We’re all going to be spending a lot more time at home than usual. While it’s most certainly an ideal time to catch up on your favorite shows, you’re probably going to want to do some other things, too. You won’t run out of content to watch, but you may very well become bored after a few binge-watching sessions. If you’re looking for some alternatives to consuming all of the Netflix, Hulu and Disney+ content on your downtime, here is a list of stuff to do at home.
Catch Up With Loved Ones
Many of us have no choice but to slow down, and we now have the opportunity to reach out to people we haven’t connected with for a while. Do you have a friend or family member you’ve been meaning to call but haven’t found a minute to make it happen? Now you have the time to do it.
During our day-to-day lives, lots of people struggle to find the time to read. Use this time of social isolation to finally get into that book you’ve been wanting to start. You may also want to switch things up right now. If you’re normally a non-fiction reader, try reading a fiction story. If you’re struggling with some anxiety, a good story may help by taking your mind off things for a while.
The same way we struggle to find the time to read, many people feel like they have no time to write. Whether you’ve been wanting to write poems, essays, or a book, now is a good time to get started. Even if you aren’t a “writer,” you may find some stress-relief by getting your thoughts down on paper (or on a digital document) during this stressful time.
If you haven’t tried meditating before, now is a great time to get it a shot. Studies show that medication can relieve anxieties and lower stress levels, which we know is essential to staying healthy. Check out this post for help getting started.
Similarly to meditation, yoga can also help us relieve stress. And you don’t have to go to a yoga studio to practice. YouTube offers tons of free yoga class content. Yoga With Adriene and Yoga With Kassandra are two of our favorites. Check out our post with yoga moves for stress and anxiety here.
Hopefully, you’ll be cleaning more than usual over the next few weeks to keep yourself, and your home, safe. But beyond disinfecting surfaces, now is an ideal time to declutter and spring clean your apartment. Check out our recent post on how to spring clean the green way here and our post on Marie Kondo’s decluttering action plan here.
Now is a great time to try out some new recipes. After you’ve stocked up on pantry items, get creative in the kitchen with some new recipes. Here are some of our previous recipe posts to inspire you:
Need a break from your screen? Listen to your favorite podcasts, and check out some new ones, too. Listening to podcasts can help you feel less alone while you’re in isolation. And since all of us are going through this together, lots of podcasts are already coming out with new bonus episodes. You’re definitely not going to run out of content to listen to any time soon.