Avoid Going Stir-Crazy At Home with these Simple and Healthy Ideas

Use this free time to set yourself up for success!

Being cooped up in the house for extended periods of time is not fun. I don’t know about you, but after just a day or two, I begin having full-fledged conversations with my dog. Don’t worry, though; she hasn’t talked back… yet. The simple and healthy ideas below will not only help you to avoid going stir-crazy at home, but they will also enable you to maintain your healthy lifestyle and stay on track to your fitness goals.

Avoid Going Stir-Crazy At Home with these Simple and Healthy Ideas

When you’re stuck inside for extended periods of time, it’s important to keep yourself busy. Keeping your mind occupied will keep you from sabotaging your fitness goals. Instead of mindless snacking and becoming one with the couch, set yourself up for success with these tips! 

1. Workout

Avoid Going Stir-Crazy At Home with these Simple and Healthy Ideas

You had to know that we were going to include this one. One of the most common excuses for not exercising is a lack of time. Luckily, when you’re trapped inside, you have nothing but time! You don’t even need to own gym equipment because we have dozens of body weight routines for you to choose from. Try any or all of these at-home options:

Bonus tip: Add a little bit of resistance by holding a jug or two of water while you perform the exercises!

2. Try cooking a new recipe

Avoid Going Stir-Crazy At Home with these Simple and Healthy Ideas

In normal day-to-day life, we tend to look for basic recipes that are quick and healthy. We usually don’t have spare time to experiment or try new things… until now! It’s the perfect time to expand your horizons and try a few recipes you would normally pass up. We have hundreds of options on the site, so feel free to look around. 

Related: 12 Fun, Healthy Snacks to Make with Your Kids

If you’re running short on ingredients, we still have plenty of nutritious recipes to choose from that require fewer than five ingredients! You can also order a food box from a delivery service.

Of course, if you’d like to stick to your normal meals, you can always use this free time to meal-prep for the weeks ahead. Our Busy Woman’s Guide to Meal Prepping will provide you with steps to meal prep efficiently. Do the work now so you have more free time later when things get back to normal.

3. Cut down on clutter

Avoid Going Stir-Crazy At Home with these Simple and Healthy Ideas

There are certain tasks that we put off when we’re able to do other, more fun things. Organizing your closet and cleaning out the bathroom cabinets is rarely something we look forward to doing. Now that you have the time, you should take full advantage of it! 

Being trapped indoors can take a toll on your mental health. De-cluttering your space can reverse these negative effects. Living in a neat and clutter-free environment can make you feel a whole lot better! Give away clothes you don’t wear anymore, throw away old beauty products, and toss expired ingredients. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel afterward!

Related: Using Vertical Space: Organizing Hacks for Small Apartments

4. Give the house a deep clean

Avoid Going Stir-Crazy At Home with these Simple and Healthy Ideas

After you’ve de-cluttered, it will be way easier to clean! Now is the time to give the house a good scrub down. Start with the counters and furniture and work your way down to the floors. The bonus? A nice and clean environment will reduce your risk of illness! Out of cleaner? Make your own with three simple ingredients!

Check out: 12 Cleaning Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

5. Pamper yourself with our DIY beauty ideas

Avoid Going Stir-Crazy At Home with these Simple and Healthy Ideas

Now that the house has been taken care of, it’s time to take care of yourself! We have plenty of DIY beauty products that you can create at home from ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen. Below are a few of our favorites:

6. Get some rest

Avoid Going Stir-Crazy At Home with these Simple and Healthy Ideas

There’s no time like the present to get a little extra rest. Sleep is crucial to maintaining your health, yet all too often, we don’t get enough of it. You’re stuck inside anyway; you might as well take advantage of free time and sleep a little longer! Even if you don’t fall asleep, simply lying down and relaxing can work wonders on your health.

Related: 6 Tips to Lose Weight When You Can’t Work Out

These ways to avoid going stir-crazy at home can be absolute lifesavers. Which ones are you going to take advantage of? Do you have any that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comment section.

Also, remember that you can follow us on Pinterest for more at-home workouts, easy recipes, DIY projects, and more! Stay healthy, friends!

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Erin Miller

Erin is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. She is also a Performance Nutrition Coach, certified through the Clean Health Fitness Institute. Some of Erin’s favorite hobbies include hiking, kayaking, and hanging out at the beach, although weight lifting is her greatest passion. She says, “Weight training is one of the most empowering things a person can do. Not just seeing, but feeling yourself transform… There’s just nothing else like it.”

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