The Coronavirus has hit us hard, and people all over the world are under self-quarantine. For me, this is probably less tedious than for many others as I am used to working for home and spending a lot of time at home already. But, for the average person who would leave their home to go to work or school, self-quarantine may be the most tedious thing to happen. Because all of a sudden you are stuck at home with all the time in the world. Yet, you find nothing to do.
To make life at home during these unprecedented times a little bit easier, I have put together a list. By no means, there are probably hundreds of things you can do at home, but I don’t want to bore you with the standards of “start a new Netflix show” or “finish that book that you picked up two years ago” nonsense. (But DO read books, watch your favorite shows, and talk to your friends and family to pass the time). I want to give you some things that you can do to make your self-quarantine feel more like a daily routine that you can get used to, and that won’t leave you bored for who knows how long this will continue. I’ve also linked some super cute comfy loungewear so yall can stay comfy but cute at home!
Create a routine
Easier said than done, I know. But think of it like this. Before being self-quarantined, you probably had a routine. You’d wake up in the morning. Maybe have a coffee/tea and get ready for the day. Treat this time the same. Wake up when you usually would and follow the same morning routine up until the point where you would leave your house. Make your bed, get ready, get dressed. It will make you feel better about your day. If you are currently not able to work from home, fill your normal work time with other activities that you enjoy doing. And leave 2-3 windows during the day for cooking.
Write a to-do list
I do this every single day. Usually, the night before, I will write down things to do for the next day. Whether it is something as simple as washing my face or walking the dog, I will put it on the list. Writing down things to do is a great way to make sure you’re not moping around all day. A list is just mentally great for you to refer to when you feel like you have nothing to do. A daily to-dol-list can also remind you to do the things you might not want to do! I have a great daily planner (linked here) that has a daily to-do list as well.
When I say exercise, I do not mean to do a sweaty workout pass. It is probably more important than ever for our mental and physical health to stay active during this quarantine. Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of daily exercise, and there are many ways to do this. Even if your local gym has closed down or you no longer can go to yoga, there are options. See if your studio offers online classes that you can do from home. Take a walk around the block and listen to a podcast. Exercising is also something that you can incorporate into your daily routine.
Explore your creativity
There are many ways you can be creative. And what better time than during a quarantine? Journaling, drawing, playing an instrument, singing, taking pictures. The list of creative things that you can do goes on. You’d be surprised by how much you can do at home and at the same time create. To read about what I have been doing during this time, check out this post linked here.
Learn something new
Several of the country’s top schools are offering free online classes. Some of them are Harvard (link), Yale (link), and websites like Coursera provide both free and paid courses you can take. Learning something new is a great way to fill up time if you aren’t working from home or feel like you have fallen out of routine.
Video conference with your friends
Many birthdays and typical dinner nights out with friends have been missed during these past couple of weeks. The best way to stay connected with your friends and family is to stay connected. Creating a video conference is as easy as sending off a text message nowadays with services like skype, zoom, facetime, and many more video conference apps.
What have you been doing during self-quarantine? I know that we all have different experiences and I would love to hear yours in the comments section below! Also – are there any posts in particular that you are interested in? Let me know!0