Staying in is the new going out – 30 fun things you can do at home!

With the majority of us practicing social distancing, to protect ourselves and others from the coronavirus, staying in is the new (temporary) norm!

Restaurants, Bars, Pubs, Gyms and Theatres have been shut, concerts postponed, sporting events cancelled, schools shut and travel halted with multiple airlines grounded and borders shut.

Staying indoors in your homes is an important measure to help “flatten the curve” of daily cases that put pressure on the NHS (or your equivalent healthcare system).

However, staying home for prolonged periods of time can lead to boredom.

I’ve compiled some suggestions on ways to entertain yourself to help make your time more interesting and perhaps even as productive as possible.

  1. Read more books, magazines and articles! Scribd has made its digital library of books and articles free for the month.
  2. Dust off your board games and have games nights whether you are a family or a couple!
  3. Do a puzzle.

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  4. Have a movie night or movie marathon – either with old DVDs or from of the movies streamed on TV or Netflix.
  5. Learn how to play an instrument.
  6. Learn a new language.
  7. Spend time each day Meditating. It does wonders!
  8. Start a journal.
  9. Have self-care days.
  10. Write letters to your friends and family. Receiving post is exciting!
  11. Spring clean your house or declutter all those cupboards and drawers you’ve been neglecting.
  12. Bake or cook from recipe books or online recipes. Better yet, submit your store cupboard ingredients on Saffron Circle’s Instagram Post by Tuesday evening and Chef Santosh will come up with a recipe and do a live demo on Fridays at 4pm!
  13. Video call your friends using Skype, Google Hangouts, House Party, FaceTime or Zoom. Perfect for group chats too.
  14. Try out at-home work outs or yoga videos. Check out Feel Good with Lavina on Instagram for daily Family workouts. For a morning work out I highly recommend Joe Wick The Body Coach’s P.E. sessions! 
  15. Learn how to make cocktails.
  16. Get your colouring pencils out and start colouring in colouring books. A fantastic mindfulness activity.
  17. Write short stories or start writing a novel as a bit of escapism.
  18.  Go through your camera roll, pick your favourite pics from the past year and make a photo book, scrap book or order framed versions online.
  19. Write a gratitude list. With tough times ahead it’s so important to find the positives.
  20. Have your own wine tasting at home with whatever bottles you happen to have. You can learn more about wine free on the modules on Aldi’s website: https://www.aldi.co.uk/aldiploma
  21. Buy gift cards from your favourite shops/restaurants to support them during this hard time.
  22. Start a vegetable, fruit and herb garden.
  23. Watch a live streamed performance.
  24. Up-skill yourself. Check out classcentral.com/collection/top-free-online-courses
  25. Listen to podcasts.
  26. Donate to a local organisation that’s helping people in the wake of this pandemic. The time spent researching areas to spend your funds will give you something to do.
  27. Research trips you want to take once life goes back to normal or lists of restaurants you want to eat at.
  28. Learn a craft! From knitting to Dot Mandala painting, there is so much out there!
  29. Hold a virtual quiz with family or friends.
  30. Take a virtual tour of a museum, from The Louvre to The Vatican. One of my favourites is the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam which includes the work of Vermeer and Rembrandt. It’s a fantastic way to virtually travel from the comfort of your home.

If you have any to add please comment below 🙂

Please stay home and keep washing your hands. Let’s flatten that curve!

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Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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5 Comments

  1. Harpreet wrote:

    Great tips…number 27 has the wanderluster in me happy! Stay safe lovely ❤️

    Posted 3.23.20 Reply
  2. Steve Daly wrote:

    Hi Binny,

    Wow! What a fantastic post with loads of great ideas. At the moment, being a key worker and part of the response to this mess, I am working from home – when the IT allows me to! However, I will certainly be trying some of your ideas out if I get stuck for things to occupy my mind. As a visitor to Kenya over the years I have picked up some basic Swahili phrases and love using them when I can – even at work, where there are two Kenyans that I know of working in the organisation. So, this might be an opportunity to try and increase my Swahili vocabulary. If only the Maasai language, Maa, was written down or available online, then I could shock some of my Maasai friends as I currently only know one word of Maa – Supa!

    Posted 3.23.20 Reply
    • Thanks Steve! Yes do learn Swahili! Would be great for your next visit!!

      Posted 3.23.20 Reply
  3. Neha wrote:

    These are brilliant ideas! Simple things we forget about. Thanks for the list

    Posted 3.23.20 Reply
  4. Bejal wrote:

    What a fab list of things to do! I’m doing a few of these now and actually I’ve been surprisingly positive about this isolation!

    Posted 3.24.20 Reply
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