10 Things To Do During The Lockdown
Already going stir-crazy every weekend or suffering cabin fever during the week? With the end of this pandemic unclear, you might need to find some new things to do when home alone.
Whether your hours have been reduced or you’re just enjoying the lack of commute, here are 10 worthwhile activities to pursue during your extra time at home.
1. Learn a Language
Speaking multiple languages is a life goal for many people – and what better time than now to give it a go? There’s a wide variety of websites and apps designed to help you master a new language from A to Z (or whatever the first and last letter of your chosen alphabet might be!). Examples include:
Fun idea: What’s the first country you’d love to visit once the travel bans get lifted? Consider learning that destination’s native language so you can enjoy a more immersive experience when you go.
2. Pick Up an Instrument
Listening to music is a great way to pass idle time, but playing music is even better. Again, there are heaps of online resources available for beginners and intermediate musicians. If it’s your first foray into learning an instrument, consider something that’s simple and won’t take up too much real estate in your home, such as:
3. Grow a Veggie Garden
One thing panic buyers have taught us is that having your own food supply is never a bad idea. But growing a garden (whether it’s a full veggie patch in your backyard or a vertical herbs garden on your balcony), won’t just give you fresh produce and a way to pass the time. Spending time gardening has also been shown to be good for mental health. And you can’t say no to those kind of benefits during tough times like these.
4. Try Some DIY
If you’ve got half-finished renovations or a DIY dream project you’ve been putting off, there’s no excuse to delay any further. Even if you’ve never considered giving woodworking a try, now might be the perfect time to see if building your own items is something you enjoy.
Here are just a couple of potential projects to get your mind in the DIY zone:
- Build a doghouse for your best friend.
- Build a bird feeder for the front yard.
- Upgrade and personalise your letterbox.
- Make your own number/name sign for your home’s façade.
- Replace the old doorknobs around your home with fancy new ones.
- Reupholster old chairs and tables.
- Create a storage/display wall with pegboards and homemade floating shelves.
5. Expand Your Skillset
Extra time alone could be a great opportunity to learn some new skills or solidify your existing capabilities. Whether you’ve got your heart set on moving up the ranks in your current role, or you’re keen to explore a new career path, undertaking an online course during the pandemic could help you keep your professional ambitions alive and well.
From healthcare to hospitality and everything in between, discover Foundation Education’s wide range of online courses here.
6. Catch Up with Old Friends (Virtually)
Social distancing doesn’t need to ruin your social life. One of the best things to do when home alone is to reconnect with old friends. If you’re like most people, you certainly have friends from your school/university days who you’ve fallen out of touch with. While you’ve got some extra time up your sleeve, reach out and catch up online. You won’t even need to have the awkward discussion about whether to meet up in person!
7. Do Some Jigsaw Puzzles
Here’s an obvious one endorsed by the PM himself. Jigsaws can be frustrating at times, but they’re also great for keeping your mind active and filling in time. And few sensations compete with the thrill of putting that final piece into place.
If you’ve got the wall space, you could even hang your completed puzzles as art – making your own frames could be the DIY project you’ve been looking for!
8. Try Some Solo Board Games
Playing board games with friends is difficult right now, outside of the few online adaptions available. But if you’re missing the rush of playing a good board game, there are many solitaire games you could buy online – as well as multi-player games that can also be played solo. Look up titles such as:
- Mage Knight
- Arkham Horror
- Legendary Encounters
- This War of Mine.
9. Take Up Crochet
If you think making things out of yarn is only for grandmothers, you’re sadly mistaken. Crochet has been trending among all age groups since the early 2000s. There’s something uniquely satisfying about wearing an accessory you’ve made yourself or giving a decoration you’ve crocheted as a gift.
10. Read Some Books
Got a library’s worth of books that you’ve been meaning to read? Take a break from the constant screen time and settle down with a good novel. Netflix will still be there when you’ve finished reading.
You might even head back to work with a new and improved vocabulary!
The lockdown doesn’t need to make 2020 a pointless year for you. With plenty of productive things to do when home alone, you can keep yourself entertained while social distancing – and maybe even improve yourself while you’re at it.
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