Suggestions from Sharon
1. Watch a program on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.
2. Read a new book. Half of the fun of reading a new book is finding it. eReaders are a great resource for browsing scores of contemporary titles, as well as free classics, such as Tales of the Brothers Grimm.
3. Reread an old book.
4. Watch YouTube animal videos.
5. Exercise (It’s free and it’s good for you).
6. Turn to Pinterest for D.I.Y. and inspired upcycling ideas.
7. Play your favourite music and get up and dance. Tom Cruise did it in Risky Business.
8. Write reviews for your Amazon purchases. It’s oddly addictive to do and helps your fellow buyers.
9. Write a poem. Turn to the internet for how to write haikus, limericks, ballads and more.
10. Draw, if you are artistically inclined.
11. Take some photographs around the house or of the world outside your window using either a stand-alone camera, or the one built into your phone.
12. Skype or Face Time with someone you don’t normally see.
13.Start an Instagram or Twitter for your pet.
14. Try out a new cocktail recipe with ingredients around the house.
15. Bake some biscuits.
16. Create your own nut butter, be it almond, peanut, or walnut. Get creative!
17. Create your own pesto with a fresh green (basil, spinach, rocket, etc.), olive oil, your nut of choice, fresh parmesan, and salt and pepper.
18. Make a collage with magazines and newspapers sitting around the house. Frame and hang it for cheap, D.I.Y. wall art.
19. If you know an instrument, play it.
20. Go window shopping online. It’s like window shopping at the mall, but the multiple checkout steps are a deterrent for actually buying anything.
21. Make a sock puppet with an old sock and odds and ends around the house.
22. Brew and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. Take time to savour the beverage, and pick out flavour notes.
23. Run diagnostic, clean up, and maintenance tasks on your computer, such as running an antivirus software and making sure your computer is completely up to date.
24. Collect clothing and nonperishable food items you no longer want for donation. This idea is double duty: You are giving to those in need and de-cluttering your home. (Probably best to wait a while before actually doing anything with them).
25. Take online quizzes on websites like Buzzfeed.com.
26. Explore your phone or tablet’s app store and make use of free apps.
27. Create a blog on a website such as blogger.com or wordpress.com.
28. Organize a cluttered area of your house, such as your wardrobe or your junk drawers. It’s cathartic and sometimes fun going through your belongings and paring down to only those that you need and use.
29. Learn how to get the most out of your phone. If you have internet access there are zillions of videos. Just google your phone model.
30. Start (if you haven't already) a diary. These are momentous times we are going through. Hopefully we can look back on them and learn something.
This is a solid list to get you started. Entertaining yourself sometimes takes loads of creativity. Next time you are bored, take a look around your space and find something you haven’t used for a while, or something that needs to be organized and get to work. And with a plethora of free and cheap entertainment options on the internet, there is no end to the ways to entertain yourself at home.
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