First off, I hope you are all keeping healthy and well. Who would have guessed that we would have been in this situation a couple of months ago?

I had a bunch of blog ideas lined up ready to post but during these unprecedented times, I didn’t feel that it was appropriate neither relevant to post them. Instead, I have decided to write a post on things you can do to keep yourself entertained at home, apart from work. Because trust me, I know that you can run out of things to do quickly. So here are my top tips to keep you occupied.

1. TOP TIP! Don’t do everything at once. The first thing I realised is that we do not necessarily know how long it will be before we return to normality. So if you complete everything at once you’ll run out of things to keep you occupied. So I have decided to clean one part of the house a day.

2. Baking. For me, I love to bake because it takes my mind off things, makes me relax and exercises a creative skill. Understandably, some ingredients are hard to find at the moment but baking is a great opportunity to make something you usually wouldn’t.             

3. Cooking. Similar to baking, cooking relaxes me. Cooking during isolation at home is a great way to use up ingredients that are perhaps going stale or off. For instance, I had Basil in the fridge that started to go brown. I decided instead of throwing it in the bin, to make fresh Pesto. It was utterly delicious, tasted so fresh and was really easy to make. BBC Good Food has loads of great easy recipes to follow.

4. Painting. If you have old paint and brushes at home, why not make a masterpiece for your house?

5. Read. Now I’m not a huge fan of reading unless I’m sat on a beach or around a pool with a cocktail. However, now is a good time to get into reading as I’m sure you’ll have a lot of time to dedicate to it. It also means that you don’t have to order a book, as you can easily access 1,000’s of books online that are free and available to purchase.

6. Sleep. 

7. Clear out your wardrobe. Why not make a pile of clothes that you either don’t want or don’t fit to donate to charity when charity shops reopen?

8. Spring Clean. Although it may be tedious, just think of how satisfying a clean house/flat will be.

9. Complete a home workout or go for a run. So the gyms are closed and I guess you’re wondering how to get your exercise in. For me, I am a terrible runner and decided to download the Couch to 5K app. It’s a program inspiring you to run but does so in an easy manner.

                                                      

10. Learn how to do the splits. I know this is random, but I still find this impressive. I have tried this many a time but I have had no success. But there are videos on YouTube explaining the most comfortable way to build-up to the splits. So maybe you might be more successful than me.

11. Learn how to juggle. Surprisingly it’s easier than you think. When I worked in France for the summer, one of the children taught me how to juggle and I can now do it. It took persistence and a little time but it feels so good to accomplish it. If you don’t have any juggling balls around, tangerines are a great alternative. I wouldn’t recommend apples, as they get bruised easily.

12. Learn a card trick. Again, this just takes persistence but it looks impressive if you can complete one successfully. There are loads of videos available as well as websites showing you how to complete them.

13. Binge watch a Netflix Series. My holy grail. Some of my favourites are included below. Be warned, it is very varied.

– The Haunting of Hill House

– The Stranger

– Stranger Things 

– Dynasty 

– Restaurants on the edge

– Instant Hotel  

– Friends 

– Jane the Virgin

– Next in Fashion 

– Stay Here

– Mad Men 

– You  

14. Watch films. Simple enough. My boyfriend and I have set ourselves a challenge to watch every James Bond film in order, so we don’t spend all evening looking for films to watch. I would highly recommend this.

15. Disney+. Oh my goodness, this couldn’t have come at a better time. Relive your childhood by binge-watching classic Disney films, as well as Disney Channel old favourites. It is a subscription service like Netflix and Amazon Prime but there is a 7-day free trial. I knew from the first hour of watching Disney+ that I was going to be a paying member.

16. Write a book. I was so tempted to do this, as it’s a project to put your efforts into. I may decide at a later date to do this but for now, I’m going to stick to blogging.

17. Puzzles! My boyfriend and I have recently found a new love for completing 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles. It’s something you can focus on and is relaxing if you can get your hands on one.

18. Board games. When in doubt, board game it out. You can always rely on board games to keep you entertained. Obviously this is more difficult if you are self-isolating alone, but there are always online games. Monopoly is a firm favourite.

19. Tidy your computer. This is a long-winded job but now is the perfect opportunity to free some more space on your computer and also reminisce over old documents and photos.

20. FaceTime/Skype with family and friends. This is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends and the great thing is that both methods are free.

21. Zoom quiz. This has recently become more popular, where zoom calls are a great way to easily gather a few friends to talk or complete a quiz.

22. Reminisce over photos. Dig out an old photo album and relive good times. To me, you cannot compare photos on a screen with a good old fashioned photo album. Photo albums just feel more personal.

23. Learn sign language. I have always wanted to learn a new language, yet sign language feels more purposeful and there’s more meaning behind it, knowing that you would be able to hold a conversation with someone who is deaf.

24. Learn a new language. Like sign language, there are many online courses and free YouTube videos taking you step by step through learning a new language.

25. Start a blog or YouTube channel. Why not set yourself a challenge and start a new platform talking about a hobby you love. It’s free or relatively cheap to start and can be a method to make some money online.

26. Download The Sims. I don’t know about you but I used to spend hours on the sims, creating families and looking up new cheat codes to give me more money to spend on clothes and decor. The Sims currently have a standard PC edition of The Sims 4 for £8.74, which will hardly break the bank.

27. Practice a musical instrument. If you have old musical instruments laying around the house, why not pick them up and learn a new song?

28. Pamper yourself. Take a long bath, put a face mask on, shave, paint your nails and make yourself feel and look good regardless that you’re not going out anywhere.

29. Knit. I probably sound like an old grandma but why not knit a new throw for your house or a hat for when the Winter comes?

30. Make a cocktail. I’m not encouraging you to drink but using up alcohol to create a new concoction can be a fun way to pass the time.

31. Learn a dance. Jump on the bandwagon and learn a new Tik Tok dance. If, like me, you have two left feet, then watching the dances can be just as entertaining.

32. If you are in a relationship or married, why not have a date night at home? Cook something new and delicious, get dressed as if you were going on a date and enjoy each other’s company.

33. Make an ornament for the house/flat using old bits that you are throwing out. I usually look on Pinterest for ideas.

34. Make a bucket list of things you want to do when we’re able to go out and about again. Whether that be seeing family members or eat at your favourite restaurant. A creative way to do this is by using an old jar and writing all the bucket list activities on pieces of paper and adding them into the jar. 

35. Keep positive. I’ve realised that if I really think about the current situation, it just gets me down. Think that you’re happy, healthy and will come out of this with a completely different mindset moving forward.