How to pass the time if you have to isolate at home

How to pass the time if you have to isolate at home

At this point, it’s highly likely that you’ve had to isolate at home at least once due to Covid-19. Being stuck indoors can be incredibly frustrating, especially if you’re not actually feeling unwell. The days can seem to go on forever and the isolation period can feel like a lifetime. But there are a few things you can do at home to pass the time.

Get on with those jobs you’ve been putting off

We’ve all been there – you’ve said you’re going to repaint the living room, or fix the fence in the back garden but just never quite got around to actually doing it. If you have the resources at home then isolation is the perfect time to tackle those DIY jobs you’ve been putting off. Not only will it help you to pass the time, but you’ll also be able to feel good that you’ve actually achieved something each day too.


Read a book

If you’re anything like me then you’ll have a stack of books to one side ready to read when you have time. Isolation is the absolute perfect time to get stuck into those books. The hours seem to fly by when I get stuck into a good book so I’m determined to make a dent in my reading pile next time I have to stay at home.

Logic games

I love playing logic games, but I have to be careful as I lose track of time once I get started. If you’re stuck at home without much to do, then you can spend a happy few hours trying to crack these games. Minesweeper is one of my favourite games – you have to use the number clues to work out where the hidden mines are.


Learn a new skill

Whether it’s learning to cook a new dish, or taking up knitting, there are all kinds of skills and hobbies you could take up whilst you’re stuck at home. Diamond painting seems to be really popular at the moment and as well as giving you an activity to tackle, you can also create a piece of art for your wall too.

Diamond painting

There really are plenty of different ways to pass the time whilst you’re at home and having to isolate. If you fancy giving something a try but don’t have what you need in the house, then you can often get next day deliveries online from places such as Amazon, so don’t let that stop you!

If you’ve had to isolate recently, what were your favourite ways to pass the time?