to keep ourselves amused within the four walls of our home. We’ve gathered 15 interesting things for you to do to fight this boredom.
- READ BOOKS
Start reading books. All those books that you abandoned, yeah, they are waiting. Don’t ghost them. Flip through the crisp pages of your new novels or read one online.It will increase your cognitive mental stimulation and enhance your knowledge and vocabulary. Book reading helps you in this situation by improving your memory and boost your sleep.
- NETFLIX AND CHILL
Catch up on shows that your friends have highly recommended but you never got the time. Watch all the 10 seasons of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, you definitely won’t regret or watch random episodes of How I Met Your Mother while chomping on your caramel popcorns.
- SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY
During this time of self-isolation try taking out time for your family, plan creative dinners, enjoy tea-time together or maybe dust off your intense, old board games to play throughout the night.
If you feel utterly useless, you might want to create something new. Try to create things you see on Pinterest and keep trying until you get it right. You can also recycle your old jeans and shirts; make a fancy bag or maybe some cute cushion covers.
- START COOKING
Search for some new healthy recipes; salads, milkshakes, smoothies etc and storm right into your kitchen. Try out different, delicious dishes and treat yourself. It is a good idea to stock up on rice, pasta and spices so that more recipes are within reach.
It’s time to go green. Head over to your balconies and your gardens. Look after your plants, water them, fertilize them and you might find it strange but, yes, they need your kisses. The more you love them, the better they flourish. Grow vegetables in your backyard that you might need on a daily basis; it’s always better to get your supplies straight from home rather than having to go out to buy them.
- WORKOUT AT HOME
Can’t go out to the gym? Well, there’s not much you can’t do at home. Head over to Youtube for some 10-minute extensive exercises to help you boost your energy and strengthen your immune system. Spread out your yoga mats and meditate.
- LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
We’ve got some app suggestions for you to help you start learning a new language. Download Duolingo, Memrise or HelloTalk right now and teach yourself a foreign language. It is always great to be multilingual or bilingual at least; you never know when it might come in handy.
- LET YOUR INNER ARTIST OUT
Try out some paintings and sketches. Start with the basics and see how you get better at it. Some suggestions would include the view from your balcony or your 10th-floor apartment window. Just paint it out and bring it to life on your sketchbook pages.
- SKINCARE/ GROOMING
Plan a skincare routine. A twenty-step Korean skincare routine would do since you’ve got too much time on your hands. But for real get yourself some grooming done at home while you can’t go out to the salons. Dye your hair, paint your nails even if you’re not going out tonight; you can always look good for your family.
- REORGANIZE YOUR ROOM
Reorganize your room. Reset your furniture and give it a new look. Reorganize your cupboards, drawers sort out stuff you can give away for charity and the throw-away things that have worn out. While you’re at it, try out your old clothes and give a new fancy look to it.
- READ NEWSPAPERS
Get all those New York Times piled up on your desk and start reading through them. Reading newspapers might be tedious but is an incredible way of improving your reading skills and adding more words to your vocabulary. Use the notes app on your phone to write down all the new words you read every day along with their meanings.
Kitting is therapeutic. I repeat, therapeutic. It’s the best time to steal those knitting needles from your grandma’s knitting box and make sweaters for your friends that you’ve been missing. Surprise them with perfect custom made sweaters next time you meet them.
- GET THINGS DONE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN PROCRASTINATING
School days really get you to procrastinate stuff you’ve been wanting to do since forever but you just don’t feel like it. Well now that you have got plenty of time on your hands, you should get all those things done like all those assignments and projects that are due.
- TAKE THIS TIME TO FIGURE OUT YOUR POTENTIALS/ SELF-REFLECTION
Lastly, use this time to figure out your potentials. See what you can and what you cannot do. List down things that you enjoy doing and stuff you’re good at. Once you’re done, take out time to improve yourself, keep practicing until you’re perfect. Reflect on your life. Use a diary if needed and note things down that you have achieved throughout the years. Plan ahead and get things done.