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.