Non-Bookish

Things We’ve Been Doing to Keep Ourselves Calm and Occupied During Isolation

Hello friends!! We have been is self-quarantine/isolation for the past few weeks, and in that time, we learnt how hard it is to stay relaxed, occupied and happy. Because we thought that some of you may also be struggling, we brought you tons and tons of things to watch, listen to, and do during isolation.

Above all, remember that these are challenging times, so the bottom line is: do whatever makes you happy! Try not to have inhuman expectations for yourself, and take care.

Youtube

Booktube.

  • Merphy Napier is so well-spoken and always comes up with original content, even when it comes to over-discussed topics, like Harry Potter.
  • Literarydiversions shares a lot of crime and mystery novels, has a cute dog and she is SO ADORABLE with her wife, Helen. Oh, and I adore her accent.
  • Readwithcindy is one of the funniest, most sarcastic booktubers and she always makes me laugh.
  • Chandler Ainsley concentrates mostly on romance novels, and she has many fun, unique ideas.
  • Olivia’s Catastrophe is one of the kindest people in the book-blogging community, and her booktube channel is incredible, as well.
  • Paperbackdreams is another funny, somewhat sarcastic booktuber, who puts so much effort into analyzing books.
  • Jen Campbell is very chill and is also an amazing author. I love her vlogs and series on the true history of fairytales.
  • LucieReads is another more relaxed booktuber. I love her humour and the rest of her personality too.
  • BooksandLala has some of the most creative videos out there and I especially love her reading vlogs.

OTHER ENTERTAINING CONTENT.

  • Buzzfeed Unsolved is one of my favorite corners on youtube. Even though they share somewhat darker content, the two hosts are hilarious.
  • Alex Meyers is quite prolific and has covered loads of tv shows and movies – some old, some new – so you’re bound to find something you’re interested in. Also, his videos are funny as hell.
  • Carpool Karaoke is wickedly funny and gives us a more down to earth look into these artists’ life than what we normally get.
  • Crosswalk the Musical is one of my favorite things on the internet – it’s a little bit over the top, but it’s great entertainment for musical lovers.
  • The Zach Sang Show has some of the best interviews with artists I’ve EVER seen. Very thoughtful and respectful, with the focus being on the music, not on the artists’ personal life.
  • Possessed by Horror reviews and recommends horror and thriller movies, and man, her reviews are always so eloquent and well thought out.
  • JennaMarbles has over 20 million subscribers, so I’d be surprised if you weren’t aware of her channel, but her videos are a great assortment of random (hilarious) projects and often feature her dogs.
  • Micarah Tewers is a high-energy sewing youtuber who is also extraordinarily funny. I cannot recommend her wisdom teeth video enough.
  • ERUDA Art paints the most magical scenes which is so peaceful to watch.
  • Vine compilations are one of my favourite things to watch when I am feeling down, and now is no different. Chuck “clean” in front of the search if you have little kids around!

podcasts

  • The Magnus Archives might be a horror podcast, but listening to it is actually quite calming, mostly because the host’s voice is so relaxed and nice. The content is incredible, too.
  • Welcome to Night Vale reports weird-ass news about a fictional town, and boy, it is a journey to listen to this.
  • Approachable features two best friends discussing contemporary life topics in a light-hearted and easy-going manner.

working out, meditating

  • Workout Apps have been so useful for me before! Many of them are completely free and they will even give you a warning each day so you don’t “forget” about them. (Cuz I sure do otherwise.)
  • Yoga With Adriene is an incredible channel on youtube with yoga videos for every level, time frame and occasion (Yoga for Headaches has really helped me out) as well as great guided meditations.

culture and education

  • Free Ivy League Courses: I have to admit, I haven’t looked into this properly, but some of the courses sounded really interesting, and it’s something I will be trying in the near-future.
  • Metropolitan Opera Streams: You can stream a new opera every day, which remains available for nearly a whole day.
  • National Theater at Home: Through Youtube, England’s National Theater is sharing a new musical every Thursday. The first, One Man, Two Guvnors, can be streamed until the 9th. Next up is Jane Eyre!
  • The Show Must Go On: A new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is made available every Friday, and remains so for a 48 hours. Next up: Jesus Christ Superstar.
  • Free Audible Audiobooks: Audible have made some of their audiobooks available for free, and you don’t even have to register to access them.
  • Eurovision Home Concerts will be happening every Friday, and they remain available on youtube even after. See the first episode here.
  • Online museum tours: Many museums offer free online tours, click here to see a pretty neat list.
  • Live animal webcams: A lot of zoos have cameras in their enclosures and are streaming live to the internet. Here is a good list of them.

CREATING

  • Pinterest: is so fun and easy to use. I love putting together boards for books I have read. Tip: if you’re searching for images, try putting “aesthetic” at the end of your search term.
    Btw, you can follow us on Pinterest, just click on our names! (Sabrina and Vera)
  • URSTYLE: This is a site that is great for putting together collages. You can upload your own pictures and items to use, or “clip” them from other places on the internet. Again, I like creating collages based on books I’ve read.
  • Design Home is an app/game that (shockingly!) lets you design gorgeous rooms. There are new challenges every single day, and you receive scores for your designs.
  • Traditional art: I love watercolour painting, and I got my first supplies really cheaply at Kmart, so it isn’t as inaccessible as you might think and it is very therapeutic.
  • Adult Coloring Books: Sabrina has the skills and the will to paint, while I do not. But! What I can do is pick up a coloring book – super relaxing – and color away while listening to some relaxing music.
  • Fanfiction: So I haven’t written any fanfiction during this time, but I’ve been reading it. Sometimes it is easier to just get sunk into a new story with characters and a world you are already familiar with. My favourite place to read is AO3, because you can really narrow down your search.

book blogs

Obviously, the first group also writes great reviews, and the second group also has great ideas!! We just needed a way to not list everyone is one big group!

LET’S CHAT!

How are you doing? We hope you’re healthy and safe. Are you able to stay at home, or do you have work that requires you to regularly leave the house? What have you been doing to keep yourself calm and happy? Please share any tips and resources you have!

40 thoughts on “Things We’ve Been Doing to Keep Ourselves Calm and Occupied During Isolation

  1. I absolutely love Yoga with Adriene! Her voice is so calming, and she has helped me a lot through anxiety. I would totally recommend her 30 day yoga challenges, especially for this time.

    Thanks for sharing my blog πŸ˜€

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  2. Great list! I *should* use the time to hone some hard skills, and free online class would be great. Exercising too, since my old lament was that I had no time. (PS Thanks for sharing my blog XOXO)

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  3. I love this post and I am totally keeping this in my bookmarks because I definitely need a post like this to help keep me positive. I’ve been using some of my freetime (when I’m not working from home) to try and improve myself. I try learning languages on duolingo and it’s going ok and I also have a subscription to skillshare (whcih you can get a 2 month free trial to) and I’ve done a few art courses. It’s really great and keeping me busy anyway.

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    1. Thanks, I’m so glad you found it helpful!! πŸ™‚ If the situation stays the same when uni ends in mid-May, I’m signing up for skillshare. I want to make the most out my free period, haha. Duolingo, though, I should start using – I haven’t practiced my Spanish in AGES.

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  4. This is such a great list of relaxing activities, and I’m truly honored to be listed on your recommended blogs πŸ˜€ I’ve been spending a lot of time on youtube, though much of it has been watching dumb, unproductive videos, so I’m definitely going to be checking out some of your booktuber/other fun stuff recommendations. And I’m DEFINITELY going to be looking into some of those “theatre at home” links πŸ˜€ Thanks for all of these resources!!

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    1. Thanks, I’m happy you found it helpful! πŸ™‚ Lol, dumb, unproductive videos are totally fine!! Especially right now. I watched last week’s National Theater play with James Corden, and it was INCREDIBLE. So I have high hopes for Jane Eyre.

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  5. Ok this is such a great list!! Thank you so much for putting it together, and I will for sure be sharing this with other people 😍 (Also, thank you for mentioning my blog under fun content and new ideas 😭 Lately, I’ve been struggling with executing many of my ideas because of lack of time/motivation, so it was super reassuring and heartwarming to be put under that category πŸ₯ΊπŸ’–)

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  6. Thank you so much for all these links! I feel like the internet truly is a safe haven during this quarantine. I wonder how people did it back when the Black Plague was around. Haha I’m glad somebody else found those free online Ivy League courses. They’re quite pleasantly surprisingly good.

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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  7. I have been watching a lot of Buzzfeed Unsolved (and generally a lot of YouTube) lately. Also, Yoga With Adriene is my favorite. This has to be the best list of genuinely amazing things to do in quarantine that I have seen yet. I am bookmarking this for future reference lol.

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  8. Another shout-out? My, you’re spoiling me LOL 😘.

    I’m keeping this post bookmarked for my May TYT post, in case people somewhere are still in lockdown at the beginning of next month! Which I hope it won’t be the case, but anyway…all those links can still come in handy!

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  9. omg all your booktube recommendations!!! 😍😍😍 Merphy, cindy, chandler, kat, lala, and olivia are some of my absolute FAVOURITE channels. they’re all so well spoken and entertaining to watch i love them!! 😭😭😭 i love using (and wasting my entire day) on pinterest, it’s so easy to start somewhere and end up sitting for hours after you’ve fallen through the pinterest wormhole and omg yes!! traditional art!! i’m so glad you’re able to find it relaxing and it’s something you enjoy. πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

    i seriously loved this post and found it so useful and informative!! thank youu for all the recommendations and i hope you’re having a great month!!

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    1. Yes, same! Their content is so well thought out and interesting. And Chandler’s voice in particular is so relaxing!? I love them all. Pinterest is fun! I have all kinds of boards lol, so I can really spend the day there. I wish traditional art was my answer, so I could say something smart about it, buuut it was Sabrina’s. I can’t draw a straight line. 😭 I’ve seen some of your art on twitter, though, and they’re so gorgeous. 😍

      Thank you!! I’m so happy you loved the post. 😍

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  10. Ahhhhh I *adore* these recommendations! I LOVE Buzzfeed Unsolved – I’ve been catching up while on my exercise bike so I’m killing 2 birds with one stone πŸ˜‚The Magnus Archives sounds so interesting – I never thought I’d hear the words ‘horror’ and ‘soothing’ in the same sentence πŸ˜‚

    πŸ’› Ngoc

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    1. Thanks, I’m glad you like the post. πŸ˜€ Buzzfeed Unsolved is INCREDIBLE. Man, I wish I had an exercise bike. I’ve been really thinking of getting one. The Magnus Archives is amazing – I’m on the 46th episode now, and I’m completely engrossed in the story.

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  11. This is such an amazing list, I love all the recommendations! πŸ’— I have been turning to books (especially audiobooks), Animal Crossing Pocket Camp and Youtube to keep me comfort πŸ₯° I love readbyzoe and A Clockwork Reader, though they haven’t uploaded a lot recently – there are still some old reading vlogs that I find very comforting to watch 🌸 Also thank you so much for mentioning my blog aaaaaaah, that makes me so happy! πŸ˜­πŸ’—

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  12. Thanks so much for mentioning my channel and blog ❀ Your kind words really made me smile and made my day! I have been watching a lot of booktube as well and well, reading book blogs (as I am doing now!) I love Merphy Napier's channels too and we have a lot of book blogs in common. Oh, and I really have been enjoying yoga at this time too. ^.^

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      1. You don’t have to worry! I know things are crazy, don’t feel you need to catch up on everything because that can be stressful too…

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  13. I absolutely adore this list! I’ve been super busy with school and tests and finals these past few months, so that has occupied most of my time in quarantine. But I was honestly wondering what activities I could do once I’m finished with my semester! On my own all I came up with was doing puzzles and cleaning/reorganizing my bookshelves! This list was so helpful in providing me with resources that I intend on using as soon as I finish my last final this week!

    I love so many of the booktubers that you mentioned! Booksandlala has been a favorite for years, and I just discovered Chandler Ainsley and Paperbackdreams but I already adore them, and have been watching so many of their old videos when I need a break from studying!

    And I adore Carpool Karaoke! I think it’s so much fun! And my friend just told me that I have to check out Crosswalk the Musical, so I’m definitely going to be doing that soon! Plus, I just got a yoga mat with the intention of watching Yoga With Adriene a few times a week to relax and stretch my muscles a bit!

    Thank you so much for this list! I can’t wait to start trying out all the wonderful activities you compiled! πŸ’•

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  14. I love merphy napier and can’t help but enjoy paperback dreams as well. And yoga with adrienne has one hundred percent kept me sane in quarantine!! I owe so much to her videos!!
    So many great book blogs as well!

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