With a third of the world stuck inside as I write these words, we have to adapt quickly to an entirely new rhythm. The absence of contact with others due to social distancing is weighing on many people’s mental health.
Many people feel lonely and bored. Stuck at home, the options available seem limited. Yet, they don’t have to be.
You can take proactive steps to develop yourself, learn something new, and read more books. But it’s also important to keep having fun, to make your day-to-day life insightful with light activities.
Here are 5 easy to do and fun activities you can do at any time of the day.
1. Take up a random activity
The first and most obvious choice is to take up an activity you, otherwise, might not do.
A friend of mine both this coloring book which contains zen drawings to fill as you want. It also some haikus, which are Japanese poems related to nature. Such a peaceful activity should allow you to lose track of time and relax instead of having your mind wandering toward worries.
Leasure activities should always help you lose track of time.
You could take up knitting, writing, practice an instrument like a small ocarina or even learn how to solve the Rubik’s Cube or another puzzle.
I recently learned to solve the 4x4x4 Rubik’s Cube. It took me 2 hours but felt like 5 minutes. Why not give it a go yourself?
Why You Need to Lose Track of Time on a Pointless Task
2 hours that felt like 5 minutes reminded me of an important lesson
2. Find music that pumps you up
Do you know what else is fun? Listening to great music. We all have preferred music styles so go out and find what makes you smile, close your eyes and enjoy.
In my case, these days, I’ve been enjoying the song フレア from Superfly along with the below longtime favorite of mine.
Find what you enjoy, get yourself a tea, coffee or smoothie and enjoy the music peacefully.
You know you don’t have to only listen to music during your commute, right?
3. Organize online meetups
By now, you’ve probably already done it. If not, it might be time for you to catch with friends over a cyber-coffee. Now that you’re stuck at home, you can save on public transportation and talk to a lot more people over on Skype or other platforms.
Don’t just send text messages, call. Sure, it might feel weird for most of us, but nothing beats a conversation in which you can hear and see the interlocutor.
4. Imagine a new interior design
When was the last time you reorganized your home’s furniture? Most people don’t change their home’s set-up after moving in. Now might be the time to find a new life to your place.
I have a couch that only fits in my flat on one side but I’ve now been considering setting it diagonally and move a cupboard behind to hold my video projector and make use of the “lost” space.
Find innovative ways to use what you already have. If you’re tired of seeing your own home every single day, there always the possibility of making it feel like a different place!
Of course, you could use this time to paint a room in a new color, buy paintings or posters to hang to the wall, or do any other interior change to your home.
5. Do some joke-reading
Want to hear a secret about what’s really fun? Jokes. I know. Mind-blowing, right?
I love jokes. The more stupid they are, the harder I laugh. You might prefer complicated jokes. That’s fine too!
In daily life, we laugh regularly through conversations turned awkward or some random remarks by one person. When you’re stuck at home, these laughs might be what you are missing to be more relaxed and happy.
Set 15 to 30 minutes per day just to look up jokes and find some that take you by surprise.
Remember, just because you’re stuck at home shouldn’t mean you can’t have fun. Now it’s time for you to go have some fun so here’s a stupid joke found on this website to send you off.
What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho Cheese.
And if you want to know why stupid jokes are what we all need, read this: