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How To Deal With This Forced Staycation?

How To Deal With This Forced Staycation?

If you’re anything like me, you may already be going a bit crazy with staying at the same place for a long time. It’s only two days for me, but it already feels like two weeks. However, the essential thing is to change your mindset around this situation mmc 996.

First, tell yourself you’re possibly saving some lives by staying at home. You’re not only taking care of yourself and your family. But, also of your parents, grandparents, and elderly neighbors. So, this is the right thing to do to protect others.

And secondly, being forced to stay at home for a few weeks, is an unusual situation. When was the last time you didn’t have to do bazillion things in a day? Run from one place to another, and always being short of time? You could stop thinking of it as the end of the world. And start considering it as some gifted time to be home and spend more time with your family. Or only by yourself, which could also be quite lovely.

How to feel like you’re traveling when you’re not?

Although I’m traveling quite a lot during the last few years, there were times when I was younger and couldn’t afford to travel as much. And well, I had a lot of free time back then. So I could think of some fun things to do to feel like I’m traveling when I’m not. Here are some of my top tips:

Create a fancy staycation in your house

My suggestion to start with is – make your home super cozy. Think of some beautiful hotels you’ve stayed in before and what you liked in them. And try to do that at your house. Put some lovely flowers on a kitchen table, chocolates on your pillow, and a gorgeous soap in your bathroom.

You can also try and trick your mind a bit to think it’s in a new environment. Move the plants or some smaller furniture around your living room. You can also change the colors a bit. Put some new coffee table books around, change the pillowcases, and reorder your paintings. It’s funny how a few small changes can make the whole place look different. And make us feel much better.

Read a travel book

If you’re spending this self-isolation alone (or when you get annoyed by being too much around the rest of the family), find a nice hygge corner of your house and read a travel book. Make yourself cozy, light a candle, and travel to some imaginary world.

I’m sure you have some books sitting on a shelf you’re planning to read for ages. Well, now it’s time. Make a little reading challenge to yourself and read some of those books you didn’t have a chance to read before.

Call some of your friends living abroad.

Since we can’t do that now, schedule a little virtual trip to visit them. Make a coffee, get some snacks, and have a long Skype call with some of your friends each day you’re in a self-isolation. Chat about the things they were up to lately, new restaurants they recently visited, and all the usual stuff you would talk with them about. And, of course, try to avoid the COVID-19 subject.

Some Ideas To Help You Be More Creative & Artistic At Home

Art is something that calms me down. It’s almost like a time machine that brings me to a different time or place. I love visiting mmc996 museums and get my weekly dose of art inspiration that way. But, what to do when you can’t visit the museums or join some of the art workshops in person? Well, here are some ideas that will help you to be more creative and artistic at home.

Although we are currently facing some challenging times, a good thing about it is that many of us are given some extra free time. And it could be great to use it to boost your creativity, and both enjoy and create some art.

I’ve combined here different art techniques you can try yourself, together with the ways to enjoy some traditional art and boost your creative inspiration. And have also included links to online shops where you can get a painting material if you don’t have it at home.


There is something so magical in the smell of fresh ink and paper. And while focusing on writing some beautiful letters, I feel like I’m traveling back in time to the Middle Ages. It’s definitely a great way to be more creative and artistic at home.

TIP: During the last few weeks, Manon from Oh Pretty Paper is creating videos and sharing calligraphy tips on her Instagram page. Take a look for some inspiration.

Water coloring

Water coloring is one of the hardest painting techniques. But, could there be a better time to improve your skill than now when we’re spending so much time at home?

TIP: To boost your creativity even more when at home, listen to some nice music while creating your art. Find the music that relaxes you and create a lovely atmosphere for your art time at home.


Markers are quite nice and easy to work with because you mostly already have them at home. Although they are mostly reserved for kids, they are actually quite lovely to work with. I love them because they are not a ‘dirty technique’ and you don’t need much time to prepare your painting material. You also don’t need much space to work with them.

Because of their bright colors, they could be great for letter writing or creating some simple drawings. I love to use them when I’m working with textures, as I did on that drawing above.


If you don’t feel like drawing or painting, then maybe coloring could be the right choice for you. There are many free printable coloring books (Pinterest is my favorite source for them) to choose from. You can find all the different subjects from travel, floral motives to completely abstract illustrations.

Create your own exhibition space

Especially right now when we are spending so much time at home and can’t go to museums, find a nice place at your house that’s going to become your exhibition corner and curate some of your work there. It can be a shelf or a top of your fireplace.

Exhibiting your work, even only for yourself, will make you appreciate it and enjoy it even more. It will also make your home, where you’re spending so much time right now, much more cozy and beautiful.