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30 Things to Do While You’re Stuck Indoors During a Pandemic

For the first time governments around the world are telling us to stay indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

While this is the best preventative measure, getting used to staring at the same four walls each day doesn’t come easy for many.

It will take some getting used to, but in the meantime here are some activities that you can do to keep yourself entertained.

1. Learn Something New

You may as well make the most of this free time on your hands and learn a new skill. You could watch YouTube tutorials, learn a foreign language, develop design or marketing skills, or do whatever takes your fancy.

 

2. Read a Self-Help Book

It’s time to dust off those self-help books that you haven’t got round to reading yet. Reading something meaningful and potentially life-changing in some way will help you to grow as a person.

3. Get a Global Live View of Tourist Hotspots 

Want to see Rome’s Colosseum or the Eiffel Tower in Paris without stepping foot outside? You can watch live webcam feeds which show tourist hotspots from around the world. 

4. Catch Up on Your Favorite Shows

How many times have you wished that you could stay at home to watch Netflix? Well, that time is now. So, grab that remote control and sit comfortably because Riverdale (or whatever show you like) awaits.

5. Do Some Baking

Nothing smells better than home-cooked food. If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen, you could bake your favorite treats or perhaps try some new recipes. If on the other hand, your baking needs some improvement, then now’s the time to let yourself loose in the kitchen.

6. Take a Free Online Course

Ivy League colleges are offering 450 free online courses to the general public. You can take a look at what’s on offer right here.

7. Redecorate

There’s something really satisfying about changing the decor of a room. If you have been intending to decorate and have paint or wallpaper to hand then you may as well get it done. You’ll be pleased with yourself for enhancing your home.

8. Exercise

Forget gyms and parks you don’t need to leave the house to get a workout. You can do it at home. You don’t even need exercise equipment. Check out these Free Online Workout Resources.

9. Call a Friend

Staying social is important. Talking with friends often puts our own thoughts and experiences into perspective. And connecting with others makes us realize that we’re not alone.

10. Look at How You Could Earn a Side Income

Many people stay afloat during an economic downturn because they have multiple income streams. You could research ways to make money online and start your own money-making business.

11. Take Time to Reflect

Think about the life you want. What does it look like? What goals would get you closer to living your ideal life? Once you align your goals with what you’re heart desires, you will feel like your best authentic self.

12. Create a Vision Board

Vision boards are a powerful way to display your aspirations. If you do make one, be sure to put it in a place where you will see it for daily inspiration.

13. Listen to Music

Music is great for lifting your mood. Put on some feel-good songs and dance around the room if it makes you feel good.

Or if you’re in need of some relaxing music, try Marconi Union’s Weightless. Neuroscientists found that it can reduce anxiety by as much as 65 percent. 

14. Take a Look at the World’s Largest Art Gallery

The Louvre offers virtual tours to anyone who wants a gander at good art. Interested? Simply visit the website and click on Collection and Louvre Palace to access online tours.

15. Get Creative

What do you enjoy… drawing, baking, sculpting?  It doesn’t matter how you like to get creative but what does matter is that it acts as a great distraction from your worries.

16. Start a Blog

Starting a blog has never been easier. All you need is a domain name and web hosting then you’re good to go. 

17. Listen to Inspirational Podcasts

Fed up with looking at screens? You could put your earphones in, sit back and relax while listening to a podcast instead. Three inspirational podcasts you might want to try are Lewis Howes’ The School of Greatness, Happiness with Gretchen Rubin, and The Tim Ferris Show.

18. Color In

Do you have a coloring book? Coloring has shown to reduce stress and anxiety and we could all do with something to lower our stress levels at the moment. So grab your coloring book and color until your heart’s content.

19. Play an Online Game

If you own a gaming console you could play online games with your friends. If not there are some great online games you can play on your mobile phone. Here are 15 Free popular Android games.

20. Watch a Comedy

As the saying goes: laughter is the best medicine. So find a good comedy to watch on Netflix and chuckle away until your cheeks hurt.

21. Enjoy a Night at the Opera

Since opera theatres closed their doors some of the major ones like New York’s Metropolitan Opera are streaming free archived productions daily. And London’s Royal Opera House is streaming previous productions every Friday.

22. Yoga

Missing your yoga classes? Or perhaps you’d like to give it a try. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a complete beginner you can find a free online yoga class here.

 

23. Meditation

Meditation is a great way to shift your focus and calm your mind. If you’ve never tried it before this meditation guide will be useful.

24. Put Your Favorite Photos into a Scrapbook

Sort through your best photos and put them into a scrapbook. This activity might also lift your mood because it will remind you of all the good times you’ve had in your life so far.

25. Watch Your Favorite Zoo Animals 

Spring is the season when lots of people flock to the zoos to enjoy the animals. Well, the good news is that despite the quarantine situation we can still enjoy watching some of the animals live from six zoos and aquariums around the world.

26. Get Doodling

Remember doodling in your school books? Well, now you can learn the art of doodling with a notorious kids illustrator. New York artist, Mo Willems is offering a free online drawing class every day at 1 pm. 

27. Welcome Club Vibes

If you’re missing club vibes you can now let a DJ work their music magic into your home. Every night from 8 pm (ET) until midnight, Nowadays is streaming everything from disco beats to relaxation tunes.  

28 Make a Natural Face Mask

Give your face a treat with a homemade face mask. It could be something as simple as mashing up a banana, adding honey and lemon and applying it to your face. Alternatively, you could try one of these nine DIY face masks recommended by Cosmopolitan.

29 Have a Relaxing Bath

A good soak in the bath is a great way to relax and unwind. If you have aromatherapy candles you may want to place some of them around the bathroom while you chill in the bath.

30. Enjoy a Story

There’s something therapeutic about being read a story.  Perhaps it’s because it reminds us of the good old days when we used to share captivating books with parents and teachers.

If you fancy a dose of nostalgia,  Audible is now offering lots of free books to readers and listeners alike. All you have to do is visit their website. 

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