Being alone at home doesn’t have to be boring! If you are looking to do something different, here is a list of great ideas for you to do when you are alone at home. What’s special about all of these activities? They are all fun and most of them are free! Let’s begin!
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1. Go for a run
There is nothing better and easier for your health than going for a run. All you need is a pair of running shoes, a T-shirt and a pair of shorts. Get out the door and let fresh air fill up your lungs. You may even be able to spot some naughty squirrels, or bump into someone you know!
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2. Go for a walk
If running is not your thing, why not go for a walk? This low-impact activity not only can provide some great health benefits, but can also uplift your mood. Get a pair of comfortable shoes and get out the door!
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3. Take a YouTube fitness class
Taking YouTube fitness classes is definitely one of the best at-home habits I have discovered during quarantine. These classes are so much fun. There are so many of them online that I am sure you can find one that caters to your fitness level and desired intensity. If you don’t feel like going for a run or a walk because it’s rainy outside, following a YouTube fitness instructor is a great alternative.
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4. Find a self-improvement/motivational channel on YouTube
Other than hosting workout videos, YouTube is also a fantastic source if you need some motivation or self improvement ideas. I am a pretty big fan of Alux.com, though I am sure there are a lot more out there that give you the dose of motivation you need. Find a channel that resonates with you, and subscribe!
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5. Work on a DIY project
For all of us who are into crafts and DIY projects, this is a no-brainer when you have some time alone at home. You can leverage YouTube for this again, though sites like Instructables are also perfect for showing you step-by-step how to make things. You will derive huge satisfaction from making things with your own hands, and you get to share the results with your friends and family!
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6. Make a DIY face mask or body scrub
Speaking of DIY, I love DIY skincare recipes. Simple ingredients like honey, coffee grounds and coconut oil mixed together can work wonders for your skin. Even if they don’t do magic for your face, the heavenly smell and the process of making these simple skincare products alone can bring a smile to my face. Give it a try, and I can guarantee you that you will discover plenty of fun.
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7. Learn something online
If you are not into DIY projects but are still eager to learn, Udemy and Coursera are great sites for you to learn skills from top instructors around the world. If you have the drive, you may even complete a certificate and leverage it to help advance your career!
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8. Browse Wikipedia
If you don’t want to do any structured learning, that’s not a problem! Wikipedia alone has a plethora of knowledge for you to dig through. I sometimes find myself spending hours on Wikipedia learning about historical events and historical figures. Maybe one day you will become a trivia king or queen!
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9. Call a friend or family member
If you are craving some company, now is a great time to call up your friends or family members. By chatting on the phone for a while, you may soon forget that you are home alone!
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10. Plan your vacation
If you can’t go on a vacation right now, then go ahead and start planning! Read travel blogs to find top destinations to go to, and start looking for deals. Remember that you don’t have to travel far in order to have a great vacation. Sometimes, the most beautiful hidden gems can be within driving distance.
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11. Learn about countries on a map
There are almost 200 countries in the world today. How many of those do you know the names of? Where are they located on the map? Once you get the names and the locations down, start exploring the geographical features and learn about the culture and traditions of the countries. They are fascinating. There is no better time than when you are home alone to learn about other countries and appreciate the diversity we have in the world.
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12. Do some gardening
If you have a green thumb, gardening must be your calling. For many of us who live in densely populated cities, gardens are becoming a rarity, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t grow a small herb garden, or a few plants on the balcony or indoors. Growing something is a satisfying experience that all of us can enjoy.
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13. Play with your pets
If you have pets at home, you may never be bored when you are home alone! Give your pets a bath, play with them, or cuddle with them! If you are a pet person, your life can be so much brighter when you have some little animals around.
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Some people may jump at this. “It is so unproductive!” They may say. Although I agree that productivity is important, being too busy may backfire on your personal finance, personal health and general well-being. Since you are alone at home, it is perfectly fine to catch up on sleep. Well, even if you don’t lack sleep, it is perfectly okay to pamper yourself a bit and give yourself the permission to sleep in a little bit more. After all, staying in bed is comfortable.
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15. Watch your favorite TV shows
Okay, this may be another one that people may label as “unproductive,” but since you have some down time, it is perfectly fine to spend some time on your favourite TV shows. You may want to make yourself a healthy snack by popping some popcorn in the microwave!
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16. Read a good book
Of course, when you are home alone, reading is a great way to pass some time while learning something new. If you want to improve how you manage your money, here is a list of top personal finance books I recommend you read. You may want to check out this article to learn some of my top tips to save money on books!
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17. Read the magazine you bought during your last trip
Do you have at least a small stack of magazines that you bought at the airport or train station sitting on your coffee table? I know I certainly have. Now that you are home alone, it is the perfect time to actually read through them. You may discover an interesting DIY makeup recipe, a cool destination to visit, or a cute outfit idea that you may want to try!
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18. Declutter your space
I find decluttering not only clears my space, but also cleanses my mind. If you want to be productive, decluttering is definitely a great way to use the time you have on hand. You can start with just only one room, and make a pile of all the stuff you haven’t touched in over a year. If you want, you can even list them on Kijiji or Craigslist, and you can potentially make some money back!
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19. Batch cooking
Batch cooking is one of my top tips on how to manage my time. I particularly like sheet pan cooking. Find your protein, your vegetable and starch, throw some of your favorite spices on top, and you have a few healthy and delicious meals waiting for you in just under an hour.
It doesn’t matter whether you are home alone or surrounded by people, you should always take care of yourself. Batch cooking can be one of the ways to give yourself the necessary nutrients without spending too much time if you aren’t a fan of cooking.
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20. Learn a new recipe
If you love cooking though, learning a new recipe and making a great meal or dessert can be a satisfying thing to do when you are home by yourself. Find a recipe either on Google or on your favourite cooking channel, and start making some noise in your kitchen! You will have something delicious to treat yourself with at the end!
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21. Work on your side hustle or hobby
Do you have a side hustle or hobby? With nobody around to distract you, now it is the perfect time to work on your side hustle. If you don’t have one, maybe it’s time to start a blog or a website!
If you are thinking about starting a blog, you may find it helpful to read about the key blogging tips that I have learned on my journey as a blogger.
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22. Make some money
If you don’t have an income-generating side hustle or a hobby, don’t worry! There are still other ways you can make money!
For example, you can take surveys online. Survey Junkie and Reward Survey are both great sites for you to make some money with surveys. You can also run some errands by becoming an Instacart Shopper, or find some gigs on TaskRabbit!
Finally, if you have any special skills, you may want to try Fiverr or Upwork to find some projects you can work on. Any of these channels are great places for you to make some extra money on the side.
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23. Go to a local farmer’s market
I love going to the farmer’s market because of the hustle and bustle and the liveliness. They also have the freshest fruits and vegetables and the best handmade bread and pastries. If you have some time, venture out to a farmer’s market. I am sure you will come home with a satisfying smile.
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24. Buy some ice cream
Who says ice cream is only for the summer? Getting yourself some ice cream is a perfect way to give yourself a little treat without breaking the bank. You can get your regular vanilla, strawberry or chocolate ice cream. If you want to get fancy, try a taro, or even a charcoal ice cream!
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25. Look for deals online
If you are bored alone at home, finding some great deals online can definitely improve your mood. You can either use Groupon to find some of the hottest deals online, or you can use Rakuten, a popular online cash-back shopping site, to look for some great deals and earn cash back on top of that!
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26. Take public transportation and get off at a stop you aren’t familiar with
Exploring a new neighborhood can be a fun experience to have if you don’t want to stay at home alone any longer. Pick a bus route you have never taken before, or get on a subway train, and get off at a station you have never stopped at before. See where you heart takes you. Who knows, you may have a surprising encounter!
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27. Go to a local park and have a picnic
In addition to getting off at an unfamiliar subway station or a bus stop, you can also choose to go to a local park and dine al fresco. Having a picnic doesn’t have to be a social activity. Even if you are by yourself, you can still enjoy the sunshine and the breeze, and use the time as an opportunity for some self-reflection. Perhaps you want to grab your diary?
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28. Check out a local exhibit
There are plenty of fun and interesting things going on around us. Does your local community or your local art gallery have a special exhibit? Get out the door and check it out! Not only will you get some fresh air, you will also find a new way to enrich your life.
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29. Review your personal finances
If you happen to have a few hours alone at home, one productive thing you can do is to review your personal finances. You can review your personal budget, your monthly expenses and your net worth.
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30. Learn how to meditate
Meditation can calm your mind. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey loves meditation so much that he went on a 10-day silent meditation trip to celebrate his birthday. Although you don’t have to be as extreme, learning how to meditate can bring clarity and calmness to your life, which can benefit your emotional and overall health.
Being alone at home creates the perfect environment for meditation because you have no distractions. Breathe deeply and relax your muscles and thoughts.
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See, being at home alone doesn’t have to be boring. There are plenty of things you can do to make the experience fun and rewarding. At the end of the day, your attitude towards life is a lot more important than the situation you are in.
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