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27 Things You Should Do for Yourself During Self-Quarantine

Instead of focusing on the (very long) list of what you can't do, here are some things you'll love doing.

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Unexpected downtime

You hear the word "quarantine" and automatically hear the long list of things we're not allowed to do these days. (Oh restaurants, how we miss you!) But perhaps you should think of all the opportunities this slower lifestyle offers. Instead of sitting around worrying about coronavirus or feeling lonely, use your downtime to learn new skills, pamper yourself, and reconnect with what makes you happy. Just remember: It's called downtime for a reason. So, don't see this list as pressure or guilt to be productive every single moment but simply some ideas of things to do to get you through this tough time with your sanity intact. Need extra help? This is what a therapist is doing to stay sane during the quarantine.

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Connect with your quarantined ancestors

This is certainly not the first pandemic the world has had to deal with and chances are you have a great-great-grandparent who lived through the 1918 flu pandemic. Find out more about their story and how they survived it through pictures, journal entries, and historical records with Family Search. You can also find out more about your personal ancestry, which dead celebrities you're related to, which relative you look the most like, how closely you're related to your spouse or friend, and much more. Download the app on your phone or visit its site to get all your burning genealogy questions answered for free. Find out how the coronavirus is different from other pandemics in history.


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Actually meditate

Meditation is one of the best things you can do right now to relieve stress and improve your wellbeing. If you're like the rest of us, you sit down, try to "quiet" your mind… and then say "Well, now what?" Download Aura, an app that walks you through meditation and mindfulness. It's offering a free three-month subscription, which includes unlimited access to their expert-created mindfulness meditations, life coaching, inspiring stories, and music. Use code FINDPEACE2020 at checkout. One writer tried meditation for the first time and now there's no going back.

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Set up a home movie theater

Movie theaters around the country are closed but that doesn't mean you can't still get your cinematic fix. At-home movie projectors have gotten a lot smaller and less expensive in recent years, allowing you to project a new release or family-friendly classic on any blank wall. Pop up some popcorn, set up the pillows, and enjoy the show! One projector to try? The Kodak LUMA 350 allows you to stream movies and shows right from the projector and displays up to 200 inches (16 feet). Find out 16 funny family movies the whole family would enjoy.

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Write in a journal

Sitting at home binge watching Tiger King on Netflix may not feel like you're doing much but you're actually living through a major historical event that people will learn and talk about for generations after this is all over. Writing a journal will help you not just preserve your memories but will also help you process your feelings about this time that manages to feel simultaneously terrifying and immensely boring. You can't go wrong with a classic Moleskine notebook or get a laugh with this cheeky journal by Monica Sweeney! You could also consider making it a gratitude journal.


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Knit a bad hair day beanie

Needle arts used to be a staple for passing the time while making something useful and pretty. You can learn to knit, cross-stitch, embroider, crochet, or tatt with a beginner kit. This kit from Lion Brand Yarn comes with everything you need to knit a "bad hair day beanie." And let's be honest, a lot of us are having bad hair days right now!


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Plant a container garden

Just because you have to stay indoors doesn't mean you can't get started on your spring gardening. Bring the outdoors in by sprouting seeds or planting a container garden, like this herb garden kit from Gardenuity. Bonus: You can use your fresh herbs in your amazing healthy dishes you're learning to cook.


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Learn a new language

Want to know how to say, "quarantine stinks" in five other languages? Now is a great time to learn or practice a new language. Duolingo is an easy-to-use, totally free app that gives daily lessons in 35 different languages. You can pick a standard like English, Spanish, or Chinese or you can branch out with Navajo, Esperanto, and Klingon or High Valyrian (we're not kidding). Kick it off by learning these Spanish phrases everyone should know.

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Perfect your cat eye with liquid eyeliner

Drawing a smooth even cat eye with liquid eyeliner is some advanced makeup skills. Then, once you figure it out, you have to replicate it exactly on the other eye! Nobody has time for that on a busy morning rushing out the door for work—but now that you're only commuting to your bedroom you have plenty of time to experiment. You can practice with this "Cat-eye for dummies makeup tutorial" by Emily DiDonato or simplify the process with a cat-eye "makeup stamp" by Kaja.


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Take the best bath ever

Bath lovers rejoice: Self-quarantining is the perfect opportunity to take the long, luxurious bath of your dreams. You can even soak all day if you like! All you need is a good book, a favorite beverage, and some yummy-smelling bath products, like this Freida & Joe Lavender Spa Bath set. Find out 31 things you need for the most relaxing spa day ever.


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