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20 Fun Things To Do At Home

I know I am not the only one feeling a bit stir crazy right about now. With no idea how long I could be in social isolation in New York, I’ve had to come up with some creative ways to keep my sanity throughout this process. So, here are some fun things to do at home that I’ve been up to lately; maybe you’ll get some fresh ideas to try too!

1. Try a video chat streaming service

My boyfriend and I discovered something called twoseven that allows you to stream videos and watch them together. This includes anything from YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Vimeo, and the web. You can even video chat or just voice call while watching! It may not be the same as watching TV together in person, but it’s pretty close to the real thing! We’ve been watching “Tiger King” and “The Circle” on Netflix; both have been very entertaining in their own ways. (If you’ve seen all the memes of “Tiger King” then you know what I mean!) Supposedly, you can do this with a bunch of people, so test it out with your friend groups too!

2. Jump into a hobby

One of my hobbies is writing (obviously), so I’ve taken the free time on my hands to fully jump back into finishing my first book. However, writing is only one hobby out there. You can paint, draw, take up arts and crafts, knit, sew, play an instrument, tinker, practice photography, garden, or whatever else you can think of! If there’s a hobby you’ve been wanting to get into, then there’s no time like the present, my friend.

3. Assemble cute outfits

Maybe I’m the only one who does this because I love fashion, but I enjoy going through my wardrobe and putting together new outfits. Spring and summer fashion is my favorite! With the warmer season approaching, I’m taking some time to go through my clothes to get ideas for cute outfits. Of course, now I’m only looking forward to getting out of my house more so I have someplace to wear said cute outfits. But it still has to warm up quite a bit, so I guess I’ve got more waiting to do either way. I’ll just be over here, dreaming of sunshine and sandals…

4. Dive into a good book

As an avid reader, diving into a good book was the first fun thing to do at home I thought of, mostly because I’m reading every day anyway. But this time serves as a perfect opportunity to dive into a new story and get fully immersed in it. Right now, I’m reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Her writing is phenomenal, and while I’m only a few chapters in so far, I can tell this is going to be a very compelling book. I mean, they did just make a Hulu miniseries out of it–which, I will be promptly watching after I finish this.

5. Have a virtual happy hour or hangout night

This is a super fun thing to do at home: Have a virtual happy hour or hangout night! My girlfriends and I are planning a virtual girl’s night this week. Going this long without seeing each other in person is honestly torture. We can’t drink wine and gossip and play card games like usual, but we’re gonna try like heck to do it virtually. We’ve used Snapchat to do a three-way video chat in the past, but we may also try Zoom or Netflix Party! 

6. Bake your favorite treat(s)

Okay, let’s get one thing straight here: I don’t just have ONE favorite treat. If I claim I do, you can bet it’ll change within a week. I have a horrible sweet tooth that my love of baking doesn’t help. One of my favorite desserts is a cinnamon crumb cake. I baked one the other day, and my house smelled amazing! I wish I could make one every day just for the aroma. Baking is a fun thing to do at home whether you’re alone, or with family or roommates. Everyone is happier with desserts, so if you’ve got the lockdown blues, a little treat could be just what you (and your lockdown crew) needs!

7. Find new music on Spotify

When I’m writing, chances are, I’m listening to music too. In fact, I have TWO writing playlists! When I’ve been absolutely bored, I’ll go through Spotify and find new music to add to my playlists. Bam! Instant strike of inspiration. Honestly, where would we all be without music? I know I’d be floundering without it.

8. Journal

Journaling is a fun thing to do at home.

I’ve noticed when I get irritable lately, I’m usually bottling up emotions or unprocessed thoughts. I have a lot of anxiety right now–as many people do–and I still don’t know how to process the magnitude of everything happening in the world. For the most part, I’ve been blocking it out, but I know from a psychology standpoint that regression is not a healthy way to cope.

So, I’ve been trying to process my emotions by journaling instead of letting them simmer unaddressed. It feels so much better to get things out, even if it’s through pen and paper. It may be therapeutic for you too! Try writing down a few thoughts right before bed or after you first wake up in the morning.

On a lighter note, I’ve also been reading old journals for some wildly hilarious and equally cringy entertainment. For context, I started keeping journals in the 5th grade. Oh, the “problems” of a middle schooler… If you’ve got any old journals lying around, there’s a fun thing to do at home that ought to keep you occupied for a while!

9. Journal 2.0

It’s no secret that these are historic times we are living through right now. That being said, I’ve taken to writing down a few memorable things about what’s currently happening in the world and the U.S. I have no doubts that someday I’ll be telling my grandchildren about this. When that happens, I want to have as many details recorded as possible on how it’s been affecting my life. Who knows, two hundred years down the road, this documentation could become a relic of sorts!

10. Reconnect with others

Social isolation equals loneliness for many that live alone. Even those of us that are not spending this time alone, the lack of proper socialization can take a toll on our psyches. Reconnecting with those you haven’t talked to in a while can help. Check in on relatives or friends you haven’t caught up with for some time. Let them know you are thinking of them. They just may be feeling as lonely as you are and your message could mean the world to them. So go ahead, hit send on that text message, or dial their phone number. Or maybe just send them a goofy Snapchat to make them smile. Your choice.

11. Learn something new

You know that one thing you’ve always wanted to learn? That new skill you wanted to add to your toolbelt? Wait for it…LEARN IT! Right now! 

As of late, I’m always learning something new about having a blog, whether that’s SEO, marketing strategy, HTML (just typing that scares me), or keyword research. Honestly, the list could go on and on. But it’s keeping me very busy during the day when I don’t have other work to do. That means it’s also keeping the cabin fever at bay. Take this as an opportunity to learn something new! You’ll hear this from me again and again, but I truly live by this rule: “Never stop learning.” Keep challenging your brain!

12. Have a spa day

You can’t see it, but I actually have a face scrub on for exfoliation. It’s Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate intensive exfoliation treatment. LOVE this!

Who doesn’t love a good spa day? Honestly, I think having a spa day is such a fun thing to do right at home! Everyone deserves an at-home spa day at least once a week, but whenever you can fit it in is great. Now, let me clarify: It doesn’t have to span an entire day. Just a spa night or a spa morning will do the trick.

Try a new face mask (I’m loving new products I got from Kate Somerville), light some candles, stream spa music, take a warm bath, paint your nails, put in a hair treatment (my hair loves keratin oil), slather on your favorite body lotion, and pour yourself a glass of wine or make a cup of tea. The list goes on! Tell me, what’s in your perfect spa day?

13. Reorganize and declutter

Many of us are working from home now–again, not a change for me, but I know it is for most. I don’t know about you, but a messy workspace kills my productivity. Declutter your workspace and create an environment that you actually want to work in. This may not be the most fun thing to do at home, but it’ll help you get and stay on track. On my desk, I have a few plants, some inspirational quotes, photos, some cards from loved ones with cute messages, and organizing bins for my office supplies. 

On top of that, I’m reorganizing my closet and switching out my winter wardrobe for my summer clothes. It’s still a tad early yet, but I’ll need to pack these clothes when I return to the city. Throw on some music to make it more entertaining!

14. Exercise at home

I exercise without a gym normally, so exercising at home isn’t new for me at all. But those of you who are gym-goers don’t need to feel lost without the gym! There are so many options out there to get your workout on at home! Check out the workouts I’ve posted, search YouTube or Pinterest, or download free apps like FitOn to get your daily sweat sesh in. 

15. Sharpen up your cooking skills

Ground turkey meat sauce with kale and pasta. Cooking is a fun thing to do at home.
Ground turkey meat sauce with kale and pasta. Recipe coming soon!

Want another fun thing to do at home? Sharpen your cooking skills and bring out your inner MasterChef! Lately, I’ve been cooking up some bulk meals and also creating recipes as I go with ingredients I already have. My vegetarian chili recipe, along with my kale and bean soup are perfect examples! I also have others that I’ll be posting soon. Another fun thing to try is getting your family members or quarantine crew together to cook as if you’re in the Chopped kitchen! Get some staple pantry items and see who can make the tastiest (or most edible) dish from those ingredients.

16. Get some fresh air

Take every opportunity to get outside in the fresh air! We just had a beautiful day of unusually warm weather and uninterrupted sunshine here in Upstate NY this past week. This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time because I was beginning to go stir crazy stuck inside. I spent the day out on my patio reading and basking in the toasty warmth. (And also burning through my tee-shirt…fair skin probs.) Then I went for a walk around my neighborhood to get my fresh air fill to last me through the next week of rain that’s been forecasted. Sigh.

17. Get stretchy

I’m not just talking about stretchy pants here. Although, I have been wearing them a lot lately because of this stuck at home situation. No, what I’m talking about here is stretching. 

I never made time for stretching prior to needing things to do at home to occupy myself. Occasionally, if I felt tight, I’d do a few stretches to loosen up, but I never committed to a routine. But now that I’ve had time, I started streaming stretching routines on the free FitOn app (amazing btw–go check it out!). I’ve only done a few days of stretching for my legs and hips so far, but, oh my gosh, I feel the difference! My hips haven’t cracked as much when changing position, and my legs feel looser than ever while I’m exercising. 

So, if you’ve been skimping out on stretching like I was, take this time to squeeze in a few minutes of stretching every day at home. Play some calming music, light a few candles, and make it your zen time!

18. Reassess your goals

I’ve taken some time to get in tune with my goals and to reflect on how I can achieve them. For me, this has centered around building my website and creating content for it, as well as drafting a rough outline for the remaining chapters of my book. What does this reflection look like for you? Think back on the goals you made at the start of the new year. Are you making progress toward reaching those goals? If not, how can you make adjustments to better achieve them? Take some time to check-in with yourself and your plan(s) for success!

19. Try a new hairstyle

Styling your hair in a new way is a fun thing to do at home.
I tried a new technique for curling my hair, and I’m very happy with the result! 🙂

I’ll come clean here…I’m obsessed with curling my hair. So much so, that I’m guilty of owning three different curling irons. Lately, when I’ve gotten bored and get the itch to do something with my hair, I’ve experimented with curling it in a different way than usual. Or, I’ll try out new ways to style it. Recently, I got a much-needed haircut, and I’m still in the “playing around with it” phase. Check out some hair tutorials and give it a go!

20. Do the things you’ve been putting off

This can literally be anything. My resume? Updated. Suitcase? Unpacked. For context, I hadn’t unpacked since coming home almost three weeks ago. I’m one of those people who loves packing, but when it comes to unpacking, forget it. Anyone else like this too? The moral of the story here is that now you have free time to check off these items on your to-do list. Make it fun by coming up with incentives for finishing each action item! A piece of dark chocolate every time I complete a task? Yes, please!

What other fun things have you been up to at home during social distancing? Share your ideas below and let’s get a longer list going! Don’t forget to pin this and save for later!

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As always, I hope you all are taking care of yourselves and your loved ones and are staying safe.  

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