Typically, home is where many people love spending their time, but the monotony of a routine can make it feel more ho-hum than oh-so-fun. While you may not be able to get out and do your favorite things, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck watching T.V. or reading a book every night. Here are some out-of-the-box ideas that’ll make you say, “I’m in!” to staying in.
1. Create your own concert experience.
Can’t see your favorite band or musician perform live? Online entertainment sites like Stageit or Qello can transform any screen into a live concert experience. Turn off the lights, curl up on the couch, and enjoy your favorite songs without the hassle of a crowd.
2. Plan a home-cation.
It’s like a vacation—but in the comfort of your own home. Start with a destination, for example, Key West, Florida. Break out the pool floats and stringed lights and decorate your space with a theme in mind. Dress the part in shorts, sandals, and a Hawaiian shirt, and cook a meal you’d enjoy on vacation. Burgers and key lime pie milkshakes, anyone?
3. Start an indoor garden.
According to Psychology Today, indoor potted plants can boost your mood, help you de-stress, and enhance creative thinking. Take advantage of these benefits and add some greenery to your space by starting an indoor garden. Check out our article, “Get Indoors! Plants You Can Easily Grow in Your Home” for a list of our favorite, low-maintenance indoor plants.
4. Try a new, virtual workout.
While your gym and favorite Pilates studio may be closed, that doesn’t mean you can’t work up a sweat. Now is the perfect time to mix up your workouts and try something new. Many popular fitness studios are offering virtual classes, and there are plenty of apps dedicated to simple at-home exercises. You can do workouts like yoga, HIIT, Zumba, or barre with little or no conventional workout equipment; but, if you want to add some resistance or make it more of a challenge, canned foods, step stools, rugs, and paper plates are an excellent substitute for fitness items.
5. Have a D.I.Y. spa day.
Let’s face it, the amount of time—and money—spent at any traditional spa can be a lot. However, you can take everything you love from the spa and recreate the experience at home. Start with a clean and tidy bathroom, and create some ambiance with lit candles, dimmed lights, and relaxing music. Cozy up in your fluffiest robe and treat yourself with a mini mani-pedi, your favorite face mask, a long bubble bath, and a good book.