10 Self-Isolation Approved Activities You Can Do From The Comfort Of Your Own Home

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Aren’t. We. All. They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, and I believe it. I never realized how much I actually enjoyed leaving my house until now. I’m happy to stay at home because I know it’s making a difference, but that doesn’t mean that I’m willing to consign myself to boredom.

By now, I’m sure you’ve all had “the day”. You know, the one where you can’t help but feel bored and a little bit trapped in the monotony of being in your house 24/7. And that’s okay. That’s where this list is going to come in handy. It’s time to push the comfort zones, try some new things, and spend time doing things that make you happy.

Do a little online shopping


It’s not exactly like wandering around Target for 2 hours, but it can be pretty darn close. Pop open that bottle of rosé and get comfy: it’s time to support some of your favorite local businesses. From comfy new sweats to wear around the house to delightful candles to freshen up your day to day life, you can find it from Columbus online. I fully recommend kitting yourself out for an epic spa day. The shopping and the spa day are both therapeutic in their own ways.

Take a virtual art class


Now is the time to get creative, people. There are all kinds of online resources if you’re in the mood to make some art. From drawing classes with the world’s best illustrators to classics like The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross (Youtube and Netflix), there are so many ways to create some art that you can look back on when remembering these wild times we’re living in.

Get crafty


If any of you know my family personally, you know that they’re an incredibly crafty bunch. My sisters can literally take the contents of a garbage bag on the side of the road and make the world’s most Pinterest-worthy wreath… but I am not that blessed. When you put things I make next to the things they make, it looks like those Expectations vs. Reality memes. You get the idea: I’m not crafty. But I still love trying. Whether it’s an attempt at macrame or yet another foray into learning how to sew, including critically needed PPE for our healthcare workers, I still get such satisfaction out of making things.

Stream a fitness class


The amount of baking that’s been going on in my house has substantially increased the need for this particular suggestion. My husband is perfecting bread and being the guinea pig is starting to have consequences. Luckily, there are some great online workout opportunities. Your favorite Columbus yoga studios are offering online classes. If you have a gym you regularly rely on, reach out to the trainers there. They may be offering online content to help you keep your routine. Additionally, there are tons of online resources where you can stream workouts for free.

Get cooking and/or baking


Apparently I’m trying to take everyone else down with me because I’m suggesting a little kitchen time right after the working out option. Fox in the Snow released their coveted biscuit recipe (which I’m making this weekend, I’ll keep you guys updated) and there are hours up hours of free cooking content available on Youtube, so you really have no excuse.

Virtually explore the world’s best art collections


I know it’s no substitute for actually getting to travel to amazing places, but being able to take virtual tours is honestly one of the highlights of this stay-at-home era. Some museums are offering full-on 360 tours, while others like Columbus Museum of Art,The Met, Art Institute of Chicago, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Detroit Institute of Art are offering their collections up for endless scrolling.

Rock out at a private concert


Every concert you stream is a private concert these days. You can view a collection of different performances through PromoWest TV or check out this massive list of live streams and virtual concerts from around the world.

Have a dance party at home


This one can totally coincide with the concert streaming if you want it to, but you can also just put your favorite playlist on shuffle. Seriously, dig out those old rope lights from your college dorm room, put on your favorite dancing outfit, and get groovy. You can literally dance like no one is watching.

Listen to a podcast that has absolutely nothing to do with coronavirus


It could have something to do with the lack of conversations I’m having these days, but I’ve gotten really into podcasts. It sort of feels like sitting on the couch at a party where the smart artsy kids are having an in-depth conversation and you just nod occasionally and soak it all in. I’m really enjoying Stuff You Missed in History Class, The Office Ladies, and my favorite Ohio podcast, Beach Too Sandy, Water Too Wet, where the hosts perform dramatic readings of one-star Yelp reviews.

Order carry-out or delivery from your favorite restaurants


I’ve cooked more at home in the last month than I had in about 10 years, and while I’ve enjoyed it, I have to admit that I’ve splurged on some of my local favorites here and there. It’s a great way to help out your favorite restaurants during this difficult time and it allows you to have that old tried-and-true conversation: “What do you want to eat tonight?” To get you started on that quest, here hare 70+ restaurants in Columbus that are offering carry-out and delivery.

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