Take Care Of Your Mental Health.
Indoor activities will help you stay sane during isolation. The isolation imposed by our current global reality can leave us feeling like we have no control over our situation; which causes a lot of uncertainty, leading to stress, anxiety, depression, and so on. Time may creep by much more slowly for some people after being at home for a long period of time. For others, 24hrs in a day during this period does not seem to be enough time to accomplish everything that needs to be done daily.
However, if you feel overwhelmed and need support, you might want to consider online counselling.
You Are Not Alone.
Being stuck indoors is hard on everyone. On those isolating alone and those isolating with family, as our normal daily lives and social interaction have been curbed. This disruption in our daily routines can be one of the most difficult aspects of isolation; know that it is okay to worry or get stressed; the important thing, however, is not to dwell too long in that emotion. Read more on accepting the new normal.
Hence the advice, take care of your mental health in the grand scheme of things.
10 Indoor Activities to Help You Stay Sane, Whilst In Isolation, Alone Or With Family.
1. Make A New Routine
Making a new routine is technically not an indoor activity. However, it can be classified as one. Depending on how frequently you do this.
Although everyone’s family dynamic or situation is unique, it is beneficial to structure one’s time and indoor activities much like a regular workday. In other words, it helps to create a new routine for this period to have some semblance of normalcy, such as waking up and going to bed at the same time every day; this is also very important for children as they tend to be less cranky and bored when they are on a routine and know what to expect.
This can be challenging, keeping small children entertained while stuck in the house and trying to work simultaneously, but it is not totally impossible. Organizing indoor activities requires some creative thinking and planning to develop a routine or routines that work for all household members. Read more on how to replenish your depleted energy.
However, although daily routines are really helpful, it important that we do not get wrapped up in following routines so strictly. It is okay to break the routine if need be; besides, you can always create another. I personally plan every day the night before changing the activities up to prevent monotony. Read more: Do you enjoy being alone? 11 Benefits to enjoying quality alone time.
Meditation is a great indoor activity, as it reduces stress and keeps you sane. Make time for yourself every day to do whatever will put you at ease, clear your mind, fill you with energy and perhaps even motivate you to tackle the rest of your day in good spirits, such as meditation. There are different ways to meditate, so research and find one that works best for you. And do not forget to get enough sleep and sunlight; these will positively affect your mood.
We all should be doing some form of exercise anyway, so we might as well seize this opportunity to make a habit of it, as there is no better time than the present. There are so many exercise videos online for guided workouts whilst indoors, and it is really great for your overall wellbeing, as you presumably already know. Exercise is also a fun indoor activity for toddlers and big kids as they are full of energy.
4. Stay Connected To Family And Friends Online
It is nice to share one’s feelings with others as conversation helps one feel less alone and supported. In other words, feeling connected to others can ward off feelings of loneliness and stress. One must remember that we are all still connected, even when we are apart, thanks to modern technology.
You can still get together with friends and family online or with a simple, good old-fashioned phone call. Some apps make face-to-face conversations easy. Send emails and texts. Get in touch via social media, and if you are interested, you could also look online for online religious services, cultural events and so on. Many organisations and people are offering digital gatherings. Read more on 70 things you can be thankful for.
Try your hand at gardening if you have not done so already and got some much-needed sunlight for yourself in the process. Gardening is therapeutic, at least for me anyway. Tilling the soil and watching plants grow and bloom can really take one’s mind off many things.
It makes a lot of sense to start an indoor garden during this very trying period, especially if you do not have the space for it outside. And what to grow is really up to you, as there is so very much to choose from. You could plant air purifying plants, cacti which are low maintenance or herbs, be mindful of poisonous plants, especially if you have small children and pets.
6. Find A New Hobby
Working on a hobby is definitely a fun activity. And when stuck indoors, finding new hobbies to occupy your time is a great indoor activity, as it challenges your creativity. And depending on your interests, finding a creative outlet will most likely make your time being cooped up indoors a more pleasurable experience.
You would have something to look forward to every day. There are many fun activities to explore, such as sewing, reading, playing games, making short videos; the list is endless.
7. Declutter And Clean Your Space
This is super therapeutic. The satisfaction derived from decluttering and cleaning one’s space lasts way longer than that derived from retail therapy (shopping); trust me. It is pretty much a work-out in itself and leaves you feeling great, with a clean space to show for it.
8. Bring Out Your Inner Chef
Cooking is a great indoor activity, although you could also do some grilling outside if you have space and the equipment. There is no better time than the present, especially being stuck indoors and all, to try your hand at some new recipes. Experimental cooking, baking, whatever sparks your interest. Your home, your rules, bring out your inner chef.
And if you have not done so already, you might want to consider switching up your diet a little bit to tilt more towards the healthier side; it is definitely worth a try.
9. Make Time for Your Pet(s)
If you have a pet or pets, you know they can totally feel the changed vibe, and as such, they need extra love and attention. So you could spend some quality time with your pet(s), and it would be greatly appreciated. This is also a great outdoor or indoor activity for toddlers or bigger kids. This could also be a great time to teach your pet(s) a new trick or two. Groom them and talk to them so they do not feel left out.
10. Find A Captivating Series to Watch
Another great fun indoor activity is to find a captivating series to watch. Series are long and require a good investment of your time to get to the end. So find one you really like. Be it action, comedy, reality tv shows, whatever, and it will definitely keep you occupied and entertained.