24 Mar 2020 | Student Advice, Wellbeing

Adjusting to the current change in our daily routine can be tough, but by taking care of yourself mentally you will be better equipped to deal with it. Spending more time at home doesn’t have to be boring! In this post we’ve put together our top 10 list of fun and productive things to do at home.


1. Stay in touch digitally

Arrange video calls with people you’d normally see in person. Make a plan to watch a TV show or read a book so that you can discuss it on the call. There are plenty of free services you can use to do this, such as Zoom or Skype.

2. Take an online course

There are only so many series that you can binge on Netflix. Use the time as an opportunity to expand your knowledge. The internet holds a plethora of online courses, ranging from astronomy and horticulture to climate change solutions. Or maybe you fancy picking up a new language? Speed learning languages and Duolingo both offer easy and accessible online tutorials, that will have you fluent in a second language in no time.

3. Practice meditation 

The powers of meditation are boundless. It can help you to unwind and remove yourself from the fast paced and hectic world outside. When current daily routines are thrown off course, introducing some relaxation time into your day can help keep you from edging on the verge of insanity!

4. Stay positive

Staying in the same space for a long period of time can be damaging to our mental health. Writing down some positive things about ourselves can help boost motivation and offset any negative thoughts we may have.

5. Learn something new

Reading can be great way to relax and expand our knowledge. You never know, you might even pick up a new area of interest, even things you’d never have thought of before. Apps such as ‘curiosity’ are made to help us learn something new. Watching documentaries is also a great alternative too, it can be on anything you like and does not require much effort!

6. Start a new hobby

Why not spend your time on a new hobby or rekindling your love with one of your old ones? Whether that is dusting off your guitar and learning that song you’ve always wanted to, or finally learning how to cook, nothing is more fulfilling than personal achievements for no reason other than happiness.

7. Reorganise your room

As the saying goes, “tidy house, tidy mind”. Use the time at home wisely and declutter your room. If you can never find what you’re looking for, reorganise your things. You never know, you might even find a few things you’d forgotten about!

8. Get your work down

Just because the Semester is over early, does not mean you don’t have any work to complete (unless your extraordinarily ahead). Make sure that you are fitting your Uni work into your weekly schedule. Not only will it be a great distraction but having some extra time now means you can focus, without your social life getting in the way. Make sure that you are tuning into your online classes.

9. Do an online exercise workout

Try to stay active by completing an at home workout routine. There are plenty of free online workouts that can be accessed on the Internet. Maybe try something you haven’t done before, like practicing yoga?

10. Take part in a gaming tournament

All you gamers, have a look online for a new game to play and complete. You could invite all of your friends to join too. If you’ve got headphones you can stay connected to whilst playing.

By Charlie Sawyer, Kieran Singh and Chloe Williamson



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