Great Ways For Parents to Keep Busy (and Happy) When Stuck at Home

Everyone is focused on what the kids will do while stuck home for weeks, but what about the parents? Of course, we will help them with their school work, make sure they are fed and spend some quality time together, but adults need to stay busy and useful too. I am not much of a homebody so this whole social distancing thing is not great for me. I am having a very hard time with it actually. To lower my stress and anxiety, I am going to make a list of ways to keep myself busy over the next few weeks. I thought, why not share it with all of you too?! So here are some fun ways to keep yourself busy while stuck at home!

Great Ways to Keep Busy (and Happy) When Stuck at Home

Workout: After months (even years) of saying you are going to workout, now’s your chance! Take some time each day, even if it’s just 10 minutes, and get some exercise. You can even exercise with the kids. Go for a walk or hike, ride a bike, go for a run, do yoga or anything else you enjoy.
GoNoodle with Mom

Read a Book: Open that book that has been accumulating dust for years or start reading the book you ordered for your Kindle months ago. While the kids are doing school work, show them how important reading is by reading too!

Clean Out Your Closets: I don’t know about you, but every day I look at my closet and roll my eyes. I never have the time to clean it (or any of the other closets in my house for that matter). While home, make it a point to clean one closet a day. That can include your pantry and kitchen cabinets. You will feel so much better when you’re done!

Decorate for Spring: It’s time to take down those snowflakes and snowmen and put up the flowers! I definitely plan on taking out all of my spring decorations and packing up the winter ones. I need to brighten up my house which will hopefully brighten up my mood too! 

Take a Nap: Doesn’t that sound awesome?! If you have little ones, nap when they nap. If your kids are older, encourage everyone to nap or you can just sleep while they are playing Fortnite (yes, it’s okay for them to play games!).  

Have a Drink: It is going to be an exhausting 2-6 weeks depending on what state you are in. End each day with a glass of wine, cold beer or nice cocktail. You earned it!

Binge Watch a New Show: I have been wanting to watch “You” on Netflix and I plan on doing so while home. It will be when the kids go to bed but since I don’t have to get up early, staying up late won’t be an issue. I recommend watching Schitt’s Creek if you are looking for a comedy. I often binge watch that show when I really need to laugh. 

Put Together a Puzzle: I absolutely LOVE putting puzzles together. It is a great way to destress and you will feel a sense of accomplishment when it’s finished! When you’re done, you can frame it and display it as art!

Buy Yourself Something: I plan on buying myself at least one thing online while stuck at home. I will need to update my wardrobe after I clean out my closet anway, right? I am especially excited for all the new finds on my sister’s online boutique, Addi & Ev!

Stay Connected: Social distancing does NOT mean you have to cut yourself off from the rest of the world. Make sure to stay connected with friends and family whether it’s through phone calls, texts, messaging or video chats. It is important for your emotional health to stay connected!

Make a Bucket List: I love making lists of all the things I want to do and places I want to visit. This is a great way to focus on the future and how you will enjoy yourself once you can explore the world again!

So how will you be filling the time while stuck at home with the kids?

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