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This is a list of distractions for anyone, whether that’s because you are feeling anxious, stressed, alone…anything or nothing, this is for you <3

  1. Do a jigsaw puzzle*
  2. Read a book
  3. Rewatch one of your favourite series/films
  4. Do some journalling
  5. Bake a cake
  6. Facetime a friend
  7. Listen to a podcast
  8. Water your plants
  9. Do some painting
  10. Make your room cosy

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One of my favourite podcasts <3
  1. Do some (online) window shopping
  2. Have breakfast for dinner
  3. Start a bullet journal
  4. Do some colouring
  5. Plan your next holiday
  6. Declutter your wardrobe
  7. Text a friend
  8. Put on your favourite outfit
  9. Watch a new series
  10. Read a blog post
  1. Watch a TED talk
  2. Go on a walk
  3. Paint your nails
  4. Try out a new make-up look
  5. Play an instrument
  6. Do a crossword
  7. Watch the sunset
  8. Play a board game
  9. Do some creative writing
  10. Play a computer game
  1. Organise your shelves
  2. Take some photos
  3. Play a card game
  4. Plan what you’re going to buy your friends/family for their birthdays
  5. Cook your favourite meal
  6. Watch a nature documentary
  7. Tidy your room
  8. Do some yoga
  9. Write a poem
  10. Revise
  1. Cuddle your pet
  2. Do some Instagram templates
  3. Make a cup of tea
  4. Watch a game show
  5. Learn a new language
  6. Play chess
  7. Read a magazine
  8. Practice drawing
  9. Do a word search
  10. Play Mario kart
  1. Organise your photos
  2. Unfollow negative accounts
  3. Do a photoshoot
  4. Listen to a new album
  5. Do an online zoom event
  6. Sort out all your stationary
  7. Have a bubble bath
  8. Start doing cross-stitch
  9. Learn the words to a song
  10. Make an Instagram reel
  1. Put on a sheet face mask
  2. Start a blog
  3. Listen to an audiobook
  4. Start a book club with some friends
  5. Take a virtual tour at a museum
  6. Read/watch all of the Harry Potter saga
  7. Host a Netflix party
  8. Do a DIY project
  9. Do some BuzzFeed quizzes
  10. Organise your email subscriptions
  1. Create a bucket list
  2. Straighten/curl your hair
  3. Write a letter to your future self
  4. Take a nap
  5. Have a digital detox*
  6. Do a random act of kindness*
  7. Write a song
  8. Put together a photo album
  9. Learn origami
  10. Stretch
When I last straightened my hair…
  1. Do some birdwatching
  2. Plant some seeds
  3. Have a solo dance party
  4. Write a gratitude list*
  5. Learn how to juggle
  6. Make a candle
  7. Donate some money to charity
  8. Do a virtual escape room – I found a great Hogwarts one
  9. Create a time capsule
  10. Start a Youtube channel
My handmade floating candles
  1. Watch a film in another language
  2. Look through an old photo album
  3. Learn a TikTok dance
  4. Take a breath
  5. Learn the lines to a Shakespeare play
  6. Sit in your garden
  7. Do some cloud watching
  8. Watch the sunrise
  9. Squeeze a stress ball
  10. Write a letter to someone you miss

I hope you’ve found something on this list to do when you need a distraction or even something to do in lockdown.

What is your favourite distraction?

Best wishes, Cx

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  1. Love these Caroline! Journalling, writing poems and listening podcasts really distract me! And I love Dianne’s podcasts too!😊x Penny / whatdidshetype.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you! xx

  2. Wow! This must have taken some time to think of – loved the post! Your cat is super cute too! x

    1. Not gonna lie, it did take me several days! Thank you 😺xx

  3. Motso Lifestyle Blog says:

    I painted my nails yesterday and cooked and today I was doing laundry and cleaning. My anxiety and depression has decreased because I find that I feel according to how my environment looks. I also love wriring poetry . Lockdown can get really boring when you dont constantly keep yourself busy.
    So I’m doing to try other ideas that you mentioned as well 😍😍. I loved your post. I also loved your floating candle

    1. I totally get you, doing a bit of organising helps me and improves my environment too 🙂 Thank you! xx

  4. Woah – what an incredible list. Love the ideas and thanks for sharing the Hogwarts escape room – definitely checking that out.

    1. Thank you! The escape room was really fun 🙂 x

  5. holy crap, must’ve been hard having to come up with 100 things to put on this list (but then again, I get distracted by literally anything, even a bug that flies across my face). this is so handy for me, esp since i have to stay at home :((( great suggestions!

    1. Thank you! It did take me a few days to come up with these & not repeat aha, enjoy xx

  6. I found knitting very soothing for my mind – mostly because as a newbie I had to fully concentrate on it and stop thinking about all the bad I had around. Will give a shot to this list next time I need, bookmarking it now x

    1. I love having a go at knitting 🧶 Thank you! x

  7. rsleejones says:

    Its great that you shared these ideas. I think its important to have plenty of distraction Techniques xx

    1. Thank you! xx

  8. Amazing! You give me so many ideas here haha thank you x

    1. Thank you x

  9. This is such a great list to refer to when I next need a distraction. I re-read and re-watched the whole Harry Potter series last year! x

    1. Thanks! Harry Potter is so much fun 🙂 x

  10. Great list! I really appreciate the effort you went through to put it all together xD I think I would have lost my patience somewhere around entry no 30 :))

    1. Haha, thank you! I did consider stopping at 50 🙈💗💗

  11. What a great detailed list of things you can do to distract yourself. This is great if you are feeling anxious and need a distraction, or bored due to this pandemic if you are furloughed. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you 🙂 x

  12. What a great list! Watching films in other languages is something that I try to do on the regular. Lockdown has seen me get really into Korean dramas so I’ve been watching a fair few of them 🙂 x


    1. I love that! x

  13. Great list! Taking a bath with a Lush bathbomb is one of my favorite ways to unwind.

    1. Thank you, same 🙂 x

  14. Great post! I tend to read some blog posts to distract myself and also starting a blog, it became one of my favorite distractions lol.

    1. Thank you, same! xx

  15. Love this! I have anxiety and with everything going on it’s been even worse and distractions definitely help. I already do some of these but will definitely do some more of your suggestions, if my kids let me lol

    1. Aw thank you 🙂 x

  16. You’ve included so many great suggestions. I personally love getting lost in a book and choose different genres depending on what mood I’m in.

    1. Thank you, that sounds great x

  17. Great ideas! I’m gonna try this soon. Btw, your blog is amazing.👏

    1. Thank you!! xx

  18. What a great list of ideas! I’m going to bookmark this and use it when I need inspiration for some distraction (sometimes motivation is compounded by lack of ideas so this is so useful).

    1. Thank you, glad you enjoy it 🙂 x

  19. Gardening and going for a walk or horse riding are the things that calm me down. This is a fabulous list, thank you so much for compiling it!

    1. Thank you for reading and commenting :)) x

  20. These are some great ideas to distract yourself. Thank you so much for sharing this journal.

    1. Thank you 🙂

  21. Wow this is a mega list! Very helpful reminders, especially now when we might need distractions more than normally! x

    1. Thank you 🙂 x

  22. This is such a well thought out list, I love this. Thank you so much for sharing

    1. Thank you, glad you liked it 🙂 x

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  28. This is a wonderful list – so many ideas! I really like how some of them are very creative compared to what you typically see with take a bath, go for a walk, journal. Thanks for sharing these 🙂

    1. Thank you x

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