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10 Ways to Spend Time at Home

10 Ways to Spend Time While on Self-Quarantine

We get that staying home this often wasn't part of your plan. You might be encouraged to work from home and stay away from public places, but this could mean long periods of time where there seems like there is nothing to do!

Let us help. Below are some suggestions for what you can do to make the most of your time.

  1. Jump-start spring cleaning
    Having a clean space can help you feel healthier and more productive. If you’re stuck at home, start with a deep clean of your house to reduce stress and reset your mind. Another great option is to reorganize areas of your living space like the kitchen, garage and closet.

  2. Learn a new skill
    Now is the perfect time to let your creativity flow. Try your hand at painting, create a meal from scratch, fix up old items around the house, or start a new DIY project. 
     
  3. Try at-home workouts
    Social media has made it extremely easy to find workouts suited for at home. Search #homeworkout for some inspiration. Try to incorporate yoga into your daily routine to help support your mental and physical health. Follow along to at-home fitness videos created by City of Surrey's very own recreation staff. 
     
  4. Finish a pending book
    Grab a book that you’ve intended to read, but just didn’t have time. There are some great options for ebooks and audiobooks you can download with your Surrey Libraries card (apply for one today from home). Learn how to get started with the online library.
     
  5. Catch up on your favourite shows/series
    Grab yourself some popcorn, relax on the couch and enjoy your favourite TV shows or movies. Surrey Libraries gives you access to 10 free plays per month on Kanopy.
     
  6. Practise meditation and mindfulness
    Meditation helps relieve stress. Studies have shown that it can also help enhance self-awareness, lengthen your attention and increase mental clarity and focus. Practise meditation for 15 minutes and transform your mood.
     
  7. Have a spa day
    Fill your tub with warm water, bubbles, and settle in for a relaxing bath. Light a candle and put on some relaxing music for a spa day at home. Try applying a face mask, giving yourself a pedicure, or show yourself some extra love with a DIY hair treatment.
     
  8. Take an online class or tutorial
    Learn something new by taking an online class or tutorial. Explore new skills or boost your interest in a topic that fascinates you. Many online platforms offer classes suited for design, business, or lifestyle skills. Did you know Surrey Libraries offers access to online courses through Gale and Lynda.com?
     
  9. Start a journal/blog
    Dust off your writing skills and start a journal or a blog. Whether your goal is to promote yourself, start a new business venture or just have fun, writing is a great way to  enhance your creativity and create content you can enjoy looking back on.
     
  10. Chat with your family and friends
    Set up a regular visit by video, phone, text or email with your loved ones, especially those that may be feeling isolated. Talking with people we care about can lighten our mood, which helps us feel more positive and energized.