If you’re anything like me, you’re probably already sick of being stuck at home for the last weeks with nothing to do (I definitely am even though I still have things to study). Therefore, to help you, I came up with 10+ activities to do while you can’t leave your house (either because you’re in quarantine due to the coronavirus outbreak ou in Winter when is simply too cold to go outside.
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I have to admit I’m a little suspect here because I love to read, but let’s be honest: who doesn’t have at least one book unread in their bookshelves?
Now is actually the perfect time to grab that book and choose a cozy spot to start reading. You probably may find out that you actually like the author or the genre and get excited to read other books!
Some of the authors I’m currently loving are: Colleen Hoover and Renée Carlino (for romance), Camilla Läckberg (for crime fiction and a personal favorite) and Anna Todd (for young adult – especially recommend the After series).
Sharing my favorites from them down here (click in each of the images to be redirected to Amazon):
2.Learn a new language
I love being able to communicate with people when I visit new countries and I love it even more when I get to talk to them in their own language.
Said this, you can probably guess that I really like learning new languages and now that we have more time than usual it’s the perfect time to start!
And especially because there are so many apps and sites out there that help with this: my favorite is Duolingo because I really feel like I’m truly learning new words and you even get to learn an incredible number of different languages.
3.Watch new TV shows/movies
Basically the good old Netflix & chill. Now is undoubtedly the best time ever to catch up on all those series and movies you’ve been wanting to see but haven’t had the time.
I haven’t watched many movies recently (I actually can’t remember the last movie I saw so if you have any recommendation, please feel free to share), but I definitely have been watching a few TV shows and have a lot more to catch up to.
I recently started (and finished) Gossip Girl and I loved it so so much! If you haven’t seen it yet, I totally recommend it to you! I also want to finish watching Elite (I’ve already seen season 1 but need to finish season 2 and 3), Sex and the City and Friends (have already started both but haven’t seen it until the end) and then want to start The O.C. (from the same producers of Gossip Girl).
I also really liked watching Gilmore Girls and Suits (though I stopped watching the latter since Meghan Markle left the show).
You’ve probably already saw this word in the last couple of days, but this is actually something super useful to do and now that we have more free time, there’s no better time to do it.
You can declutter practically EVERYTHING. You probably have your wardrobe full of clothes you no longer use or your inbox with new emails everyday from subscriptions you no longer care about. Or even your bookshelves full of books you no longer intend to read and that you can donate to your local library.
Now that you have decluttered your place, it’s time to organize it! The great thing about all this organizing thing is that (just like decluttering) it can be done with anything!
Got rid of many clothes and have extra space in your closet? Organize it by season or (if you have an extra free time) by color. Donated some books? Now organize your shelves by author or by favories.
You can even organize your pantry! All you need is honestly a bit of will and time (and inspiration if you’re in for something different, but that you can get a lot at Pinterest! All you need to do is some research).
I am a HUGE food lover and I also love to cook (especially breakfast and dessert/snacks), but normally I don’t really have a lot of time in the morning (or at any other time of the day really) to cook.
However, ever since I’m home in quarantine, I’ve been able to make delicious breakfasts (from smoothie bowls to porridge to avo toast) and even have more time to cook something different for lunch everyday!
Not only can you focus on eating things you like more or eating healthier, but you can also learn new recipes! YouTube and Instagram both have plenty of videos, posts and accounts that dedicate only to this and there’s so much you can learn.
Well, staying the entire day at home while cooking and eating isn’t exactly the best combo, but if you thought that you can’t workout now that all gyms are closed you couldn’t be more wrong!
There are just so many people who share their home workouts and you don’t even need any type of equipment, so it’s really just a mat (or not, but it’s definitely more comfortable), a bottle of water and some will.
My absolute favorite videos to do are from Pamela Reif and MadFit. They both have amazing exercises for any muscle group really and the best thing is that they have workouts with 10 minutes only (but they’re still a killer), so no excuse! They even have these “song workouts” that are only 3/4 minutes long and you exercise at your favorite songs and you still sweat!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been fascinated for Ivy League colleges. And recently, I discovered that due to all this coronavirus outbreak, some Ivy League universities (and many other as well) decided to launch some free online classes you can attend! How amazing is that? Click here to check all the available courses.
If just like me you’re obligated to attend online classes for college, you might not be interested in adding even more classes hours to your day, but this is actually a great way to learn something new, something you’ve always wanted to learn for free and at your own pace!
9.Hang out with friends
Online, of course! More than ever, nowadays, we spend so much time online that we could use some of it to talk with our friends (and not only through messages!).
There are plenty of apps that allow you to make video calls (some of those are even apps we use on a daily basis such as Instagram and WhatsApp).
This way, there’s really no reason to complain about not being able to see anyone else beside those who live with you!
10.Start an indoor garden
I don’t know about you but I love indoor gardens (not that I have one, but I really love every time I visit someone and they do have)! I have the feeling that they give such a nice touch to a house decoration and makes you feel like you’re on the outside even when you’re not.
And the best thing about these indoor gardens is that anybody can have these (whether you live in a big house or a tiny flat). And even if you don’t have space on the floor you can create these on the walls! There are so many good ideas, you really just have to look for it!
11.Do puzzles and play games
Not sure if the same is happening to you, but my time screen ever since I’m in quarantine has more than doubled (I just spent more than 8 hours on my phone on Monday)!!
Now that we’re all stuck at home with fewer things to do and more free time, it’s easy to just hold our phones and scroll on IG until we fall asleep, but the truth is that it’s also the best time to actually grab those board games that have been sitting on the shelves for years and spend some quality time with family – I definitely want to try and end an entire Monopoly game (never happened before hahaha).
Even though regular in-store stores are closed, most of their online stores are still working and making deliveries (and many of them are even with sales or offering free shipping).
Though it might be hard to spend as much money as we were used to nowadays, it’s nice to know that you can still buy small gifts for the people you love (I actually just bought my Father’s Day’s gift on Sunday and really need to come up with something for my mother as her birthday is on Monday) without having to leave the safety of your house – and these small gestures definitely mean a lot in difficult times like the one we’re living.