The lockdown has seen ourselves restricted (for the most part) to the confines of our home. Now more than ever we are in need of spending time during a lockdown.
Often finding myself flapping between stretches of boredom and anxiety, I have tried and tested many activities to keep myself busy.
With this in mind, I would like to share 10 of the best:
#1. Try your hand at online casinos
Slots are one of the most popular games around. The rules are easy and you can develop the feel in no time at all.
Before playing you should understand your limits and gamble responsibly. To maintain the fun you must acknowledge that your winnings are nothing more than an added bonus.
Try searching for a generous sign-up bonus. Some of the best sign up bonuses offer an amalgamation of free spins and minimal wagers. Take your time to do some research and get the best deal for you.
#2. Host a movie night
The lockdown has not stripped us from the love of cinema. Yes, the theatres are closed and many films have ceased production. But, as the old adage goes — where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Thanks to accessible software, we are able to watch the movies we love with the people we love from anywhere in the world, no matter where we are.
New additions are being added to streaming platforms. One example is Netflix Party. This syncs streams and provides a chat bar to communicate through the film’s runtime. All you need to do is set up a smart TV and relax.
#3. Revisit some retro games
If you need a break from the barrage of bad news, then accessing a library of classic video games may do the trick. Whether you are starting new or reacquainting yourself with your childhood classics.
There is no need to break the bank by chasing rare and exotic game consoles either. All that is required is a computer and a reliable internet connection.
Online emulators are the forgotten gem of the internet. They are not only accessible but free too. From Pokemon to Sonic, a whole arcade is waiting for you.
#4. Challenge yourself to learn some tricks
At home I find myself thinking about party tricks that I’ve seen friends master. Why not give them a go? I ask myself.
Now speaking from experience — they’re definitely not as easy as they look.
Poker chip tricks: On the return to normality, these tricks will be great to show off at your next poker game. The knuckle roll is a neat addition to the game already fun game.
Sing the alphabet backwards: A self-explanatory one, but fun all the same. There are tonnes of online tutorials that simplify the task. Finally getting to the letter ‘A’ was a joyous and melodic moment.
Card throwing: I cannot express into words how long this took to get right. I placed an apple in the centre of my dining room table and proceeded to throw card after card at it hoping to make one stick, but I missed every time. I’m sure you will have better luck than me.
#5. Make a playlist
Bored of the same algorithmic playlist on repeat? Then make your own soundtrack to the lockdown.
Music is the most human way of expressing emotion and mood. This lockdown is the perfect opportunity to encapsulate your feelings into song.
Nobody is asking you to pick up the guitar and write a masterpiece. Custom playlists allow you to create a personal sound out of the artists that you love. Think of it as a collaboration project and you’re the producer.
#6. Lose yourself in an RPG
Life is a bit like a dystopian world right about now. So why not jump into one designed for your enjoyment? During this pandemic, we can feel lost in the fold. Video games offer solace in the fact we can manipulate a virtual narrative and make it our own story.
That’s not to say that we are unable to make a difference, only it’s much more fun from the comfort of our sofa.
The spring sales are in full force. I recommend picking up a copy of one of these games and immerse yourself in the experience.
#7. Make the most of the outdoors
We are limited to walking or exercising outside once a week. It is a constraining feeling to be locked in the house all day. So it is a good idea to make the most of the small outdoor time allocated to us.
Go for a run: By this time I’m sure half the population is tagged in the 5km Instagram challenge. Being far from an accomplished runner, I dreaded the prospect. But the funny thing is that any excuse to go outside is a good one right now.
Read a book in the garden: This is the perfect way to relax. And thanks to the sunny weather this is something we can do quite regularly. Reading is a great escape from our current reality, as you’re able to do it outside then you get the best of both worlds.
#8. Learn a new language
I am not saying become fluent in the space of a few weeks; far from it in fact. Let’s all cross our fingers and hope we aren’t in this position for that long.
But wouldn’t it be great to learn a few stock sentences?
Especially in preparation for the holidays, we will book when restrictions are lifted.
Begin by asking yourself 10 questions. Answer in your common language. Then learn your responses in another language.
Speaking another language is an incredible skill, one that I find myself committed to learning after my first few experiences.
Also, considering we are headed to a financial crisis, knowing another language may give you a competitive advantage for a new job or new position in your company.
#9. Write a short story or start a blog
Writing is a fantastic way to spend the day and relieve stress. There is something oddly therapeutic about putting your thoughts on paper.
For me, stories are much better than a diary. You have more freedom to reflect on situations without constantly focusing on yourself. It doesn’t even have to be about Earth – why not create your own dystopian universe?
Good or bad, the finished product does not matter. The writing is personal and shows what’s on your mind during this stressful time.
#10. Call your family and friends
Last but not least, we need to ensure that we stay in contact with friends and family.
Modern technology affords us many opportunities. Including being able to maintain contact without ever seeing each other in person. By using apps like Zoom and HouseParty to good old fashioned texting.
There are also many excuses to call. Take me for example, as I make sure to FaceTime my brother once a week to check in on my newborn nephew. No matter the barriers we must make a greater effort to socialize and be a part of our greater network.
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No matter where we are in the world, I think we all need some distraction from lockdown. I found some real success from these ideas. Challenge yourself to try one a day, perhaps they will help you stay busy too.