57 Things to Keep You Occupied While You're Practicing Social Distancing

Take this time spent at home as an opportunity to learn something new in cooking, cleaning, or crafting.

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In a time when "social distancing" is strongly encouraged—if not actually required—as the world works to stop the spread of COVID-19, many people have found that they have a lot more of something that's typically hard to find: time. Under normal circumstances, an extra hour here and there would be a welcome respite from our always-on world. But what do you do when you find yourself with days—even weeks—of unstructured time and nowhere to go?

Thankfully, there are plenty of things to keep you occupied within your own walls—you just have to dig a little deeper. Here, a host of creative ideas (many of which are free) to help you beat cabin fever and maintain some semblance of your sanity.


Being sequestered in your home doesn't mean you have to be completely closed off from the world around you. Whether you connect with friends over social media, get creative with new apps that help you experience more traditionally social activities through screens, or dive into a new show or hobby, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself stimulated at home.

Self Care

Of course, a time of social distancing inherently lends itself to some good old-fashioned alone time. If you finally have time to spare, why not treat yourself to some TLC? Spend a little more time perfecting your beauty routine or give your mental health extra time and attention.

Work and Money

Let's face it: At the end of a long day, putting your resume together or managing your finances is probably pretty low on the list of things you want to do. But unexpected free time provides the perfect excuse to finally buckle down and get a good hold on your budget or set yourself up to take the next step in your career.


Of course, it seems like there's always something more to be done at home. Whether that means fixing something that's been broken for years, finally giving that DIY project a whirl, or simply getting organized, now's the time to tackle it.

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