20 Activities To Try At Home While Self-Quarantined

The state of affairs are grim, to say the least. Many of us are now working from home, which for some, can certainly feel foreign.

With the CDC encouraging the general public to practice social distancing, we’re left with one question: WTF are we supposed to do at home, indefinitely?!

Well, lucky for you, we’ve curated a list of 20 activities to try at home while self-quarantining and social distancing. 

Binge watch a series that you’ve been meaning to watch forever, but just haven’t gotten around to

You know, that one show that all of your friends are always referencing, serving as a constant reminder that you still haven’t dedicated the time or square footage in your brain to watch it. Sopranos, anyone?! Need some ideas to get you started? Check out our list of shows for the cannabis enthusiast

Puzzles

These archaic forms of entertainment are making quite the comeback in the age of Corona. I guarantee you at least one person in your social circle has purchased a 1,000 piece puzzle this week. Join the movement, and check out piecework for some good thousand-piecers.

Give Yourself a Trim

I know, this one sounds crazy. But, let’s be realistic—even if you botch it, we’re social distancing, remember?! By the time your hair grows back, we’ll have returned to normalcy (hopefully) and you can head over to your hairdresser for a touch up.

Learn How to Roll

What better time to perfect the art? Our friends at Leafly are here to guide you every step of the way.

Make a Inspo Board

Pull together all those magazines you’ve been saving, power up your computer and print some of your favorite pins from Pinterest, and make an inspo or mood board. Tape to your wall or glue to a piece of cardboard.

Clean Up Your Physical Space

Realistically, this probably should’ve been number one on the list. But binge watching, doing puzzles, and rolling joints all felt like high priorities.

Throw a Virtual Dance Party

Staying sedentary at home can make us feel stir crazy. Don’t forget to get up and MOVE! Facetime your friends, throw on Rosebud’s Get Up & Move mix, and get weird. Or join us on Friday March 20th for a virtual dance party!

Refresh Your Space

You know that moment when you’re scrolling through your feed, and you come across a post from Apartment Therapy or Abigail Bell Vintage only to remember that you’ve been wanting to give your place an update, but just haven’t had the time? Well now, you’ve got plenty! Check out Rosebud’s Pinterest for inspo.

Update Your Resume

Tweaking your resume is one of those tedious, painstaking tasks that we only seem to get around to when we’re job searching. Get ahead of the curve, and make yourself look good on paper!

Test Out New Recipes

With seamless, postmates, uber eats, and grub hub at our fingertips, how often do we really get creative in the kitchen anymore? Open up the cabinets, see what you’re working with, and test out some new recipes. We highly recommend anything by the one and only Alison Roman. Better yet, shoot Julia Turshen a DM and she’ll grace you with some ‘how-to-cook-with everything in the fridge’ sage advice. Or checkout our recipe series with Brightland Olive Oil.

Make a Playlist for Your Friends

Any High Fidelity fans in the house?! Let’s make Rob proud and create custom playlists for our friends and loved ones. If you’re lucky enough to be on the receiving end of one, be sure to listen in order—Mack said it best, “thou shall not shuffle the lady’s playlist”.

Language Practice

Wouldn’t it be nice if those language skills on your resume were true? Download duolingo, and brush up on your Spanish, French, Italian, or whatever tickles your fancy. Au revoir.

Show Your Plants Some Love

Your pets aren’t the only ones who are happy you’re home—studies have shown that plants respond positively when their owners speak to them. Show these BBs some love, and maybe even consider repotting some that look ready for a more spacious home!

Home Workouts

Unfortunately, working out at the gym may not be the best idea right now with the accelerated spread of COVID-19. For many, this means it’s time to get creative at home—check out Obe Fitness for some killer home workouts.

Get Rid of Anything That Doesn’t Spark Joy

Time to Marie Kondo your closet. Clear some space, and let go of anything that doesn’t spark joy.

Prioritize Mental Health

In major cities like New York, there’s a serious perpetuation of ‘busy culture’, but what isn’t talked about is the serious impact this culture has on mental health. We continue to pile on work, social obligations, side projects, workouts, and so much more—but for some reason, we rarely approach mental health with the same sense of urgency. Take this time as an opportunity to look inward, reflect on the things you feel grateful for, meditate, and nurture the mind however you choose.

Movie Marathon and Takeout

With the 24/7 news cycle, the constant CoronaVirus updates can cause anxiety, and even feel exhausting at times. Sometimes you just have to order in, and tune everything out—check out Vulture’s list of what to watch on Netflix right now.

Start a Book Club

Social distancing doesn’t have to mean total isolation—get a group together, and start a virtual book club! Can’t decide what book to start with? We’re loving Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino.

Plan a Trip

With restricted travel, many have had to postpone weddings, honeymoons, vacations, and other trips. While there might be restricted travel for the foreseeable future, it never hurts to plan ahead. Dream a little, and take some time to explore any places you might want to check out down the line!

Snail Mail

Anyone remember pen pals?! Let’s revive the ancient art form of written letters and brighten someone’s day with some good ol’ fashioned snail mail.


While we of course understand that COVID-19 is not to be taken lightly, we wanted to take this opportunity to make light of an otherwise grim situation, especially while the community is being inundated with news regarding the spread of this virus.  

We encourage everyone to follow the suggestions of the CDC, and we hope that members of the community are able to stay safe and healthy during this time.

From our remote team to yours, happy quarantining!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *