33 FUN indoor activities to keep you sane during COVID-19 pandemic

33 fun things to do indoors

How many fun indoor activities can you come up with? This list grew from 10 to 15 to 35 and back down to 33. I took a few things off like turning off the news after I decided it wasn’t exactly a fun activity but let’s just say you will probably enjoy doing these fun indoor activities more if you are not listening to the same COVID-19 news coverage on loop.

It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, I am not trying to make light of the situation or glaze over the severity of this global pandemic. Thousands of people are dying and millions are being affected with no immediate end in sight. Many continue to risk their health working essential jobs and are on the front lines helping others without necessary medical equipment. It’s no joke.

For those of us that are lucky enough to be safe at home and smart enough to be respecting social distancing and stay at home mandates, it is important to spread positive vibes, avoid panic and protect our mental wellbeing by not staying in a stressful and negative state. What better way to do that than enjoying some fun indoor activities? Being confined to a small space or even a larger space with multiple people for a prolonged time can get a little rough.

I hope this post will give you some fun ideas on how to interact with your quarantine buddies (if you have them) or keep yourself entertained to exercise your mind, promote emotional resiliency and enjoy life during a sorta unenjoyable time.

In no particular order here are 33 fun indoor activities to help you enjoy the stay at home life and keep you sane!

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1) Meditate for at least 10 mins a day

Meditation on a list of fun indoor activities might not make sense for those who have never meditated. My mom would say it’s borning but give it a shot and maybe you’ll feel what I feel. Last year, I started meditating more frequently and my personal wellbeing has immensely improved. I’m calmer, happier, healthier and have more fun in my day to day life. Full disclosure it may take a few times to fully surrender to the process, but it’s worth the effort!

This book helped me understand meditation: Wherever you go there you are- Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

There are also a lot of free meditation apps like Calm and Headspace. Check out Instagram for motivators like Autumn of @mind.Audi.soul and Chelsea of @chelseakauai. They both share meditation challenges, yoga tips, daily mantras and more!

I am not as consistent as I’d like to be but one good thing about meditation is you can do it anywhere. Even a few mins a day helps reduce stress and anxiety. If you are new to meditation simply try the below three steps to get started.

  1. Sit down comfortably
  2. Close your eyes
  3. Breath in and out following your natural breath

Try guided meditations if you have trouble getting into focus on your own. I LOVE the podcast Meditation Minis with Chel Hamilton.

2) Create a daily schedule

Sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time is something I am still getting used to. Feeling unmotivated and pretty much useless is something I started to get used to after a few weeks of self-isolation. I had basically been self-isolating since I lost my job in early February so by Mid March I was soo ready for my 10 weeks of travel. But yeah that didn’t happen.

By mid-March, my canceled travel blues really set in. Attempting to be more productive I made a daily schedule after hearing it is the best way to stay on track and avoid too much binge-watching when you are stuck at home. Strict schedules really aren’t my thing but writing out a timeline for the day has been really helpful to add structure to each day.

Picture of a daily schedule showing a fun indoor activity that you can do.

3) Get ready for the day

It’s self-care guys! An indoor activity you can have some fun with. It is soo easy to stay in the same comfy clothes, skip a shower or two and not care what you look like when you haven’t left the house for days. I mean I haven’t put on makeup in months but if I knew how to do makeup I’d create different looks for different days.

When it comes to clothing don’t get sucked into the whole “changing into p.m pajamas from your a.m. pajamas” routine. Even a fresh set of workout clothes may get you motivated to work out. A dress for the grocery store? Well, you know what they say… “when you look good, you feel good.”

4) Daily Journal writing

Fun indoor activities, hello journaling. I usually find myself journaling without even thinking about it while traveling. Daily journaling is still a habit I am hoping to develop outside of my travel adventures. After all, a quick google search will return loads of articles on how beneficial journaling is for your health. It is fun to go back and see what you wrote. Sometimes embarrassing but always intriguing.

Check out these articles for more information on journaling benefits:

5) Create an indoor putt-putt course

This might be easier said than done, but what fun to try. Once complete, it is a really fun indoor activity anyone can do. I attempted mine with blankets, cups, yoga mats, kid’s toys and obstacles like blow-up pool floats and stuffed animals. If you don’t have a club, try rolling the ball. I’m still trying to get a hole in one!

6) Create an indoor scavenger hunt

Out of all these fun indoor activities, this one might be the most fun! There are a few ways to play. My preferred way is to create clues that move the “hunter” around the house until they uncover a buried treasure, that I may or may not have asked permission to hide. Such as a phone, car keys, TV remote control, favorite toy or a favorite sweet treat. You can get creative with this one!

If creativity isn’t your thing let Scavenger-fun-hunt.com do it for you. This site is dedicated to all things scavenger hunts. Enjoy finding tips on how to create clever clues, come up with creative themes and how to brainstorm ideas for a day of indoor fun!

7) Exercise your body

Right now you have to take advantage of the FREE workout routines circulating for all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels. Even if you are not a fan of exercising in the traditional sense, I bet you can find something that gets you moving and puts a smile on your face without even realizing it. Do we need to go over the many benefits of exercising? Exercising is a sure-fire way to keep you sane and even get a little time to yourself! Have some indoor calorie-burning fun trying out one of the methods below.

  • @society.miami– Live 1 hr classes on Zoom (a video conference calling app) I LOVE the live classes. They hold you accountable and its fun to see everyone else working out. Download a taped live class and sweat on your own time.
  • @OpenGym– a lot of 20 mins or less bodyweight-only workouts you can do anywhere! Follow them on Instagram for WODs (work out of the day) or in the SugarWOD community. My favorite workouts are the AMRAP (as many reps as possible) in 10 mins!
  • @Sir_Twitch_alot– They have been offering the Boss family dance workouts every M, W, F around 10am PST for the past few weeks free on Instagram Live. Have a dance contest after you learn some new moves!
  • @pamela_rf – Pamela Reif is one of my favorite YouTubers for her 10, 20 and 30 mins no equipment workouts. Good music, good moves, and no talking just sweating!
  • @kinrgy hosted by @juleshough– This is a completely new and unique body movement method that will awaken your soul, focus your mind, sculpt your body and ignite your life! Jules has been hosting 20 min sessions Fridays at 11am PST.

8) Exercise your mind

Hello, brain games! A great way to get off the couch and have some indoor fun while keeping those brain cells working. Publications International puts out a number of fun brain game books filled with a unique number, word and picture puzzles all geared to challenge and lower your brain age.

They also have Criminal mind puzzles and good old sudoku books. Make it a fun indoor activity by challenging your lockdown buddy to the same puzzle and see who finishes first! Amazon has many options available for prime shipping all under $10.

9) Write down daily gratitudes

An easy, simple and fun indoor activity that has so many wellness benefits. Every day there are endless things to be thankful for no matter what you are going through. Writing them down especially during times you may feel defeated will help you physically, psychologically and socially. It is said the more we appreciate, the happier we are. Make it fun by creating your own template. I used Canva to create the two below. Feel free to use them or make your own. Also, those who practice daily gratitudes are said to have a better immune system. We all need a little bit of that right now!

10) Write out daily, weekly and monthly goals

And for the fun part, achieve them! I love the feeling of achievement. I’ve set a few daily goals and am still working on new bigger goals over the next few months. Day to day I’m focused on working out and completing a number of tasks for SeeingSam.com, like finishing this fun indoor activities post. I’ve been working on it for about two weeks now!

Having trouble achieving goals? This book: Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise helped me understand the power of habits that helped turn my goals into reality. Buy it on Amazon or listen to it at audiable.com with a free 30-day trial.

33 FUN indoor activities to keep you sane during the COVID-19 pandemic

11) Listen to a Podcast

I remember not having a clue as to what podcasts were back in the early 2000s. Fast forward 10 years and I started listening to podcasts every time I got in my car. There are soo many different podcasts covering a wide range of topics, almost anything has a podcast these days. Turn this one into a fun indoor activity by finding the right ones for you or even creating your own!

Here are a few I have been listening to lately.

  • Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations – LOVE LOVE LOVE. “Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you.”
  • Oprah’s Master Class – Hear from icons, in their own words as they reflect back on their own personal stories and reveal some of their greatest life lessons.
  • Meditation minis with Chel Hamilton – My a.m. go-to for a refreshing start to my day.
  • The Tony Robbins Podcast – Life and business motivation to help you live an extraordinary life.
  • The Melissa Ambrosini Show – Considered a self-help guru, her mission is to share inspiring interviews that will motivate you to create the most healthy, exciting and meaningful life possible.
  • The Blogging Millionaire – If you are a blogger this one is a must!
  • Terrible, Thanks for Asking with Nora McInerny – This one is about talking honestly about feelings no matter what they may be.
  • Overheard at National Geographic – The world is an AMAZING place!
  • Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino – Watch Bravo? Feel like laughing? Try this one. Comedy podcasts have been the hardest for me to find. I’ve only listened to a few episodes but haven’t stopped laughing since!

12) Spring clean your home and closets.

It couldn’t be a better time to wash, wipe, dust, mop and disinfect your home. There are soo many positive effects of a clean home not to mention killing off those pesky COVID-19 germs, what’s more, rewarding than that?

Don’t forget about your closets! Another fun indoor activity that will leave you with some peace of mind, help reduce stress and increase productivity.

Play some music, have a try on party and toss anything you haven’t worn in a year. Living with less always feels best! Once you have that clothing closest looking fresh head to the utility closet, garage or that spare room that has become a dumping ground for who knows what.

Donate what you are not using to local charities or churches in your area. International charities like Dress for Success or Goodwill also have local donation locations. You can find those by searching the links above.

If you want to recoup some of your investments on “like new” items you could try to resell them. Apps like Poshmark, Tradesy, Letgo and eBay make it pretty easy to earn a few extra bucks if you find some extra time on your hands.

13) Have an at-home spa day

One of the most relaxing and fun indoor activities for all! You can pamper yourself with at-home spa treatments or take turns with your quarantine buddies giving massages, foot rubs, hair treatments, and facials. This article from the Realbuzz gives 10 great ideas for inexpensive, at-home spa treatments.

One of my favorite exfoliating face scrubs is made from coconut oil, sugar, and lemon. I love clicking through the blog Hello Glow for many natural and at-home remedies to “keep you glowing inside and out.” Check out some of their easy beauty DIYs here.

14) Make money

Woo hoo making money is fun! You won’t be getting rich off reselling or online games (well most of us won’t be) but a few extra dollars never hurt anyone. Here are a few articles loaded with online money-making options.

About 4 years ago I earned $80 in a month doing surveys with Inboxdollars, it was a fun activity for a few hours a day. I stopped after the 1st month since earnings went way down based on available offers (they offer a lot of sign up bonuses in the first month) and the time to money ratio wasn’t worth it.

I’ve racked in $184.20 selling my gently used clothing and NWT (new with tags) clothing on eBay and Poshmark in the last 6 weeks. I listed about 20 items and sold 7 of them. I did everything on my phone. You can even schedule a shipping pick up from a specified carrier and never have to leave your house making online reselling another fun indoor activity!

If reselling is something you want to try, make sure you sell on a platform that is best suited for what you are selling. Whether it is electronics, clothing, luxury accessories or living room furniture there is a platform best suited for it.

Before choosing a platform make sure you read their policies and pay attention to fees, payouts and shipping services. It might not be worth it if the fees are too high or if you have to pay to ship. It is always good to do a quick search for the item you want to sell to feel out the competition and selling price before you decide if reselling will work for you.

Clothing:

  • Poshmark – A social experience where you follow and are followed and are encouraged to participate in Posh Parties bringing Poshers together selling like themed items. They charge a selling fee from $2.95-20% and a standard shipping rate the buyer pays for.
  • Thredup -The largest online consigner out there for kids and adults. Order a “Clean out Kit,” fill it up and send it off. Their payouts range from 5%-80%.
  • Tradesy – Sell your designer goods here and earn a credit to use on Tradesy.com or pay 2.9% transfer fee to get $$ into your pay-pal or bank account.
  • The Real Real – Consignment for High-end Luxury garments that are guaranteed to be 100% authenticated by their own team. They buy your items for a flat price and then sell on their site.
  • Grailed Best for men’s clothing.

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  • LetGo and OfferUp– These platforms are both great for selling locally. Larger items like furniture have done well on here for me.
  • Facebook Marketplace – You can rent your house or sell a car. Items for local pick up or shipping are both available.
  • Craigslist – The face of this site hasn’t changed much. It still focuses on classified advertisements.

If you are an artist or have some skills with SEO, writing or graphic design there are even more options to sell your talents.

  • Etsy.com A handcrafted and vintage lover’s paradise.
  • Fiverr.com – Freelance services. Many “gigs” start at $5 but you will find a slew different offerings available from brains around the world.
  • Upwork.com – This site allows a customer to post a project from a range of topics and received bids from quality talent or agencies.

15) Connect with friends

Zoom, Facetime, Instagram Live, Facebook live, House Party, Skype are just some of the fun ways to visually engage with friends and family when social distancing is the responsible thing to do. We are all in this together! Connecting and supporting each other to keep that sense of community will make things easier for all.

Having virtual everything is so hott right now! Zoom has made it so easy to happy hour, workout and catch up with friends. The House Party app allows you to play games with each other in real-time. Add me if you feel like playing (ladysamantha). It is one of those super fun indoor activities you have to try!

Photo by Ella Olsson on Unsplash

16) Cook something new

When speaking of fun indoor activities, cooking has to be one. If cooking isn’t the fun part, then eating must be!

If you are like me and hate the cleanup part, opt for super easy no clean up snacks. I wrote about 15 of my favorite snack ideas that are all tasty and easy to make with common ingredients found from almost anywhere in the world. Try one and let me know how you like it!

I also love a ton of recipes from Charlotte of @confessionsofacleanfoodie. Many are healthier alternatives to mouthwatering classics.

17) Play Games

Yesss, please! Fun indoor activities have to include games. I look forward to playing games every day. From acting games to dice games and everything in between it’s hard not to find something for everyone. Most anything can be turned into a game!

We are currently cranking out a healthy dose of game playing over at the Stamps’ house. Here is a look at some of my favorites.

Thinking Games

  • Taboo – This is probably my favorite game but no one ever wants to play. It is a fast paced thinking and guessing game. It’s fun but you do have to be focused, especially if you are on my team, I play to win!
  • Code Names – This one can be tricky. It’s most fun when you challenge yourself and try to get your partner to guess at least three code words in one round without guessing the assassin word. Tricky Tricky I tell you!

Card Games

  • Karma – We have been playing a round of this one almost every day. I think it is because I am always the first winner and everyone just wants to beat me. Sorry kids, not a chance!
  • Phase 10 – This one can take a while to finish (sometimes two hours) but it is super fun to play. Just make sure you remember what phase you are on. If not, you can forget about winning!
  • 3 Kings – Another fun card game that tends to finisher quicker than Phase 10. Points count against you and each round hosts a different wild card. I’m usually not the winner but I always kill a few rounds happily dumping points on others.

Word Games

  • Banana Grams- A while back I was lucky enough to be invited on an island-hopping Caribbean cruise. Every morning and evening we pulled out the banana. A fun take on scrabble, it was a boat party winner- and still is!
  • Boggle – I love this word finding game. There are a lot of variations of this one. I oftentimes play solo on my phone to keep my brain working. I feel so smart when I get a 6 letter word or more haha. It doesn’t last for long but it feels so good in the moment

Dice Games

  • Farkel- Out of all the games, I think this one tends to be the most fun and easy to play. You will need an honest scorekeeper and two dice- that’s it! They have a mini travel version I usually bring on airplanes. My mom even has a felt-lined tray so we can play quietly anywhere we are.

18) Learn a new language

Why not expand your mind and do something not only fun but enriching while in that coronavirus lockdown? Now that leisure vacations are on hold you have time to become a language pro.

These three apps are some of the most commonly used language apps out there. Most use the freemium model. Babbel is currently offering 50% discount on its premium subscriptions.

  • Duolingo – allows you to learn multiple languages at a time using games, fun colors, and graphics to help you learn, visually and audibly.
  • Babbel – prompts 10-15 mins lessons to help you learn on the go and learn words and phrases tailored to a specific interest.
  • Memrise – includes videos from “locals” to help you understand actual conversations. They use memory techniques and an algorithm for customized learning experiences. The full program unlocks when you subscribe to the Pro membership.

19) Learn a new skill or perfect ones you already know

It is the perfect time to brush up on new skills or perfect those you pushed to the side when you didn’t have time. Ever wanted to learn how to change a tire? Learn how to build a table? Play the piano? Now is your time! Try searching YouTube for an endless supply of tutorials on almost anything you can think of.

Also, check out Skillshare. It is a great learning tool (app and desktop) to help you do just that! There are thousands of courses available covering interests from photography, design, and animation, to SEO, business and writing. They are currently giving you 2 months free when you sign up making it another fun indoor activity for all!

You made it to #20! How many of these fun indoor activities have you already done?

20) Plan a trip

What a better way to fuel some wanderlust than planning a trip? Eventually, it will be safe to travel again so why not get a head start on the planning process and find some bucket list travel adventures from the comfort of your own home? I wouldn’t recommend booking anything just yet but remembering the world’s beauty is a great way to stay in a happy place and keep yourself sane!

Take a look at these photo tours to help inspire your next trip

21) Arts and Crafts

Who says kids get to have all the fun? There are plenty of at-home craft ideas for adults and ones that only require household items. Easter is coming….do you celebrate? I love a good egg blowing party. Coloring, painting, creating and crafting has always had a way of calming me. Pinterest is my fav go-to for creative ideas. Here are a few other websites with hundreds of ideas. You can still order many supplies online and have them delivered. In most areas, Michael’s Crafts is offering a buy online with curbside pick up, with plenty of coupons.

If you don’t feel like making anything follow @worldofartists on Instagram and get lost in their feed of creativity!

22) Have a dance party

Just dance! I promise it will make you feel better. Don’t even think of saying “I can’t dance” it is just about moving and groovin, letting loose and having fun! Alexa….play……what’s your go-to dance song?

Really don’t know where to start? Twitch and Allison of the Boss family hosts dance sessions every M-T-W. Link in #7 “Exercise your body”

23) Karaoke anyone?

Who doesn’t love a solid car riding sing along? That doesn’t have to stop just because you are staying inside. Turn it up and belt it out. Take it to the next level and have your own lip-sync battle. Turn it up a notch with costumes and props and why not throw in some solid dance moves for the ultimate fun indoor activity!

You can also sing along with your favorite artist at Live Nation.com. Their LIVE FROM HOME virtual hub is updated daily to give you access to content hosted by your favorite artists.

24) Make a video

It feels like everyone is making videos these days. I mean Hello TikTok. I just signed up and I am now teaching my self (and my mom, my dad won’t bite) every dance challenge I can think of. It’s a work in progress. But I guess we have time!

I’ve attempted editing travel videos in the past and I will say there is a bit of a learning curve. However, if you are a novice like me there are a few video creating apps that help ease the guessing game. Some of the ones I use are listed below

  • Quick– This app from GoPro is super easy to use. Even my technology crippled mom can use it with ease!
  • Videoshop – This one allows a bit more options to make your footage unique. Add sound effects and use the speed function to speed up or slow down sections of footage
  • iMovie– I also use this one. Good for beginners as the templates are easy to use.

In addition to the above, there are hundreds of others. VSCO, Adobe Spark Video, Cute Cut, and Splice, are a few more I’ve heard of. I have never used them, but if you have thoughts let me know in the comments below!

25) Send handwritten notes to friends or family

A classic that has pretty much been replaced with text messages and emails. Why not take a stab at making someone’s day by sending them a handwritten note? Add a doodle or a sticker and imaging their face lighting up when they get the mail and have something more than bills and mass coupon mailers.

If you dont have anyone to write to, send a letter to me!
Samantha Stamps
PO Box 897
Lutz, FL 33548

26) Read a book

Cozying up with a good book can be so rewarding. In the past, it has been hard to slow down enough for me to enjoy a good book more than once every few months. I’m also a picky book reader- if I’m not into it I put it down pretty fast. Huge fan of murder mysteries and thrillers. I’ve never read a James Patterson novel I didn’t like, Alex Cross is my favorite. Last year I read and loved The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

Some others I’d recommend (from all different genres)

  • A Land Remembered|Patrick D. Smith|Historical Fiction
    • Based on historical south Florida from 1858-1968
  • Let My People Go Surfing|Yvon Chouinard|Memoir
    • The founder of Patagonia, Inc. shares how his values and beliefs became one of the most environmentally conscious companies of all time.
  • I Am Malala|Christina Lamb and <alala Yousafzai|Biography & Autobiography
    • It is the story of a girl from Pakistan who fought for woman’s education who in turn was shot in the head by the Taliban and made an astonishing recovery

Here are some other books that have been recommended to me:

  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World|Cal Newport
  • Where the Crawdad Sings|Delia Owens
  • Doc Ford Novels|Randy Wayne White
  • Shantaram|Gregory David Roberts
  • Light is the New Black:|Rebecca Campbell
  • The Alchemist|Paulo Coelho
  • The Book Theif |Markus Zusak

Most of the time I borrow actual books. There is something I still love about flipping paper pages. I don’t have a kindle but I download Audiobooks and electronic books from the axis360 app. This app links to the public library and allows up to 10 free checkouts and another 10 holds at a time.

27) Binge-watch

In the world of fun indoor activities, this one is a no brainer right? Catching up on all your favorite shows can be a daunting task. There is so much good tv out there and so much more to choose from. Rest assured if you just don’t feel like getting off the couch one of the many many streaming services that have now been unleashed on the world has got you covered.

Some of my favorites:

Series

  • Criminal Minds|CBS & Netflix
  • The Office| Netflix
  • Suits|USA + Hulu
  • Younger| TV Land + Paramount Network + Hulu
  • Gossip Girl|Netflix
  • Outlander|Netflix + Starz
  • Big Little Lies|HBO
  • Schitts Creek|Netflix
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm|HBO or Hulu
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel|Prime
  • Spinning Out|Netflix

Movies

  • To all the boys I’ve loved before (1 &2)|Netflix
  • The Irishman|Netflix
  • Home Again|Prime Video
  • American Honey|Netflix
  • Crouching TIger, Hidden Dragon|Netflix
  • A Simple Favor|Prime
  • Mission Impossible|Prime
  • Bohemian Rhapsody|HBO
  • Greenbook|Netflix
  • Gone Girl|Netflix

Documentaries|Docuseries

  • Baltimore Rising|HBO
  • Boy Interrupted|HBO
  • Chasing Happiness|Prime
  • The True Cost|Netflix
  • Inside Bill’s Brain|Netflix
  • Forks over Knives|Netflix
  • Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak|Netflix
  • The Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow|Netflix

28) Travel (virtually of course)

Have you ever clicked through explore.org‘s live webcams? If not, here is your chance to explore the world from your computer screen. I traveled to Canada to see the Northern Lights, just watched gorillas chilling in the jungle in Eastern DRC, and yesterday I traveled to Kenya and was lucky enough to watch a family of elephants socialize around a watering hole. I’m also a really big fan of Kitten Rescue Cam. Animals always put a smile on my face!

Museums and galleries might be out of reach for the time being but the free Google Arts & Culture app boasts thousands of virtual tours covering iconic landmarks and famous museums and art galleries. Places like Machu Pichu, the Eiffel tower, Petra Joran, the Guggenheim in New York City; Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; and many more can all be toured virtually.

29) Practice your photography skills

Photography is another great way to have some fun and exercise your creativity! These days most people are using their phones which proves you don’t need an expensive camera to be a photographer. Try snapping photos in a different light and from different angles and perspectives. After you captured something you like try some editing.

Editing is a skill in itself. There are soo many apps that will allow you to manipulate a photo in so many ways. I don’t get too crazy with the edits but here is a good article from digital threads reviewing some of the best photo editing apps out there. I stick to Snapseed, Lightroom, and TouchRetouch.

If you are on Instagram or TikTok follow @wongguy for some of his behind the scene photography wins and indoor challenges. @andipresets also shares some BTS photography tips on her Instagram account.

30) Stretch every morning and night

This one is so rewarding! Turn stretching into a habit and you won’t regret it. Even if it is just a few quick stretches over a few short minutes your body will love you!

After sitting or standing for long periods of time these 5 stretches are my favorite go-to’s, always helping to alleviate my back pain. They are often seen during sun salutations before yoga practice and have many variations to suit all levels. Here is a good video tutorial for the Surya Namaskar variation at yogajournal.com.

  1. Mountain
  2. Forward bend
  3. Cobra
  4. Downward Dog
  5. Child’s Pose

Pocket Yoga hosts an in-depth library of yoga poses complete with images and descriptions of all variations.

31) Shop online (don’t buy if you can’t afford it)

Small businesses are definitely struggling. It’s really heartbreaking. If you can help support them do it! I love finding unique and clever gifts for friends and family and supporting family-owned companies and new startups. There are a ton of projects on crowdfunding websites like GoFundmem, Kickstarter and Indiegogo and of course etsy.com. Read about the different crowdfunding sites here.

When thinking of fun indoor activities this one definitely came to mind. Although I am not in a position to be leisurely spending right now I’m encouraging others who still have a disposable income to. Check out some of the small business I love to support below.

  • Tate and Tilly– one of our favorite local gift boutiques
  • Felt Like Sharing|@feltletterboards – A husband and wife team, handmaking premium letter boards for everyone who has a story to tell.
  • Made by Mary|@madebymary – simple yet meaningful handmade jewelry
  • The Painted Press|@thepaintedpress – handcrafted personalized jewelry dishes
  • Pakt Travel Backpacks – I saw this amazing looking travel backpack crowdfunding on Indiegogo

32) Redecorate your space

Decorating is fun! Moving furniture around, hanging new photos, updating paint colors, creating new spaces and freshening up your home may be just what you need. Try a bit of feng shui and do things like separate work and rest areas, keep your bed on a solid wall away from windows, hang happy art in entryways and according to Laura Cerrano (Feng Shui Manhattan) space out kitchen appliances to make sure opposing elements are not next to or across from each other.

girls having fun laughing on a beach.
Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

33) Make yourself laugh

If we couldn’t laugh we’d cry. So go ahead allow yourself some freedom to feel better and let it out. There is nothing wrong with coping through humor. After all, laughter can be the best medicine and will help you get through these longer than normal days.

Some of my favorite laughable go-to entertainment:

  • Ryan Higa- nigahiga|parody music videos|Youtube
  • @animalsdoingthings|for all funny videos and memes|Instagram
  • @iamzoie|the commentary hahaha|Instagram
  • @kcstauffer|mom of cute kids making funny videos|Instagram + Youtube
  • @somegoodnews|@johnKrasinski is sharing some good news|Instagram
  • Memeology|Facebook|@officialmemeology|Instagram

oof that was a long one but you made it thank you for reading!! I hope you will try one of these fun indoor activities and let me know how it goes in the comments below.

Stay safe, stay sane, stay home and be COVID-free!

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