5 ways to stay entertained without screens

While everyone seemingly wants to become TikTok famous during isolation, spending all day glued to a a phone or TV isn't good for your health—physical or mental. Here are a few of my favourite ways to stay occupied without relying on screens 24/7..

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1. Go for a walk

As long as you’re social distancing (stay two metres/six feet away from others), going outside for some fresh air is a great way to stay active and get out of your house. It’s really hard staying cooped up in the same place all day, and a change of environment is hugely beneficial for your mental health.


2. Read a book

I’ve decided to re-read the Harry Potter series, something I haven’t done since I was 14. Reading has provided me with a temporary escape from all the craziness going on. Not saying you need to go on a reading marathon, but even just 30 minutes a day or right before bed is ideal.


3. Build a puzzle or play a board game

This is a great thing you can do with your family or your roommates to bond and stay occupied. We’ve been doing a puzzle every other day. It’s also a great way to sort through all your puzzles to see if any of them have pieces missing.


4. Start a journal

Even though this pandemic has disrupted everyone’s lives, we’re living through something that hasn’t happened in over 100 years. We’re currently living through a future generation’s history lesson, and how cool would it be to have an account of your life to show your kids or grandkids (or anyone in the future really).


5. Make sidewalk art or window signs

If you have a driveway or a bit of sidewalk outside of your house, draw pictures or write messages with chalk for others to see when they walk or drive past. If you don’t have space or sidewalk chalk, make signs with messages of positivity and hang them in your windows. You never know who’s going to see it or what other people may be going through in their lives. We’re all in this together, so why not spread a little love during this difficult time.

What are you doing to stay occupied during self-isolation?