We’re all in the same boat. Although it may appear that Kylie Jenner is on the yacht version of this boat and we’re paddling in open water on a DIY canoe.
It doesn’t matter if you have access to a home theatre or you’re bumming off your parent’s Netflix account, there are thousands of fun things to do when you’re bored in quarantine – on a budget.
As a fellow quarantined citizen respecting the call to stay home, I’ve compiled a list of resources that make quarantine not just fun but productive and rewarding.
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10 Fun Things To Do When You’re Bored in Quarantine
1. Listen to Inspiring Podcasts
I used to listen to podcasts on my commute to work and I found myself missing this inspiring content during quarantine. Then I discovered the productive podcast hack.
When you’re tasked with a mindless activity like washing dishes, cleaning the house top to bottom or reorganizing your closet, cue up one of these inspiring self-development podcasts:
2. Start the Day With a Daily Creative Workshop
I started engaging in a morning creative workshop inspired by the Law of Attraction. The purpose of this workshop is to get excited about your dream life and start to visualize your dream body, house, career, style, etc.
The best way to create this image is by taking 15 minutes to yourself in a quiet space and doing the following things:
- Listen to a song that puts you in a good mood.
- Set a timer for 15 minutes.
- Visualize yourself physically, imagine what your dream body looks like, what you’re wearing and most importantly how you’re feeling.
- Walkthrough your dream house. Imagine the exterior and interior, the location, the climate and the things inside your dream house.
- Imagine your day-to-day life. Only welcome positive feelings. Perhaps you imagine your dream life partner or going to your dream job or simply lounging on a beach in Hawaii.
- After the timer goes off, write down all your positive visualizations in a journal as if you’re talking about the present moment.
3. Watch House Tours on Youtube
If you’re looking for fun things to do when you’re in quarantine this could quickly become a favourite. One day a house tour popped up on the homepage of Youtube suggested videos and I clicked – I’ve been hooked ever since.
From ogling at $150 million Bel Air mansions to taking notes watching DIY tiny houses in the forest of Vancouver, house and apartment tours are a great way to inspire you in your own home.
These are a few of my top channels for watching house tours:
- Interior Lives by New York Magazine
- Open Door: Inside Celebrity Homes by Architectural Digest
- Living Big in a Tiny House
4. Start a Running Challenge
I have to admit, when someone asked me what are some fun things to do when you’re in quarantine, running was not the first thing that came to mind. However, I’ve learned to love running and cherish those sweet moments outside of the house.
Runkeeper is an app that lets you track your routes, set goals and time your pace and distance for free. I’ve been monitoring my gradual improvements and setting goals to run every week.
5. Bake and Cook New Vegan Recipes at Home
Have you suddenly grown an affinity for bread making? You’re not alone. My Instagram feed has been littered with pictures of sourdough, cinnamon buns and freshly kneaded pizza crust.
I’ve been experimenting with easy vegan recipes that require staple household ingredients. With social distancing in full effect, it’s good to only go to the grocery store when absolutely depleted. Here are a few of my favourite recipes:
- Best Ever Pizza With Vegan Mozzarella by Avant-Garde Vegan
- Best Vegan Cinnamon Rolls by Cheap Lazy Vegan
- Spicy Sesame Cauliflower Wings by Plantifully Based
- Frothy Coffee by the Food Network
- 5-Minute Vegan Cashew Cheese Dip by the Minimalist Baker
- Chocolate Vegan Mug Cake by Nora Cooks
- Vegan Thai Green Curry by Cookie and Katie
- One-Ingredient Banana Nice Cream by the Kitchn
6. Host a Friendly Book Swap
I recently had a social distance date with a friend and we exchanged our favourite books. You can either coordinate a large book club or even just send a book to one friend and ask for one of their favourites in exchange.
Reading great books can be one of the many fun things to do when you’re in quarantine to capitalize on the extra alone time. I’ve been diving back into spirituality books, memoirs and classic fiction to pass the time. Some of my favourite books include:
Best Spirituality Books
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
- A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
- The 7 Spiritual Laws for Success by Deepak Chopra
- The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield
- The Untethered Soul by Michael Alan Singer
- The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
- The Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed
- Educated by Tara Westover
- Barbarian Day: a Surfing Life by William Finnegan
- Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
- I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing by Maya Angelou
- Just Kids by Patti Smith
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- There There by Tommy Orange
- Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
- Sing Unburied, Sing by Jesym Ward
- Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
7. Get Super Fit At Home
What’s more fun than emerging from quarantine with a six-pack? With gyms everywhere closed, one of the fun things to do when you’re in quarantine could be dancing unabashedly to a 90’s playlist in your living room.
Create a realistic at-home workout routine and browse the thousands of free Youtube workouts to tone every inch of your body. My current quarantine workout looks something like this:
- Warm-up with 15-minute dance party workout with MadFit
- 10 minute toned arms with Pamela Reif
- Booty Roaster with Rocamoon
- Get Abs in 2 Weeks with Chloe Ting
- 30 Days of Mindful Movement: Spring Reset with Alo Yoga
8. Make Easy Money Online
Do you agree that one of the most fun things to do when you’re in quarantine is making money? Many workplaces are transitioning to remote work, meaning non-essential workers are setting up home offices, ditching their daily commute and spending more time online than ever before.
Why not use this extra time to set up a supportive stream of income online? There are a number of ways you can make money online, including the following:
- Start a Medium account: You can sign up for a Medium account online and get paid to write engaging content. Medium is run on a subscription model, meaning you don’t have to run ads on your articles. Medium tracks the success of the content and pays writers accordingly.
- Start a personal blog: Do you have a niche subject that interests you? Maybe you take amazing travel photography or you love educating people on how to successfully grow a vegetable garden. Start a personal blog and run affiliate advertising on the landing pages to make a side income.
- Freelance for companies: Websites like Upwork connect freelancers with relevant companies. You can market your unique skills and land jobs around the world. You can also use LinkedIn and direct message people to find your own freelance opportunities.
- Sell your work on Etsy: Etsy is a platform that lets artists and creators directly sell their products to interested consumers. You can make jewelry, artwork, dog collars, literally anything and sell your work for $$$.
9. Start a Vision Board of Your Dream Life
Yes, this was also inspired by my recent obsession with the Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks. I wanted to start a vision board that reflected all the beautiful things I wanted to manifest in my life – from a freshly waxed surfboard on the island of Hawaii to the six-pack abs I’ll surely have after finishing Chloe Ting’s horribly difficult plank challenge.
However, I found that cutting pictures out of magazines is a rather outdated way to get imaginative. The best online platform to create a vision board is Pinterest.
Pinterest uses a highly intelligent algorithm to generate content that you’ve shown interest in. I’ve created custom boards on my Pinterest that help me visualize my dream house, my dream body, my dream style, etc.
10. Join an Inspiring Meditation Group
At the beginning of quarantine, I joined Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day Meditation Challenge for Creating Abundance where a group of friends and I took part in daily journaling, meditations and sharing.
I thought this was an incredibly rewarding experience. You can join a challenge or create your own meditation challenge on Insight Timer or another platform and start a group chat to recruit interested friends.
If you would prefer to meditate independently you can check out one of the following apps:
Enjoy All the Fun Things To Do When You’re Bored in QuarantineRemember, it’s okay to be bored. Sometimes our greatest ideas and creative pursuits are born out of mindless boredom. Embrace boredom and explore hobbies you’ve never had time to try.
Don’t forget that it’s okay not to be productive all the time. If there are days you want to lie on the couch, order in food and indulge in trashy reality TV about big cats and kittens that’s okay!
I have been grappling with finding balance between being productive or creative and being bored and lazy. I hope even one of these fun things to do when you’re bored in quarantine has given you a new idea.