Top 30 Activities for 14-Day Self-Isolation – The COVID-19 outbreak doesn't have to be all bad… Try these activities for self-isolation.
It seems like the whole world is on lock-down right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. For at least the next 2 weeks North America will be stuck at home.
You could choose to look at this like torture, but why not choose to look at it as an opportunity. An opportunity to do things that you don't normally make time to do.
“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.” ~ Kitty O'Meara⠀
Holley plans to wash her laundry, fold it AND put it away. She expects that this may take her the full 14 days.
Top 30 Activities for 14-Day Self-Isolation
1. Spring Clean/Dust/Marie Kondo Your House
One of the most obvious responsible adult options on this list. If you haven't checked out the Marie Kondo Method of decluttering and tidying up, maybe now's the time.
2. Read/Listen to Audible Books
If you're like me, you don't make time to read books in your everyday life. This year I decided to subscribe to Audible so that I can digest books in audio format.
I'm currently listening to “The Illusion of Money” by Kyle Cease and “The Way of the Iceman: How the Wim Hof Method Creates Radiant, Longterm Health”
3. Watch Outbreak Movies on Netflix/Prime Video
What better way to deal with a world-changing viral outbreak than to spin out watching fictionalized worst-case scenarios?
There are a ton of great movies and series to immerse yourself in while making yourself crazy OR choosing to realize that we're lucky that COVID-19 isn't as dangerous as the black plague or zombie apocalypse. Yet…
What's the number one reason that you don't cook all the time? (Let us know in the comments below)
I bet it's lack of time. Guess what? You've got time now!
I know this website with awesome recipes. What was it called? Something sexual sounding. Oh right, The Primal Desire!
Take a break from all of this. Stop worrying about what you're missing at work, the outbreak movies you've been watching, and your toilet paper supply.
Quiet the monkey mind for half an hour or so.
Need help? The Chopra Center has guided meditations, but you can find many on YouTube as well.
6. Learn a New Skill/Take Online Courses
Time to learn how to knit or crochet in case you're toilet paper runs out. You can learn how to do anything online these days. (Unfortunately, we still haven't put an online course together. Maybe that's what we'll be doing…)
Here are just a few FREE resources to check out:
- 450 Ivy League Courses – Free courses from Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale, Penn, and Princeton. Whoa.
- 30+ Virtual Field Trips – So you're stuck at home… Physically. Why not explore the world from your screen? Take the kids. No stress about parking or the overpriced shitty food in the cafeterias and hot dog stands. And no lines!
- For the kids: Free online courses from Scholastic So they don't get dumb. They're our future and all.
7. Do Some Art
Use your time and energy to be creative. What is your creative outlet in “real life”? What did you used to do but no longer make time for?
I've got some drawings that my dad has wanted for years. Sorry Pop: I'm still unlikely to get that last one to you right now.
8. At-Home Workout Routine/Challenge
2-Week Pushup Challenge? Plank-challenge? Or some other form of at-home physical activity. YouTube is a great source of ideas and workouts.
Many gyms are doing online classes as well. There is no shortage of things you can do outside the gym, so that can't be your excuse. #sorrynotsorry
9. Vacuum the Crap From Under Your Car Seats
Well, when else are you gonna get under there?
10. Start an Online Business (or join The Primal Desire's Beautycounter Team)
You're not at work. You're strapped for cash. And you're not passionate about your job. Why not think about starting your own thing.
I've even got a place for you to get motivated: Pat Flynn's Smart Passive Income.
11. Creative Writing
You're not an artist? How about doing some creative writing about the collapse of society, economy, and current political structures (Is this how Margaret Atwood came up with Handmaid's Tale? Is this the unexpected end to the reign of the “orange bean bag chair of evil“?)
Make sure you send us a copy!
12. Use the Frozen Bananas in the Freezer
Find a fun recipe to use the frozen bananas collecting in your freezer. (This is the other thing I think Holley might be working on.)
13. Masturbating*/Order New Sex Toy
Don't pretend you weren't already thinking about it.
Even if you're not in the market for a new toy, it's worth checking out the reviews of this one.
*I can't take credit for this one. Thanks for the help #FK group!
14. Listen to Podcasts
Covering any topic imaginable. The app I like to use is Podcast Addict.
Oh, baby! When was the last time you were able to have regular afternoon naps?! Do it. Do it. No really, go do it!
But be careful: you're going to miss them when they're gone.
16. Make Toilet Paper Roll Sculptures
Now I'm wishing that we had stockpiled after all! I'm sure if I'd asked one of those 4-Costco-pack people why they were buying so much TP, this would have been their answer…
17. Perfect Your Selfie Game
I happen to know that there are a bunch of articles and YouTube videos to help you perfect your selfie-taking skills. Have fun!
18. Find Spiritual Enlightenment
I was serious about this one. Now's a great time to dedicate to spirituality in whatever form is right for you. 🙏🏽
19. Have a Political Debate With Your Plants
Holley suggested this and we laughed. And then she looked around the room and said, “I'm sure we have some that are far right.”
I looked around and replied, “I actually think our plants are all pretty liberal.”
20. Skype/Video Calls
It's the best thing we've got right now really. Send us some video messages on social media – that's how I've been trying to reply to messages that people send us recently.
21. Gratitude Journal
If you've never done this, I'm so excited that you're about to! It is one of the best activities.
Every day (I recommend first thing in the morning and the last thing before bed) for a month, write 3-5 things that you are grateful for. Big or small.
I love the little ones: the perfect morning light, the smell of a freshly peeled orange, a smile from a stranger, etc.
Bonus points if you have a friend who you share these with each day, and have them do the same thing.
22. Online Shopping
23. Board Games
Here are a few board games to play with your family/housemates in between wanting to wring each other's necks:
Need a break from your housemates? Play online:
24. Go For a Hike
Just because you're self-isolating and social-distancing does not mean that you can't get outside.
So do it. Get outside.
Enjoy some time in nature. Everyone knows that we're supposed to do this regularly for optimal health, but do you do it? It seems like the optimal time.
25. Discover/Create a New Porn Genre
I hear that there is a lot of “weird” stuff out there. No judgment. Let's call is “non-conventional”.
How cool would it be to invent your own genre? Then add that to your resume!
Sidenote: Porn isn't my thing. Not because I'm against it or anything. I mean, I've seen a few that I liked but I find the fakeness distracting. I've been told that my thing would be considered “feminist porn”. There's a rabbit hole for you to go down LOL.
Post Apocalyptic Toilet Paper Porn
26. Have a Bath
Embrace some you-time. Epson salts, bubbles, some tea or wine, maybe some incense, and… breathe.
27. Write an Old Friend
Because of social distancing, we have time to think about how important the people are in our lives. Reach out to someone you haven't spoken to in a while.
…like no one's watching. Dance with your plants. Kitchen dance. Be goofy.
But don't play the music so loud that you're pissing off your neighbors. How would you feel if they were the ones doing it?
29. Make Plans
The world will be changed by this shared experience. It may take some time before it is fully realized what this will look like, but this is an opportunity.
Having this chance to step back from your everyday rat-race is a chance to look at your life and decide if you want to make some changes. Work less? Do more with your time off? Change jobs? Go camping? Spend more time in nature?
30. Research Something….
How to get away with murdering your kids while being stuck in the house together for 2 weeks. That's a joke, people. How'd you make it this far into the list and now you're offended?
In all seriousness: Please do NOT waste all of this time that has been given to you watching TV or being on social media – unless you're doing a deep-dive into The Primal Desire accounts.
Let me make it easy for you with a few links:
Let us know what needs to be added to this list of Top 30 Activities for 14-Day Self-Isolation and what you're doing with your time.