While most of us joke about wanting to stay in all the time, the reality is not pleasant. With many people in quarantine and a record number of people signing up for unemployment in the United States, almost everyone is stuck at home. And home is boring after a while. Once you’ve watched all the shows on Netflix what are you supposed to do? You can’t go outside or see your friends. So finding things to do inside is an absolute necessity. If you are struggling to keep busy, we have plenty of ways you can entertain yourself during quarantine.
Read a Book
If there is a book you’ve always wanted to read, but never had the time, now is perfect. This is especially true for series and longer books. Go read War & Peace, or Lord of the Rings, or Ulysses. Reading is a perfect way to take your mind off your current isolation and go explore another world. And even though bookstores are closed, major retailers, like Barnes & Noble, are still doing deliveries. Plus there is always the option of getting an ebook or an audiobook. So go read as much as you can.
Write a Book
Why read something when you can write something? It does not even have to be a book, it can be a play or an opera. Writing is an amazing form of creative expression that can help you cope with being stuck inside. Let your imagination run wild, and finally create that story you’ve always had in the back of your head.
We all have home projects that we say we will work on when we have time, but then never do. Now there are no excuses. Go retile your kitchen, or paint the fence, or build Ikea furniture. Your home projects don’t even have to be big ones. You can alphabetize your book shelf or color code you closet. Whatever changes you always wanted to do, do them. It will make you feel a million times better in your home now and in the future.
There are crafts for fun and crafts for function and both are completely acceptable. Not only are crafts a fun way to spend your time, they can also add to the aesthetic of where you live. You can paint a picture for your wall, build your own shelf, or even learn to embroider. If you can’t think of any crafts, Pinterest has tons you can copy.
Learn a New Language
There are a multitude of studies on why knowing a second language is good for you. It is good for both your brain function and life experiences. Right now you have endless amounts of free time to finally learn. Learning a new language is one of the best ways you can better yourself. There are a ton of online resources, such as duo lingo, that can help you achieve your learning goals. Plus, it doesn’t matter where you live, learning a new language is one of the best things to do inside.
When was the last time you wrote a letter? Probably when you were five and it was addressed to Santa. While letter writing isn’t the most practical way to stay in touch with people, because we have the internet, it is a fun one. You can express for longer complex ideas than you normally would over text. It is a great way to have deep conversations with friends and loved ones.
Start a Hinge Account
Although being stuck inside seems like the worst time to go on dating apps, it is actually one of the best. It is much easier to know that people are actually there for your personality if they can’t immediately have sex with you. While stuck in separate places you can get to know each other and build a genuine connection. Plus apps like Hinge are already built for serious dating, unlike Tinder or Grindr. We can’t all go one Love is Blind, but we can build a romantic connection without seeing someone in person.
Maybe you want more than just chit chat on a dating app. Or maybe you are in a relationship but can’t see you boo. You can also do it just to feel goos about yourself. Get out all that sexy lingerie you aren’t using and put it on. A photoshoot is a great way to feel good about yourself, and maybe get a little attention. Plus you’ll create a collection of pictures to spice up your love life both now and later.
Make a Tik Tok
Tik Tok is no longer for the teens. In the past few weeks the app has seen an uptick in adult users. While there is an unspoken rule that we all say we hate Tik Tok, it’s actually great. For anyone that loved Vine, there is no excuse to not go check out this booming app. There are funny stories, dog videos, and people being generally crazy. It doesn’t matter if you scrolling or making videos, Tik Tok is one of the best things you can do inside. So why not become one of them. Go join the community. Maybe you will even become Tik Tok famous.