Busting the Quarantined Blues

Hi everyone!

If you’re like me, you’ve been at home all month. When my extroverted self heard the news that my school was switching to remote instruction, I died a little inside. What am I supposed to do with no social interaction besides my family for so long?!

The break hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be. On day who-knows-what of not leaving the house, I’m a little stir crazy, but I’ve been able to do a lot of things I normally wouldn’t be able to do with school still in session — especially since this quarantine happens to fall during Lent, so I can’t use social media or watch YouTube like I normally would be.

Are you looking for things to do while you’re quarantined? I’ve compiled a list of some things that I’ve been doing to stay sane! πŸ™‚ Hopefully some of them look like fun and will inspire you!

  1. Bake something — I’ve been baking a lot more than I usually do because I finally have time! I recently made chocolate chip cookies. Next on the list is a ginger-pear-crumble paired with vanilla ice cream! If you’re a beginner baker, try snickerdoodles. They’re delicious and easy, but more exciting than your basic chocolate chip.
  2. Cook something — I’ve also been doing a lot more cooking! I do most of the cooking in my family anyway because I really enjoy it, but I’ve made some new things with ingredients we had lying around.
These are a couple of books that have been on my TBR for fooooooorever and that I’m hoping to get to.

3. Read a good book — This is a pretty obvious one, but you could pick up that classic you’ve been wanting to read for ages but have just been procrastinating on. You have three whole weeks! πŸ˜‰

4. Watch a movie or binge a TV show — I know there are a lot of movies I’ve always wanted to watch but just never got around to. Now is the time to watch them! Same goes for TV shows. A fun way to find ideas for movies to watch is to look at the American Film Institute’s 100 Best Movies of All Time List or a list of every “Best Picture” winner at the Oscar’s. You’re bound to find something worth watching between the two of them! πŸ™‚

5. Go for a walk — This could be easy or more difficult depending on where you live, but even just getting out for 15 minutes up and down your street can be helpful, especially if you’re cooped up inside for hours! It’s lovely now that it’s started to warm up. I have been going on a lot of walks and taking a lot of photos, some of which I shared here!

6. Color a picture — Adult coloring books have been really popular during the past few years and I have totally hopped on that bandwagon. You can get creative, even if you’re not particularly artistic (*coughcoughmecoughcough*) and it’s really calming. Invest in a nice set of colored pencils and a coloring book that you really like!

7. Practice your calligraphy — This is something I haven’t tried yet, but calligraphy looks like a fun hobby to get into! Look up some tutorials on YouTube for some extra help.

8. Clean and organize One of my favorite things to do when I’m bored! It fills time and it’s productive as well, with a good outcome when you’re finished. It doesn’t have to be a big project either — you could go through your backpack or pencil case, rather than your entire room (although that’s a good idea too!)

9. Do your makeup — Doing crazy makeup that you normally wouldn’t do during your everyday life is a fun pastime. (Even if that’s just mascara and a little lipstick. πŸ˜‰ )

10. Play a video game — I love video games, especially life-simulator ones. They can be a great way to pass the time. If you don’t have a console, you can download a lot of them on your computer, as well! Some of my favorites are Stardew Valley, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The Sims 4, Minecraft, and Animal Crossing (their New Horizons game just came out recently, and I’ve been playing that a lot).

11. Play a board game or card game — Admittedly, my family and I don’t do this a lot, but card games are a big thing I do at sleepovers with my friends. You’d be surprised how many fun games you can play with just a basic deck of cards! You could also try dusting off your Monopoly or Scrabble game.

12. Video call a friend — Even if you can’t see each other in person, video calling and catching up can be a fun alternative! You can even have more than one friend join.

13. Write letters — Writing letters to people you can’t see in person is a really fun way to pass the time. It doesn’t even have to be a whole letter — just an encouraging note and a doodle is fun. I got one from my friend this past week and it made my whole day a little bit better! 😊

14. Re-decorate your room — Re-arranging furniture and putting up some new pictures can take up a lot of your time as you try to make things look their best, and it’s a lot of fun too! I just recently re-did my statement wall in my office area and I think it looks really good now!

15. Go through your clothes — This one could take up a lot of time, depending on how many clothes you have. Go through your closet and drawers, try everything on, and get rid of anything you don’t like or that you don’t wear any more. You can even sell them on apps like Poshmark. Plus, it leaves you with a nice, organized closet at the end and maybe a little spending money! πŸ™‚

I hope you guys got inspired and found some ideas in this post! Which of these have you done so far? Do you have any other fun suggestions for things to do? I’d love to hear them! Drop a comment!

Thanks for reading!

Lydia

22 thoughts on “Busting the Quarantined Blues

  1. Love this post! It’s given me so much inspiration of what I could do during lockdown, I might actually try to redecorate/rearrange my room in the next few weeks! Recently I’ve been doing more baking, reading, colouring and playing Sims 4, and I’ve also started making friendship bracelets again after 5 years πŸ™ˆ but it’s actually super relaxing and I’m really enjoying creating my own designs πŸ’•

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