110 Things to Do at Home While Self-Isolating

March 25, 2020

It’s no secret that times are tough right now.

At the time of writing this, we’ve just been advised by the UK government to stay at home as much as possible, unless you need to buy essentials or exercise.

Sure, this is a massive adjustment compared to what we consider the norm. It’s going to take a while to adapt and we’re going to struggle being confined to our houses when we’re so used to being out amongst society.

That said, there are many ways you can keep yourself busy during lockdown and distract yourself from the dreaded C word.

Don’t believe me? Try these 110 things to do at home while self-isolating — and I guarantee it’ll be pretty hard to feel bored or lonely.

110 Things to Do at Home While Self Isolating

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Things to Do At Home While Self-Isolating 101: Have Fun with Solo Activities 

1. Paint or draw a picture

2. Take up sewing or knitting

3. Create a vision board of places you’d want to travel to once all this is over

4. Make a bucket list of things you want to achieve in your life

5. Make a travel bucket list of places you want to go to in your life

6. Get your old photos printed and create a scrapbook of memories

7. Find a new recipe and cook it

8. Journal every day 

9. Read a new book 

10. Write a short story or novel

11. Sit outside in your garden and get some fresh air

12. Dig out an old colouring book and spend some time colouring your anxiety away

13. Play an old instrument or learn a new one

14. Make a card for an upcoming event like a birthday or wedding

15. Clean your makeup brushes

16. Maintain your garden

17. Plant something new in your garden and watch it grow

18. Re-decorate a room

19. Feng shui a room

20. Solve a puzzle

21. Spend some time meditating

22. Take a long, hot bubble bath

23. Have a pamper night with a face mask and give yourself a manicure and pedicure

24. Dye your hair a different colour

25. Organise your bookshelf into a rainbow of colours

26. Write a poem about your life

27. Learn how to make jewellery and send gifts to your loved ones

28. Write a list of everything you are grateful for every day

29. Write your very own song with lyrics you made up

30. Catch up on sleep

Use Technology

31. Listen to a new album from start to finish

32. Start a daily vlog

33. Listen to an audio book

34. Find five new podcasts to listen to

35. Catch up on your favourite TV shows

36. Play video games

37. Play games on your phone

38. Create your own magazine and mail it to your loved ones

39. Learn a new language

40. Learn calligraphy

Keep Fit Even When You’re in Quarantine

41. Go outside and take a short stroll around your house or the block

42. Do a workout in your garden

43. Dig out an old exercise DVD and do it every other day

44. Find a new form of exercise you’ve never done on YouTube and give it a try

Grab a Roommate

45. Play board games

46. Play charades

47. Play cards

48. Create a cinema in one of your rooms and have a movie marathon (I recommend Lord of the Rings, Star Wars or Harry Potter)

49. Bake cakes or scones or something yummy for you all to enjoy

50. Have a karaoke party

51. Learn a dance routine and perform it for others or create a video to post it on social media

52. Have a living room disco and do a dance-off

53. Buy something your roommate would like and create a treasure hunt for them to find it

54. Create your own game and play it until you’re tired of it

55. Make up a workout together and do it every day

56. Give each other massages

57. Have a picnic lunch in your garden

58. Make a time capsule to be opened in 10 years

59. Go camping in your garden

60. Make your very own movie

61. Make your very own TV show

62. Create new outfits and put on a fashion show for each other

63. Create an indoor den (no, it’s not just for kids!)

64. Learn how to braid and practise it on someone else (with long enough hair, of course!)

65. Have your own wine tasting of whatever you’ve got in your house

Grab Your Pet

66. Teach your pet a new skill

67. Play a new game with your pet

68. Take your pet for a short stroll

69. Groom your pet on a regular basis

Things to Do at Home With Your Pet

Make the Most of Having an Internet Connection

70. Research Spring/Summer 2020 fashion trends

71. Create a “spring picks” wishlist

72. Online shop to update your wardrobe for when you come out of self-isolation

73. Online shop for groceries

74. Online shop for new things for your home

75. Enrol for an online course so that you can learn a new skill

76. Research your family tree

Sort Out Your Home

77. Do some spring cleaning (especially areas you usually miss like your oven or garage) and tidy every drawer, cupboard and nook and cranny

78. Have a clear-out

79. Sell old, unwanted items on eBay

80. Host a small swapping party with healthy friends and/or family

81. Create a capsule wardrobe for spring

82. Colour co-ordinate your wardrobe

Communicate and Connect

83. FaceTime a far-away friend

84. Send voice notes to your loved ones

85. Call your grandparents or other family members who live alone and might appreciate a chat

86. Find your next new love interest on a dating app

87. Go on a Skype date where you cook together or watch a movie together in your own houses

88. Create a new social media profile (like Tik Tok? It’s all the rage!)

89. Write a letter to a loved one and mail it

90. Get back in touch with that old friend you’ve been meaning to re-connect with

91. Make a gift for a loved one’s special occasion and mail it to them

Let’s Get Down to Business

92. Do a social media audit and sharpen up your online presence

93. Start a blog if you love to write

94. Guest post on other people’s blogs or website if you love to write

95. Start a business if you’ve been temporarily laid off or you’ve lost your job

96. Assess where you are in your career, where you want to be and how you get there

97. Organise your computer documents into files

98. Back up your computer files and clear your desktop

99. Go through your phone photos and videos and delete any unnecessary files

100. Go through your phone apps and delete any you don’t use

101. Back up your phone photos and videos

102. Go through your bookmarked websites in your internet browser and delete any irrelevant ones

103. Track your finances and get them in order

104. Create a savings plan for your next big adventure or item

105. Come up with a budget for the foreseeable future (seen as though times are so uncertain)

106. Do your income taxes while you have the time

107. Set up a pension if you’re self-employed (and haven’t already)

108. Update or write your will and organise your affairs

109. Create some long-term and short-term goals for things you’d like to achieve in the next month, year and five years

110. Spend some time filing important paperwork or recycling any documents you don’t need anymore

Things to Do at Home While Self Isolating


Things to Do at Home While Self-Isolating: It Doesn’t Have to Equal Boredom or Loneliness

Even though self-isolation isn’t ideal, it’s become somewhat necessary during this global pandemic. 

And there are still so many things to do at home while self-isolating to keep yourself occupied in the meantime.

Plus, look at it this way, being in quarantine allows you to hit the reset button on your life and reflect on which aspects you’re happy with and which areas need improvement.

Then when this is all over, you’ll have done all the hard thinking and know exactly what to do to get your life back on track.

Take care of yourself!

Do you have any more ideas when it comes to things to do at home while self-isolating? Let me know in the comments!

Katie Davies is the Yorkshire-based freelance writer who founded The Trendy Tourist. In the last three years, she has written for over 100 companies on a range of subjects, from fashion to marketing. When she’s not producing content, you can find her shopping, exploring a new place or sitting somewhere having a cup of builder’s tea.

2 responses to “110 Things to Do at Home While Self-Isolating”

  1. Oh my gosh this list must have taken you ages! Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas with us. I’d love to do some painting haha, I might have to buy some paints from Amazon xo

    Makeup Muddle

    • katie says:

      Aww you’re very welcome, Gemma! I’m so happy that you find this list useful.

      Oh, painting is the best! It makes me feel so calm. Go for it!


      – Katie xo

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