How to entertain yourself when you stuck inside due to a pandemic

  1. Sort out your clothes in the wardrobe
  2. Take some time for yourself
  3. Read for pleasure
  4. Watch films, series & TV-shows
  5. Do a crossword
  6. Plant flowers
  7. Become a blogger
  8. Bake a cake
  9. Start knitting
  10. Dance a lot
  11. Do exercises and train
  12. Learn a foreign language
  13. Create your vacation wishlist
  14. Keep in touch with your nearest and dearest
  15. Play board games
  16. Try your hand at drawing
  17. Online dating
  18. Learn to play the musical instrument
  19. Do some repairs about the house
  20. Take free courses and gain knowledge

Some tips how to survive and keep yourself busy during self-isolation. Most countries of the world announced compulsory quarantine because of the Coronavirus pandemic. So, people from the most countries around the world are practicing self-isolation today. In other words people got stuck at their homes. They are not allowed to leave homes without any need besides going shopping to buy food or medicines. Most workers are urged to work from their homes.

For us being always on the move to work, to school with children, to the shops the lying mostly without doing nothing is the greatest punishment. It is up to you to make your staying inside fun and productive. Just look at this from another side. Maybe this time is given us to make a stop, hot hurry up, just find time to stay away from all that hustle and bustle and pay some time to yourself, to your children and to your family.

And we have gathered for you some tips how to overcome boredom staying at home during COVID-19

Maybe it is time to learn something new, new skills, new languages, new activities for doing which you could not find enough time in your dense schedule.

1) Sort out your clothes in the wardrobe

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It is time to clear out your wardrobe. Spring is coming. It means that winter clothes can be sent to the upper shelves now. Then sort out things you did not wear at least once during half a year or so. They can be sent to the shelter. Or maybe your creative mind find something very old forgotten thing in the depths of your wardrobe and you will create a new outfit?

2) Take some time for yourself

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Give yourself a fresh manicure, pedicure, make some face masks, take care of your hair with the help of some balms, sort out your cosmetic bag, do make-up and in the end take a relaxing bath with a bath bomb, a lot of foam and a healing glass of wine.

3) Read for pleasure

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If reading is your cup of tea, then this is a perfect period for you to dive into it. Maybe somewhere on your shelf there is a book that is waiting for you for ages to take it and read. We recommend you to pay attention to the list of books approved by celebrities. You have an opportunity to choose from the books that are read by Meghan Markle, Holly Willoughby, Lorraine Kelly, Michelle Obama, Victoria Beckham, Reese Witherspoon, and some others. Do you want to know what celebs like reading? You have a chance now!

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We would like to offer you to get an access to about 800 eBooks for free. Download them to your iPad or iPhone, computer, smart phone or ebook. This big collection includes great works of such famous actors as Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Asimov, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, James Joyce and others. Choose what you like: fiction, non-fiction or poetry.

If you prefer listening to books to reading them then we can recommend you to download about 1000 of audio books for free. By clicking the link you will find mostly classics written by Twain, Hemingway, Tolstoy, Orwell, Nietzsche, Vonnegut, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, James Joyce and others.

Make yourself a cup of tea with lemon (vitamin C is very important for your health protection now), get comfy and enjoy reading all day long without stopping.

4) Watch films, series & TV-shows

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Not so long ago a lot of people around the globe were discussing the last series of Game of Thrones (8 seasons). Did you take part in this craze? Or maybe you ceased watching Grey's Anatomy on the 5th season and now you get to know that there are already 15 seasons of this series on? Why not to watch all these series at once. You have enough time for doing this now. Or maybe you are reality shows lover? Then 15 seasons of Kardashians are waiting for you.

Along with that we can offer you to watch about 1,150 movies online for free. Here you will find classics, documentaries, comedies, westerns, horrors, thrillers, dramas and silent movies of the 20 and 21st centuries. Just the best works of some great actors, actresses and directors are gathered for you in one place. Pygmalion based on George Bernard Shaw's play (1938), The Phantom of the Opera, Queen of Code (2015) and many many others.

What about watching the full list of the best Oscar winners' pictures over the years? Watching these films can be an exciting walk through the history of cinematography.

To start with, you can watch the films that won Oscars during the last 20 years:

  • 2020 - "Parasite"
  • 2019 - "Green Book"
  • 2018 - "The Shape of Water"
  • 2017 - "Moonlight"
  • 2016 - "Spotlight"
  • 2015 - "Birdman"
  • 2014 - "12 Years a Slave"
  • 2013 - "Argo"
  • 2012 - "The Artist"
  • 2011 - "The King's Speech"
  • 2010 - "The Hurt Locker"
  • 2009 - "Slumdog Millionaire"
  • 2008 - "No Country for Old Men"
  • 2007 - "The Departed"
  • 2006 - "Crash"
  • 2005 - "Million Dollar Baby"
  • 2004 - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
  • 2003 - "Chicago"
  • 2002 - "A Beautiful Mind"
  • 2001 - "Gladiator"

To know what the other Oscar winning pictures of the previous years to watch, click here.

If you stuck at home with your children, we recommend you to watch Disney movies and cartoons. Here is the full list of pictures available from the oldest ones to the very recent.

5) Do a crossword

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The main thing while sitting at home is to make your brains work. Doing crossword puzzles or solving Sudoku is a good food for your brains. By the way it is not necessary to go out to buy a printed crossword. You can find it and do easily online.

6) Plant flowers

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Spring is time for flowers. Maybe some of your home plants need to be transplanted? It is time to do it now. Or you can sow some flower seeds and wait until they start growing in your balcony and get ready to get to your garden soon.

7) Become a blogger

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Did you want to try your hand at this long ago but you did not have enough time for this? Why not to start doing it now? Maybe you have done interesting hobby to share with others? Maybe you want others to know about your talents? Or are you an amateur cook? Show it to others and start making your own audience.

8) Bake a cake

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Baking takes a lot of time. But all members of your family have sweet teeth? Then surprise them with a tasty cake, pie, rolls and buns.

Watch 5 easy recipes of wonderfully beautiful and sinfully delicious cakes.

9) Start knitting

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Bet you did not know that knitting has therapeutic and practical use. Besides learning something new you will get an opportunity to relax from everyday news.

10) Dance a lot

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In spite of everything start your day with dancing in your bedroom, in the kitchen while cooking, in the bathroom while cleaning your teeth, in front of the TV-set while listening to your favorite tunes.

11) Do exercises and train

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While gyms are closed for this period try to keep fit. There is a big temptation sitting at home. You want to eat a lot. If you do this, then have some time for exercising: squats, burpees and press-ups followed by yoga and stretching out. At least anything is better than nothing.

12) Learn a foreign language

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Knowing foreign language gives you great opportunities. So why not to use your time in isolation reasonably? Moreover, today you can do it absolutely for free without investing your money. Gain knowledge through free online courses. Here you will find the list of the websites that offer you free courses in up to 150 languages: English, German, Italian, French, Spanish to Polish, Russian, Chinese and many more.

  • Duolingo (learning with Duolingo is fun and addictive)
  • Busuu (learn a foreign language spending no more than 10 minutes a day)
  • Memrise (the fastest way to learn a language)
  • Linguist (Lingvist is the smartest way to level up your vocabulary in German, French, Russian, Spanish)
  • HelloTalk (learn a language by chatting with native speakers around the world absolutely for free!)

Which one would you like to choose?

«Live and learn!» the old proverb goes. So, following this link you will get an opportunity to study not only foreign languages but also:

13) Create your vacation wishlist

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Isolation will not last forever! We hope and cross the fingers! So soon we will able to travel the world as it was before. Thus it's time to think about something pleasant and imagine where you would like to spend your next holidays with your family or just with your partner? Learn more about the place you have never been to but dreamt for so long to visit. Take a virtual tour to this place, know more about local food, sights, places to visit and local people. Be inspired and visualize your dreams!

14) Keep in touch with your nearest and dearest

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Make a list of the relatives with whom you did not get in touch for a long to time. They are also sitting in isolation and have nothing to do maybe. So your call will be a quick remedy from for boredom. Use Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Zoom or Marco Polo to video chat with your long-distance relatives or friends.

15) Play board games

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Spend your evenings playing board games with your whole family. Monopoly is classics.

16) Try your hand at drawing

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Maybe Art can become your new hobby? Make sketches, color pictures, write portraits. Take any painting action to entertain yourself during the period of staying at home.

17) Online dating

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If you stay alone in this isolation you will definitely get bored without live communication. But you can easily do it online. Dating sites is your choice. For example, at Meets.com you will find new friends and co-thinkers from all over the world and spend your time chatting with them days and nights.

18) Learn to play the musical instrument

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If you have a piano, or maybe a guitar, violin or some other musical instruments at home and you did not practice to play the instrument for a long time it is time to remember everything you learnt before.

19) Do some repairs

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If you can't stand being stuck inside four walls, then try to change something in your home environment. Remove your sofa to the other corner, making a place suitable for relaxing, paint walls, change carpets, move bookcase, add plants, nail an additional shelf, organize the space in the kitchen and inside cupboards. Make yourself busy doing something around the house making it better place to live.

20) Take free courses and gain knowledge

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We have already mentioned some of free online courses above but here you will find much longer list of courses on offer. You can take about 1,500 online courses from the world's famous universities such as Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Oxford and more absolutely for free. You can learn everything you want in historyphilosophy, literature, physicsbiologypsychology, or computer science.

And the most important thing to do being on isolation is to wash your hands. But do you know how to do this correctly?

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