30 day challenge: Things to do when you're bored in quarantine
Has quarantine got you down in the dumps? Are you bored out of your brains? Do you feel like there’s nothing to do? Well, with quarantine keeping us at home, many of you are experiencing these negative thoughts but, we’re here to tell you it’s not all that bad! Below we have listed 30! Things that you can do during lockdown to stay productive, find a new hobby and ultimately have lots of fun. We’ll be going over topics such as health, wealth and personal growth, for you to find something you really love so, keep reading!
1. Try meditation
For many years meditation has been ignored by western culture, however, recent studies have shown that there are great benefits to practicing meditation. You don’t have to tie your legs up into a pretzel (lotus pose) either. just a simple breathing exercise will do the trick, you can find some great guided meditation which will help you through process on YouTube or apps like HEADSPACE.
2. Read a book
They say that when you read a book you live the life’s of others. Whatever topics you’re interested in, I’m sure you’ll be able to find a book that has all the answers to your questions. Here at brain boosted, our favorite type of books are self-improvement ones like CANT HURT ME – David Goggins, you can read our short summary of one of his concepts known as the cookie jar method, by clicking here. You’ve got a lot of tasks to complete on this list so, we will allow you to listen to audio books instead if you choose to, for a 30 day free trial with audible, click here.
3. Start journaling
Journaling seems to be a common factor amongst all the great people who have graced this earth, from Albert Einstein to Thomas Edison and now YOU! There are many different types of journaling, from a bullet journal to writing your morning pages. By simply writing down your thoughts and your feelings, you can track how your days are going and begin to notice patterns that may be having an impact on your life. If you’re looking for a guided journal that has prompts to help you, you can buy the one that we suggest in our best self-improvement products of last year.
4. Do some exercise
Exercise is great for your health and what’s a better time to start than now. At the beginning of this pandemic, I saw it going one of two ways, either people lounging around, eating ice cream all day or people taking care of their physical and mental health, I’m happy to say that I think we’ve got the nation on their feet, taking control of their lives. If you would like to come out of this a hunk, instead of a chunk, you can do! All it takes is a quick search on YouTube and you’ll find endless workout videos. If you would like a little extra help with your fitness goals, we’ll put you in safe hands with our good friend Ali, who is a personal trainer.
5. Try some new recipes
Whether you’re at home alone or spending quarantine with loved one’s, trying out a new recipe is a lot of fun. If you’re an avid smoothie drinker, you can try our energy boosting smoothie recipes by clicking this link. If you want to really push the boat out and become a level 100 boss, try to create a nice and tasty meal from scratch, with no recipe at all! (T&C’s we do not take any responsibility for you burning your house down or food poisoning with your awful cooking.)
6. Learn a new language
salut, ai o zi minunată. Can’t understand what I just wrote? It’s because you aren’t learning a new language…YET! If you plan to explore the world and all of it’s amazing attractions, learning another language is like having a cheat code. We seem to learn a bit of English, French, German or Spanish at school only to forget it a few years later but, you can tap into your long-term memory or learn a totally new language with Duolingo. With Duolingo, you can quickly and easily start learning pretty much any language, from the basics to flirting and do you want to know the best thing about it? It’s totally free!
7. Start writing a book
You, just like anyone else, has a story to tell. You could create a totally made up story or you could give a behind the scenes of your interesting life. If you would like to expand your writing skills, try writing a poem all about one of your passions.
8. Start a blog
Although you might think writing a blog is easy, it’s actually quite challenging but, with challenge comes great reward. Try finding a topic that you’re interested and look at how you could break it down into more understandable chunks. If you’re a bit self-conscious of your writing, you don’t even have to upload it anywhere, just enjoy the experience of learning something new and then writing it down. If you’re worried about setting up a website, you can do a guest post which is where you write for someone else and if you have any knowledge or interest in self-improvement, let us know so you can be featured on our website!
9. Declutter your life
You might be thinking “What does declutter your life mean?” well, we would normally limit decluttering to your house but, many of us need a spring clean in all areas of your life. As well as giving your house a good tidy, clean up the apps on your phone, by deleting the ones that you don’t use, change your social media aesthetics and delete the bad things and negative people out of your life.
10. Have a new style
Just because you don’t have to go to school or work in the morning, doesn’t give you the excuse to walk around in your dressing gown all day. Fix up and look sharp! This is a great time to try out that new outfit that’s been stuck in your cupboard since you brought it. Just have a total wardrobe makeover and sell all the clothes that you don’t want. Come out of this lockdown a new you.
11. Start a side hustle
I don’t want to bring the mood down but, we totally understand that some of you have lost your jobs and are struggling for money and although there might be a bit of a stigma with “side hustles” they can be very profitable. If you’re used to working for someone, doing freelance work might be the best option for you, you can do this with fiverr and who knows, this could become your new career!
12. Paint a picture
Most of the task above have been centered around health and wealth so let’s have some fun and get creative! Painting is such a fun thing to do and if you’re going to take on this challenge, you’ve got to learn from the best… yes that right, the legend Bob Ross, just make sure you don’t start to fall into a trance half way through. You don’t have to paint, you could draw or make something, just get creative!
13. Start a YouTube channel
If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of your free time watching YouTube which is totally fine but why not start creating your own videos, if you’re shy you don’t even have to make your videos public, you can just have a recollection of your life.
14. Write someone a letter
Many of us are suffering with mental health problems due to not being able to connect with others, especially those who are living alone. It’s easy to write a text or send a Facebook message but, as napoleon Hill said in Think and grow rich writing someone a hand written letter shows more effort and can mean a lot more. You can write to a friend or a family member and some research shows that if you write a letter to someone you want to forgive, it is very good for your mental health.
15. Buy a plant
It’s great to be around nature and taking care of something other than yourself, has a special effect on you. Whether it’s plant you can eat from or green oxygen producing machine, buy yourself a plant to look after.
16. Try a yoga session
If you’ve been sitting down all day during quarantine, you might need to blow off some cobwebs with a good stretch! A great way to loosen up your limbs, is by doing some yoga! There’s hundreds of videos on YouTube or you could be instructed on what to do by a teacher on a zoom call.
17. Train your brain
Doing nothing all day and mindlessly watching TV, isn’t going to keep your mind occupied for however long we have to stay isolated for, that’s why it’s Important to keep your mind active. I’ve personally been learning how to play chess and I challenge you to beat my hard Sudoku time of 11 minutes! Whatever you do, try and keep busy and challenge yourself every day, you could even try our brainteasers that we upload every Tuesday on Instagram.
18. Watch some edutainment
Now, lockdown doesn’t have to be all work and no play! When you are trying to wind down by watching some TV, you can still use this time wisely by watching some edutainment. Edutainment is the mix of education and entertainment for example, a programme that teaches you something whilst keeping you engaged, we’ve listed some examples below!
- Game changers: A Netflix documentary that delves into the benefits of veganism.
- Matt D’avella: A YouTuber who uses great camera work to show his self-growth journey.
- Louis Theroux: A BBC journalist who interviews people with weird and wonderful stories.
- TEDx: A YouTube channel that brings in experts to share their latest discoveries.
- Crip camp: A Netflix documentary that shows disabled activists fight for equality.
19. Do some photography
There’s been some beautiful weather in England recently and what better scenery to take some shots of than the environment. You can learn more about photography and videography from people like Peter McKinnon.
20. Learn to right with your non dominant hand
We like a challenge here at brain boosted and by writing with your non-dominant hand, you are making your brain try something totally new. Some very clever people like Albert Einstein and Jim Kwikk use their non-dominant hand, not just for writing but, brushing their teeth to. You can try writing, brushing your teeth or even wiping your… never mind.
21. Make a domino effect
You probably don’t have a clue what this is all about but, let us explain. When you was younger, did you ever want to make something roll into another thing that would then knock something else over or is that just me?... Well, the trend is back and it’s booming on tiktok, with videos of ping-pong balls bouncing off frying pans and footballs rolling down the stairs, there’s lots for you to copy or you could try and make your own.
22. Listen to a podcast
Whatever topics you’re interested in, whether its health, sport or even alien’s, listening to a podcast is a great way to spend your free time. You could also learn something on skillshare if you want to delve deeper into something by learning from the best.
23. Make some music
Listening to music is a fun activity to do and can even wake you up when you feel tired but, do you know what’s even more fun than listening to music, making your own. You can sing or even make some beats with the objects around you. You can learn how to play a musical instrument with youscian free trial.
24. Learn a magic trick
One way that you can impress your friends and family once you get out of quarantine is by learning a magic trick. By having one handy, you have something to show when you’re put into them awkward positions when meeting new people at parties and other events. There’s a great magician called Chris Ramsay who teaches some magic tricks when he’s not solving puzzles.
25. Do something for your mental health
As we mentioned earlier, lockdown has put many people’s mental health under great threat which makes it so important to implement mental health rituals into your life. You could try art therapy or use some of our self-care tips we shared a couple of weeks ago.
26. Play a game
We think that a family games night should be a necessity, whether you’re in quarantine or not. Get the old board games out, frustration, bingo and connect four, just make sure it’s not monopoly! Even if you live alone, you can still get involved with the fun by joining an online pub quiz like our family have been doing.
27. Create a new routine
Does everything seem out of order and you feel like going for a run at midnight? Well, it’s probably because you have fallen out with your normal routine because of not having to get up in the morning. If you would like to take back control of your day, you can do by reading our productive day blog post.
28. Reminisce on old memories
Watching old videos and looking at family photos can be a great way to pass the time, it is something that you need to be careful with which you can learn about in this video by doctor Mike.
29. Call a family member or friend
Loneliness is one of the leading causes of depression and quarantine is making it even harder to stay in touch. If someone you know lives on their own or struggles with their mental health, try making a special effort to keep in contact with them. You can call or to make it even better, you could video chat and make an actual thing out of it, like a date or a sleepover.
30. Vision board
This is a great time to think about what direction you want your life to go in and you can do this with a vision board. A vision board is when you create a collage of all the things that you want in your life, use pictures of your dream partner, the mansion of all your idols and that car you fantasized over as a child.
Wash your hands
Although this is fun, it’s important for you to follow hygiene advice which includes washing your hands!