I hope you all are hanging in there. I feel like I am starting to lose track of the days that we are stuck inside, which has been an odd feeling. Needless to say the binging of shows and movies is at an all-time high for me at the moment. Now that we are in week 6 of working from home and being inside all the time, I thought it would be nice to share some activities that you can do while staying inside or things you can do outside in a safe environment. Some of these activities I am sharing with you I have not personally done yet, but are things I am definitely thinking about trying! I am open to trying and doing new things and now I kinda have an excuse to do all these new activities that maybe I wouldn’t have a chance to do back in my normal routine.
My family is notorious for sending puzzles to Nick and me to drive us crazy, but I have to admit that has been a little fun while we are locked in our apartment most of the time! Yes, puzzles can still be frustrating at times, but the sense of accomplishment you get after completing one is like nothing else.
Paint By Numbers/Crafts in General
I honestly haven’t done paint by number or a craft in god knows how long, but I figured hey while in quarantine why not?! It has actually been super relaxing and fun to just sit, watch a movie, paint and drink wine. I highly recommend if you are a crafty person looking for something to do. Who knows you may end up with a new piece of art to hang in your home!
If you know me, you know that I am a HUGE self-care nut, so needless to say I have been taking advantage of my time during my morning and night routines. I love putting essential oils in my shower to help me cleanse morning and night. Throw on a face mask, start yourself a bath/shower, light a few candles and relax/
This is dependent on how I am feeling for the day, but I have come to the realization that staying semi-active during quarantine is important for my sanity. I have not been super perfect about this because most days it is easier to just lay around all day, but find a workout routine to do inside, do some yoga in the morning or get some fresh air and go for a run. Whatever it may be, just get your body moving!
Read that book you have been meaning to read
I need to be better with this because lord knows it can be really tempting to sit and scroll through Tik Toks most nights, but now that I have more time after work and in the morning, I am working to try and read one of my many books for 30 minutes. Now that I have more time on my hands, why not make more of an effort to sit with a good book and read!
Try some new recipes
Since moving, Nick and I have gotten more into cooking and trying different recipes. Now that we are in quarantine, the love for cooking and trying new things has only gotten stronger! Now that we are stuck inside why not try and learn a new skill. So order your Hello Fresh or pick up some fresh groceries (stay safe while doing so) and get cooking!
Rearrange/Reorganize your space
Spring cleaning is among us and there is no better time to refresh, clean maybe even rearrange your space. Now that we are spending more time inside, sometimes looking at the same space can be a little triggering. So try something new, move some things around or just clean around your space. On a normal day, it can seem like a chore, but now that we have more time on our hands, there is actually something therapeutic and relaxing about refreshing your space!
Go for a long walk
Unfortunately, Nick and I do not have a backyard space for our apartment and all of our local parks have been shut down due to this pandemic. So we have been trying to go for walks around our neighborhood to try and get some exercise and fresh air outside of our apartment. If it’s a beautiful day outside, then get your butt off the couch and walk around your neighborhood for a while.
Nick has been doing this more than I have, but if you love videogames then now is the time for you to boost your skills at playing a game you just bought.
Try some trending TikToks
TikTok has become a bit of an obsession for Nick and I. We just love to watch people being creative and funny on the app and it helps the time go by while we are stuck in our teeny tiny apartment. We have been trying a few TikTok trends that we have seen circulating on our ‘For You’ pages which have been another fun way to pass the time. Whipped Coffee is a 100/10, if you haven’t tried it yet, it literally took us 10 minutes and it was such a fun treat in the morning. If you have a TikTok and you have seen new products, recipes or dances that you never in a million years thought you’d do, well nows your chance to step outside your comfort zone and try something new!
I’m not just saying throw on a movie and watch it like you would do any other normal night, I’m saying go all out! Make it like a movie theater experience for you and your family or you and your significant other you are quarantined with. Make the popcorn, grab some sweets, pour yourself a drink and make your self comfortable for a fun new feature right in your home! You can even invite your family and friends to watch the movie with you on a Zoom call or the new video share thing that Netflix is doing. Make it a fun night for you and your family!
Throw a Zoom Happy Hour with family and friends
My work team and I have been throwing SO many happy hour Zoom calls, it’s crazy but also so fun! It’s nice to talk with everyone in a casual setting and just talk about life (even though there may not be much going on). Staying connected with friends and family has been super important for Nick and me because we just recently moved and it’s hard not being able to go see anyone or have people come out to visit us. So, being connected with everyone as much as we can have been a big priority for us and it really perks up our moods when we get to talk with everyone we love!
Do something fun with your appearance
Now that we are stuck inside our appearance can be changed without fear of people seeing it. I have seen people temporarily dying their hair or experimenting with different makeup looks. DO NOT CUT YOUR BANGS FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! I have seen way too many people cutting their own bangs and the results are not the best, so just avoid that. Nick wanted me to give him highlights one night because he wanted to try something different, so we got some box dye and had a fun little salon night in our place! I mean we’re both getting our haircut after quarantine is done, so why not experiment with something new?
Obviously, there are a lot more fun activities you could do while in quarantine, these are just some activities I have either personally tried or want to try in the time we are stuck inside. Let me know if you have any fun activities that you have been doing in quarantine and share them in the comments! I’m always open to new fun things to try and lord knows we have the time. I hope you enjoyed this post and I can’t wait to talk to you all again next week!