KEEP YOURSELF ENTERTAINED // fun things to do at home!🌟😜
Life as we know it has changed drastically over the past couple of weeks. Major sporting events have been cancelled or postponed, training venues have had to close, and pretty much everything else we do outside the house only a daily basis, we currently can't do. We're living in the unknown which is difficult and scary, but we're all in this together, so let's make the most of what we DO have!
Last week, we asked our IG followers what activities they were planning to do at home for the next little while, and we had so many awesome responses that we wanted to share some with you! If you're in need of a little inspiration for what to do while you're stuck at home, here's a list of fun activities you should keep handy! ✨
With Skype & FaceTime 📱, you're never far away from your loved ones. Thanks to the hilarious joys of modernised chatroom technology (comment below if you're old enough to remember MSN), you can now get even closer and laugh harder than ever before - from afar - with House Party. Play games, share screens, get notified when your friends are online, this app is the shizz. Look it up.
We asked around the office for places our team couldn't get enough of and why.. read on for inspiration to add to your bucket list:
JESS // LEVANTO, Italy. The hike between Levanto and Monterosso along the Cinque Terre coast is something else. It's still relatively non-touristy, giving it such a genuine small town feel. Added bonus, the spritzers are delish.
JEMIMA // MILOS, Greece. A little-known island of the Cyclades with the whiter-than-white beaches and sparkling turquoise waters. Such a picturesque, isolated little spot with an authentic community vibe; feels worlds away from the tourist hotspots.
MOLLY // SOUTH EAST ASIA. Simply put, "for the food". Because who doesn't love a real deal Nasi Goreng. There's also so many wild and wonderful adventures to be had - from visiting the many wondrous temples and incredible island pockets, wading through traditional rice paddies and fruit markets, and indulging in sunset seafood feasts on the beach.
SARAH // ISLA MUJERES, Mexico. Hands down the most amazing tiny island off the coast of Cancun. Hire beach buggies and zip around all day, hang out in hammocks on the beach with a piña colada in hand, or head out on a boat to swim with literally HUNDREDS of whale sharks in their natural habitat - life changing.
TARA // NEW ZEALAND. Tara is lowkey obsessed with climbing things, so NZ tops her travel list due to it's diverse and out-of-this-world hiking trails. Her favourite so far has been the Kepler Track, right down the bottom of the South Island. She did this 60km hike in two days (it's meant to take double that time), and then proceeded to lose all but one toenail because her feet were in so much trauma from slogging out such a ridiculous distance in such a short amount of time. If the Kepler Track makes it onto your travel list, don't do a Tara. Take the four days and save your tootsies.
Go ahead and start a new painting or drawing. If you've never done art before, don't worry! Udemy has some awesome and relatively cheap online courses to teach you all the basics. We're also loving colour by numbers apps - here's a list of the highest rated right now, or search your app store for other colourfully fun games you can do on your phone, but be careful... they're addictive! 👩🎨🎨
The sheer volume of free or low-cost fitness apps options is pretty awesome, but also kinda overwhelming. From HIIT-centric programs and running-themed apps to at-home bodyweight workouts, yoga and meditation sessions, this list has done the sifting for you to find the best free workout apps to help you find your perfect session.
We really feel for all you athletes who can't access your usual training facilities at the moment! With pools, gyms, other training venues and sports clubs being out of action, you might have to try some new activities to keep yourself fit for when you are able to go back to training! Whether you're a swimmer, surf life saver, or participate in any sport that requires some base level fitness, going for a couple of runs a week could help you maintain this. You don't have to go fast or far to gain a benefit, just run to what feels good for your body, and remember to ease into it if you don't usually run much! 🏃♀️
We definitely don't recommend you do this... but please do watch this entertaining video about a guy in Sydney who ran a half marathon on his BALCONY to raise money for health care workers, where there's a will there's a way! 🤯👏
Yoga is an amazing way to mentally relax and give your body an opportunity to let go of tension. If you've never tried yoga before, now's the perfect time to give it a go! Here's a list of some awesome yoga apps where you can access classes run by professional instructors from the comfort of your own home! The resident yogi in our team swears by Yoga with Adriene on YouTube - all free, all levels, and a practice for any and every area you want to send some love to! 🧘
Ever heard of the KonMari method? Look it up on Netflix. Created by an "organisation consultant" (because who knew that was a profession?) you'll be inspired to organise, clean and declutter like never before. Bag up all your unwanted belongings and save them for when you're allowed to venture outside to a charity donation bin!
Do you feel like your room or whole house needs some freshening up? If so, then you should use this time at home to begin rearranging your furniture to create a new and improved space for you to relax or work. Before you begin, make sure you learn all about following Feng Shui practices whilst revamping your room. Here's an article which outlines 5 easy ways to create good Feng Shui in your home! We're all about creating positive change 🙌
If you need a little something extra to add to your space, you should look into creating your very own DIY Macrame hangings! Now that you'll have more time on your hands, instead of heading out to the shops to buy a new piece of home decor, creating something yourself is a great way to keep busy. It's also so much cooler to be able to say 'I made it' when someone compliments your Macrame hanging 😉
Just because the salons are closed doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the pampering. Give yourself a manicure, have a loooong hot soak in a big old bath of bubbles, or try an at-home DIY face mask; Marie Claire has put together this list of scrumptious masks you can make from every day ingredients around the home, that Honey Citrus mask has our name all over it! 🧖♀️💅
Small businesses need your help now more than ever! If you are able to, try to buy local as much as possible, and support your fave brands. Whether it's ordering takeaway from your local cafe or restaurant, buying a bunch of flowers from a florist to give to your mum, or finally purchasing that shirt you've had your eye on, every little bit makes a difference. Online shopping makes it even easier for you to support the brands you love! 🛍️
No early starts for training or school means this is the perfect time to give your body some well deserved rest. If you're struggling to turn your brain off and enjoy these precious extra zzz's, check out this list of the best sleep apps to download, to help you reach dream land quicker.
Looks like we'll have plenty of time to, quite literally, watch the grass grow. Plant some veggies or herbs from seeds and watch them come to life over the next few weeks. Peas, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans are labelled as foolproof on the "Vegetable Gardening for Dummies Cheat Sheet" but like, we won't judge if your potatoes don't potate. It's all new to us too.
You can find healthy recipes literally anywhere on the internet, start with an ingredient or flavour you like, and get googling! Not sure where to start? We're loving the simplicity of this healthy collection, courtesy of Woolies. 👩🍳
Puzzles have become extremely popular during this time, understandably, as we've got a lot more time to kill these days! Here are some cool Australian Puzzles to get you started! There are thousands more puzzles out there available online, so don't feel like you need to go into a store to pick one up! 🧩
There are sooo many benefits to learning a new language, especially in our crazy, modern world! Not only will being bilingual benefit you when you're travelling, it will also give you a strong competitive edge in the workforce. Learning a new language has never been easier - you can start right away by downloading a free app on your phone! Head to Duolingo to download the app and start learning any language your heart desires.
You know those days when Netflix just isn't quite enough? Needing to feel motivated, inspired or just have a good ol' cry? Luckily, TED have the cure for you, they've just released their list of the 25 most popular talks of all time, find them here.
If you're in the mood to do something super productive, now's a great time to get ahead in school or uni work! Pull out the textbooks, do some research online, or simply start an assignment or project early. Spend this time focusing on improving your weaknesses, so that when school and uni go back to normal, you've gained some valuable skills and knowledge to apply!
Netflix has a huge range of documentaries available, covering a variety of different topics. There's truly something for everyone on there, so log on and start scrolling through the documentary section. Alternatively, reach out to your friends and family and ask if they've watched any good doco's recently. Tiger King & Miss Americana are currently trending on Netflix, so check them out too!
Whether you're on a run, walk or just chilling at home, podcasts are a great way to fill in time and learn some cool new things! Head to this blog for a few podcasts our followers have recommended.
Reading is one of the best activities to help you wind down before bedtime, or fill in a few hours during the day! Now's an ideal time to dig out all those books you've been gifted & never read, or grab the one sitting in your bedside drawer that you've been wanting to read for aaages! If you need a little more inspo, here's a list of awesome books 📚you'll love for sure:
The Kindness Method
Tattooist of Auschwitz
Tuesdays with Maurie
Remember to focus on what you CAN do, instead of what you can't, and use this time as an opportunity for personal growth. How cool is it that we're now able to do all of these fun things we wouldn't normally have time for in our busy schedules! How are YOU spending your indoor days? Let us know in the comments! 💕👇