At this point in time, we all want to keep up with what is happening in the world. That’s very important. However, it’s also important to step away and find some silence and comfort in these times. This will be imperative for our mental health. I mean everyone. These times of isolation, separation, and struggle will affect a lot of things and a lot of people. So, let’s look at 10 things to do other than watch the news.

Read a book

This is one of my favorite things to do when I’m trying to escape reality. So, of course I needed to include it in this list of 10 things to do other than watch the news. Books are so easy to get lost in. Ask your friends for suggestions for some of their favorite books. Look up what some of the top books were from last year.

If you prefer having a physical book like I do, order some from online, or borrow from your friends, if they’re willing to ship them to you. Otherwise, you can find books to read on your various devices via Kindle, Audible and other sites.

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Learn a new skill

This may be the time to learn a new skill, either just because or to have more to add to your resume and job skills in the future. Find more details about these skills in this LinkedIn article.

Soft Skills

Put simply, soft skills are those skills that make you a good employee. These are things such as communication and etiquette. The top five soft skills for 2020 are:

  1. Creativity
  2. Persuasion
  3. Collaboration
  4. Adaptability
  5. Emotional Intelligence

Hard Skills

Hard skills are teachable and measurable abilities. This may include things like math, writing, and reading. They can also include specific softwares. The top 10 hard skills for 2020 are:

  1. Blockchain
  2. Cloud Computing
  3. Analytical Reasoning
  4. Artificial Intelligence
  5. UX Design
  6. Business Analysis
  7. Affiliate Marketing
  8. Sales
  9. Scientific Computing
  10. Video Production

Start a new hobby

Now is a great time to pick up a new hobby. You should be able to order any supplies you need online and get started a few days later. Some ideas for hobbies are hand lettering, cross-stitch, and crochet. You can check out some beginner crochet videos on my YouTube, and come join me in The Crafty Cabin for all kinds of crafting talk. I always have some free patterns for you to try out right here on the blog.

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This one goes along with learning a new hobby to a point, but there are so many different ways to craft. You can even get the rest of your family in on crafting by drawing, making things out of Play-doh, and the list goes on. Again, you should be able to order some supplies online if you don’t already have a stash of crafting supplies!

If you’re looking for some easy adult crafting, my friend has some super easy products for you to check out.

Take a free college course

I came across this website the other day listing some free college courses available through Ivy League schools, so I had to add it to this list. Free college courses? Who wouldn’t be on board with that! See the full list of courses here.

Go for a walk/hike

This one is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s definitely worth adding in here. There are so many benefits to getting out into nature and moving, too! Exercise and vitamin D can help boost your mood, so it’s well worth a quick walk outdoors right now.

Early gardening & lawn care

It’s still pretty early for most gardening activities, but if you have some spare time, gardening and lawn care may be something to get ahead of. I know I usually feel like we run out of time to get most things done outdoors this time of year, even with the longer days!

Here’s a great timeline for getting a garden started. This person starts in January!

Binge watch a new show

I’m currently finishing up my “re-binge” of Grey’s Anatomy, but then I’ll be looking for my next binge-worthy show. I know my friends are always ready with a suggestion for me, so I’m sure some of yours have some ideas for you as well. If not, you can always check out this list of best binge-worthy shows to watch while you’re at home.

Make a new friend

In these times, it’s so easy to cut others down and judge people for their actions. Instead, I would suggest that you find someone new to connect with or reconnect with someone who you’ve been distanced from for some time. Spread kindness instead of hatred right now.


Write a blog post! That’s what I’m doing. I’m really trying to spend my time curating helpful content during this time of uncertainty. I don’t want to take away from the seriousness of our current situation, but I also want to provide people with an outlet to step away from the stress and anxieties of the current world.

If you’re more the artistic type, try bullet journaling. Otherwise, get out a piece of paper and just write down what you’re feeling. Get some ideas down for a book you’ve always wanted to write. I’ve heard that journaling is one of the most therapeutic ways to deal with a stressful situation.

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I hope these 10 things to do other than watch the news will give you some ideas and allow you to step back from watching and obsessing over the news stories like I have been. It’s time for us to start spreading some hope and positivity in our own minds, as well as out into the world.