It’s time for the introverts around the world to come out and shine, showing everyone how it’s actually done. Being stuck at home for the first day or two of days is probably like a dream, equating it to a day off, but when it’s prolonged, boredom can drive some people up the wall. It’s inevitable. We need to keep ourselves occupied. I’ve collated a list of 10 things to do whenever you’re bored at home.
Learn/Improve a Skill
Is there something you want to improve on? Something you’ve always wanted to learn, something from childhood you’ve wanted to pick back up. Well, it’s time to dust off those dancing shoes and start. It could be a language, something in art and design, a musical instrument, coding, makeup, whatever has piqued your interest, now is better than never. Plus, it’s always good to learn a new skill or improve an existing one as it’ll benefit you in the long run.
Tick Off that To-Do List
Remember that to-do list full of chores, admin/blog work, gardening, moving the sofa one meter to the left etc that is probably the size of your leg and have been constantly putting them off further? Get them ticked off. It may be a bore but it’ll keep you productive. How satisfying will it be once you’ve ticked that very last thing off your list? The more you procrastinate, the longer that list will be.
Also, clean house clean mind. You might find those lost bobby pins in weird places, like *cough* freezer *cough* for example. I genuinely have no idea how some got in there.
Get Your Body Moving
Being stuck at home doesn’t mean your health needs to be compromised. Put on a playlist, start dancing like no one’s watching while singing into a hairbrush, busting a move while cleaning, follow a YouTube workout video, work out in front of the TV. Anything to get your ass off the sofa will do your body some good.
You honestly don’t need to purchase any equipment to exercise. You can use household items as weights such as, water bottles, canned foods, suitcases, books, chairs, pillow, towel, fill a backpack to name a few. Be creative.
I will be posting my current favourite YouTube fitness channels soon so keep do an eye out for that.
Try Out a New Recipe
Time to take advantage of those cookbooks, saved pins, bookmarked recipes. Trying out a new recipe will not only open you to new cooking skills, but it’ll also broaden your tastebuds. With new types of cuisines, new flavour combinations, new ingredients, you’ll never go back to eating the same meal over and over again. You’ll surprise yourself as to what you’re capable of. It’s also satisfying cooking for others, putting a smile on their faces, hearing those mmm sound. Once you’ve gained more confidence, you can start experimenting and cooking up your own concoctions. You’ll soon want to own a spice rack.
I personally find cooking therapeutic and love spending time in the kitchen. Masterchef, The Great British Bake Off, Great British Menu, online videos etc are my jam. Seeing the delicious noms on my screen gives me inspiration; furthermore easily influences me in trying out a never thought of before flavour combination or dish. It arouses my curious mind and more importantly, my stomach.
Let Your Imagination Go
Reading isn’t just a commute, rainy day, bedtime activity. Log off social media, rewind and unplug from the world with a book. Once you’ve immersed yourself into a book, you can let your imagination go wild, transporting yourself into the exact scene, becoming the character itself, feel those emotions the author is depicting etc.
Reading fiction isn’t the only way to let your mind go. Non-fiction is not only a gateway of knowledge but it will enhance your cognitive function. It can change the way how you see the world, help you improve your communication skills, aid your career path etc. Even being nosey parker in a biography is beneficial.
Kick Start that Project
Our everyday life can be so busy and exhausting that we don’t have enough time during the day. It can be hard to dedicate time to other pursuits. A new book, a new kitchen, a new business idea, whatever it is, take advantage of the time you have. Some progress is better than no progress.
Treat Yourself to a Spa Day
When was the last time you’ve had some actual “me” time? Dedicate some time to revitalise yourself from the outside with some self-pampering treatments. I’ve definitely used the “I’m too tired to do a mask” excuse way too many times, hence accumulated a good collection of a variety of face masks which needs to be put to good use. When life reverts back to normality, you’ll be glowing.
You don’t always have to splash out on some fancy equipment or skincare products. DIY homemade face masks, hair treatments, hand and feet treatments, exfoliating scrubs, are just as good. Natural too! Use your fingers for a facial massage. Set the mood of your blissful sanctuary by lighting a candle. How about trying the Korean 10 step skincare routine too? Be as fancy as you want without breaking the bank. Do whatever you need to destress and relax.
Catch Up on TV
I can 99.9% guarantee this is what people will be doing first. Being a couch potato isn’t so bad. It’s easier to binge a TV series until the early hours these days. If you want to switch it up, watch a series from another country, turning the subtitles on. If there’s an option for English dubbed, skip it. Comfort, escape, indulge, nothing much else to say about this.
Enrol in an Online Course
“Never stop learning” is a mantra I will forever follow. Have you considered E-learning in conjunction with your current lifestyle? Whether it’s to expand your knowledge in your respected background, to help your career, improve yourself, learn something new etc, don’t overlook online courses. There are free ones out there.
Class Central is a catalogue listing thousands of courses from over 900 universities and companies around the world, including the top universities and Google. There are free and paid courses. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to subjects, art, business, computing, history, languages, personal development etc. Something for everyone.
Take a Virtual Tour
This has been going around the web quite recently. Google Arts & Culture has an extensive collection of virtual tours of landmarks and museums around the world which you can step into without having to purchase a flight ticket. It won’t be as good as seeing it with your own eyes in person so you’ll have to make do with Google street view. Sit back, “walk” around and explore.
P.S. stay vigilant, don’t be racist, wash your hands, don’t be selfish, think about the people around you, and stop panic buying. Simple.