Let’s face it, quarantine is probably making us all stir crazy. Between being cooped up inside, to running out of activities, we all need some inspiration to keep us sane!
Normally I would default to binging TV show after TV show to kill the time during quarantine. But doing that all day every day would really throw me down a rabbit hole of laziness. That’s why I decided to share some activities that I’ve been doing to keep me busy and some other ideas.
- At home work outs – I don’t know about you, but I am NOT a fan of at home workouts. That is, until it became my only option. I made it a point to get at least 30 minutes of exercise in daily. I started with a free trial of Open Fit where I did a 30 minute Pilates class every day. When my free trial ended, I started using the Peleton app. My favorite workouts on this app are the strength training and spin classes. Although I don’t have a stationary bike. Instead I use the spin classes when I go for bike rides around the neighborhood. They don’t match up completely with a street bike, but it will do for now! FYI, the Peleton app is free for your first 90 days! They don’t even require you to put in any credit card information when you sign up.
- Puzzles – You would be surprised how much time you can kill when you get sucked into focusing on a puzzle. I just finished a 1,000 piece puzzle and can’t wait for my next one to arrive!
- Reading – When I first graduated college I was reading 1-2 books a week on my commute to work. Sadly, over time I put reading on the back burner when my commutes changed. Since then, I’ve wanted to incorporate reading into my daily routine, but have yet to do it. That is until quarantine began! With all this free time, it’s perfect for picking up a book and binging it. Yes you can binge other things than a Netflix show! Keep your eyes peeled. In a new blog post I plan to share a book review of some of my favorite books I’ve recently read.
- Cooking/Baking – Whether you like baking or cooking or have always wanted to try it, now’s a great time. There really is no excuse to not bake a treat or treat yourself to a nice home cooked meal. I recently baked these delicious blueberry scones (I highly recommend). If you are new to cooking, trying a cooking delivery service like Home Chef is a great and easy idea. If you want to give Home Chef a try and receive $35 off you first order, use this link: www.homechef.com/invite/dV820H5Jmvd6
- Blogging – If you’re a blogger this is the PERFECT time to focus on your blog. It’s also a great time to start a blog if you’ve been thinking about starting one.
- Organizing the photos on your phone – I recently spend a day doing this and am so glad I did. Since I got my current phone I really let the amount of photos I had on it build up. And if you know anything about me I HATE clutter and disorganization. If you’re a fellow blogger like me you probably have an absurd amount of photos that desperately need organizing.
- Gardening – If you have an outdoor space, picking up gardening in time for spring can be a therapeutic way to pass time.
- Develop a Skin Care Routines – Do you have a skin care routine that you stick to religiously? If not, why not start now! Once you develop a routine, it can be quite relaxing. My favorite part of my skin care routine is mask day! No I don’t mean the masks you have to wear out in public during quarantine. I mean skin care masks. The best are when you put sheet masks in the fridge before use. So soothing!
- Adopt a pet – If you’re a cat or dog lover quarantine is the best time for adoption! You’re home all day which allows for an easier transition for your new pet, especially if you’re training a puppy.
- Marie Kondo your home – finally dig through your closet, under your bed, and your junk drawer. Basically anywhere you hoard things and determine what “sparks joy” and what you can throw out/donate.
- Pick up a hobby that you’ve always wanted to try – This could be learning calligraphy, a new language, knitting, how to play a new instrument, drawing, or even something as simple and relaxing as an adult coloring book to pass the time.
- Catch up on sleep – Instead of using this time to stay up late watching TV, try setting up a bedtime routine that remains consistent Monday – Friday and allows you to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
What are some fun quarantine activities you’ve been doing to keep busy? Comment below!