Hello Planning Mashers!
Isolation can be pretty hard, especially for our mental health. But after 2020 I realized that it doesn’t have to be that way if you fill your time with some fun self-isolation activities.
But at the same time, it’s not so easy to think of anything when you’re already climbing walls. That’s why I made this list with some fun self-isolation ideas, so you always have something to cheer you up and help you cope.
I’m sort of a homesitter and an introvert myself, so I LOVE staying at home and quietly working on my own things. But 2020 really showed me that there is a limit to that as well.
I bet you can relate to this! There is only that much Netflix you can watch before it gets boring and social isolation starts getting to you.
But I’m here to tell you that things don’t have to feel that bad!
Staying at home can be a great way to work on things that you’ve been delaying doing for a while. Here I gathered tons of ideas of fun things to do in isolation and resources to keep you entertained and occupied.
Get ready to get out of your slump and enjoy your home life again with these self isolation ideas.
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Free Online Education – Skillshare
First of all, this is a great way for you to learn a new skill or maybe work on improving your existing skills.
My favorite place to do it is Skillshare – an educational platform that provides thousands of classes on any topic possible!
And if you use this link you can get 2 weeks of Skillshare for free, with access to ALL their classes. That’s already enough content to keep you busy!
Since you’re here, you’re probably into all the artsy classes, so here are some of my favorites.
If you have an iPad or any other tablet, this might be a good time to learn what else you can do with it.
Digital drawings with a bit of craft can turn into some awesome decorations, or maybe even gifts.
Don’t be fooled though; this platform has more than just artsy classes – you can learn here pretty much anything you can think of.
Just be sure to use this link to get your 2 weeks FREE.
This might be a good time to stock up on your art supplies or maybe shop for some new crafty items you always wanted to check out.
It’s not something you can do for free, but I found that shopping helps me a lot.
Trying out new Bullet Journal supplies always makes me happy, or maybe just shopping for some new hobbies to explore.
It doesn’t have to be anything too expensive either! Sometimes just getting something new can help you feel motivated to do things.
YouTube is a great resource for entertainment and free education. In times like this, you can use it to learn something new and also support your favorite creators, who, again, are gonna need your support greatly in these difficult times.
I thought I’d mention below some of my favorite YouTube channels that I’m sure you’d enjoy as well. Yes, most of them are Bullet Journal-related.
First, of course, let me mention my channel – Masha Plans. I already have quite a database of videos on Bullet Journaling and doodling.
Believe it or not, that helps A LOT if you watch some of my videos, so please do so. And if you enjoy the content, please, Like, Share and Subscribe!
Here are some other creators I love and support on YouTube:
Nobody canceled reading, right? I bet you have tons of books you always wanted to read but never actually had the time
Well, the time is now!
Get your Audible membership and a free book with your 30 days of a trial if you’re into audiobooks. I definitely am, it always reminds me of story time with my grandpa when I was little.
If you’re more a reading type – join Kindle Unlimited. You can get a 30-day trial and read on any device you own!
Here are some of the books I’m trying to catch up on; most of them are productivity and self-help books since I feel like now is the best time to work on that.
This whole situation might be the best time to work on your Bullet Journal.
There are so many things you can try and experiment with:
- try new pages
- try new productivity techniques
- rethink what you need from your planner
- reread The Bullet Journal Method to help you get even more from your Bullet Journal
- try a new style
- try using new materials in your journal
To give you some ideas, check out these posts:
Things To Do
Finally, here are some ideas on how you can fill out your free time while you’re locked in the house.
It’s time to be creative with what you do and how you connect with people and I hope some of these ideas will inspire you and help you create happier days for yourself.
Who said games are for kids? Anyone can play games, and it can also be a great way to connect with your family. And loved ones.
Play console or mobile games that allow you to play with others – it’s a fun way to pass the time and will help you feel more connected.
Many online computer games also can help you create a feeling of community.
Finally, if you’re not alone – add a game night with your family or roommates to your weekly schedule.
It’s a perfect time to unleash your creativity and try new things!
Participate in challenges – enter a doodling challenge, challenge yourself to work on a new medium for 100 days, or maybe work on a new skill, such as lettering or floral doodles.
Use rarely used materials – I bet you have tons of supplies in your collection, but do you use them all? I have some pens I haven’t touched since I bought them. Now that you’re at home and have more time on your hands – challenge yourself to create something with the supplies you haven’t used in a while.
Create some house decor – work on a big lettering piece or watercolor project to use as a decoration for your house. It’s something I personally wanted to do for a while, but I never seemed to have time for it, except, for now, I guess.
Try adult coloring – it’s a fun way to spend time, to get distracted, and it can be very therapeutic and calming. It sounds like something we really need in these difficult times.
Writing is a very therapeutic thing, and it might be exactly what you need. I’m doing it right now, and I love it! Plus, it’s just another creative thing you might want to try, and who knows, maybe it’ll become your next big passion.
Writing morning pages is a great way to start your work and unload your worries. When you wake up sit with a notebook and start writing whatever is floating in your head. You can also find some amazing ideas if you do freewriting like that.
Write a book or short story – why not try a writer’s hat for once? It might be something you’ll end up enjoying a lot! I’m doing quite a lot of writing myself, both for my blog and for another little secret project.
Speaking of blogs – start a blog! It might be a very fun thing for you to do blogging. It’s a great way to structure and share your thoughts.
Maybe you have some stories in you, want to share your experiences or teach people how to bake your soon-to-be-world-famous brownies. This could be a great time to give it a try!
Start a Bullet Journal – in case you don’t have one, now might be the perfect time to start it. You have all the time to experiment and find your style and the perfect system for you.
Create a list of 100. It’s a pretty simple technique – choose a topic and create a list of 100 things related to it. Like 100 ways to be more productive or 100 ways to bring my business to the next level.
Let your creativity flow and write the ideas as they come to you. Push through, and among the silly things, you’ll find some gems to help you make that next big step.
How many things do you have to do in the house that you never find time to?
And I totally get it – you work full time and come back home tired, and it feels so wasteful so spend the weekend on cleaning instead of having some rest and fun time with friends.
Well, this situation we are in now is kind of perfect for you to catch up on all of these chores.
Clean out and organize your garage. Deep clean the house. Do any repairs you have. Declutter. Reorganize your pantry.
It also is a great time to work on your work and crafting space – maybe it’s time to organize all your pens by color like you’re been dreaming of doing for a while.
You need the time for yourself; you need to make sure you’re healthy and mentally strong for yourself and your loved ones. The fact that we are now all on a lockdown allows for that extra time we never had to spend on ourselves.
Here are several simple self-care ideas that you can easily do at home:
- Take a bath
- Try online therapy
- Do some yoga with an app or a YouTube video
Finally, in this isolation, staying connected to the people you love and the world outside is important. Thankfully modern technology allows for creating connections even when you’re so far away.
Here are a few ideas you might consider:
- Call the loved ones
- Use facetime to video chat
- Create a virtual book club and discuss what you read in chats
- Have lunch with your friends – stay at home and connect with them during lunchtime via Zoom or other services like that, so you can all eat and chat together
There is a lot of uncertainty about what will happen next, and we can’t control that. What we can do is control how we deal with it, so let’s stay strong, be kind and look at the bright side! Isolation can be tough, but we can turn it into something positive with all of these ideas.
What are you doing while staying in quarantine? Share with us your favorite activities in the comments. And please stay safe and away from dangerous crowds! I’m rooting for all of you wonderful people who visit my blog and your families!
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And remember: Keep Bullet Journaling, and Don’t Be A Blob!