With the UK currently being in lockdown social distancing and staying at home to protect ourselves, our families and fellow humans is the new normal for the foreseeable future. it’s hard not to feel isolated, overwhelmed and anxious. After the first few days it can become tedious, boring and somewhat depressing being indoors 24/7. Today I am here to share some ideas to help stem that boredom and attempt to take your mind off what’s happening in the world. But I also want to remind you that although you are staying safe at home you don’t need to use that time to be productive. It’s ok to not do anything during these uncertain times.
Although many of the ideas I am sharing are for one person to do. I will be sharing some ideas for families to do together that are entertaining but also educational for kids who are missing school.
1. Discover a new podcast series
Podcasts are a great way to pass the time. They can be entertaining and informative at the same time. Whatever subject you are interested in I am 100% sure you you’ll be able to find a podcast on that subject.
My personal podcast choices are true crime shows I particularly like are from Casefiles. I’ve listened to every episode within the last 6 months or so. Another favourite of mine is Shagged, married and annoyed by Chris and Rosie Ramsey. This one has me laughing out loud which is something we all need during this time. I would say that it’s not suitable for younger listeners.
2. Read that book you’ve been meaning to read.
I’m sure I’m not the only one whose bought at least one book that I’ve never gotten round to reading! In my case it’s kindle books but there’s no better time to start reading than when your staying safe at home.
No unread books? Why not reread a much loved book.
3. Binge Watch Something
Whether it’s something you’ve been countless times or that show you’ve been meaning to try. There’s no better time than the present to start than now. With Amazon Prime, Netflix, Disney+, Apple+ and countless other subscription services available there is no shortage of shows to watch.
I’m currently rewatching Greys Anatomy, Supernatural and Vampire Diaries. I’m also thinking about watching The Tiger King as I’ve seen a lot of people talking about it on social media.
4. Colouring Is Good For The Soul
Colouring isn’t just for kids. It is a great way to de-stress. In the last few years, there has been an upsurge of colouring books aimed at adults. I’ve bought one or two before but passed it on, as some of the images were too intricate and small for me. I have however found some websites where you can download and print images for colouring. Although the majority of them is for kids I’ve found some really good sites to print.
5. Take an online course.
This is a great way to pass the time and learn a new skill at the same time. There are lots of platforms available for learning online. Such as skillshare, where you can learn about anything you can possibly imagine. It is a paid service and if funds are low I’m sure YouTube or googling the subject you’d be interested in learning would come up with alternative ideas of where to take a class.
6. Write it all down
Writing can be therapeutic. Whether is in a blog post or a journal, writing down your thoughts and feelings may help you process what’s going on right now.
7. Stay In Touch With Friends & Family
Staying in contact with friends and family whilst we are safe at home and delegated for them is important. Not only for you but for them. Since the lockdown we’ve been video calling our parents which lets them see us and Alex as he is missing them loads.
Another way to do video chats is using Facebook messenger. We have a group set up of nursery mums which allows us and the kids to see each other. With the kids being so young they don’t fully understand why they’re not going to nursery or seeing their friends.
8. Listen to an audiobook
Audiobooks are great if you are wanting an escape but don’t feel like reading. They are great to put on in the background when you’re doing other things.
I’ve lost count the number of times I’ve listened to the Harry Potter books, no matter how many times it has been I can listen to them over and over again. Stephen Fry’s voice is so soothing I sometimes listen to them going to sleep. A new discover I’ve found is The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, which is narrated by James Marsters.
9. Play games on your phone or games console
Playing one of your favourite video games is a fun way to pass the time at home. In our house the lego games are a big hit. Although normally it’s Alex playing them until he needs our help. Mobile games like Candy Crush is also a favourite of mine. I can get a little competitive with it trying to beat my friends and families scores.
10. Do something creative
Been meaning to start an art project, take up knitting or write that masterpiece of a novel you’ve been dreaming about doing for the longest time. If you’ve got the necessary equipment at home now is a great time to get started.
I’ve been meaning to practice using watercolour pencils and paints. I’m hoping to sort out a colour chart, then make some cards to send to loved ones to let them know I’ve been thinking of them.
11. Have a pampering session
Although we are to stay safe at home it is important to maintain a self care routine. One thing that I enjoy doing for self care is a little pampering session. Face and hair masks are the easiest way for me to have some pampering time.
12. Sort through photos
If your camera roll is anything like mine it will be full of random images that have been saved for later or screenshot. Going through your photos clearing out the ones you don’t want or need anymore. Create folders for some images. I have a folder for Alex and a folder of our dog Alba. You never know you might find some hidden gems that you can share of social media or save to print.
If printed photos is your thing (it’s mine). Sorting them into categories to put into albums is also a great way to spend some time. There is something really magical looking through old photos and reminiscing about the time the photo was taken.
13. Reorganise your wardrobe
Now that’s we’ve officially moved into spring. The weather has began to get nicer and a little warmer. We might be indoors most of the time, that doesn’t mean we can get out warmer clothes out and organised into our wardrobes. It also gives us the opportunity to go through our clothes and decide to keep, donate or bin anything that is no longer suitable.
14. Have a movie day
Is there anything better than a day on the sofa watching movies? Being all cosy with some of your favour snacks, drinks and movies is a great way for you to spend time with your family. If you are on your own why not host a watch party on Facebook. Where you can watch and chat about the movie with friends and family.
15. Rearrange your living space
As it’s possible that lockdown will last longer than the initial 3 weeks. Looking at the same 4 walls and room arrangement could become tedious and frustrating. Why not try to rearrange your living space for a change of scenery.
Do you have any ideas of things to due during lockdown? I’d love to hear them
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