COVID-19: 20 Things to Do While You’re Self-Isolating

April 11, 2020

Photo of a person daubing a paintbrush into watercolors

Carla Carlton, executive editor of Bellarmine Magazine, shares these tips for dealing with additional weeks of self-isolation.

You’ve finally caught up on your sleep and every series on Netflix. What started as sort of an adventure is now a drag. Yes, self-isolating could be worse, but knowing that doesn’t make anyone feel better. So we’ve come up with 20 things to help pass the time. We’d love to hear your ideas, too. Share them with us at There! That’s No. 21.  

  1. Make elaborate Star Wars snowflake cutouts and hang them in your windows.
  2. Give yourself a mani-pedi.
  3. Write letters to your friends/parents/grandparents and tell them how much they mean to you.
  4. Learn more than one way to tie a scarf. This video shows you 25. (Trigger warning: The display may remind you of a Zoom screen.)
  5. Learn Shakespearean insults here. Use them.
  6. Do your taxes. (DON’T look at your 401k or 403b.)
  7. Start a blog or a journal.
  8. Decorate rocks with messages of hope and leave them along well-traveled sidewalks.
  9. Have a Netflix Party and give the movie the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (MST3K) treatment. Throw in some Shakespearean insults!
  10. Form a Quarantine Singalong group like this one in San Francisco that started on March 18 and had more than 43,000 members in less than a week.
  11. Finally read Moby-Dick. (Naaaah, there’s still plenty of time for that.)
  12. Try a new fitness app.
  13. Facetime/Skype with your grandparents or parents. Ask them about what life was like when they were your age. Record it.
  14. Get creative: Paint by numbers. Mold with Play-Doh. Finger paint. Just create!
  15. Clean out the junk drawer.
  16. Visit a virtual museum. Google “virtual museum” for links to dozens of online collections.
  17. Teach your dog a new trick.
  18. Feed the birds, then identify which ones come calling.
  19. Use a meditation app.
  20. Learn to fold a fitted sheet. (Ha! This one’s a trick. No one can fold a fitted sheet.)


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