I’m all in on the homebody/house mouse lifestyle. The Covid-19 lock down has nothing on me!
Growing up, my parents traumatized me and my sister out of ever being bored. Any “I’m bored” utterances were met with “Let me give you something to do” responses, and it was always something to do with chores or homework.
This forced me to pick up all kinds of interests and hobbies and to always occupy my time with something to do. And now that we’re all being strongly encouraged to stay at home, many of my friends are having a hard time adjusting to spending time alone while I feel like I’ve been preparing for this my entire life.
This is the once in a lifetime opportunity to do all the things we wanted to do without being invited out to socialise and having to put these things you want to enjoy on your own on hold. Because let’s be honest, we have all compromised at some point when a group goes to see a movie or decide where to eat or what music to listen to on a road trip etc and we could all enjoy the time alone to indulge in our personal “guilty pleasures” to our heart’s delight right now.
Here is the list of things I’ve been spending my time doing (or still have plans to do eventually):
- watching movies (good and bad),
- watching TV shows (English and Korean),
- watching YouTube videos,
- playing games,
- learning a language (Korean),
- reading some books,
- fixing some puzzles,
- listening to and watching podcasts,
- doing some art (colouring book art as well as sketching and digital colouring),
- working on this blog,
- 9-5 work,
- working out,
- talking to family and friends online
If you aren’t enjoying your time at your home, maybe you can try these 3 things I do to make my time at home even more appealing and comfortable:
I clean my space so I can relax without feeling dirt under my feet or crumbs in the bed/sofa. For some reason, my place feels so much lighter and appealing when it’s clean but a dirty place feels heavy and un-motivating. Also, I keep things tidy, bright, and not cluttered as well so that I have space to think and enjoy my activities.
I like having clean simple and modern decor in my space. Being surrounded with pretty trinkets or art, even the stationery on my desk makes me happy to look at. You can try making sure you decorate the spaces you spend the most time in comfortably with nice things you like to look at and be around.
Do what you feel like
When you are thinking of what to do, you shouldn’t think about what you should be doing only. You should do whatever you want to be doing. If you wake up and feel like watching 6 movies or finally getting to binge a series or two or you get inspired to draw or write something, you should do this only as long as you want to do it.
I have a ton of interests so it’s hard to juggle and I haven’t even shared just how many TV shows and movies I want to catch up on and how many books I want to read.
Enjoying the time you spend with yourself is important to me because I think then you can get an idea of how other people feel in your company. If you have interests, you are interesting to talk to and you have experiences or ideas to share with others when you meet up. The more varied your interests, the more rounded an individual you are. Some of my activities are calming and soothing for a peaceful mental state like colouring and listening to music, while others are informative and thought provoking like listening to podcasts and reading. Learning a new language helps broaden your mind and experiences (virtually) as you explore another culture and watching movies and TV shows keeps you up to date with pop culture. Balance.
But I hope this inspires someone out there to pick up an interest or hobby to enjoy that is totally Covid-19 unrelated to keep you sane during this trying time.