Doing something when you’re indoors – anything – beats staring at the walls or scrolling endlessly on social media. I’ve been keeping myself busy blogging and making new stuff for Aurélie to occupy herself with. The only times I’ve headed out these days are to get groceries and when I take Aurélie out to the park in the evenings.
There are tons more other things you can do at home while trying to stay sane. Cabin fever is real, I get it. So let’s begin right away!
1. REVAMP YOUR WARDROBE
I’m in the middle of revamping my wardrobe and I started with my stay-home loungewear. Next up will be my lingerie, and then finally my outfits for work and play (but mostly play). Follow me on IG and this blog on my revamp journey!
2. TIDY UP (OR START) YOUR HOME GARDEN
Plants do a lot to help us get a sense of calm when we feel anxious or stress. If we can’t have big gardens in our backyards, we can always have plants indoors. If your plants need some tidying up (roots cleaned up, leaves cut off etc), this is a great time to do that. Here’re some inspiration snaps to get you started.
3. LEARN SOME NEW RECIPES
Since we’re all kind of gonna be pudgy once this stay-home period is done, we might as well make it worth our while. This is a great time to learn some easy recipes we’ve always been meaning to try but just never had the time to commit to them. I’ll be sharing my super easy aglio olio recipe soon, so keep a look out for that!
4. SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY
Needless to say, we’re going to be much more acquainted with the people who live with us. Take this time to have breaks together in between working. It’s a great opportunity to just take 5 and sip on our afternoon coffee together to catch up on the couch after meetings. Xavier and I do this now in lieu of having our daily 4pm calls. I like this much better.
5. CLEAN UP YOUR HOUSE
YAS. Now is the time to clear away clutter that’s been sitting there forever. Old NTUC receipts from 6 months ago need to be trashed. Clear your wallets. Give that water bottle away, the one that you never use. How about those cables that are just jumbled up together in one huge pile? Books that have been left alone? That old Nespresso machine that needs a minor repair? It’s time to reorganise your home and create more functional, meaningful space.
6. PICK UP A NEW SKILL/HOBBY
Go learn something new that you’ve been putting away for so long. There are countless free tutorials online that are just waiting for you to discover. Learn how to start a blog. Pick up photography. How about learning how to draw your brows properly this time? Make cocktails. You could even get an easel and paint something in your new home garden. As long as it’s something new, your brain will thank you for it!
7. MAKE YOURSELF OVER
Us girls/ladies cut our hair and change its style when we go through a breakup. If all this staying home is really getting to you, sit yourself in front of a mirror and decide what you wanna do to give yourself a makeover. Changing things up will give you some excitement in your life, I swear. Try out a new DIY hair colour – but go as drastic a change as you possibly can. Do your own nails. Start wearing a mini cat eye. Create a new signature daily look. Finally do some cardio workouts for your fitness. Wear your signature daily bling.
8. RECREATE A STAYCATION
Dim the lights. Make your room as comfortable as possible. Put on your favourite chill out playlist. Have a cup of ice cream ready. Add Nutella or some chocolate fudge on it. Stay in bed. Watch Netflix. Put on a face mask. Give your shins some care by applying a body oil or moisturiser. Order in pizza. Just relax. You deserve it.
9. START A JOURNAL
Staying home so much can make us go crazy, especially when our brains tend to go in negative/anxiety mode. I’ve coped with overflowing emotions and thoughts by writing them down in a journal. And I’ve been doing that since I was younger than 10.
It doesn’t matter if no one – not even you – ever reads what you write. What matters is that you can get things off your chest, be it some ridiculous worst-case scenario your mind just made up, or your excitement over successfully baking banana bread for the first time. If you don’t know where to start, you can begin by writing down things you’re grateful for in your life today.
I hope these tips help! So far, I have either done or am in the middle of a few of them, and they’ve really helped take my mind off things. Here’s hoping we won’t have to stay stuck at home for much longer, but seeing that our medical professionals are still trying their best to protect and save us, let’s also do our part.
Sending you much love!