26 fun things to do while stuck indoors
Fun things to do in the house
Where in the world are you right now? Here in Europe, you’ll have heard that we’re currently at the ‘epicenter’ of the Coronavirus pandemic. The cursed virus is bringing many European countries to its knees, with regular life placed on hold.
And with more countries in the continent going on lockdown, staying in has really become the new going out.
That said, many of us will be scratching our heads as to what to do at home during this period. While working your way through Netflix may sound appealing, here are 26 more useful things you can do instead.
1. Work on your website — fun things to do in the house
From online businesses to bloggers, the Coronavirus lockdown is the perfect time to sit down and work on your website. Brainstorm new post ideas, or familiarize yourself with the more technical aspects of your site. Once regular life resumes again, your website will be at its absolute best.
2 Start a new blog
Have you had a novel blog idea that’s been sitting on your to-do-list forever? Bite the bullet and turn the idea into a reality. There are plenty of ‘how-to’ guides out there on how to start your own blog. Be sure to also look into different types of hosting, and one that best suits your budget.
Work on your blog or online business during the Coronavirus lockdown
Running your own business or blog takes a lot of work, meaning that sometimes, your social media can fall behind. Use the time to focus on which channel could be the most beneficial for your business or website. For me, I’m focusing on building and improving my Pinterest account, by designing fresh pins every day.
4. Write — fun things to do in the house
Is there a budding author inside of you just itching to get out? Flex your creative muscles and try your hand at writing something. Start small, like a daily journal, and build your way up to something more challenging, such as a short story.
Fill the house with delicious aromas and feelgood moments by baking something. Use the lockdown to try out a new bread recipe, or make something imaginative with the kids.
Bake up a storm — home activities Coronavirus lockdown
“And with more countries in the continent going on lockdown, staying in has really become the new going out.”
6. Spring clean
It’s March, and it’s officially spring. So, what better time to start a deep clean than while at home during the Coronavirus lockdown. Not only will a good clean benefit your household, but it also gives you one less thing to do.
7. Clean out the cupboards — fun things to do in the house
Staying on the theme of spring cleaning, use this time to clear out your cupboards. I’m as guilty as much as the next person of keeping foodstuffs that are past their sell by date. This exercise also makes you think twice about purchasing a fancy ingredient for a dish you’ll only make once.
Is your wardrobe at bursting point? Use the time at home during the Coronavirus lockdown to sort out what you wear and what you don’t. Your wardrobe, mental well-being, and not to mention the charity shops (after), will thank you for it.
9. Get creative with the kids
Having children stuck indoors, especially the younger ones, can make the situation even more challenging. Spend the time together to create something unique. Design some art for their bedroom, or why not have a go at making a fun wall chart.
Get a start on the spring cleaning — home activities Coronavirus lockdown
Grab that tin of paint in the garage or storage cupboard, and breathe new life into your home. Alternatively, you could try your hand at DIY. Maybe you’ve got some old shelves lying around that could be transformed into something fabulous.
Probably one of the things I’m most looking forward to during this Coronavirus lockdown is to read. Grab a book, or Kindle, and curl up on the sofa with a warm drink to hand.
12. Learn a language
Having a new skill, especially one that helps you to converse in a new language, is incredibly useful. I learned how to speak Italian with the help of apps such as Duolingo and other learning aids. An additional language not only opens doors while traveling, but it can also help boost career opportunities.
Is there a recipe that you’ve been wanting to try out for a while? Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to get into the kitchen and give it a go. Challenge yourself by cooking up a dish made from what you’ve got in the pantry. With a little imagination, you’ll see that you can make something delicious, without having to pander to panic buying.
Grab your favorite book, or Kindle, and read….
14. Pursue an interest
Do you have a hobby that you really love doing? Whether it’s knitting, making your own clothes, or filming a video, put your skills, and your passion, to good use.
15. Grow something
While enjoying the outdoors may be currently off limits, you can still reap the benefits of what you sow. Plant some new seeds in your garden, or on your terrace, and watch your efforts blossom.
Staying indoors doesn’t mean having to sit on your derriere all day. There are plenty of great workout videos online that’ll get your body, and adrenaline, moving. Console games such as Ring Switch or Fitness Boxing are fun ways to get fit, and also get the whole family involved.
17. Board games — fun things to do in the house
Put down your smartphones and tablets and pick up an old-fashioned board game, or play a party game instead. Doing so gives everyone a break from the digital, and is also an activity that the family can do together.
Pursue your favorite hobby during the Coronavirus lockdown
Spend your time wisely during the Coronavirus lockdown by taking on an online class. There are tons of online courses that you can learn in your own time and at your own pace. Check out websites such as Skillshare and Udemy to get started.
With plenty of anxiety going around about the virus, looking after your own mental and physical well-being is essential. Take a soak in a hot bath, or try your hand at making a simple face mask or body scrub. If you’ve sea salt and olive oil at home, you’re halfway to making your own skincare product.
Start, resume or master the ancient art of meditation. There’s no doubt that having a clearer mind will help us put things into perspective. Apps such as Calm and Headspace are a good starting point.
21. Look for a new job
If searching for a new career has been on your mind for a while, now’s the time to start. Begin by updating your CV. It may be an arduous task but once it’s done, it’s done. Once you’re happy with it, begin scanning job search engines for work in your field and set up alerts. When things do resume to normal, you’ll be pleased that you started the process.
Nurture your body and mental well-being while at home
22. Make some extra income online
Can you teach a skill such as a language, or help a student write their thesis? There are plenty of resources on the internet that’ll help you turn your skills into cash. Check out sites like Upwork to be connected to people who need your help and will pay for the service.
23. Watch anything you want
This list wouldn’t be complete without a bit of binge watching on TV. Use the time during the Coronavirus lockdown to watch, well, anything you want. With services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, there’s enough in the catalogue to last the entire period.
And, once you’ve finished watching 2 box sets straight, I’m certain you’ll be ready for a nap. It won’t give you the full benefits of a proper night’s sleep, but it can improve mood and alertness.
Travel may be on hold, but you can always plan for a future trip
25. Plan a future trip — fun things to do in the house
While seeing the world may be on hold — for now, the Coronavirus lockdown, and hopefully the virus, won’t last forever. During this period, gather inspiration for when restrictions on travel will be lifted. Whether it’s to Sicily or to the Greek islands, stay calm, positive and optimistic.
26. Sort out your paperwork
It’s super dull and one of those jobs you always put off, hence its position on the list. However, if there’s any time to get it done and dusted, it’s during the Coronavirus lockdown. The quicker your bills and invoices are sorted, the quicker you can get back to the sofa and Netflix.
Are you currently experiencing a Coronavirus lockdown? How are you keeping yourself busy at home? Let me know in the comments below.
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Welcome to my site! I'm Lisa, founder of Following the Rivera. I write primarily for a ‘flashpacker’ audience; a demographic (late 20s onwards) that enjoys glamping over camping, staying at boutique/luxury boutique hotels, sampling the local food and wine, cultural activities, and indulging in a spot of wellness on their travels. Read more here…