This pandemic has been going on for over 1.5 years, and I know we’re all getting weary. Here are a few ideas that you don’t have to leave your home for (some assuming you’ll order supplies from Amazon/Target/Walmart/Etsy/etc.) or at least not go very far:

  • Exercise

Take a walk around your neighborhood
Put a swing up in your yard
Buy/rent a dance work-out video
Or just turn up your playlist and bust a move (“How are you, fellow kids?”)

  • Listen to awesome music

Try a new band/genre
Pull up music videos on YouTube
Buy records/CDs or pay to stream/download so you can support musicians during these tough times (especially the Indie singers!)

  • Learn a new skill

Take singing lessons via Zoom
Rent an instructional video on playing a musical instrument or making a craft or cooking (or look up stuff on YouTube or get from your public library)
Get on Pinterest and DO ALL THE CRAFTING
Rent or buy a book on photography

  • Birdwatch

Put up a birdfeeder
Install a birdbath
Get some binoculars and pull of a bird identification guide on your phone

  • Bake

Try new recipes from Pinterest
Yell at contestants on The Great British Baking Show
Ask you friends to send you recipes

  • Read!

Order from an Indie bookstore or a chain like B&N or see if your library loans e-books and/or has Hoopla/OverDrive
Read outside of your favorite genre
Reread favorites
Read classics
Read unknowns
Read Indie/self-published works
Try some poetry
Read some self-help
Read magazines and newspapers

  • Write!

Write about the pandemic (years from now, your great-great-grandchildren might want to know what life was like during theses times)
Write poetry that rhymes
Write poetry that has no rhyme or rhythm
Write a novel
Write short stories
Keep a journal

  • Start a new hobby

Do puzzles
Collect something (besides dust, people!)
Woodwork

  • Organize and clean your house (AHAHAHAHHA!)
  • Do some landscaping or make a blueprint of how you would like to landscape
  • Take up gardening
  • Take up canning
  • Write and send letters to shut-ins and the elderly
  • Send an email to your friends/family
  • Start writing a sarcastic/funny Christmas newsletter
  • Better yet, start a (paper) newsletter that you send to friends/family on the regular
  • Paint!

Paint portraits
Paint Landscapes
Paint your house
Paint furntiture

  • Play with Play Doh
  • Buy a pottery wheel and learn how to work with clay
  • People watch
  • Call a family member
  • Text a friend
  • Hook up your hose to a sprinkler and run through it
  • Wade in a kiddie pool
  • Learn a different language

ASL
Spanish
German
Whatever tickles your fancy (there are videos and virtual classes, I’m sure. Check to see what your local community college is offering. As far as CD courses, I recommend Pimsleur.)

  • Attend virtual events
  • Tour museums/zoos virtually
  • Make ice cream
  • Try cooking something new (Pinterest has everything!)
  • Cook through a cookbook and write about the experience
  • Try candle making
  • Light candles around the home
  • Make a facial (search Pinterest or order one offline)
  • Take a long bubble bath
  • Invest in a footbath
  • Watch ASMR videos (search for them on YouTube)
  • Make candy (Pinterest again!)
  • Watch travel videos
  • Make soap
  • Make lip scrubs and balms
  • In fact, make Christmas/birthday gifts
  • Watch an Indie film
  • Watch a foreign film
  • Binge something on a streaming service
  • Play virtual chess or Scrabble with someone
  • Learn how to play chess
  • Invent and create your own board game
  • Rake/shovel for a neighbor

These are just a few ideas of things you can do to bring a little more enjoyment into your life right now. Do YOU have anything to add to this list?

Keep your nose in a book,
Beth

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