30 Fun Things To Do While Homebound!
Whether you have a disability, chronic illness, are recovering from surgery, or whatever the reason, being homebound can be difficult for both young and elderly people to cope with. I’ve had a lot of experience being homebound over the years and still spend most of my time at home. I definitely know how quickly it can lead to you feeling isolated or depressed.
It’s easy to just sulk or sleep away your days, but that can sometimes make an already difficult time harder. Obviously, resting as needed and taking care of your body is a priority but you have to find ways to keep yourself occupied, too! Filling your days with activities and some sort of human interaction is important for your mental health. Knowing how hard this can be, I wanted to share some of my favorite ways to pass the time when while homebound!
1. Lose yourself in a book
Books can take you to another place, kill a lot of time, and turn your mood around. They can also be pretty expensive, which is why I recommend searching for free kindle books! A lot of them are free because they’re kind of terrible, but if you’re willing to look you can actually find some amazing reads! I’m currently reading the first book in The Woodlands series and I’m super enjoying it, especially considering I didn’t have to pay a cent for it.
2. Learn a language
I spent several months teaching myself Korean for free with a site called Talk to Me in Korean. I ended up losing momentum because of school, but I loved studying it while I did. There are tons of different apps that don’t cost anything that help you learn grammar, vocab, and sometimes pair you up with native speakers.
You don’t have to be amazing! Just slap some paint on a page and have fun with it. Play around and experiment.
4. Practice lettering/calligraphy
I’ve fallen in love with lettering. There’s a million different tutorials and it makes me feel so fancy.
5. Write a novel
Try Nanowrimo! Don’t tell yourself you can’t, just try. You might discover how much you love writing, but either way, you’ll feel so proud of yourself for finishing it.
6. Rewatch one of your favorite childhood movies
I recommend Oliver and Company!
7. Create a website or blog
Having so much time to myself at home is a big reason why this little blog exists!
8. Get dressed up and take cute selfies
Who says you put makeup on and a fancy dress for no reason? Putting on some nice clothes can boost your confidence and change your entire day.
9. Try making a recipe you found on Pinterest
I can’t cook myself, but I definitely love picking out different meals to try with my family.
10. Order in from your favorite takeout place
You might not be able to afford this always, but every once in a while it’s nice to treat yourself. On a rare occasion when my family really wants to splurge, we’ll order from different places and make ourselves an at home buffet.
11. Make a fairy garden
One of my moms very favorite crafts! It’s super cute and fun to do.
12. Host a board game night
I honestly live for game nights. They’re fun for everyone and if you have some good snacks you’re set.
13. Have a movie marathon party
Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Disney classics. Take your pick! Throw on some PJ’s, make some popcorn, and snuggle in.
14. Complete a drawing prompt challenge
I love to draw but sometimes if I’m feeling down, I don’t feel super creative. Finding a drawing prompt challenge on Pinterest or Tumblr makes it so much easier figuring out what to draw. Don’t worry about making amazing art, just enjoy it! They can be doodles or as serious as you want them to be. It’s about the process more than the finished product.
15. Rearrange your room
Sometimes it just feels nice to switch things up!
16. Do a puzzle
Puzzles are great because they’re fun but you also feel super accomplished when you finish them.
17. Learn a new skill
Find a tutorial on Youtube or Skillshare!
18. Try a new hobby you’ve always been interested in
Make a scrapbook! Knit a scarf! Build a model!
19. Make a youtube channel
Everyone has a story or something they love to talk about. All you need is a phone or a webcam and wifi. I promise you’ll find other people who have the same interests as you.
20. Write in a journal
Writing out all your negative thoughts when you’re feeling isolated or bummed out is a really helpful way to get through it. You can also get creative with it and make it an art journal.
21. Make your own journal out of scraps
You can use paper from old notepads, sketchbooks, printer paper, and anything else you can find. You can staple the pages together, glue them, use a hole punch and rings, whatever you want! There are tons of tutorials online.
22. Google something you’ve always been curious about and learn something interesting
I keep a list in my bullet journal every time I think of something I’d love to read about. When I’m bored, I always have plenty of ideas to look up. Curiosity is a good thing!
My favorite coloring books are by Johanna Basford. If you don’t want to buy a book there are tons of free printable coloring sheets!
24. Start a conversation with someone new
Look in the tags on Tumblr or Twitter. It’s how I met my best friend! We just started talking about our favorite band one day.
25. Binge watch videos from your favorite vlogger
I don’t know why but watching vloggers makes me feel less lonely. I’m a sucker for Aflie and Zoe. They make cute videos and they’re usually pretty long which is perfect for curling up with a blanket and cup of coffee with.
26. Grab some scissors and redesign some old shirts
Make some tank tops and crop tops!
27. Make a collage
There’s just something satisfying about cutting and pasting pretty pictures together.
28. Write a letter
Pen pals are amazing. Who doesn’t love getting mail?
29. Make jewelry
My mom and I used to make little beaded bracelets. They’re fun to make and not too expensive for supplies. Plus, they make great gifts!
30. Make a fort out of pillows and blankets to spend the day in
Cozy days are the best days.
I hope this post gives you a few ideas to help you make the most of your days! I know it’s not always the easiest, but I promise you’ll get through it.
What are your favorite things to do while homebound?