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35 Ways To Keep Occupied During Quarantine…

♥ TIPS FOR NAVIGATING QUARANTINE ♥

Things have been tough with everything going on. From being stuck at home to stress financially and health wise, now is the time to try and relax, reset + keep your mind busy during quarantine. That’s why I wanted to share some helpful activities to keep your mind off what’s happening in the world while being home! Hope some of these help you, your family + friends ♥

 1. DONATE

Now is a great time to donate to those in need whether it is medical supplies, cleaning supplies or even food or clothes, there are so many charities accepting donations right now so you can feel like you are making a positive impact during this trying time. I did some spring cleaning and made donation bags of clothes and then cleaned out my pantry to donate to a local food bank! Plus organizing and decluttering will help you feel organized and efficient.

 2. PLAY A GAME

My fiance and I have been playing tons of fun board games lately and even games on XBox + Wii to pass the time. To connect with his mom who lives far away we joined Words With Friends so you can keep in touch with those you love while social distancing!

3. TAKE AN ONLINE CLASS

Tons of Universities are offering free continuing education classes online or join Skill Share and take a class to learn a new skill to help you in your career! I am take a Skill Share class on web development!

4. LISTEN TO A PODCAST

I’ve never been a big podcast person but recently I discovered so many like Up and Vanished which is all about murder mysteries (perfect for Dateline or 48 Hours lovers), Gary Vee’s Podcast (great for marketers) + The Science Of Success (great for those who need a little motivation to reach your goals).

5. WORKOUT AT HOME

There’s tons of great at home workouts you can do on Youtube! I even found some quick, easy workouts on TikTok! Stock up on at home free weights or resistance bands and you are ready to go.

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6. GO FOR A HIKE OR WALK

My fiance and I have been going for daily walks around our neighborhood to get some sun, fresh air + leave the house for a little. We keep our distance and wear our masks and feel so great after a nice long walk to feel the spring weather!

7. MEDITATE

There are so many great CEOs that praise meditation as key component to their daily success so I began trying it and I’m hooked! Download an app like CALM + experience what meditation can do for you (especially during such an uncertain time it helps settle your mind).

8. COOK OR BAKE

Now is a great time to get in the kitchen and cook something new or bake! We’ve been grilling, baking, trying new appliances, recipes and so much more! Find inspo on Pinterest, Youtube + more! One of my favorites is making Mickey shaped waffles or pancakes.

9. DRAW, PAINT OR DESIGN SOMETHING NEW

I love letting out my inner child with a fun coloring book or painting project! Stock up on coloring books or make a new craft to pass the time.

10. ORGANIZE YOUR HOME

I’ve been taking advantage of this time at home to clear out my closet, organize my kitchen and make my space feel clean + new! Order some storage supplies and get organized! 

11. MAKE DALGONA COFFEE

I’m not a big coffee drinker but I’ve been seeing this all over TikTok and had to try it – honestly pretty fun and satisfying to make. Tons of recipes out there giving step by step instructions so why not go for it.

12. TIE DYE YOUR CLOTHES

A big trend this season is tie dye so why not tie dye at home yourself! Whether it be a plain white tee or sweats, save some money + have a little fun by tie dying at home (plenty of tutorials on TikTok!)

13. DOWNLOAD TIKTOK

Probably should have started with this since a few of my recommendations mention TikTok BUT you’ve gotta download it! Even if you don’t want to post, I find it as a great resource for tutorials, workouts, cooking + more (besides dancing Renegade haha :p) Follow me on it – MISSYONMADISON

14. BINGE WATCH TRENDING SHOWS

Whether you are a Hulu, Netflix or Disney+ Fan there are tons of great shows to watch right now. Personally we binged Tiger King and are working on Ozark!

15. CATCH UP ON SOME GREAT MOVIES

A lot of movies that were coming to theaters (like Trolls) are now straight to download or streaming. Binge some good movies, old time favorites or some new flicks you’ve been wanting to see. We’ve also been binging some great docuseries on History Channel to get our learning on.

16. LEARN A NEW DANCE

If you are into the TikTok dance trend, now is a great time to learn some moves + test it out at home…plus it’s a great workout!

17. CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES

As we focus on washing our hands one thing we always forget is to clean our makeup brushes! ANISA Beauty has a whole Purify line dedicated to brush cleaning, the products are great plus the process is something I find soothing.

18. TEST OUT NEW HAIRSTYLES

Now is a great time to play around with your hair + makeup so why not test out some new hairstyles or hair tools because there is no rush to get ready in the AM. Here are some tools I am loving:

19. PLAY WITH YOUR MAKEUP

I don’t know about you but I’ve been loving trying to do a winged eyeliner or play with fun eyeshadow colors or bronze etc…If I have nowhere to be there is no pressure on how it turns out…just have fun with it!

20. AT HOME SPA DAY

Embrace a little self care at home with a great skincare routine testing out some new face masks, body treatments and more! Rounded up my Spring 2020 favorites HERE.

21. DO YOUR NAILS

I am sure I’m not the only one struggling or in desperate need of a manicure…now is your time to shine, learn a new skill + try to do your nails at home! Here’s some favorites to get you going:

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22. GET A TAN

The SAFE way hehe :p I always feel better when I tan so now is a good time to apply your at home self tanners to feel like you just got sun kissed because honestly…why not?!

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23. DO A PUZZLE

I’ve been loving jigsaw puzzles lately, especially Disney ones of course! It’s a fun way to pass time and pretty relaxing honestly. 

24. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ONLINE SALES

A lot of retailers are doing some great online sales to push inventory so be on the lookout for great deals from your favorite retailers like Sephora, Nordstrom, REVOLVE + more to shop picks you’ve been eyeing up for a discount.

25. AT HOME PHOTOSHOOTS

Now is an awesome time to be creative and shoot some fun content. Take creative pics of something you just baked, or a great makeup look you did or a fun cozy outfit PLUS you can learn some editing skills in Photoshop or Lightroom for a little added fun!

26. ZOOM DATES

Make time to have ZOOM friend dates or ZOOM parties with coworkers, family + more – there’s even a way to stream Netflix and ZOOM at the same time so you can watch content and give reactions in the real time!

27. JOIN CELEBRITIES LIVE PARTIES

Tons of celebs are going on IG LIVE or TikTok LIVE or ZOOM to interact with fans, read stories, do at home concerts + more. Look up your fav celebs and see if there’s anything fun they are up to you can take part in.

28. LAUNCH A BLOG, PODCAST OR YOUTUBE

If you were ever contemplating starting a blog, Youtube or podcast, now is the time to do it! Journal your goals, niche audience and what you are passionate about and get started! You have optimal time to create content in bulk so it can sustain when you are back to the daily grind!

29. MAKE A POST QUARANTINE BUCKET LIST

Jot down what you want to do after quarantine whether it is travel, activities or more…it gives you something to look forward to + plan for to keep your spirits up!

30. CHECK IN ON FAMILY + FRIENDS

This should go without saying but especially if you live far from friends or family have daily texts, calls etc. Some people feel really lovely + depressed during this time so be sure to check in on everyone you love to remind them you are there for them.

31. MAKE A SCRAPBOOK

Whether it’s a crafting scrapbook or a virtual one, why not live vicariously through vacations or experiences past + make a creative way to relive or remember those moments. We are making one of our engagement + proposal!

32. DESIGN A GALLERY WALL

My gallery wall in my office is one of my favorite parts of my home and now is a great time to search online for great artwork, pick photos you may want framed + design your dream gallery! I used Framebridge + absolutely love it!

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33. CURL UP WITH A GREAT BOOK

Now is a great time to curl up on the couch with a good book (or many books hehe) Whether it’s a mystery or history or a book that teaches you something, use this time to enrich your mind!

34. MAKE A GRATEFUL LIST

With everything going on in the world it’s hard to not feel sad or bummed but why not spin that outlook + instead write out some things you are thankful and grateful for…it will be such a great mood booster, guaranteed to make you smile.

35. REMEMBER TO BREATHE

We will all get through this so just remember to stay strong, stay busy + take a deep breath!

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