The COVID-19 pandemic means that many of us are staying at home and our usual routines of catching up with friends at the pub, checking out a flick at the cinemas, or gym classes are well and truly off the table.

That being said, staying in can be just as fun and productive as going out, with Popcars tips to keep boredom at bay during these strange times.

We’ve pulled together a list of fun things to do at home and some fab ways you can spend your time indoors, from getting active to embracing your inner DIY guru, we’ve got you covered…

  • GET ACTIVE – Take a walk outside and get some fresh air or check out a virtual class. Some of our favourites include:
    • Workout at home with personal trainer Sam Wood on FB HERE;
    • Take it easy with yoga teacher Annie Belcher HERE;
    • For a more upbeat workout, sign up for Sydney Dance Company’s virtual classes which include hip hop, ballet and jazz HERE;
    • Fitness giant Orange Theory is also sharing a new workout online every day. Check it out HERE;
  • BEATS & PODS – Dance like no one’s watching to your favourite artist or take this time to immerse yourself in some new music via your chosen streaming service or support local Australian artists via triple j Unearthed. If music isn’t your thing maybe a podcast might be the answer to your boredom! Pop on one of these amazing podcasts and you’ll be immediately transported to somewhere much more interesting.
  • PET PAMPER – More time at home means more time with the furry friends in our lives. Make the most of it, HERE are a few ideas to help both you and your pet enjoy isolation a whole lot more. If you don’t have a pet the RSPCA is looking for Aussies to take on pets in need of a temporary home for two to four weeks during the pandemic – find out more HERE.
  •   BINGE WATCH – Now’s the time to catch up on the TV shows you’ve been curious about but never had the time to watch. So get comfy and get ready to commit hours of your life to watching someone else’s dramas -find out how you can stave off boredom via Australia’s available streaming services HERE.
  • PHONE HOME -Craving contact with the outside world? There are still ways to virtually stay connected to family, friends and loved ones during this period to give and receive support. HERE is how you can keep up your social life in self-isolation. 
  • ARTS & CRAFTS -Whether you like working with clay (try your hand at a stop motion video!), watercoloring, or drawing, set up a little corner to start practicing art again. Crafting and getting creative is such a great way to get out of your head. HERE are loads of creative things to do, courtesy of Creative Boom and a wealth of emerging and established artists, designers and makers.
  • FUN & GAMES – If you’re craving to connect with your family or roomies the old-fashioned way—face-to-face without the electronic devices—board games are great ways to spend some quality time together! Revisit classics like Monopoly or UNO, or if you’re after something a little more cheeky try out Cards Against Humanity or What Do You Meme?.
  • SUPPORT LOCAL – In these times of uncertainty what small businesses need most is customers. Here are some ways you can support your local without leaving your home:
    • Order takeout food from local restaurants or shops that offer it;
    • Buy a gift card from any local business or restaurant that offers one;
    • Buy from their website, Instagram, Facebook, Etsy page – a great opportunity to get in and do your Christmas shopping early;
    • Have a favourite Australian artist? They are also suffering in these certain times. Support them by buying their music or purchasing their merchandise from their website;
    • If you are financially unable to keep paying as usual, consider leaving great reviews online for services you’ve used, or refer them to others – it all helps!

These are just a few ideas from us… Need some more inspiration? Time Out have pulled together this epic list of 80 things to do at home – check it out HERE.

What are you doing to keep yourself sane during these difficult times? We’d love to hear from you, give you us your top tips via our Facebook or Instagram.