5 Things to Do While Stuck at Home
Bored, listless and stuck at home? That sentence probably describes the majority of the world right now — many of us are in lockdown or have new schedules that keep us home more than we would like. As a result, many of us have more time on our hands than ever before… and all that time has made us totally, completely and unabashedly bored.
Whether you’re experiencing boredom at the hands of a lockdown or simply spending more time at home due to work or family needs, here are 5 quick ways to stay occupied and sane:
1. Go for a walk
Sure, this might sound simple — of course you can go for a walk! But when it comes to activities you can do that will keep you feeling positive while stuck at home, walking is probably one of the best. Not only is walking good for both your mental and physical health, but it will also help remove you from stressors and distractions that are making home feel unbearable right now (see also: kids, laundry, work, pets… the list goes on).
Go for a walk and watch how your mood improves. Go on — bring your phone with you and read this article while you do it!
2. Plan something
Maybe life is preventing you from doing new and exciting things right now. Maybe you are trapped at home indefinitely, and you’re not sure when you’ll leave next. While going out and doing new things might be a long way off, there’s no reason you can’t plan your next great adventure during this downtime.
The truth is, once you are able to leave home, you’re going to want to do it right away. So, instead of wasting valuable time planning after you are able to leave, start planning your next trip, date night or beach day before you are able to do it. That way, you’ll be excited about your free time the moment it arrives, instead of feeling paralyzed when you finally have a moment to yourself.
3. Do something new
Just because you’re stuck at home, it doesn’t mean you can’t find new things to do. There are probably a dozen books on your shelf you haven’t read yet, a host of new recipes you haven’t cooked, a new beauty routine you haven’t tried, or a hobby you’ve been meaning to try but haven’t yet picked up. Whatever it is, all of us have things we’ve wanted to do but haven’t had the chance to. Now is your time! Whether you want to learn a new instrument or renovate your second bathroom, use this home-time to explore things you never would have had the time to do before.
4. Rekindle an old hobby
In addition to trying new things, it’s important to keep some of your longtime favorite hobbies alive. Maybe you’re an avid birdwatcher or an amateur guitarist — if you have an old hobby you haven’t engaged with in a while, now may be the perfect time to resurrect it. Who knows? By the time you leave the house next, you might have turned that hobby into a wonderful daily practice that enriches your life immeasurably.
5. Start journaling
If you’re feeling especially stir-crazy at home, here’s an expert hack for you: try journaling. Journaling — either alone or with a top-rate journaling service — can help you escape boredom, plan for the future, improve at hobbies and reexamine every part of your life. It’s an amazing practice that brings both clarity and calm. If you haven’t tried journaling yet, we highly recommend opening your laptop, pulling up a document and trying it now for the very first time.
Who knows what you’ll experience? Certainly not boredom — and that’s what this is all about, right?