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10 Creative Things to Do this Month While You’re Stuck at Home

Since we're all in this together (Troy Bolton's fantasy), I'm here to help relieve your boredom by offering up a few fun and entertaining things to do while you're stuck at home.

Whether you’re in Colorado, New York, Italy, or a small island in Greece, you are currently in quarantine.

Quarantine (n.) A strict isolation imposed to prevent the spread of disease. A period, originally 40 days, of detention or isolation imposed upon ships, persons, animals, or plants on arrival at a port or place, when suspected of carrying some infectious or contagious disease.

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Since we’re all in this together, I’m here to help relieve your boredom by offering up a few fun and entertaining things to do while you’re stuck at home.

#1: Hand Knit a Blanket

This takes 10-20 minutes to learn how to do, but will take you several hours to a few days to complete… So we’ve got you entertained for at least half the week! SCORE.
Yarn I use

#2: 5-Minute Craft Videos

This Youtube Channel has over 65 million followers. You’ll understand why.

#3: Quick at Home Workout Videos

These videos help get my endorphins going when I’ve hit a wall or just need a 15-20 minute break from work. Countless studies have shown that taking little breaks throughout the day, about every 90 minutes, can improve both your focus and attention. Instead of taking a 15 minute break to whip out a crinkled bag of Ruffle Lays, we’re diving into ab work, ladies!

-WHITNEY SIMMONS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z75kobrZfQ
-NATACHA OCEANE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYD7f5b_qj4
-MADFIT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpQ34afVgk8cRQBjSJ1xuJQ

#4: Dog Dress-up Day

If your dog is anything like mine, then they love clothes. Drag your pup out of his rut too with a little pair of shorts or an oversized baseball jersey.

#5: Read a Book

Oh the old “read a good book” hack. This dates back to the early 1800s when women and men alike in the hills of Vermont were picking up the same book as folks in London: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Find a book that looks interesting, scary, or unfamiliar and let’s start flipping pages.

SUGGESTIONS:
You Are Not Alone
The Women in the Window
Everybody Always
Shoe Dog
-I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

#6: Get OUTSIDE

I cannot stress this enough. If you live in a city that has nice enough weather where you to escape your home for 10 minutes to an hour, please take advantage of this! Whether you’re eating sushi in the park or going on a run or walking your dog over lunch or meditating on your balcony, just make the time to be outside.

The list of benefits that sunshine and the outdoors provides goes on and on….
-Helps to improve your mood
-Stimulates the production of vitamin D
-You’ll see other people spending time outside, which will simply make you feel good
-Helps to lower blood pressure
-Boosts your overall immune system (Very important during these times!!)
-Helps fight against anxiety + depression

#7: Make a New Snack/Meal

Being creative is an excellent way to keep your mind busy. Pinterest has thousands of creative and innovative snack ideas that you could try while you’re stuck at home. Maybe you’ve always wanted to make homemade bagels for breakfast. Well let’s do it!

Gauc!

Shrimp Scampi

#8: Play a Video Game

I never thought I’d be a proud owner of a Nintendo Switch, but here I am. Mac and I bought a Switch about 4 months ago. Now I have a collection of several games such as Mario Maker, Animal Crossing, and Overcooked.

Playing video games is an example of a healthy way to relieve stress. By keeping both your mind and your hands busy, any worry and apprehension you’re experiencing may dissipate.

#9: Order dinner & drinks from a local business

Many small businesses around us are having a hard time due to the significant decrease in foot traffic. If there’s a restaurant near you that you’ve been wanting to try, order take out one day (or 2… or 3!!) this week.

In Denver, restaurants are also serving drinks to go. Here’s a list of over 250 local Denver restaurants that are open for Delivery, To-Go and Curbside Pick-up.

#10: LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn learning is a great way to pick up a new skill while you have some extra time. LinkedIn Learning offers hundreds of courses ranging from Programming 101 to Excel Macros + VBA to Project Management Foundations.

2 comments on “10 Creative Things to Do this Month While You’re Stuck at Home

  1. I LOVE this! You’ve given me some great food for thought! Right now we’re cleaning out and organizing closets. It’s fun! Some things I haven’t seen in 20+ years. Much of it will be donated. What a great feeling!!

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  2. Anonymous

    Great article adds! Thanks for the tips.

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