Since the pandemic is still an ongoing issue for many areas of the world right now and the weather changing, lots of us are still facing being at home with our families, alone, or with our children more often than we did before COVID related regulations and shutdowns. When you need to spend or are forced to spend more time in your house it can become harder and harder to find things to occupy yourself with or for entertainment on your own or with your family members.
This leads to frustration, boredom, stress, and more depending on the situation. To prevent that chain of events, here are some ideas for how to entertain yourself while stuck at home.
Reading is a great thing to take up more of your free time for many reasons. It can engage your brain in many ways which can help with brain activity and intelligence as well as give you an improved mood, more knowledge, better vocabulary, and even more. Many local libraries that are open are offering ways to check out books without contact with other people for those worried about the pandemic, and there are platforms for reading books online through an ebook, tablet, or phone too.
Journaling And Planning
If you’re someone that likes to write, you can pick up a hobby or pastime of journaling or otherwise planning something during your free time. If you want this to be more fun rather than introspective or tedious, try looking up fun writing prompts. You can even make it a game with your family members to write silly stories or journal entries to outrageous prompts or from their imagination and go a step further by making a real competition from it as well. Planning can also be nice to give you better usage of your time or plan for future events.
Free Your Creativity
That creative side inside you is itching to get out in the open if you haven’t used it in a while or you find yourself with nothing to do. Take a moment to let your creativity guide you and choose a hobby, activity, learning topic, or project that can fit your creative needs and flow. You can do anything from simple crafts with your children to drawing to other art to knitting or crocheting and more with your creative mind during times at home. Chances are you can find something at home that works so you don’t have to go out to get supplies.
Cook or Bake
Especially if you have others in your home, cooking or baking can be a really nice little activity to use up empty time in your day. You can get help from family members in your house, bonus entertainment if you involve your kids, or have them give you a recipe or idea to work with that helps keep things new each time. It can also improve your skills for when you cook or bake normally as well, which is an added benefit.
Play With Pets
The probably most obvious thing to do if you want to have some amusement while stuck at home is to spend time with or play with your pets if you have any. Particularly, high-energy pets are really fun to spend some time paying attention to. You can also use this time with them to work on training or try to train a new skill for them if possible. Your pets will love the time with you and spending time with animals has been a proven mood booster for quite a long time. This means both of you benefit from the experience.
Hopefully, this list of ideas can give you something to utilize or work with either for yourself, a family member, or group entertainment within your home when stuck inside. There’s plenty more than you can do to find something occupying or amusing when you find yourself bored or without much to do in your house, but sometimes it really does get difficult to think of something or you want something new. That’s why this list of ideas and tips for how to entertain yourself while stuck at home is so important for households spending more time indoors and with each other due to the restrictions during this pandemic or weather restrictions too.