7 Unique Activities to Help You Survive Quarantine

These are historic times we’re living in right now. But let’s be honest, being in quarantine is hard. We’re cut off from our friends and family, and our daily routines are way out of whack. Not to mention it’s just plain boring to be stuck at home with nothing to do all the time. Here are a few ways to keep yourself busy and lift your spirits!

Quarantine is a great time to organize your emails

A lot of us don’t have time to go through our emails on a daily basis. If you’re like me, you probably have months of emails that you haven’t gone through. I also have multiple email addresses for different things, so when I started this process a few days ago, I had close to 2000 emails to go through.

My method for cleaning out my inbox is to unsubscribe from all the places I don’t want emails from anymore–usually a lot of stores that I shop at online, or things I signed up for on a whim one day. Then I search my inbox for all emails that came from that specific store or website and delete them all at once. Just be careful not to delete anything important!

Since clearing out your email inbox is something most people don’t get around to very often, quarantine is a great time to do this! It’s also productive, which means it will lift your mood and help you to be less bored. And just imagine how it will feel to be able to open your email without having to look at all the junk cluttering it up.

Start keeping track of the days with a podcast or vlog

Social distancing means that people are online way more often. They have very little to do at home, and a lot of people are lonely and miss their friends and family. Starting a podcast or vlog is a great way to pass the time and to keep your friends and relatives up to date on how you’re doing during the quarantine. You can make it serious, or try something like an apocalypse parody–whatever would be enjoyable to you.

All you really need to get started is a computer or phone with a camera and speaker–or just a speaker for a podcast–so it’s super easy to get started. Luke uses Anchor to record his podcast and I highly recommend it. It’s free, easy to use, and works with all major podcast platforms. I would highly recommend it if starting a podcast is something you’re interested in.

This is a great video to help you get started.

If neither of these are really your thing, try starting a blog! WordPress and Blogger both offer free (and customizable!) platforms for blogging. Write about your day and include some funny memes to keep everyone’s spirits up, or do movie reviews, or anything really. Just have fun with it! You might even discover a brand new hobby that you love and continue doing after the quarantine is over!

Help your friends through quarantine by sending them pictures

I use Google Photos to store most of my pictures, and I generally clean it out pretty often. But even if you have none to delete, looking through old photos is always fun! And you can brighten up other people’s days by sending them cute or funny pictures.

Another idea is to take silly pictures and send them to people to make them laugh. A lot of people are doing the “until tomorrow” challenge on Instagram. They upload a silly photo of themselves and leave it up for 24 hours. It’s a great way to make people smile during this challenging time. (If you’re struggling with staying positive during the quarantine, you can find some helpful ideas here.)

Here are a few old pictures I found earlier today that made me smile. Enjoy!

Fun pictures to help lighten the mood during quarantine
My siblings wrapping my brother up as a present at a Christmas party a few years ago
Fun pictures to help lighten the mood during quarantine
Fun pictures to help lighten the mood during quarantine
Luke trying on masks at a Halloween pop-up store

Learn calligraphy (or another new skill) to pass the time

When we’re quarantined, it’s easy to just let ourselves sit around and not do anything that requires brain power. But as Vanda Scaravelli said, “An attentive mind makes an intelligent body; a dull mind–a dull body.” It is important for us to keep our minds active during quarantine, and learning something like calligraphy is a great way to do it.

It may surprise you to learn that you don’t actually need calligraphy pens to do this. There are lots of YouTube videos out there that can teach you to do calligraphy with ordinary pens, pencils and markers. The videos below are a great place to start. If you do prefer to have calligraphy pens, you can easily find a set on Amazon without having to leave home. Here a couple good sets to get you started if that’s the route you want to go. Either way, have fun and be creative!

Now is the perfect time to update your Pinterest account

When I started my blog I realized my Pinterest account needed a major overhaul. It’s been several months and I’m still sifting through all the junk on there! What a lot of people don’t understand is that Pinterest functions as a search engine and not as a social media platform. So to get followers and views, you HAVE to be using keywords in your board names and descriptions, and in your pin descriptions. Pinterest also uses the content you pin to classify your account and put your pins in front of people who don’t follow you, so it’s important to keep your pins consistent with your niche.

If you’re not really using Pinterest as tool and it’s more a hobby or social media platform for you (like it used to be for me), it’s still a great time to go through your account and clean it up. You pin all that stuff, why not take the time to look through it? You might even find some great activities to help pass the time during quarantine! And please share your Pinterest with everyone in the comments below so we can all check it out!

You can even use quarantine to learn to a coding language (for free!)

Computer programming is a skill that is becoming more and more necessary in today’s world. But did you know you can learn a lot of programming without paying a cent for it? Of course, it can’t replace getting an actual degree in computer science, but learning to code is a great way to keep your mind active during quarantine and to learn a valuable skill at the same time.

Codecademy offers free online courses in several coding languages, including Java, Python, HTML, CSS, and SQL. The free version allows you to go through each lesson and gives you a short practice at the end. This is a great activity for kids stuck at home right now, but it’s also fun for adults who have a desire to learn programming languages. And of course if you do want to pay for the pro version, they offer tests and challenge projects to help you learn things more in depth.

(Also Codecademy is currently offering scholarships for their pro version for some students, if you are interested in looking into that!)

Write book reviews and recommend books on Goodreads

For all those people who love reading but never seem to have enough time for it–take advantage of our time in quarantine! Lots of libraries offer online borrowing options for ebooks and audiobooks. Some libraries are even offering curbside pick up during these hard times. Get to reading!

Goodreads is a great place to share with everyone what you are reading. If you don’t have an account it’s super easy (and free!) to sign up. You can update what page of a book you’re on and leave little comments on how you think it is so far. Afterward, you can write a detailed a review and share it with your friends and family on Facebook.

For those of us who have done lots of reading over the last few months and just haven’t had the time to review them, now our time to shine! Send recommendations to your friends so they have something new to read during the quarantine too! (And if you have a Goodreads account please share it in the comments below so I can be sure to follow you!)

That’s all I have for you today! I’ll be posting more often during the quarantine, so keep an eye out for my next post. Be sure to share your Pinterest and Goodreads accounts with everyone in the comments below, and please reach out to me if you are interested in joining the Cocoa with Kori Facebook Group. I’m posting daily with interactive posts to help everyone pass the time.

Until next time!

–Kori Hartman

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My name is Kori and I like reading, crocheting, and walks in the sunshine. I live in Northern Wisconsin with my husband. My favorite way to spend the evening is taking a long hot bath and curling up on the couch with a cup of cocoa.

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