5 Things To Do While Stuck in Self-Quarantine (Not Social Media or Netflix!)

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So, you’re in self-quarantine. Rather than panic about the coronavirus and endlessly scroll social media, try to use this time to focus on yourself and find joy at home. I know, easier said than done right?

If you’re unwell, of course, you should focus on getting better! Many of us are in self-quarantine because we know someone who has COVID-19, or because our workplace, university or city has closed. It’s chaotic and scary.

Today I’m sharing some ideas to help you pass the time and prevent endless doomscrolling on social media. Trust me, I’ve been there. I had to force myself to take a break from social media for a while because it was so damaging to my mental health.

Keep reading for 5 things to do while stuck in Self-Quarantine… that don’t involve social media or Netflix!

5 Things To Do While Stuck in Self-Quarantine

Read All The Books!

Two weeks of staying at home is the perfect time to get a head start on your 2020 reading list. I don’t know about you, but I always have several books on my shelf that I haven’t read yet! If you’re all out of new books, you could always re-read a favourite, or check out Audible and Kindle Unlimited.

If you need some book recommendations, read my 13 books to read in 2020 blog post.

I’m doing so well with my 2020 Reading Challenge on Goodreads! I started with the goal of reading 48 books, and I’ve now surpassed 60.

Time for a Spring Clean

I’m planning to sort out my clothes this month and fill a box with clothes to donate when the pandemic settles down. I’ve set myself a rule that I’m not allowed to buy any more clothes because ya girl needs to save money. Go through your wardrobe and figure out what you actually wear and declutter the rest.

5 Things To Do While Stuck in Self-Quarantine (Not Social Media or Netflix!)

Self-quarantine is also a great time to generally tidy and organise your house, deep clean your kitchen and bathroom… basically, get your Marie Kondo on!

Why not work on making your home more eco-friendly, or simply maintain your home for peace of mind during lockdown?

5 Things To Do While Stuck in Self-Quarantine

Get Creative

Drawing, painting, DIY, sewing, music… whatever your creative jam is, now is the ideal time to practice and find joy in your hobbies! If you have creative friends, you could always get on zoom for a hobby session during self-quarantine.

I’ve been playing my guitar more than usual, and drawing cute little doodles for fun. I even opened up an Etsy shop and a Redbubble store.

I’m also taking the time to write in my journal more often, I find it very therapeutic! If you’re struggling with journalling inspiration, make sure you download my free self-care journal exercise printables.

5 Things To Do While Stuck in Self-Quarantine

Video Games

Loving Animal Crossing New Horizons?! ME TOO.

I’ve also been getting back into Stardew Valley and Mario Kart 8 on my Switch, and The Sims 4 on my MacBook! Make sure to read my top 10 Nintendo Switch games for mindfulness and lockdown date ideas for gamers.

If you don’t own a games console or a laptop/desktop, why not check out mobile games on the App Store or Google Play Store? I have a blog post featuring my favourite free online games to play, give that one a read if you’re bored.

5 Things To Do While Stuck in Self-Quarantine
My work-from-home space. Yes, that’s a desk over my bed. You’ve gotta make the most from a small space!

Take an Online Course?

There are so many online courses you can take, many of which are free!

Level up your personal development, start learning a new language, or study something you’re interested in!

Coursera has a huge range of free courses! I’m currently taking a course called ‘Biohacking Your Health’ while practising my Italian on Duolingo. I took a Forensic Science course a while back. Not only was the course very interesting, but it’s also something I can add to my CV!

Here is a very useful article featuring 1500 free online courses. If you’ve not taken your free two-week trial of Skillshare yet, now is the ideal time!

I’m also planning to learn more about Photography, Blogging, and SEO with the many courses available on Skillshare.

Need Some Self-Care?

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That concludes my list of 5 Things To Do While You’re Stuck in Self-Quarantine (that don’t involve social media or Netflix!).

Are you self-quarantining or social distancing? If so, how are you spending your time at home?

All the best,

- Emily

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  1. I’m trying to get a lot of spring cleaning done but it’s very difficult to get the motivation going! I’ve also treated myself to a new bullet journal too to try and inspire me to get a bit more creative with my blog. Great tips, thanks for sharing! x

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