I had started working on this post pre-quarantine, but put it on the backburner. Now, more than ever, it seems relevant though, so here we go! A list of fun, solo activities you can do while quarantined at home (besides making terrible music videos, of course).
I am definitely an introvert. I really feel for my extrovert friends right now. People who don’t know me well will challenge me on this “you’re always out!” “you go to so many events!!!” “you’re definitely NOT shy!” YES but that is for work. At the end of the day, being an introvert or extrovert is all about how you recharge your batteries and what gives you energy vs. what leaves you feeling depleted. If you get your energy from being around other people, you are an extrovert (AGAIN my heart goes out to you right now, I’m an introvert and I’m going crazy!). If you recharge by being alone, you are an introvert. And of course no one is fully both… I’m probably an ambivert (a mix) or an “extroverted introvert.”
Regardless, today I wanted to share some cozy things that you can do at home alone. Hopefully, this post is helpful for everyone!!!! I joke that I’ve been preparing for quarantine my whole life as I love being home alone indoors BUT that’s making light of the situation. I think regardless of our personality types, we are ALL struggling.
Things to Do At Home Alone For Introverts
Get lost in a good book.
I mean obviously, this is my number one. When you read a book, it’s the perfect little escape from everything going on in the world. I mentioned in yesterday’s reading list that I’ve had a harder time reading have a list of the best beach reads which is PERFECT for this time. Other good books I’d recommend (fun, light, distracting reads) are If I Never Met You, Big Summer, and Matchmaking for Beginners.
Do a puzzle.
I am going to order a puzzle this weekend (let me know if you have any good recs!!) as I always loved doing them as a kid! My best friend just bought a Jonathan Adler puzzle which is such a chic take on the idea. They have a lips one and a rainbow one. The “Vertigo” one is great too. I also love the idea of finding a puzzle version of your favorite artist’s work: here are a few of my favs: Frank Stella, Andy Warhol’s Flowers or Soup Can, or this Mondrian one!
Try a painting kit!
Painting is an amazing way to get in touch with your creative side. My mom got me a few kits from Let’s Make Art and I am planning to finally do one this weekend. (I keep getting intimidated and thinking I will be terrible at it!)
Binge watch an entire season of TV.
I know I know, rotting your brain and such BUT sometimes you just need to sit and binge some good TV! I posted a roundup of favorite shows on my blog last week. My recs are pretty solid but honestly, YOUR recs are even better – the comments section of the post is packed with great recs! My parents asked for recommendations and I have put them onto Damages and White Collar.
Make a candle!
Siblings is a cool new company that makes candle-making kit! Unfortunately I do not have a microwave so I haven’t tried a kit myself but I think this is SO cool. (During normal times my mom and I kept trying to sign up for candle making classes at Candlefish in Charleston but they’re always full when I’m home! For another way to do it (no microwave needed!) try Cupcakes & Cashmere’s tutorial!
Try a fun craft project or DIY.
If you are a long time reader, this blog was originally a lot about fashion DIY projects! I haven’t done one in a while, but I have a great DIY gallery here on the site with TONS of craft projects you can try at home. Blast your favorite music and get crafty! In all honesty, some of my projects are pretty bad (dated!!!) BUT I think these tassel earrings would be really fun to make right now, same with this bag charm.
Take a bath!
There’s nothing better than a bath. It’s simple but something I look forward to every night! If you need a little inspiration, this post has my favorite DIY baths, here are my favorite baths (that post is two years old and still holds up), and of course I love goop’s baths too (my favorite right now is Nurse! – it’s great on my allergies)
Make a vision board
I haven’t done this but have been thinking of doing it! We have plenty of time after all… here’s a good post on how to get started!
I have been spending time baking a lot. It’s so soothing! My go-to has been Alison Roman’s tiny salty chocolate cookies (they are HEAVEN and remind me of the edge of a brownie), but my sister made the Levain chocolate chip cookies (the BEST cookies ever; if you know you know!!!) and I think that’s going to be the next thing I try! If you live alone, I recommend freezing the dough and baking a few at a time to minimize waste!
What are your favorite solo at home activities!? I’d love to hear in the comments.