10 Things To Do At Home (While You’re Stuck In Self-Isolation)

Updated on August 23, 2020

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To some people, not doing anything all day, might seem like a dream come true. Even if not, rarely would anyone refuse a relaxed, slow-paced day at home with plenty of time to catch up on things that have been left at the end of a to-do list.

However, who would have thought that finding things to do at home could be such a hard task? If you feel like that as well, let me just say, you are not alone!

During these times, everyone is struggling with the sedentary lifestyle that comes with self-isolation and the motivation to get up and do something productive. 

We, humans, are meant to be active, as well as have been subjected to a culture where productivity is one’s number one priority. But when you’re just stuck in self-isolation, it may feel impossible to find interesting things to do at home and stay interested.

The good news is there are actually plenty of positive activities that you could partake in to avoid the crippling boredom of self-isolation! Here are my faves that I really recommend trying.


10 Things To Do At Home (While You’re Stuck In Self-Isolation)


1) Exercise


Staying active is one of the best things to do at home, for yourself while self-isolating (since the possibility of going outside these days is very much restrained).

No need to instantly go for an extreme 30-minute-long fat burning exercise. A simple mobility workout or a short yoga routine would be more than enough to get the blood flowing and those muscles active!

Exercising at home can help with the feeling of achieving something as well.


2) Cook


Food is one of the simplest pleasures in life, so why not just indulge in that flavourful paradise of new dishes while staying indoors? Everyone has one or two recipes that they’ve wanted to try out but did not have enough time to do so in their daily routines, and self-isolation seems like a perfect environment for such a thing!

You can also cook foods that are great for mental health to boost your mood and motivation.


3) Read


With all that cooking and exercising going on, a calm moment with a book in your hands might be just what you need. Make yourself some peppermint tea, find a well-lit spot, get the coziest blanket you can find and read that book you’ve always put off due to an intense life rhythm. 


4) DIY


Creating something with your own hands has always been a very satisfying feeling, so why not try some DIY out with all this free time?

Embellish your favorite pair of jeans with some masterful drawings, maybe redecorate your bathroom a little bit, start a journal and feel a sense of accomplishment rushing through your veins. You will realize you’ve achieved something productive or made something that you can hold with your bare hands while in self-isolation – how cool is that?!


5) Spring clean


It’s a dreadful job, and no one really wants to diligently scrub every corner of the house, but it has to be done!

Oftentimes, there isn’t much time left in our daily schedules for intense cleaning, especially if you’re working full-time. Spending your weekend with your back bent trying to get that mold off of your bathtub corners does not seem like such a leisure-y activity… ESPECIALLY when Netflix keeps coming up with new shows almost every week.

But, since free time naturally comes with self-isolation, getting some spring cleaning can be one of the most rewarding things to do at home because it will get you a feeling like you can achieve anything after it’s finished (+ your home will sparkle!).

P. S. Here’s how to get motivated to clean and declutter your home.


6) Learn a language


Almost every person I know dreams about learning a new language one day, be it Japanese or French. Well, let me tell you, now might be the perfect timing.

There are plenty of accessible apps available that will help you with your linguistic journey, which doesn’t require much of your free time! Investing 10 or 15 minutes every day during self-isolation into learning a new language will not seem too demanding + will also help you with acquiring a new habit (so that you wouldn’t stop learning even after you resume your regular routine).

Also, learning anything is probably one of the best things you can do at home overall.


7) Learn a dance move


The Internet nowadays is just riddled with dance videos, and you would be lying to yourself if you thought that they didn’t look cool. Well, it’s a good thing we live in a digital world, because learning a new dance move has never been easier.

Find an interesting Youtube tutorial and start swinging those hips! After the self-isolation period is over, you will most definitely have something to show at a party to your friends.


8) Listen to podcasts or audio books


Listening to podcasts / audio books is one of the best things to do at home if you want to improve your intelligence.

There are hundreds and hundreds of podcasts circulating around in the digital space, but there is so little time to listen to them all. However, with all this free time, now it’s more than possible to educate yourself on the subject you’ve always been interested in, be it sports, politics or philosophy.

Turn up that podcast while cleaning, cooking or doing some DIY, and maximize your productivity.

P. S. Don’t know where to start? You can get a free 30-day Amazon Audible trial + 1 FREE audiobook! Click here to sign up for FREE


9) Craving for fancier things to do at home? Livestream concerts!


More and more music artists are adjusting to this new lifestyle we are all leading with live streaming their performances online. They usually do so on Facebook or Youtube, and a lot of the times the live streams are interactive, meaning artists actively interact with the live chat. So, look up your favorite artist and enrich your personal space with music you like best, performed live.


10) Grow an indoor garden


Spring is here, and with spring comes a truly magical time of the year – our mother nature awakens. And, since this spring seems to be much more relaxed than the previous ones, there’s much more time to fully indulge in the wonders nature can provide us.

So, buy some indoor garden supplies online (not necessarily much, some just to get you going) and get diggin’! One-pot of plants will not require much of your time, and watching the plant’s journey will definitely feel wholesome and rewarding.

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In conclusion, it’s hard to argue with the fact that self-isolation feels boring without the right activities to enrich your days. Finding things to do at home is not the easiest task, but what’s important now is that you feel like you’re spending your free time doing something that affects you positively. OR makes you feel as if you have accomplished something productive.

To be fair, it doesn’t really matter what exactly you do, as long as it makes you happy and fulfilled. #stayhome

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