I also tried the Gravity Weighted Robe ($130), with a 3-pound removable collar that’s just heavy enough to feel like a deep pressure massage, yet fluffy enough to keep me warm and toasty. (We talk more about weighted blankets below.)

Add Some Green

Plants can transform any living space, making it feel like your own oasis. I lean toward the artificial kind, due to my penchant for killing even those that need minimal care. Target, West Elm, and TJ Maxx have a lot of great faux plant options. You can check your local Facebook Marketplace listings too.

If you want the real deal, you don’t have to schlep to the nursery. Lula’s Garden ships excellent succulents that are easy to take care of, including this Glow Garden ($32) that even I have succeeded at keeping alive. Everything comes in a pretty gift box that doubles as a planter, so you don’t have to repot them until they grow out of it; they also come with plastic droppers for easy watering.

Of course, it never hurts to check out your local businesses, which were hard-hit during the pandemic. It’s important to support them if you can. And if you partake in the other kind of green, we like the Pax Era Pro Weed Pen ($70) for indulging anywhere, whether that’s in the park or your living room.

Invite Some Birds

A window-mounted bird feeder can connect you to nature. Even if you don’t love them as much as I do, you might find all these little chirping birds arriving at your window quite relaxing during a time of uncertainty.

There are a lot of options to choose from, but we recommend starting out with a simple rectangle feeder ($20). Or you can go for a hummingbird feeder ($12) if you’re committed to cleaning it every other day (and don’t use red dyes in their nectar).

Photograph: Shit That I Knit

I never know what to say when someone asks what I do for fun. Does online shopping and cuddling with my cats on the couch count? If you relate, you may have found yourself in desperate need of a hobby during quarantine. You may have to try a few different things before you find your thing, so if you’re still looking for something to occupy downtime, see our roundup of WIRED staffers’ favorite hobbies and products getting us through quarantine.

Learn to Knit or Crochet

Knitting and crocheting are relaxing, they take up a lot of time, and they are easier to learn than you think. All you need to get started is yarn, knitting needles or crochet hooks, plus a phone or TV to watch how-to videos on YouTube. I’ve found Kristen Mangus of GoodKnit Kisses and Bella Coco to be exceptional guides. The company Shit That I Knit has knitting kits ($65) that make jumping in really simple.

So far, the rectangles I’ve created are not turning into anything wearable, but the repetitive motions have kept my mind occupied and my hands off my phone.

Color Outside the Lines

Creating art is soothing and rewarding, but it can be daunting if you don’t feel like an artist, and expensive if you need supplies. Just color instead.

There are adult coloring books that might appeal to how you’re feeling right now. Might I suggest coloring in curse words ($6)? Or how about This Annoying Life ($10), which features frustrating scenes we can all surely relate to, like going to get ice, only to find the trays empty.

Write It Down

Photograph: Blue Sky

If coloring in a picture of the F-word doesn’t do it for you, try writing it down instead. There are many ways you can go about journaling. Write about what happened in a day; try gratitude journaling to remind yourself about the good things in your life; write poems or short stories, or jot down profanities for five entire pages. Writing it down can really ease difficult days.