Quarantine Activities: Fun Things to Do at Home
Make the best of the self-quarantine with these fun things to do at home. Use these tips to stay safe and stay inside.
Stores and restaurants have closed. Schools are out. Many people are working remotely. With the COVID-19 quarantine coming in heavy, many of us are left to wonder: What are the best things to do when you’re bored?
Above all, the most important thing you can do is stay safe and stay inside at home. Luckily, even if your quarantine boredom has set in, there are plenty of ways to spend your time.
From a good living room workout to creating a vision board, here’s our list of fun things to do at home when you’re feeling a bit bored.
There’s a reason why at-home cooking is flooding the social media channels—and it’s not because restaurants and bars have closed. Cooking can help to put you in a peaceful state if you’re feeling anxious. Whether you’re making a lavish pancake breakfast or fine-tuning the art of the perfect protein smoothie, start the day with a home-cooked dish. In the evening, crack open a cookbook and try out a new recipe. From handmade pasta to a slow-simmering sauce, cooking is one of the absolute best things to do when you’re bored.
Whether you live on a long country road amidst orange groves, or a high-rise apartment in the city, one of the most important quarantine activities you can do is to breathe in the fresh air. Get out for a little walk with your pup around the neighborhood (just remember to keep your social distance), crack your bedroom window and breathe in the scent of the springtime blossoms, or open your kitchen door while you’re cooking. This seemingly small action will help you to relax and pave the way for some successful at-home afternoon activities moving forward.
If you’re in a place where hiking trails, beaches, and gyms have closed, bring your workout indoors. If you belong to a local gym or go to a yoga or fitness class a few times a week, check and see if any of your favorite instructors are taking their classes virtual. If not, find some good videos online or pop in an old DVD and get ready for a good old-fashioned workout in your living room. Turn on your favorite tunes and dance in the kitchen or have a push-up challenge with your roommate. When it comes to activities during quarantine that are beneficial for your overall wellness, stretching, deep breathing, and sweating are a wonderful way to pass the time.
Although there’s nothing quite like an in-person hug or visit, virtual visits are one of the best quarantine activities for all ages. Whether you have kids who are bored at home without school buddies, or you’re missing your weekly dinner date with friends, virtual visits are an instant way to feel good. Set a virtual happy hour with your best buds or say hello to your parents over an on-screen coffee date.
Although it’s not always considered a “fun” activity, the hours certainly pass when there’s work to get done. Start by making a to-do list (vibrant colored pencils and/or markers are recommended). Do your tasks little by little—don’t forget to stop for some desk exercises and stretches so you don’t get sore—and celebrate as each task is crossed off and finished. For those of us who aren’t used to working from home, knowing how to work from home with kids or keeping yourself disciplined can be tough at first. A few core working from home tips include setting a schedule, taking breaks when needed, and rounding up some creative home lunch ideas from seasoned remote worker friends.
If your travel plans changed and you’re working “from home” in another city, remember that Zeus Living is happy to be your home-away-from-home. We’ll provide you with everything you need to get your work done and leave you feeling good, whichever city you find yourself in. Need an alternative to your home office, away from distractions like pets, kids, or noise? Work From Zeus is your home-office solution.
After a stressful (or boring) day at home, nothing does the trick quite like a spa afternoon. Whether you’re at your home, staying with a family member, or hunkering down in a temporary place like a Zeus Living apartment, start by creating a bathroom sanctuary. Draw the bubble bath or set out your favorite soaps, shampoos, and conditioners. You don’t have to have a bath to have a spa afternoon — a shower will work, too. Light your candles. Make a mug of tea or pour a glass of wine. Turn on some peaceful music and relish the slowness of an afternoon well spent. When you’re all clean and feeling happy, don’t forget to put on clean pajamas and cozy socks. If you’d like to keep the spa afternoon going, give yourself a manicure and pedicure, blow your hair dry, and try out a new hairstyle. A face mask, whether it’s one you have on hand or something you’re DIY-ing with kitchen ingredients, can do wonders, too.
When you’re looking for fun things to do at home that are also productive, planning a vision board is a great option. There are plenty of tutorials that will guide you through the process, but in most cases, all you need is some poster board or paper, old magazines, and some glue or tape. A vision board will help you organize your goals and dreams, which is always important, but especially in times when you might otherwise be feeling stuck. Hang your vision board on your bedroom wall—complete with images of bucket-list travel destinations and words that inspire you—and give yourself a positive vision to look forward to.
Back when we were kids, arts and crafts were a part of daily life. If you find yourself bored at home, it’s time to dust off your yarn and needle and get to work. Not a knitter? Find a piece of paper or a blank canvas and sit outside in a sunny spot where you can paint instead. Research a tutorial for homemade jewelry or create something simple like a colored paper chain to brighten up your living room. Whatever you create, we promise—arts and crafts are good for the soul.
If you’ve been wanting to build a bookcase, touch up the paint on your kitchen cabinets, or create an outdoor patio set, now is the time. Household DIY projects and crafty, fun things to do at home—no matter how small—can make the time fly by. Plus, you’ll feel accomplished after they’re finished. If you can’t think of anything you want to create, take a moment to look around your home and ask yourself what you’d enjoy seeing.
If you’re on the hunt for things to do when you’re bored and possibly anxious, write. Write in a journal, on a pad of paper, even a napkin if you must. Writing helps us sort and think about our emotions. It puts your current situation (or a past situation, if that’s what you’re writing about) into perspective. Writing and happiness seem to go hand-in-hand, as writing is an exercise for communicating and expressing yourself. Putting your ideas onto paper doesn’t mean they have to go anywhere, per se. You don’t have to create a story or script and you don’t have to write for anyone else other than yourself. Just exercise your brain and dive into some pleasant memories to get you through your quarantine-boredom.
Whether you’re an audiobook enthusiast, a digital reader, or an old-fashioned type, getting lost in a good book is one of our favorite activities during quarantine. There’s not much advice we have to give about a good book. Just start and let the words whisk you away to another place and time.
Whatever quarantine activities you choose to do, rest assured there’s an infinite amount of fun things to do at home that can cure your boredom and keep you interested, intrigued, and happy.
We know it’s a tough time for a lot of people and that there’s a lot of uncertainty, so we hope this list has given you some at-home inspiration. Make your vision board. Read a good book. Get lost in the beauty of cooking a good meal for yourself or someone you love.
As always, if you have any questions about activities, boredom-busters, or long term rentals, feel free to reach out. Zeus is here to help.