Are you social distancing? 23 things you can do to keep yourself busy

Try these activities to keep you busy when confined at home during COVID-19...

Emily Stedman

With the world practising self-isolation and social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, all individuals in the UK have been urged to work from home if they can. But staying in can be just as fun and productive as going out, with HELLO!'s tips to keep boredom at bay during the COVID-19 lockdown. From learning new skills to embracing your inner DIY guru, we've got you covered…

1. Clear out your wardrobe

Dedicate your new-found time and attention to sorting out your clothes, declutter your home, ditching items you haven't worn for six months and co-ordinating clothes into sections so it's easier to browse in the mornings. This is a great opportunity to get inspired by new outfits or rediscover an old favourite.

What you'll need: Vacuum storage bags



Vacuum storage bags, £3 each, Amazon

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2. Give yourself a manicure

Sometimes it's the small things in life that make us feel better, with a fresh manicure being up there. Take some time for yourself, push your cuticles down, slather on some hand cream and choose a shade that makes you smile from ear to ear.

What you'll need: An at-home gel kit


Le Mini Macaron Gel Kit, £60, ASOS


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3. Read a book

It's time to read that book that's been sat on your shelf for the last few months. Get inspired by a best-selling memoir, indulge in a celeb-approved book or escape to a different world for a few hours. Hot drink and blanket desirable.

What you'll need: A Kindle Paperwhite 


Kindle Paperwhite, £119.99, Amazon


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4. Do evening drinks (from home)

More and more of us are turning to virtual slumber parties on video apps like  Houseparty and Zoom so we can keep up with friends, have a laugh, a glass of wine or three, and make the best of the lockdown.

What you'll need: Your girls, wine, and maybe some snacks

5. TV

Did you miss the Game of Thrones craze or are you late to the Grey's Anatomy party? Now's the time to catch up on all that TV you've been curious about, so get comfy and get ready to commit hours of your life to watching someone else's dramas. If you want to watch the Kardashians from day one, be sure to sign up to hayu.

What you'll need: a hayu subscription


hayu subscription, one month free and £4.99 after, hayu


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6. Watch Disney movies 

How often do you get a chance to sit around and watch Disney movies all weekend? Disney+ has officially launched, so prepare to be obsessed! 

What you'll need: A Disney+ subscription


Disney+ Subscription, £59.99, Disney+


7. Do a crossword/Sudoku

Looking for something a bit more challenging? Put your brain to the test and do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle and see how far you can get. There are lots of online crosswords or word puzzles which means you don't have to leave the house to have a go.

What you'll need: A crossword challenge


Collins crossword challenge book, £5.99, Amazon


8. Make a photo album/back up your phone pictures

Remember that girls' holiday you took in 2016 or when you swam with dolphins? Ensure that memories like this are treasured by taking the time to compile a photo album or scrapbook. Similarly, make a back-up of photos on your phone, to ensure you don't lose them in years to come.

What you'll need: Scrapbooks 


Scrapbooks, £15.99, Amazon


9. Plant some flowers

Introduce some welcome colour to your house or garden and plant some flowers. Now that the sun is shining, it's the ideal time to get out in the garden and watch your flowers bloom. 

What you'll need: A gardening kit


9-piece gardening kit, £34.99, Amazon


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10. Start a blog

Are you the modern-day Carrie Bradshaw or Bridget Jones? Or does your fashion taste rival that of Olivia Palermo and Estée Lalonde? Use your down-time wisely and start a blog to share your thoughts or favourite hobbies. WordPress is a favourite with most bloggers and it's very simple to use. 

What you'll need: A tripod


Tripod, £7.89, Amazon


11. Marie Kondo your drawers

In the words of everyone's favourite Japanese organisation expert, if it doesn't 'spark joy' it's got to go. Sift between socks, underwear and whatever else is lurking in the depths of your drawers and reap the rewards of a tidy and organised chest of drawers.

What you'll need: Drawer dividers


Drawer organiser, £11.99, Amazon


MORE: 5 lessons everyone can learn from Netflix's Marie Kondo

12. Bake

Indulge your sweet tooth and try a Bake Off masterpiece of your own at home. David Beckham loves baking and has taken to social media to show off a delicious lemon drizzle cake. We're opting for a rainbow cake because the family need cheering up. 

What you'll need: A rainbow cake set


Rainbow cake set, £24.99, Amazon


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13. Learn how to knit

Pick up your needles and take the time to hone a new skill like knitting. Not just for grandmas, knitting is considered incredibly therapeutic and practical.

What you'll need: A instruction manual


Knit Yourself Calm: A Creative Path To Managing Stress, £9.99, Amazon


14. Dance it out

Blast out some of your favourite tunes and get dancing in your bedroom, living room or bathroom. Hairbrush microphone optional. 

What you'll need: A karaoke kit


Lucky Voice Karaoke Kit, £53.60, Amazon


15. Exercise

Replace your gym visit with an at-home work-out, with squats, burpees and press-ups all achievable without equipment. Transform your lounge into a yoga space and stretch it out.

What you'll need: A subscription to Fiit


Train free for 14 days and £10 a month after, Fiit


SHOP: The best home gym equipment to make exercising at home easier

16. Make a travel bucket list

Write it down in black and white the places you've yet to explore, the trips you want to take and the food you've got to sample. Similarly, Pinterest is the perfect place to find inspiration and pin places you want to go to.

What you'll need: A map


World map poster, £15.97, Amazon


17. Learn a language

Challenge yourself to learn a new language in just a few weeks, ready for your next trip away. With a ton of apps and websites that give you lessons for free, you've truly run out of excuses not to.

What you'll need: A book to help you


Fluent Forever, £9.99, Amazon


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18. Get your DIY on

Take the time to tackle some interior improvements – be that painting your walls, upholstering old furniture or rearranging a room. Remember health and safety at all times!

What you'll need: A tool set


62-piece tool kit, £15.99, Amazon


19. Call your nan

The chances are you're not the only one that's self-isolating and people will appreciate a friendly chat or text message to let them know you're thinking of them. Call your grandparents to check on them or suggest a funny thread in the girls' WhatsApp group.

What you'll need: A phone stand (there will be some long conversations!)


Pillow stand, £29.99, SLYK


20. Play board games

If you're lucky enough to be in quarantine with company, embrace some old school entertainment and crack out the board games for some light competition. Monopoly should be chosen at your own risk.

What you'll need: Monopoly


Monopoly, £23.10, Amazon


21. Let your creative juices flow

Embark on a creative arts and crafts challenge, from sketching and mindful colouring to pottery. Stuck for ideas? 64 Million Artists have some great suggestions to get you started, launching a two-week daily creative challenge you can get involved in.

What you'll need: Colouring pencils


Colouring pencils, £19.99, Amazon


22. Learn to play an instrument

Dedicate your new-found time to music and learn an instrument that you've always wanted to play.

What you'll need: Headphones (for the sake of your family)


Headphones, £34.99, ASOS


23. Practice, practice, practice

How often do you have time to practice the things that you struggle with when it comes to your beauty routine?! Whether it's doing the perfect eyeliner flick, contouring, or applying false lashes, now's the time to become an expert. 

What you'll need: Faux lashes 


TL7 Faux Me, £9, Tatti Lashes 


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