How to Keep Busy at Home During Social Distancing

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Social distancing is one of the most effective ways to flatten the curve and a responsibility we all need to take on to end this pandemic. With many schools suspended and cities on lockdown, perhaps you’re bemoaning your canceled plans and feeling trapped, bored and unmotivated while stuck at home. Instead of dwelling on the negative, why not try to make the most of this time? It’s easy to fall into couch potato mode by binge-watching dramas and TikTok dance videos, or playing video games until your eyes glaze over (yes, I’m talking about everyone living vicariously through Animal Crossing). Doing something as simple as swapping in the telly for a good read can help you maintain a well-balanced lifestyle with meaningful stimulation. It’s time to get productive, so keep scrolling for fun ways to keep busy while at home!

Spring Cleaning

Obviously, it’s more important than ever to keep your home clean and germ-free, ensuring it’s a safe space for you and your loved ones. Disinfecting, sweeping, mopping and vacuuming every room in your house can be a very tiring full-day endeavor. On the plus side, you’re ticking off a must-do task while staying active – you could even multi-task by listening to a podcast at the same time. For handy-dandy cleaning items that’ll make your job a lot easier, have a look at this animal kitchen sponge, toilet deodorizer, toilet rim cleaning brush, mini mop-and-dustpan set and of course, an essential disinfectant spray. For more tips on how to stay hygienic and tackle COVID-19, click here.

In addition to scrubbing every corner of your home ‘til it’s sparkling, a little Marie Kondo magic is a sure-fire way to lift spirits. Your physical space is a reflection and extension of your internal mental state, so why not declutter all the excess you have and organize it into a user-friendly system that’s also pleasing to the eye?


It’s often much easier to eat out or order delivery, but cooking and eating at home is not only a safer alternative now, it’s also a lot of fun. Admittedly, I’ve always left the cooking to others, preferring just to chow down, but I’ve been inspired by all the home-cooking Instagram stories lately. The best part isn’t even the drool-worthy food porn, but witnessing all the #relatable failed attempts before hard-earned (and delicious) success. There’s no better bonding activity than getting your hands dirty in the kitchen, and making meals can also lessen the workload of your family members. Whether you’re aiming to bake the perfect chewy chocolate chip cookie, nail the Korean Dalgona coffee trend, or craft a hearty and healthy home-cooked dinner, be sure to document the whole process and share your favorite recipes on social media – it’ll inspire others to do the same. Check out these uber-cute kitchenware and tableware options below, which are sure to make your dishes all the more photo-ready!

Arts & Crafts

Sitting down to draw or paint something is a super therapeutic way to relax and unwind. When you get tired of listening to lectures on Zoom and crunching numbers, give your left brain a break and flex those creative muscles. If creating artwork from scratch seems a little too ambitious, you can also try bullet journaling – you’ll find plenty of easy-to-follow tutorials on YouTube. It’s a simple way to get organized and motivated while also keeping things aesthetic with doodles, stickers, washi tape, stamps and the like, bringing new life to your boring planner. There are plenty of other options for artsy activities, from sewing to calligraphy and even photography. Set up a mini studio in your room with a backdrop and some props, grab your family members or pets, and get shooting!

Pamper Yourself

It might be easy to feel super lazy when you’re at home in your PJs. However, this is a great time to remember that you don’t complete that 10-step skin care routine, put on makeup or dress up just to impress others. It’s a form of self-love and self-expression that’ll also boost your mood and productivity, so change out of your ratty tee and sweatpants and into some pretty yet cozy loungewear. If you’ve always wanted to dye your hair, get a temporary tattoo, become skilled at detailed nail art, or experiment with bold eye makeup looks complete with colored lenses, why not make the most of this chance? Even if things go horribly wrong, no one will be there to see it, and if results look ah-mazing, you’ll have a makeover to show off when you reunite with your friends.

If you catch yourself feeling overwhelmed from all that’s going on, indulge in sheet masks, bath salts and diffusers that’ll help you regain peace. Light a candle, play a soothing melody and just tune out your thoughts for a second. It’s good to stay well-informed and up-to-date with the news, but don’t neglect your well-being.

When it comes to keeping sane, nothing is better than exercise. Gyms, pools and other sport centers might be closed, but there’s no reason you can’t get your blood rushing and heart pumping at home for a healthy dose of endorphins. From skipping rope to yoga, lifting weights or even some good old push-ups, there are tons of things you can do even with minimal space and equipment. Trust me: you’ll feel better after working up a sweat.

These are just some options for things to do while at home, and they might not be a perfect fit for everyone. Flip through past New Year’s resolutions and to-do lists, and think about what you want to achieve and what brings you joy and purpose. Finally, stay social even while social distancing. Schedule a Skype date with your friends to keep connected and catch up – remember, we’re not alone in this.

What are you doing during social distancing? Let us know in the comments below!

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