Due to the COVID-19 outbreak a lot of us are either totally off work, working from home, or self-isolating to help stop the spread of the virus.
This is hard on everyone and I want you all to know I’m here for you if you need someone to reach out to. You can message me here or on Instagram.
I’ve got some ideas to help keep your mind off the news and get to work on something productive during this uncertain time.
Growing up an only child I got used to entertaining myself for many hours at a time. As an adult I have multiple ongoing projects that can go on indefinitely. But I know a lot of people are not crazy like me and don’t know what to do with themselves when they’re stuck at home for days on end.
So here are some ideas to hopefully keep you from going stir crazy for the next little while (FYI, some contain affiliate links, girl’s gotta eat).
Start a blog or website
Start a free blog or a new website on a topic you’re interested in. It can be about anything; cooking, ranting about current affairs, poetry, photography. There are so many options and it’s really easy to get started.
Make some art
You don’t have to be a prolific artist or ever show your art to anyone. Drawing something simple like a mandala can be a relaxing and therapeutic practice. Check out my mandala drawing templates to get started.
Painting can be really soothing if you have the supplies. Use what you have on hand so you don’t have to buy anything or place an order on Amazon to avoid leaving the house.
Work on projects around the house
If you’re a home owner or even just renting there’s no end to potential projects around the house. You could re-paint a wall or re-arrange furniture in your living room. A big spring cleaning project is always good. Watch a few episodes of Marie Kondo on Netflix to get inspired and then go on a reorganization spree!
They could be art tutorials, crafts, cooking, or some other skill you’ve been wanting to learn for a long time. There are millions of tutorials on Youtube and Skillshare. You could even learn a new language!
Start a bullet journal
I’ve actually started my own bullet journal lately and it’s really fun. You can spend hours just setting up layouts and doodling around the edges, not to mention keeping a list of projects to work on. Below is a sample of one of my bullet journal spreads. I keep a list of more ideas on Pinterest.
Get in shape
There’s literally millions of work out and yoga videos on Youtube for all levels. Below are a couple of my favourites. I do a lot of low impact workouts so I don’t hurt myself or disturb my neighbours.
Learn how to sell your art online!
If you’re an artist this is a great project to work on. Not a lot of people are buying things right now, but it’s always a good time just to start setting up some shops or your website for when things get back to normal. Get started with my blog post on How to Sell your Art Online.
Read uplifting books
There’s a never ending list of great books to read (or listen to), and I’m sure you have a list too. Start working through it!
Lately I’ve been on a self-help kick. Here’s a list of my picks. Most, if not all, are available as kindle versions.
Play a Game
Playing games can be a great distraction. But you should try and play something that gets your brain working. Or a co-op video game that you can play with your family or significant other. One of my favourite co-op games (if you like scary and horror movies) is Until Dawn for PS4. It’s almost like watching a long choose your own adventure movie.
Or you could dust off those old board games and play with your kids!
Get some rest and take care of yourself
Do some self pampering. Run a hot bath, play some music, light some candles and relax. Do your nails or a face mask if you’re a woman (or man!) who likes that sort of thing. Take some time for yourself and try not to worry too much.
I hope I’ve given you some ideas of things to keep yourself occupied in a positive way while you’re stuck at home. Leave some other ideas in the comments below! We can create a huge list of ideas.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay positive. This too shall pass.