Like most of you, I am trying to keep myself productive without stressing myself out while indoors. This can be hard with the 24 hour news cycle and social media feeds full of items and information that can lead to anxiety, grief, and more.
In order to counter that, I wanted to share a list of 50 Positive Things You Can Do Mindfully While at Home that will keep you not only occupied and productive, but in a happier, more fulfilled state.
Check out my list below:
1. Start a gratitude journal.
Despite all that is happening around us, focus on acting in gratefulness by wiring in a gratitude journal. All you need is a notebook and a pen or pencil to write down something you are grateful for each day. Encourage your family members to do the same.
2. Send positive words of encouragement to friends and family via text and email.
Positivity is contagious, so spread it, even it’s on your phone through text or on email.
3. Meditate and pray.
This can help give you comfort and solace.
4. Help an elderly person get groceries and other needs.
If you know an older neighbor or someone in your neighborhood that needs help getting items like food and cleaning goods, help arrange a delivery for them.
5. Donate to a worthy cause.
Donate money if you can to a worthy cause and one that has been thoroughly vetted. Start with causes in your local community or hometown.
6. Write letters to those in nursing homes.
Now more than ever, they need to hear from people who care.
7. Turn off the news.
Don’t tune into the news all day. Turn it off and focus on something positive.
8. Listen to your favorite music that inspires you.
Music can be food for the soul. Tune in and play on.
9. Make an inspirational music playlist and share in online.
Speaking of music, make an inspiring or encouraging list of songs and share it with your feed.
10. Eat healthier meals if you can.
Try to eat more greens and healthy proteins.
11. Read more.
Reading is fundamental and oh so good for you.
12. Work on a passion project.
Work on that one thing that you are passionate about. You know, the one thing you said you would complete if you had the time. Here’s your chance!
13. Get active.
Movement is momentum. Get active around the house and watch fitness videos online on YouTube.
14. Share positive news and stories on your social channels.
What the world needs more of–now.
15. Hop on the phone or FaceTime with someone who makes you smile.
This can be just what’s needed to brighten your day.
16. Watch a favorite movie.
What’s on my favorite movie list? When Harry Met Sally, Boomerang, and Coming to America to name a few.
17. Make something.
18. Cook your favorite meal.
Your tastebuds will thank you.
19, Have a glass of red wine.
Red wine is known to be a healthier wine choice and pairs well with beef.
20. Write a letter to a friend and send it off in your mailbox.
Snail mail may be just what’s needed for the both of you.
21. Have a virtual happy hour with your friends.
Thanks to Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp, you can have a group chat and cocktails or mocktails while in the comfort of your home.
22. Take a relaxing bath.
Showers are good, but bath-time is Bae and does the body good. Don’t forget to add bubble bath and essential oils.
23. Take that online course you’ve been wanting to try.
Take this time to learn something new if you can.
Do yourself and Mother Earth a favor.
25. Go through closets and purge what you no longer use and donate to Goodwill.
Help others with items you may no longer want or need.
26, Download the Calm app and use it to relax.
I love the Calm app, and it helps to calm anxiety and stress.
27. Write your memoir.
28, Sign up for a virtual therapy session.
Telehealth and therapy is very important, especially now.
29. Laugh out loud—really.
Laughter really is the best medicine.
30. Cook meals for the homeless.
You can cook meals in your home and sign up for them to be picked up and distributed to the homeless.
31. Teach someone your expertise online, via IG Live or Facebook Live.
Each one, teach one.
32. Let someone know that you are thinking of them.
They need to hear from you.
33. Encourage people to register to vote online.
This is an election year, and and important time to vote.
Yup! Like no one is watching.
35. Take a nap.
Naps aren’t just for toddlers.
36. Sew masks for essential workers.
If you can sew, help those who are helping others.
37. Raid your pantry and create a meal plan for the week.
You probably have some pantry staples that would make some good meals. Before placing another online grocery order, raid your pantry first.
38. Learn alongside your kids during homeschooling.
Allow yourself to let distance learning teach you something new, too.
39. Take a virtual trip.
Did you know that you don’t have to leave home to travel?
40. Plant a garden.
You can start with a small area in your front or backyard, or even in your windowsill.
41. Do you have a backyard? Walk around it with your family to get in your daily steps.
10,000 steps is the recommended daily goal.
42. Support local businesses as much as you can and shop local first.
Your local area small businesses need you.
43. Learn how to do something new via YouTube.
There’s a video to pretty much teach you anything.
44. Take an online cooking class and learn how to make new dishes.
Online and virtual cooking classes are all the rage now. Cook up something new.
45. Create a digital newsletter for your community to share news and information.
Share and spread the love.
46. Volunteer virtually.
There may be opportunities to volunteer virtually in your community.
47. Make a list of positive things you will do in your neighborhood once this is over.
Because, yes, this will be over and you will want to be prepared with the great and wonderful things you want to do once we return to a semblance of normal.
48. Clear junk drawers of clutter.
It’s time. Those take-out menus in your drawer of restaurants that are no longer open need to be tossed. Alongside other things.
49. Just breathe.
Yes, it’s hard. When you feel yourself sinking, breathe in long and deep.
50. Share your goals.
Hype yourself up by sharing both your long-term and short-term goals.
We all have something in common—we are all experiencing the changes Covid-19 have brought to our world. I hope my list of 50 Positive Things You Can Do Mindfully While at Home helps you be more centered and more focused on mindfullness as we get through it.
What would you add to my list?