When you’re stuck at home, you might feel like you’re in a hamster wheel, cruising around the house performing the same activities. One moment you’re flicking through your various streaming services trying to find something new to binge, and the next you’re headed for the fridge to grab a snack. In between, you might be napping in your coziest women’s loungewear or chatting with a friend or reading a book or listening to music.
In truth, there are dozens of countless activities that you can enjoy from the comfort of your dwelling. But if you’re craving something a little bit different, it pays to think outside of the box. Stepping into a different zone can help you escape the stir craziness and even discover new activities and interests that you may not have even realized you’d ever enjoy. Here are four ideas to keep in mind.
The benefits of houseplants are widely known. They brighten up your home considerably. They add natural beauty to any space. Select varieties will even purify the air. Many are safe for cats and dogs, so you don’t have to worry about your fur babies getting into any trouble. If you love the idea of cultivating your own indoor garden and giving your green thumb a workout, this is as great a time as any to get started.
Just make sure that you select an environment that helps them thrive. Adequate lighting is essential – some plants require indirect illumination, while others may need consistent sunshine all day long. That’s the case for the majority of herbs and vegetables, so bear that in mind if you’re dreaming of the culinary possibilities your garden might yield. Inspired to do something similar outside? Slip into a pair of capri pants, throw on a light T-shirt, and start digging. Growing season gives you plenty of opportunities to transform your yard.
If you absolutely love watching shows or movies and then discussing them at length with your family and friends, why not host a viewing party? You’ll put a different spin on the experience when you share it with others, especially if you’re among fellow enthusiasts whom you haven’t seen in a while. There are extensions available that make it easy to host a group chat while you watch it together.
You can make it even more enjoyable by treating it like an actual night out. Dress up in a comfortable jersey dress and add a few accessories to make it feel more like you’re getting ready for something special. Prepare some beverages of choice, order your favorite meal, and treat yourself to a social experience from the comfort of your own home.
At least once a week, commit to tending to your physical and emotional well-being. This can encompass absolutely anything that helps you feel your very best. It might mean slipping into comfy women’s pajamas you own and sleeping for a few extra hours, or staying in bed catching up on your favorite show.
It might mean waking up early, enjoying a quiet yoga or meditation session, and preparing a healthy and nutritious breakfast. Or it could involve walking around the neighborhood in solitude and enjoying the silence. Other options? Give yourself an at-home spa day, complete with a glass of wine, a face mask, a manicure, and a pedicure. You deserve to take a break from the everyday stresses of life, and doing this routinely gives you something to look forward to every single week.
If you’re inspired to spend some more time in the kitchen perfecting your culinary skills, it might be worth taking a virtual cooking class — if only to feel more like you’re a part of something bigger that involves several other people. These digital experiences connect you with experienced chefs who prepare their time-honored recipes in the comfort of their own kitchens as you cook alongside them.
Want to make it even more enjoyable? Invite a close friend to join you for this virtual experience. You can learn how to make pasta, bake bread, prepare dessert, or anything else that you have in mind. Slip into an easy lounge dress and a pair of slides to set the tone for the occasion. It’s a little bit pulled together, but still informal enough to vibe with the coziness of the moment. Once you’re done, revel in your newfound skills!
Adding some new activities to your day is an easy way to break up the boredom and discover enjoyable hobbies. Ultimately, it’s all about finding things to do that keep you happy, focused, and entertained.