While we’re all stuck (more like safe) at home during this coronavirus quarantine, dreaming of beautiful beaches and simpler times, it’s easy to fall into a funk. To feel bored, overwhelmed, tired, anxious, frustrated, angry. A whole mess of other mixed emotions. This is a crazy time! So it’s normal to feel that way!! Don’t beat yourself up. This isn’t the time to judge (not others or ourselves). And trust me, I go through all of those emotions on a daily – or hourly – basis. So I know what you’re going through…
I have to admit, the first few days of quarantine weren’t so bad. I was so productive! Getting things done. Checking them off my to-do list. Boom! I even deep-cleaned my entire apartment – including the windowsills, behind the fridge, the tops of kitchen cabinets. All the places I always said I’d get to eventually. I did it all. And honestly, it felt amazing! But I don’t want to spend every day of this coronavirus quarantine cleaning…
So I put together a list of things to do. (FYI I’m a chronic list-maker if you couldn’t tell… It helps me sort things out when I have too many things running around my overactive brain.) So I wrote down all the things I want to accomplish during this time. Ways to stay busy so I don’t go completely bonkers. Now I should warn you, some are beneficial to my work and my lifestyle. But others are just plain random and goofy. It’s all about balance right now, right?
So with the goal of helping one another through this difficult time, I’m sharing my list with you. Hopefully, it helps you too 🙂
21 Things To Do During The Coronavirus Quarantine
- Start a workout routine. Real original, I know… You’ve probably already seen/heard this idea a million times. But they’re not wrong. This is the single most important thing you can do for yourself during this time. Not only will you feel better physically, but you will literally improve your mental health too. And that is so important. Now, more than ever!
There are so many online classes and free app trials being offered right now. Whether you’re into high-intensity workouts, yoga, dancing, etc., there is something for everyone!
- Meditate. If this is new for you, start small. Even 5 minutes a day is better than nothing. And if you’ve already tried a million times and simply can’t sit still, try a standing/moving meditation like qigong instead!
- Get creative. Paint. Draw. Color. Whatever feels right for you. Just get those artistic juices flowing. Create something. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. Just enjoy the process.
- Do a puzzle. This is a great way to pass the time. At least a couple of hours. Maybe a few days. And you don’t have to finish the whole thing at once.
- Organize your home. You can Marie Kondo it and donate all the things that no longer bring you joy, or you can just tidy things up a bit. Tupperware cabinet, I’m looking at you. Maybe this is the time to organize your closet and get out all your favorite spring attire. Summer is just around the corner, you know?
- Plan a wedding. Start your vision board. Organize your Pinterest boards. Reach out to vendors and start planning your dream wedding! Even if you can’t set a date yet, you can have all the details squared away upfront.
- Read. I’m obsessed with my Kindle and have hundreds of books on my reading list. And now I finally have time to start that list! If you’re not a huge reader, you can always listen instead with an Audible subscription.
- Take an online course. It’s always an excellent time to learn something new! Expand your mind and take free classes from some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Here’s a list of some of the free online courses being offered right now from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and more.
- Bake. This is a tough one for me. Baking is not my thing… I can make a box cake, and that’s about it. But I’ve seen so many people posting photos of homemade bread that I thought I’d give it a try too. Maybe brownies or cookies are more my style?
- Write. A book. A poem. Song. Blog post. Maybe a letter to a friend. Or a letter to yourself? A journal entry. Anything.
- Build a fort. That’s right! Embrace that inner child. Pull out all the blankets, sheets, and pillows, and turn your living room into a gigantic fort. Bring snacks. Or a bottle of wine.
- Design a mini-golf course. If you have a backyard, this is probably a little easier, but you can do this in your living room too. Get out the masking tape, some cups, and a ball, and get creative with your course. Anything can be an obstacle. And putting the course together is already half the fun.
- Create a budget. I know… this is not as fun as baking a cake or building a fort, but it is a necessary part of the coronavirus quarantine. Figure out how much your income has been affected and how your expenses will change being at home 24/7, and then create a realistic plan for sustainability. And try to prepare for as long as you possibly can.
- Learn a new language. Learning a new language is hard! And it takes a lot of time. But you have to start somewhere. So spend some time each day practicing. Use Duolingo, or another app you prefer. Watch movies in that language. Read articles and translate words. Listen to conversations through YouTube. Get as much exposure as you can. That’s the best way to learn.
- Play games. Board games, cards, dice. Get the whole house involved, or set up a virtual game with your friends. Check out the Houseparty app for games like Heads Up, trivia, and Pictionary.
- Treat yourself to an at-home spa day. Yessss! You deserve to be pampered. So take an extra-long, extra-hot shower. Or a long soak in the bubble bath with a good book and a glass of wine. Try a new face mask. Or a hair mask. Give yourself a mani-pedi. And treat yourself to some self-love all day long.
- Support local businesses. They’re really struggling and need our support! Order a meal to go from your fave local restaurant. Or fill up some growlers from your local brewery. Even the smallest contribution will help.
- Call your grandma and grandpa. You should do this every so often, anyway, but call to check-in and say hello. Call them just to chat. They care about you and want to hear from you. Always.
- Check on your friends. Especially the extroverts. And the ones who lost their jobs. And the ones who have kids. Check up on them all. Because everyone is handling this differently. And we all need to stick together and show each other some love right now. Even if it is from a distance.
- Dance. Get up! Get moving! It doesn’t have to be a formal class. You don’t even have to dance well. Just shake yo booty. Get them hips moving. Jump around if you want to. Blast the music. Sing out loud. And dance all your worries away.
- Spread positivity. Break the cycle on social media. Share as many positive things as you possibly can. Heartwarming stories. Puppy videos. Pictures of your cat. Inspiring quotes. Positive vibes only.
- Do nothing. This is last on my list of things to do because this is the hardest thing for me to do. For most people, I think. Doing absolutely nothing. And by that, I don’t mean going about your daily life, ignoring the virus and being complacent. Please don’t do that.
By “do nothing” I mean bask in the art of doing nothing. The universe is literally telling us to take a break. To stop. To relax for once. So allow yourself the time to do absolutely nothing. It’s not easy. But that may just be what you (and the world) need right now.
This is just a short list of ideas for you to consider doing during this coronavirus quarantine. At the end of the day, I hope you do what makes you happy! Spread joy. Spread positivity. Take care of one another. We will make it through this coronavirus quarantine. But stay home!! Remember we’re all in this together.
So stay safe my friends.
I love you.