The current situation of the world is crazy and a lot of us are
stuck safe at home. Sitting in the house all day and having nothing to do can take a toll on your mental health. It’s important to keep yourself engaged/ distracted so there’s a sense of normalcy in your life.
Here’s a list of all the engaging things to do when you’re bored at home during lockdown or self-quarantine.
21 Things To Do When You’re Bored
1. Set some goals
Are you bored and have nothing to do? Set some goals! Think about all the things you want and create an action plan on how to achieve it. This would give you some relief from life’s uncertainty and motivate you to work hard on your goals.
2. Zoom/FaceTime/ Hangout your loved ones
Catching up with your friends and family is a great way to keep yourself engaged and check on important people in your life. It’s important to know if they’re doing well. If you’d always been busy with work, chances are you have a lot of catching up to do.
3. Play games with friends & family
Pick out a board game, puzzle or even an online game to play with your friends and family. I’ve been playing a lot of online Ludo recently with my friends and mom and it brings back beautiful childhood memories.
Even if you weren’t the best student in your school’s art class, there’s nothing as relaxing as filling a colourbook. This activity isn’t just for kids, you can get an adult colouring book from amazon and get started.
5. Clean & organize your home
Now is the time to clean your home, especially the areas that you usually leave untouched. And then organize it. You can schedule a day for each task like the kitchen on Monday, living room on Tuesday so it doesn’t get exhausting.
6. Declutter your wardrobe and makeup
If you’re bored at home, decluttering will keep you engaged and also clear your head. If you don’t remember the last time you decluttered your wardrobe or makeup shelf, you should get on it. You can read my step-by-step guide on how to declutter your makeup for some directions.
7. Do an internship
If you don’t have a job, an internship will keep you engaged, polish your skills and increase the chances of getting a job later. Once you prove that you’re good at your job and make connections, you can join the firm full-time or have them refer you someplace that has an opening.
8. Learn a new skill
When you’re bored at home and have nothing to do, learning a new skill can be refreshing. There are plenty of free and paid courses on Udemy, EDX, etc, in fact, Google offers several certification courses on Digital Marketing and Analytics. Photography, Digital Marketing, Graphic Designing, Web Design – you can choose whatever interests you the most.
9. Practise gratitude
Counting your blessings opens the door to better relationships with ourselves and other people in our life. It enhances empathy and strengthens your mental peace.
10. Take care of your skin
No matter how bored or stressed you are, taking good care of your skin should always be a priority. After all it’s the largest organ that you have.
Learning more about skincare and implementing it on your skin can be a great distraction. (This blog’s Skincare Category would be a treasure for you!) On weekends, you can even do an extended 10-step routine to unwind.
11. Try different makeup looks
If you’re a makeup lover, this is the best time to experiment with different makeup looks. It’ll get your creative juices flowing and for me, doing a full face of makeup is like therapy.
Some of my favourite YouTubers/Bloggers that teach makeup really well:
- Wayne Goss
- Robert Welsh
- Katie Jane Hughes (on Instagram)
12. Give yourself a hair spa
If you’re bored and stressed at home, giving yourself a mini hair spa is going to destress you and also give you silky, smooth hair.
13. Read a book
Whether you’re a lover of hardcopy or Kindle, reading a book will give you a new way to think about life. It doesn’t just keep you engaged, reading is also a great mental exercise. Sometimes when I’m not in the mood to read, I switch to audiobooks while taking rest.
14. Binge watch movies and TV series
Not everyone had the time to sit down and binge watch our favourite TV shows. Here are some of my favourite TV shows that you might enjoy:
- Gossip Girl
- Sex and the City
- New Girl
- One Tree Hill
- The Bold Type
- Desperate Housewives
- The Office
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Gilmore Girls
15. Watch YouTube and TikTok videos
I can sometimes watch YouTube for an entire day. There are so many great videos from different niches that you can never get bored. Tiktok is the latest addition to my binge-watching. Some creators make really fun and engaging videos that bring a smile to my face and sometimes leave me laughing (and snorting) out loud.
16. Online tutoring
A lot of moms and dads struggle with homeschooling their kids. If you think you’re good with kids and a fine teacher, you can tutor online. This will keep you engaged and help you pay your bills.
17. Virtual date night
Set weekly virtual date nights with your partner if you two aren’t living together. You both can dress up for each other and go on a date on Zoom or Hangouts. It keeps the spark alive and is an amazing stress reliever.
A few minutes of meditation and yoga isn’t just good for your physical health, it impacts your mental health in a positive way. For meditation, I use Headspace and for yoga, I just go through random YouTube videos.
I’d never cooked in my life until 6 months ago when I was left with no other option. Trying out different dishes even with the most basic ingredients is so much fun and it gives you a constant feeling of doing something productive. Not to forget, it keeps your stomach full!
20. Create a travel bucket list
It doesn’t matter that you can’t travel now but you can make a bucket list of places you want to visit later in life. I’ve been researching different cities/countries, learning about their culture and planning my itinerary after reading some blogs. It keeps me busy and there’s no harm in a little daydreaming.
21. Try different hairstyles
I love this one! I am not big on hairstyling and I don’t even have tools to do it. But lately, I’ve started watching random YouTube tutorials on no-heat hairstyles, they’re fun and never let me get bored. I try those styles too but rarely succeed at recreating. But it’s the process that matters, right?
So these were a few things you can do when you’re bored at home. I hope this post helped you in some way! Always remember, the best you can do right now is to survive and be safe.