Stuck at home because of coronavirus, a chronic illness or something else? Here's an inspiring list of things to do to pass the time, feel better and not go stir crazy.
Reasons you might be stuck at home
COVID-19, aka coronavirus, has a lot of us stuck at home right now, around the world. Schools have been closed, religious services are cancelled and authorities are encouraging us to limit social contact.
A lot of people are just trying to stay home as much as possible to protect themselves and their families from catching the virus.
If you're able to work from home, that's a great provision, but the isolation can be detrimental.
I've worked from home for years, so I've learned how to craft my routine so I'm productive and happy.
There are other reasons you might be stuck at home, too.
- Recovering from an injury
- Feeling under the weather
- A chronic illness keeps you at home
- Your child is ill or recovering from an illness
- You're a stay at home mom
- You're a caregiver
Regardless of why you're stuck at home, the pull to do nothing but watch TV and play on your phone is strong. But, doing that all day will make you feel worse. Not to mention the overwhelming stress of taking in the news.
So, here's 50 ideas for things to do while you're stuck at home or on a staycation. There's ideas here that are suitable for families, couples and single people.
I hope this list inspires you to get off the couch and make the most of the time you have at home this week.
50 things to do when you're stuck at home
1. Call a friend and really talk.
2. Call a family member and really talk.
3. Text someone you love. Send them an old picture and remind them how much they mean to you.
4. Read your Bible. Have you ever read it cover to cover? If you read 3-5 chapters a day, you'll finish it in a year.
5. Read books. I love reading cookbooks like novels, but hey, you do you.
6. Read digital books.
7. Listen to podcasts.
8. Research (like seriously research) topics that have always interested you. Pretend you're in school again and have to write a paper on it.
10. Practice a new language. Duolingo is free and fun to use.
11. Try a new recipe. Ran out of chips? Make your own in 15 minutes.
12. Bake cookies with your kids.
13. Bake bread from scratch.
14. Gather, write down and organize your own personal family recipes, you know the ones you "just know" but have written down nowhere?
15. Meal prep freezer meals, so your fresh produce doesn't go to waste.
16. Dance in your kitchen.
17. Experiment with new flavors. Try one appealing, but unusual recipe in that cookbook or blog you read.
18. Enjoy a cup of tea in your favorite chair.
19. Spring clean your house. Do one room every day.
20. Clean out the garage.
21. Do ALL the laundry then clean the washer and dryer.
22. Declutter your house. Keep what you love. Sell, give away or trash what you don't.
23. Repair clothes that have holes or are missing a button.
24. Declutter your digital space. Trash old documents you don't need to keep. Trash old photos.
25. Make a video or slideshow of your last trip. iMovie is great for this.
26. Workout or stretch. I love Pilatesology, their videos are fantastic and they have lots to choose from. Also, YouTube has tons of workout videos.
27. Listen to music.
28. Go take a walk around the neighborhood. Snap photos of pretty flowers or buildings.
29. Take care of your neglected plants inside or outside the house.
30. Paint your nails.
31. Paint an abstract painting.
32. Watercolor bluebonnets.
33. Sketch the face of someone you love.
34. Rest. Take a nap.
35. Go through old pictures. Reminisce and organize them by year. Frame some or put some in albums.
36. Sew something.
37. Work on a quilt. If you need supplies, check out my friends' adorable quilt shop, Tea Time Quilting. They even have an online store.
38. Spend time on your crafty hobbies: knitting, cross-stitch, jewelry-making
39. Light a fire in your fire pit outside and roast marshmallows.
40. For the kids, let them build a fort in the living room. Give them flashlights.
41. Build something. Build it out of Lego, wood, popsicle sticks, whatever you have.
42. Play board games.
43. Play cards. Spades, anyone?
44. If you have a business, get caught up on that to do list.
45. For your business, schedule out social media posts for the next month (or longer), so that's off your plate.
46. Do your business planning. Write an editorial calendar.
47. Learn how to take amazing photographs.
48. Learn how to edit those photographs like a professional. Take raw photos with your DSLR and then edit in Lightroom.
49. Take your DSLR off auto. Turn it to manual and play around. Learn what ISO and f-stop mean and how they affect your photos.
50. Do something you tell yourself you never have time to do.
If you can fight against the urge to binge-watch Netflix for days, you'll feel better, have gotten loads of stuff done and enjoyed your time at home.
Did I mention you'll feel better? Because that's the biggest payback in my book.
So, what are you waiting for? Go do something!
Tag me on Instagram at @veryveganish with your #stuckathome inspiration!