If 2020 gave us anything it was a lot of free time. Once you worked from home, cleaned the house, and exercised, you probably found yourself with a lot more free time than ever before. Without too many places to go, our days seem longer, but that’s just an invitation to do more of what you love.
If you’re feeling stuck, here are 10 great ways to use your free time in quarantine.
Journaling is one of the best forms of self-care. It gets those pesky thoughts out of your head and out into the universe. It doesn’t have to be anything formal or fancy. Just get those thoughts out and give your mind a break.
If you love to read but never have time, there’s no better time than now. Let yourself indulge in a few hours of reading a day and take your mind off the stress of what’s going on in the real world.
Courses you used to have to pay big bucks for and have the time to attend are now free and online. Some are still paid courses and that’s okay too. The idea is that you can learn just about anything at home in your favorite pajamas.
If exercise is always the last thing on your list (and you never get to it), try something new in quarantine. YouTube is a great resource for any type of exercise you could imagine. Try it in the comfort of your own home and who cares what you look like!
If it’s cold where you live, start a seed garden now or start researching how to grow a garden in your zone. Create plans, get your supplies and when spring rolls around, you’ll be ready to plant the most beautiful garden.
Communication is key to good health during this time. Don’t isolate yourself or let others feel isolated. Video calls are the next best thing to seeing someone in person. Brighten someone’s day every day with a video call!
Think about something you’ve always dreamt of doing but never had the time. Maybe you love painting, want to learn to crochet or always admired coin collections. The sky is the limit and quarantine is a great time to research, learn, and start your new hobby.
Puzzles are a great way to stimulate the brain. When we’re stuck inside and feeling bored, our brains don’t get enough use. Pull out a puzzle (make it a hard one) and get those wheels turning in your brain again.
Play around with what you have in your home. Rearrange the furniture, hang pictures that were hiding in your closet, and maybe even paint some rooms. If you’re feeling really adventurous you could try a DIY home improvement project too.
Most importantly, don’t stress out about what you are or aren’t doing. This is a change in everyone’s life. Make the most of your time by taking care of yourself and your loved ones and know that you’re doing the best you can.