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50+ Things To Do When Staying At Home.

We’re all adjusting to a new norm right now.

It’s hard to know what to do for the best, and every single one of us is having to adjust our lives in some way. I’ve been wanting to continue to post, both in a selfish way as my own escapism from it all, but also for you guys to use as your own distraction too.

With everything that’s happening now, it’s the small, what once seemed like insignificant things that will be getting us through our days. It’s finding the little pockets of joy and being grateful for what we do have. Yes, we’re potentially feeling bored, lost and uncertain right now but I’m sure most of us are safe in our homes, and that alone is shifting my mind set and getting me through the day. If we’re able to stay at home, safe with heating and food in our fridges – we’re privileged! Another thing I want to say is that it’s ok to do NOTHING during this time, there’s enough pressure on us all as it is without the need to become an artist or learn to play a musical instrument. Basically, take it easy, be kind on yourself and do what feels manageable to you.

So, for those of us at home for the foreseeable future with quite a bit more time on our hands, here’s over 50 things we can do – whether we fancy being productive or lounging on the sofa I hope this gives you some inspo on what to watch, bake, eat or throw yourselves into over the next month (or so).

What you need to watch on TV

  • Brooklyn 99 on Netflix
  • Atypical on Netflix
  • Game of Thrones
  • BBC drama Line of Duty
  • Harry Potter (from start to finish)
  • Love is Blind on Netflix
  • The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Prime)
  • Messiah on Netflix

Who you need to watch on YouTube

  • Sarah’s Day
  • theannaedit
  • Estee Lalonde
  • I Covett Thee
  • Bon Appetit
  • Emma Hill
  • lilypebbles

Books to read

  • The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
  • Notes of a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
  • Unnatural Causes by Richard Shepherd
  • Happiful Magazine
  • Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

The best online fitness videos/ live workouts

  • Yoga with Adriene
  • Run/ walk outdoors
  • Alice Liveing
  • BBG sweat app
  • PsycleLondon
  • Popsugar Fitness

The best recipes/ things to bake (can you tell this isn’t my strong point?)

  • THIS cookie recipe – they’re unreal
  • The Green Roasting Tin (my all time favourite cookbook now, so many amazing healthy recipes – to balance out all of the cookies…)

When you’re feeling like you want to be productive 

  • Learn a new language on Rosetta Stone or Duolingo
  • Try to upskill with your current job role e.g. read online articles that link to your employment (if you’re lucky to be employed at this time)
  • Take free, or paid for online courses in a subject that’s always fascinated you
  • Google Digital Garage
  • Tidying/ organising cupboards
  • Start a book club with friends/ joining a book club online – Beth Sandland has an amazing book club
  • Open University ‘Open Learn’ free courses covering a huge range of subjects

Podcasts to listen to

  • Shagged married annoyed
  • Happy place
  • Desert Island Discs
  • How to fail with Elizabeth Day
  • Things You Can’t Ask Yer Mum
  • The Girls Bathroom
  • Feel Better Live More
  • The High Low (older episodes are still relevant, so many good tv and book recommendations)

Little thing to make the days feel better

  • Dancing in the kitchen
  • Getting involved in TikTok and letting your weirdest self take centre stage
  • Meditate
  • Yoga
  • Sit in the garden
  • Do nothing “productive” and feel ok about it

When you need to escape boredom and feelings of uncertainty 

  • Puzzles
  • Colouring
  • 365 days of drawing by Lorna Scobie
  • Painting
  • Stay connected to friends and family
  • Sims 4 (they have 75% off at the moment!)
  • Making cards to send to friends
  • Headspace – making use of their free sessions
  • Print old photos (free online prints) and start a scrap book
  • Battleship – we’ve just dug this out, classic board game

I hope this post isn’t too overwhelming. It’s not a tick list of things you have to do, but hopefully a bit of inspo while we’re all at home and trying to figure things out.

Stay safe x

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12 Comments

    Lucy

    March 28, 2020Reply

    I’m currently learning Spanish through Duolingo and I absolutely love it! It’s definitely keeping my brain sharp and active! One thing that is getting through the isolation is knowing that there are so many things I can do around the house! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    Lisa Autumn

    March 29, 2020Reply

    Ahhhh so much inspo! Thanks girl x

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

      Jodie

      March 30, 2020Reply

      Thank you so much Lisa, hope you are safe and well x

    Chrystal

    March 29, 2020Reply

    Love this list, another book I’d recommend is the Flat Share by Beth O’Leary!

      Jodie

      March 30, 2020Reply

      So glad to hear it! Oohhh I’ve heard good things about Flat Share, added it to my list x

    Jodie

    March 29, 2020Reply

    Thank you for the inspiration from this list. I always love finding new things to do and this list is kind of a tick all, I love it!

    Jodie | jodieloue.com

      Jodie

      March 30, 2020Reply

      Thank you for reading and commenting! Hope it’s been useful and gives you some inspiration 🙂

    Isabel

    March 29, 2020Reply

    Love the list. Love is blind? YES. Yoga with Adriene? YES. Estee Lalonde? YES!
    The only thing I am missing is a mention to board games. I am only a bit embarrassed to admit we have played Monopoly once every day for the past week… oops!

      Jodie

      March 30, 2020Reply

      Ahhhh love this! Oh wow, I don’t know how I’ve missed them so I’m glad you’ve commented, I’ve also played Monopoly (and Battleships!) haha! Hope you are safe and well x

    Charlotte

    March 30, 2020Reply

    Such a helpful post! Shall definitely be adding a few of these to my list to do over the coming months xx

    https://www.styleandsplurging.net

      Jodie

      March 30, 2020Reply

      I’m so glad you found it helpful x

    Chloe

    April 2, 2020Reply

    I absolutely love this list! I am trying to complete YogaWithAdrienne’s 30 day yoga challenge. I love how you’ve given a list of things to do when feeling lonely too!
    Chloe X
    http://www.chloepryce.com/

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