All around the globe, people are now under lockdown and quarantine. Even where people aren’t forced to stay home, most authorities are still encouraging social distancing. That means that many of us will be spending more time inside than we are used to.
To combat boredom and keep you thriving, here is our ultimate list of ways to spend your time in your mobile home during the quarantine. Our list of things to do has something for everyone, young or old.
#1 Much-needed self-care
Understandably, many of us are now feeling more stressed and anxious than we usually would. This can take a heavy toll on both our mental and physical health. That’s why this is the perfect time to catch up on all the self-care you’ve been neglecting.
What this means depends on you and your needs. For example, you could take a bubble bath, pamper your skin, or simply take a nice nap.
#2 Throw a Zoom party
Today, many of the things we used to do face-to-face have been moved online. One of these things is parties. These formerly face-to-face events have been transformed into Zoom parties.
Why stop the fun if you can move it online?
Get all your friends and family to connect at the same time and have a proper hangout session.
#3 Start a journal
Writing in a journal is an excellent tool for self-reflection and for expressing yourself. It can help you gain clarity about your thoughts and feelings.
But this isn’t the only reason to start writing a diary right now. It’s also a great way to document what’s going on. Imagine how interesting it would be after a few years have passed to look back at your reflections on life during the quarantine.
#4 Become a virtual tourist
You no longer have to get on a plane to see the world. Now you can sit on your couch while visiting the Louvre or taking a tour of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.
Many museums and galleries around the world have virtual tours available for free.
#5 Gym at home
Across the board, many things have now been put on hold, including gym memberships. But that doesn’t mean your physical fitness has to be on hold, too. Luckily, there are many ideas out there for exercising from home without equipment.
Take a look at these “no gym required” tips.
#6 Work through your must-read pile
Start working your way through that list of books that you’ve always wanted to read yet never seemed to have the time for. You will feel more relaxed afterward. And you will be giving yourself some mental stimulation while you’re at it.
#7 Cook up a storm
All in all, the current crisis is making people more aware of the way we get and eat our food. Not everything is as readily available as it was before, and it seems more rewarding than ever to avoid waste.
Therefore, it can be just the right time to get your creative juices flowing in the kitchen.
Experimentation while cooking can be fun and delicious. Try out new recipes and hone your skills as you go. For example, it can be exciting to bake some of the things you would typically have bought at the store, like chocolate chip cookies or bread.
#8 Go on a digital safari
Another activity to try during quarantine is going on a digital safari. This is the perfect family activity which can be both entertaining and educational. Game reserves like Tintswalo in South Africa can give you a glimpse of the wild side.
#9 Video games, video games, video games
Now is the perfect time to get stuck in a good video game. There are thousands upon thousands of options available in a variety of genres. So you will certainly find one to suit you.
And believe it or not, games can be a brilliant opportunity to socialize. Many titles like Animal Crossing and World of Warcraft allowsyou to play online with other people.
#10 Enroll in an online course
Another idea is to find ways to use your extra time productively by signing up for online courses or lessons. In many ways, the future of education seems to be moving towards digital classes and studying from home.
So there’s already a vast range of websites offering both free and paid courses. If you want to learn more, check out sites like Udemy, FutureLearn, and Skillshare.
#11 Quarantine cleaning
Forget about spring cleaning. The new thing is quarantine cleaning.
While you’re stuck in your mobile home, you might as well do an extensive clean and declutter. This will also help to make your home more welcoming and cozy over the coming days.
But be careful that you don’t burn yourself out in the first couple of hours. Instead, work out a schedule and divide the job into several smaller tasks. For example, you can take it one cupboard at a time.
#12 Digital decluttering
Decluttering your physical space is a significant first step. But maybe you shouldn’t stop there. Organizing and clearing up your virtual spaces is another way to simplify and improve your daily life.
This can involve the following on your phone, computer, or other devices:
- Organize your documents in folders
- Delete any doubles or copies on your computer
- Sort through your emails
- Delete accounts you no longer use
- Unsubscribe from old email lists and newsletters
#13 Relax in a hammock
How many of us have a little-used hammock that we’re planning to hang up sometime – when we get around to it. Whether you bought one for yourself or someone gave one to you as a gift, a hammock is an easy thing to ignore. In other words, it’s easy to just never get around to setting it up and taking a breather. But a quiet hammock nap can be an immensely relaxing thing. So go ahead, string yours up between two trees in your backyard and relax for a while.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a hammock yet. Whether you want a classic rope hammock or a camping hammock, you have plenty of options for choosing one that appeals to you!
#14 Catch up on your favorite shows
Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are just some of the online streaming options. If there is a show or movie you want to watch, there is a platform where you can find it.
So pop a bag of popcorn and start streaming.
Sharing storytime with your kids is a memory all of you will treasure forever. It can also help your children to learn new words and new ideas.
You can cuddle on the couch and read a favorite book to your children (or have them help out by reading some of the words if they’re old enough). On the other hand, you could try out Audible Stories, which has a selection of audiobooks you can stream for free as long as the schools are closed.
#16 Learn a new skill
Imagine the feeling of accomplishment you’ll have if you come out of the other side of this crisis with a new skill. We’ve already mentioned that you can give online courses a try. But that’s not the only way to learn.
YouTube, blogs, and books are all handy resources. You could, for example, teach yourself to play guitar, take better photographs, or knit.
#17 Make your own play dough
Keeping your kids busy during the lockdown can be an enormous mission. You’ll have to get creative. One fun way to spend time with them is to help them make playdough from scratch.
Here is a recipe that uses ingredients you will probably already have in your cupboard – like flour.
#18 Dust off your board games
Get out that Monopoly box that has been gathering dust over the years. Now is the perfect time to dust it off and organize a match-up.
And if this won’t work in your case, give a digital bout of chess a try. There are hundreds of games out there that allow you to play board games like Settlers of Catan online with your friends. Some can even run on your phone.
#19 Plant an indoor garden
More than ever before, people realize how much they miss the outdoors when they can’t go there.
That’s why it’s a beautiful idea to start your own indoor garden. Houseplants can improve your life in a variety of ways – for example, by purifying the air and helping you to reduce stress.
#20 Get on top of your to-do list
Is your to-do list slowly getting longer and longer?
Well, under quarantine, you will probably have fewer distractions and excuses to fall back on. You can slowly and gradually start to tackle all the chores and maintenance you need to get done around your mobile home.
#21 Make a vision board
Making a vision board can be as easy as cutting pictures out of a magazine and making a collage. But for something so simple, it can really have significant results.
Even during the best of times, vision boards can help you feel more motivated and empowered. These feelings are crucial for your wellbeing in the best of times and can be even more critical during the quarantine.
#22 Have a chat
One of the best ways to keep up your morale during this time is to have a proper chat with your loved ones. By this, we mean less small talk and more in-depth conversations.
Studies have shown that substantive discussions can boost your happiness, cut your stress, and strengthen your relationships.
Therefore, make it a habit to routinely hold one good conversation with a household member (or with one of your loved ones over the phone). You will be better off for it.
#23 Find a routine
If you don’t have a set routine yet, now’s your opportunity to start one. Having some kind of rhythm and pattern to your days can be incredibly useful for teaching yourself new healthier habits. And right now, you will probably be better able to experiment with different ways of organizing your waking hours.
Above all, maintaining a routine is an excellent way to feel calm and secure when the world around you is changing.
#24 Enjoy an indoor scavenger hunt
Unfortunately, the quarantine is preventing some usual outdoor group activities (like Easter egg hunts over the Easter weekend). But that doesn’t mean your family has to miss out. Instead, you can simply move events indoors. You can hide toys or treats all around your mobile home. This can keep your kids busy for hours.
#25 Build the ultimate fort
Quarantine seems to be the ideal time to craft the ultimate pillow fort. Relive your childhood days by helping your kids to create a hideout of their own.
#26 Reinstate family game night
One of the activities you can do without needing to buy anything is host a family game night. There are endless games you can play with only a piece of paper and a pen.
Here are some ideas:
- The pass-it-on drawing game
And if your loved ones are far away, you can even do it over Skype or Zoom.
#27 Reassess your budget
Experts recommend that you take a look at your budget regularly. Some suggest a monthly reassessment, while others think quarterly is frequent enough. If you haven’t looked at your finances in a while, now might be the time.
Take a look at all your income, expenses, and savings to see if you are using your money as efficiently as possible.
#28 Just take a break
Finally, but perhaps most significantly, the quarantine can give you time to take a break. Undoubtedly, this period surrounding the Covid-19 crisis will be difficult for most of us in one way or another, so you must get in some quality relaxation.
Our ordinary lives are so rushed in this modern world that we rarely get time to just be. So take a few moments every day to simply sit and breath and watch the world go by.
Look on the bright side
We are currently facing a global challenge, which can be incredibly stressful and trying. But it’s essential for your wellbeing to stay positive and keep going even if you can’t leave your mobile home.
So try to look at the bright side. See this as an opportunity to reassess your priorities and restructure your life.
For more ideas, take a look at ways to make money from the comfort of your mobile home and nine habits to start today for a tidier mobile home lifestyle.