8 Housebound Activities That Aren’t Work or Netflix

Stuck at home and tired of work and Netflix? 

Social distancing is extremely important to keep us all safe, slow the spread of COVID-19, and flatten the curve. But it is also very challenging. It’s easy to get bored, frustrated and just plain stir-crazy. There is only so much work you can get done and only so much Netflix you can binge-watch in a given day.  

Here is a list of 8 housebound activities you can do when stuck at home:

1. Organize and de-clutter 

Maybe you have a messy closet, a cluttered junk drawer, or an inbox that is a complete mess. Clutter can be a source of chronic stress, so use this opportunity to de-clutter and breathe a sigh of relief.

2. Finish or start a project you’ve been putting off

Finally put all those photos into a photo album, rearrange your living room furniture to make it more Feng Shui, or fix that doorknob you never get around to. You’ll feel so much better once it’s complete!  


3. Work out

Your body needs to move, especially when housebound. There are a number of workout apps and online videos available. Sign up for some free trials and figure out which ones are best for you.  


4. Self-care

Take time for yourself each day to help relieve any stress you might be experiencing. Start with yoga or breathing exercisesAlternatively, you could relax by taking a bath and giving yourself a home facial.  


5. Keep a journal of your thoughts

Being forced to slow down also forces us to look at things we’ve brushed aside for too long. Embrace that moment. Reflect and write down your thoughts. Dream about your future and chart out your goals.

6. Meditate 

Meditating just 5 minutes a day is scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and help our brains function better overall. We recommend starting your day this way to help get your mind clear and on-track.

7. Virtually connect with friends and loved ones 

Video connection is the best alternative to in-person interactions. Looking for some creative ideas? Try doing a workout with a friend or schedule a virtual happy hour using video group chat apps like Houseparty, Skype or FaceTime.  


8. Keep yourself entertained WITHOUT watching TV  

Learn a new language, read a book, find a new podcast to follow, or listen to some great music. There are plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained that don’t involve zoning out with TV.   


We recommend making a schedule for yourself each day. Carve out time to do some of these activities and stick to that schedule. You’ll feel more at peace and more energized, as well as less anxious or stressed