While some economies are starting to open up, most of us remain under quarantine. It’s not all doom and gloom though.
Try not to focus on all the things you can’t do and think of a lot of new things you can learn with all the time you now have.
If you’re not quite sure what those could be or think you’ve tried everything, here are 15 activities you can do while under quarantine.
Fun and Budget-Friendly Activities During Quarantine
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2. Start a Side Hustle
Have you ever thought about starting a side hustle or launching an online business? Have your work hours being cut down?
Now’s as good a time as any to launch a side hustle online. Is Quarantine the Best Time to Start a Side Hustle is a good place to start.
3. Catch Up on Your Reading List
Catch up on all of your reading and improve your knowledge of certain subjects.
For instance, I recently wrote an article about books for improving financial literacy during this period.
4. Meditate More
Meditation is a great way to manage stress and anxiety. New to meditation?
An app like Aura can help master the art of meditation, quieting your mind and mindfulness.
5. Try a New Hobby
Pick up a new hobby, something you never thought you’d be good at. You might be surprised.
One of my friends picked up sewing and is now producing masks and headscarves.
Another friend picked up painting at the start of quarantine and is now selling small pieces on Facebook. She’s not Picasso but her paintings are very nice.
They both learned how to do this on YouTube by the way. Not sure what kind of hobby to try? Think about all the things you loved to do as a child.
6. Start Keeping a Journal
You can only binge-watch so many shows before your brain starts rebelling.
Journaling about this quarantine period might make for a good history lesson for your family later on in life. It’s good to preserve the memories of today.
Journaling can also help you cope with being inside so much and process your feelings.
7. Learn a New Language
I remember one of the challenges I had learning new languages was that I just never had the time to dedicate to the app.
I carved out 30 minutes here and there but it was not enough to completely grasp the two I was interested in learning – Arabic and Spanish.
Build exercise into your daily life if you weren’t doing it before. Exercise helps optimize your immune system and you look and feel better.
There are many exercise regimens on YouTube but if you prefer something a bit more focused, you can try Jillian Michael’s Fitness App.
Jillian Michael’s Fitness App gives you access to one of the best fitness trainers out there in addition to meal plans and much more. Try it out for free for 7 days HERE.
9. Pamper Your Feet
Most of us are used to the nail salon pampering our feet but that’s on lockdown till further notice so you can try it yourself at home.
You only need a few things for a DIY foot pampering session at home. This fantastic Revlon Pediprep Foot Spa includes a basin and a nail care set.
You will also need a nice Epsom salt foot bath like this one.
10. Colour Your Hair Naturally
You can cover your greys naturally or give your hair a nice brownish or reddish hue by trying henna and indigo or a mix of both.
I’ve covered how to do this at home a few times on the website. Read Dye Grey Hair Naturally with Henna and Indigo.
11. Take Free Courses Online
There are lots of schools who are now offering their courses online for free. The only thing you pay for is a nominal fee for the certificate, which isn’t mandatory.
A few schools offering courses for free online include:-
You can learn something new on Udemy. With over 100,000 courses, expert instruction and lifetime access, you can learn a wide variety of things on Udemy.
I’ve taken HTML and photoshop classes on Udemy with great success. Best news of all, classes start from as low as $11 with regular deals occurring.
Check out Udemy range of classes HERE. Some classes are also free.
Interested in something a bit more on the technical side? You can try out Coursera.
Explore over 1600 online courses from top universities in the subjects of data science, programming, business strategy, and much more. Check it out HERE
13. Discover Podcasts
Podcasts are audio programs available through your phone. You can find podcasts on almost any subject.
You need a podcast player to access podcasts. You can find this on Apple, Google Play and Spotify.
14. Declutter Your Home
Decluttering helps you clear your mind and free up much-needed space in your home.
Depending on the size of your home, it can take you anything from a few days to a few weeks to finish decluttering.
Of course, at this time, anything that needs to be donated or moved out will have to be stored in a pile until quarantine ends.
15. Try Colouring Books
Colouring books aren’t just for kids. Adult colouring books help reduce stress and anxiety, aid in mental acuity and assists with relaxation.
Did you know that adult colouring books also use the areas of the brain that enhance focus and concentration? Some good adult colouring books include:-
Got an idea for some other type of fun and budget-friendly activity during quarantine? Share in the comments section.