We all know what it can be like when you’re stuck at home, and start running out of things to do. Working from home, taking care of the family needs, doing chores, and nothing fun happens to you? That can be soul-crushing at times.
So how about trying a few things to stimulate your brain, lift your spirits, and feed your imagination? Have fun by yourself or with others at home with these ideas, and you might boost your memory and learn a few things.
1. Solve Puzzles
Jigsaw puzzles are an excellent choice for an indoor activity. You can assemble them by yourself or together with a partner, family, and friends. There are so many beautiful puzzles you can choose from. For example, at Pixels, you can find amazing art pieces, prints, and photos transferred to puzzles. Some are so pretty that you’ll wish to frame them and put them on your wall after you finish assembling them. That might be another great indoor activity.
Sudoku is a Japanese numbers game that requires logic and reasoning, and it can be easier or harder to solve. It’s both fun and very stimulating for the brain. In time, by practicing you can become better at it. Then, there’s a crossword puzzle. It’s a word game that can help you enrich your vocabulary. It’s well known, and many newspapers still put them into their issues, so people can enjoy solving them.
2. Play Games
There are so many video games, that you can spend the rest of your life just playing them and nothing else. But let’s not forget about the board games, cards, dice, and many other real-life 3D games.
Most of them are for playing with multiple people, but there are those you can play with just one person. Such as chess, scrabble, a lot of card and dice games, and very popular – board games.
Some of the simpler board games that are good for two people are Patchwork, 7 Wonders duel, Codenames duet, etc. The more complex ones would be The Castles of Burgundy, Rivals for Catan, and the list goes on. That list is so much longer if you include the games for more than two people.
3. Read and Write
Reading can be stimulating or relaxing, but it’s always entertaining. A great story can make you get deeply absorbed in it, sparking your imagination. Whether you prefer books or comic books, or both, a good story can take you away from reality and make you care about the characters. You might learn a lot from it too.
You might also like to try writing, it’s quite invigorating. Writing a diary, a blog, poems, or novels helps you organize your thoughts, and also boosts your imagination and vocabulary. It can also give you insight into your own deepest thoughts when you read them after a while. This way you could learn something new about yourself, something you might not have noticed before.
4. Watch Movies and TV Shows
There’s no shortage of interesting movies and TV shows nowadays. In fact, there’s something for everybody. Whether you like action movies, sci-fi, fantasy, comedies, thrillers, horrors, or cartoons, there are a lot of channels that you can binge-watch on. Starting from Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, the list of good streaming services is long.
TV shows took over the movies in terms of great ideas, quality production, and the ability to deliver engaging content week after week. So there’s a wide variety of shows on offer for you to choose from. And from the comfort of your home, you can binge-watch to your heart’s content.
5. Do Arts and Crafts
The internet is full of DIY ideas, step-by-step tutorials, and courses for arts and crafts. If you decide that you’d like to make something yourself, you can find practically everything on YouTube and similar services. Creating something, first in your head, then with your hands, is very engaging for the brain and for the soul.
You can turn your DIY projects into a house renovation and redecoration. Choose something easier to start with, to see if you can do it, then if you’re doing well, go for the more complex projects. It’s easier to start with drawings, simple jewelry making, and then you might want to try crafts with epoxy resin, wood, and so on.
6. Cook and Bake
This might be a good opportunity for you to try some new recipe you’ve got your hands on, or to try to improve on something you already know how to make. YouTube is full of “How to make…” and “Great recipe for…” videos, so go ahead and try them out.
Some of those recipes are very simple and easy to make. You can perhaps start with baking your bread from scratch. Try simple snacks for you and your family, then move on to some more complex things. You can have themed dinner nights, or think of other similar fun ideas.
7. Do At-Home Gardening
You might not have a big garden at home or any garden for that matter, but that shouldn’t stop you from having some greenery around the house. You can make an indoor garden wall with flower pots, or edible plants, or go for the big pots with big plants in them. Even a small succulent garden in a terrarium can be fun to make.
Whatever your choice might be there’s no mistake with greens in the house – they brighten up any room. And there’s something about them that stimulates our instincts and connects us with nature. It’s a wonderful feeling to plant something and watch it grow while taking care of it.
Staying at home a lot these days means we have to learn how to keep ourselves engaged and stimulated. Playing a game, watching tv, or doing something with your own hands is so much fun. We must keep our brains from rotting away staring at the phone all the time.
After these activities, you might want to try exercising a bit because the brain is not the only thing you should take care of. Make your body work up some sweat, and then you can dip yourself in a nice bubble bath. You can bring your favorite book and a glass of wine and just relax.