We find ourselves in time where we must make lemonade out of lemons. Here are a few things to do at home during a lockdown. The country is on a lockdown and people may only leave their house when it’s absolutely essential, due to the coronavirus outbreak aka COVID-19.
Things to Do at Home During A Lockdown
Naturally that means the things we do and the way we live our lives is going to change. We cannot go for a jog or walk our dogs; we also cannot purchase alcohol during this period (lol). The outrage on social media about the rules of the national lockdown were surprising as much as hilarious. I really had no idea that there are so many runners in the country.
These are appropriate for a lockdown, quarantine, isolation. It is the same-ish thing after all. #STAYATHOME
Take It One Day at A Time
Instead of getting down by the thought that you cannot go outside and live your normal life. Take each of these days as an opportunity to build new skills, explore hobbies and do things you’ve always wanted to. Obviously keeping them indoors and at home.
Things to Do at Home During A Lockdown
1. Build A New Body
If you have been thinking of getting fitter, take up yoga or Pilates, or join a functional workout class from home. Many yoga and fitness trainers are offering classes online currently. So, follow them on their social media pages to find the best option. What’s more, the fitness and aerobics videos on YouTube can be real fun!
2. Give Your House A Makeover
With a lockdown in full progress, this may be a good time to redo your house decor and give your home a fresh new look (at no cost obviously). Change the curtains around, followed by moving your tables, chairs and sofas around the house to try out new combinations. In addition, who knows, this activity could help you hit the reset button and let you escape the toil of the same-old. New Environment – New Energy.
3. Be A Social-Media Butterfly
During this lockdown make the most of your social media platforms. Don’t stick to keeping tabs on your extended network or stalking an ex but truly engage with the medium. Participate in social media challenges and the tag-along games that are doing the rounds. Use your Instagram stories or your tweets to crowdsource movie recommendations, new music suggestions or start a discussion. This can help you reconnect with old friends, be part of larger ongoing conversations and could help alleviate the cabin fever you will soon be experiencing.
4. Learn A New Skill, Skill Up or Re-Skill
Try an online course. Several reputed universities are offering free online courses. Try to go back to your office with skillsets that may serve you in the future, it may be worth the time and money. Learn a new language, to play an instrument or enhance your creative talent.
5. Feed the Bookworm in You
This can be a great use of your me-time, simply because you will enhance your knowledge of people, society, history and culture. Also, research suggests that reading books keeps you smarter and more empathetic. Challenge yourself to read a set number of chapters or books by the end of this lockdown.
6. Stream A Virtual Concert
Musicians have been sharing their mini concerts on live streams on their social media pages. James Blake is among the pop stars to launch their own virtual concerts, with the singer-songwriter sitting down at his piano to serenade listeners on Instagram lately. He promises there’ll be more to come too, so keep an eye out. Others who have done so are the likes of John Legend, Ben Gibbard, Miley Cyrus and more.
My personal favourite is the DJ Shimza initiative of the #QuarantineOnlineParty and now #LockdownHouseParty. The party started on social media and has now moved to TV, available on the DSTV Channel-O.
7. Binge Time
To binge is to have a period of excessive indulgence in an activity. So, I urge you to binge on your favourite thing to do while at home. Binge watch your favourite tv series. Do a movie marathon. Join an online FIFA tournament. Binge!
8. Do Some Gardening
If you have a garden, do some garden work. Since we are in a lockdown that means our gardeners cannot come in and maintain our gardens. So, do it yourself. Clean your pool, cut your grass, trim and prune those trees, bushes and flowers. Trust me it is not as easy as they make it look, so that could be a nice challenge.
9. Organise Your Wardrobe
Are you one of those people that shoves their clothes back in their wardrobe after a long day at work or a rushed morning? I’ve been there, I know the drill. Well, now is a great time to sort that out. Maybe even go the full OCD and colour co-ordinate, declutter and create a new system that will keep the organised-ness longer.
10. Stay Connected.
There are at least a dozen people, at any given point of time that you need to call back. An aunt, grandparent, that friend, or your former colleague. This is a good time to find out how your friends and family are doing; if they are coping well. Spread the love, warmth and stay bonded. Video call them, Voice call them. You could also Conference them. Stay connected and connect others.
25 More Random Things to Do at Home During A Lockdown
- DIY Project
- Play Board Games
- Learn an Instrument
- Make A List of All the Things You Want to Do When This Lockdown Is Over
- Join A Virtual Book Club Online
- Listen to Your Favourite Albums from Your Youth
- Make Your Own Natural Beauty Products – There Are Loads of Tips Online
- Bake Something New
- Wash Your Car
- Karaoke Session
- Do Crossword Puzzles
- Write A Book or Short Stories or A Song
- Keep A Diary or Scrapbook
- Listen to Podcasts or Start Your Own
- Take A Long Bath and Listen to An Audiobook
- Spring Clean the Whole House
- Try Out Some New Recipes
- Look at Old Photo Albums and Organise Them
- Watch the Sunrise and Sunset from Your Window
- Recreate Your Favourite Restaurant Dishes at Home
- Work from Home
- Self-Care Days
- Catch Up on Blogs from The LOVELEELERA Blog
These are my ideas of things to do at home during a lockdown. Share your suggestions in the comments below. Let’s help each other through these trying times.
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